Come behind the scenes at Maggie Overby Studios and tour Maggie's Sewing & Craft Room in Heilsbronn, Germany.
My favorite thing about my space is that it has a door to close. I know that sounds silly but when I am in the middle of "making magic" it usually looks like something exploded in there. So a door means I can work and make a mess to my heart's content and when I'm done for the day close the door. When I first started sewing I actually sewed in a closet, since them I have worked my way up to a corner of the living room, then I took over the dining room, and now I finally have a room of my own. Having this space means I am free to create any time I’d like without worry of my work being disturbed.
Tell us about your space
My sewing/ craft room is actually our fourth bedroom which is about 10'x11' This room serves all kind of purposes but it is primarily a sewing and craft room. I primarily sew home decor items like pillows, curtains, and slipcovers, but I also do lots of DIY. For the blog I use the sunny corner of this room by the chair for photography. I take photos for my blog and Instagram daily so to make my life easier I made my own photo back. (This is not in the original picture because I added it later.)
The room is not big but having it well organized means more time and space to create.
What have you done to make your space cosy, beautiful or inspiring?
I always make my own curtains and pillows so when I found the amazing red Ikea chair at the thrift store for $25 I knew exactly the fabric I could pull from my stash to make it all work together. I also made a new Ironing board cover that would coordinate with the curtain fabric. I like that I have a little corner of the room where I can sit and relax or have someone visit while I’m working. I have also added lots of little cute beautiful things I have collected into my gallery wall and along my desk and storage cabinets. These things make me happy and help inspire my creativity.
How do you keep organized?
Containers, containers, containers! Sewing and crafting involves lots of small objects that need to be kept under control. I am not a container snob, any container from any part of the house that can keep things under control is welcome in the sewing room.
Any tips & tricks for organising supplies?
Having a place for everything and putting things back in their place. When I’m in the midst of a big project I admit the room looks like something has exploded but when it’s time to get things back in order having a place for everything to be tucked away is key. I would also recommend keeping like items together and since color is so essential in sewing and crafting I often organize by color as well.
Which are your favourite possessions and are there any of your own creations on display?
One of my favorites possessions are some little boxes I bought in antique store after the filming of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (filmed in New Orleans, my home town.) I don’t think the boxes are even seen in the movie, I watched for them, but they were part of the button factory set. Each has a Button’s Buttons label and a vintage button glued to it. I add a note to each label of what’s inside and use them to store things like labels and ric rac. I love that these have a story behind them but are still useful.
How do you organise your inspiration and ideas?
I am a list maker. I love to make lists and scratching things off the list is even better. I usually have two or three lists going at once. I have a nice notepad next to my computer where I have a "to do" list. a "project" list, and a list of "blog ideas." When the list gets messy with too many things scratched off I re-write it so I can add new things.
Where do you look for inspiration?
Everywhere! But I love checking out other blogs and Pinterest to see what's going on out in the world. As an interior design blogger one of my biggest inspirations is fabric. I could look at fabric all day, one great fabric can launch a whole design.
If you had three wishes, what would you do to make it the dream space?
Well bigger would be better! I would love to have a large scale photo backdrop to photograph larger furniture. And as long as I have more room I would love a double cutting table to lay out things like curtains and large projects.
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