Come behind the scenes at Fabric Mutt for a #CraftRoomTour and see Heidi's sewing room in Texas.
I love that it's so spacious!
Tell us about your space
Even though I'm sharing our enormous loft with my husband's office, our home gym, my youngest daughter's home school classroom, my father's model shop, and our children's library and play area, there's plenty of room leftover for my sewing space. And with all that company around, I'm never lonely! My personal work space is about 7 x 13 feet, large enough for a sewing table, cutting table, and plenty of storage. This is where I do almost all of my sewing projects. I also keep another desk in our guest room with my computer and idea files where I design fabric and sewing patterns.
What have you done to make your space cosy, beautiful or inspiring?
I absolute love retro style, so I've added vintage items -- both authentic and reproductions -- wherever I can. I like to be eclectic in my storage items too, so there's a variety of colorful containers around my space to help me keep all my notions and fabric where I can find them. I
How do you keep organized?
I wrote a whole book on the subject! Sew Organized for the Busy Girl, released by Stash Books of C&T Publishing, gives all my tips for keeping a sewing room in order. The secret is not worrying about having a room that's perfectly clean -- not even mine is that way -- but knowing how to find everything you need when you need it. The best way to start is by having a designated spot for everything and making sure that things go back to that spot when you're not using them.
Any tips & tricks for organising supplies?
I keep my quilting fabric in baskets separated by color -- the best organizational decision I ever made in my sewing room. It's so much easier to find what I need in a hurry, and I love the way it looks!
Which are your favourite possessions and are there any of your own creations on display?
I keep my great-grandfather's typewriter on top of a cabinet which used to belong to him as well. Near that is a vintage scale that belonged to my grandmother. I love the look of these items, and the family connection makes them even more special. My own quilts and pillows are scattered all over the house in daily use, and some are nearby in the teepee I have set up for my three daughters to use as a reading space. I love seeing them nearby while I sew!
How do you organise your inspiration and ideas?
I have two sets of files. One set is in my sewing room, which holds patterns I've printed out for sewing use. The other set is in my design office, where I keep all the ideas I save for fabric design work. I'm constantly tearing out pages from magazines and stashing them in this file drawer!
Where do you look for inspiration?
Books, art, magazines, local shops, antiques -- everywhere!
If you had three wishes, what would you do to make it the dream space?
I'd add a design wall where I could hang finished quilt blocks while I work, a long arm quilting machine, and a couch full of pillows -- the perfect comfy spot for hand sewing!
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