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Come behind the scenes at SeamstressErin Designs for a #CraftRoomTour and see Erin's sewing studio and office in Vashon, Washington.

I'm very proud of my huge cutting table. I built it myself as my first big woodworking project. It's got tons of great storage, it's super sturdy, and it makes cutting fabric for sewing projects quite pleasant!

Tell us about your space

My sewing studio doubles as my office so my computer is set up in one corner. The closet in the corner hides my business stuff such as shipping supplies, printed patterns, and sample garments in progress.

What have you done to make your space cosy, beautiful or inspiring?

My wall of fabric is a major inspiration. I love that I can have all my fabric on display. I also have a bunch of artwork tucked around that is homages to other people I find inspiring like David Bowie, Andy Warhol, my mother, and my grandmother.

How do you keep organized?

I love being organized! Everything has its place in my studio and most things are in their own labeled drawer or tub. I was really excited to find a hardware organizer at the thrift store - I spray painted it yellow and use it to keep all my little notions and tools organized.

Any tips & tricks for organising supplies?

I've written a bunch of blog posts on how I organize things like my
fabric http://seamstresserin.com/how-i-organize-my-fabric/
zippers http://seamstresserin.com/how-i-organize-my-zippers/
patterns http://seamstresserin.com/sewing-pattern-storage/
knitting needles http://seamstresserin.com/sew-knitting-needle-holder-circular-needles/
buttons http://seamstresserin.com/button-storage/
My biggest advice is to buy twice as many storage bins as you think you'll need and then use them all!

Which are your favourite possessions and are there any of your own creations on display?

My wedding bouquet (https://seamstresserin.com/kanzashi-wedding-bouquet-tutorial/) is something I made and display, though most of what I make is garments so they're usually on display on me!
I have sewing tins that belonged to my grandmother and my husband's grandmother and they are really important to me.

How do you organise your inspiration and ideas?

I have a bulletin board above my sewing desk that I fill up with inspiration. I also use Trello to keep lists of ideas and make lists in notebooks.

Where do you look for inspiration?

If I'm ever short on ideas I just need to look at my wall of fabric or flip through my pattern collection and I'm set again!

If you had three wishes, what would you do to make it the dream space?

Add a changing room so I can try on garments in progress and have my customers and fit models try on garments in privacy.
Finish adding the patio and vegetable garden outside the doors to my office so it extends outside.
Have a wall of sewing machines to go with my wall of fabric.

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