Craft Space Reveal

I’ve been working on creating some craft space in my house for the past few weeks. I had been longing for my very own craft room and realized I was able to carve out some pretty good space in my home office. There were a few key factors for determining what I needed:

  1. The three key crafts/hobbies I wanted to focus on are crocheting, sewing, and paper crafts. (Oh, and getting back into jewelry making or at least working with beads and wire. That’s 4 then.)
  2. I wanted a dedicated craft work table.
  3. I wanted a dedicated space for my new sewing machine so I didn’t have to pack it away and drag it out every time I wanted to work.
  4. I wanted to reclaim my dining room table (see #2 and #3 above).
  5. I needed to keep dedicated work space for my day job (I thankfully work from home).
  6. We currently rent so I needed short-term, non-invasive storage solutions.
  7. As much as I have loved the peg boards in some of the craft rooms on Pinterest, my husband thought peg board was too industrial and encouraged me to find something else.

Not too much to ask, right?

Let’s start by being real and honest with what my office looked like before I got started. Let’s just say it there wasn’t much space to do any actual crafting.

Yeah, it was crazy! There were so many problems with my space. You’re only seeing the right half of the room – the left half is mostly my day-job work space. But I still had my personal computer on this right half, and … stuff … EVERYWHERE!

I’m so excited to share with you what it looks like now! It’s light, bright, and makes me want to make stuff!

Here is the view from the door looking over to the right:

And here is a better shot of just the new craft desk area:

Even though we didn’t go the pegboard route, I still wanted to get stuff up on the walls. A trip to IKEA and just a few bucks and look at the cool bars that hold plenty of good stuff! You can see that the left side is my cutting/ironing station, and where I work on paper crafts (that cutting mat comes in handy for EVERYTHING). My sewing machine now has its own dedicated home and supplies are in easy reach up on the wall.

To the left of the desk on the wall opposite the door, I compiled all my “rolly carts” and plastic drawers into one serious supplies center. I’ve got paper supplies, rubber stamps, and jewelry making in all those drawers.

I also took advantage of some space in the closet (which is to the right of the sewing machine):

I have plenty of space in the top of the organizer for more sewing supplies (like rick rack, elastic, ribbon), and the bottom half holds some miscellaneous supplies right now (including the yarns I’m using for my granny square crochet along).

And inside the closet I have more yarn and these (sorry for the blurry picture):

Here are close-ups of the two pants hangers, repurposed to hold Washi tape, twine and ribbon.

I had previously shared with you some of my yarn storage, but here is the bulk of my yarn storage again (this is not an updated picture – my stash has (ahem) grown since then, but I’m still in denial about that).

And the top half of the grey cabinet to the left of the yarn is where my new fabric stash is growing.

This is temporary and I have some ideas for fabric storage that I’ll be playing with soon, so watch for an update on that.

I love so many things about my new space. I’m encourage to want to make stuff every day now. AND…don’t tell my  husband…but I’m so organized now that I have space to add more stuff. LOL But honestly…I didn’t think I could have dedicated space in my current house, but I made it work. Once I really prioritized what I wanted and go rid of things I didn’t (or consolidated) it was easy to carve out a little room to be creative.

What do you think?

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  1. Robyn says:

    I like it, I like it! When we did Syd’s area we used several of the roller carts that look the same and/or similar to yours. She is better about keeping her space clean since everything (so far) has a place. I am in process of re-tackling my upstairs bedroom/office and figuring out something for downstairs where all of the scrapbook stuff is. I have plenty of space fortunately. It’s just coming up with organizers and tools. I can tell that I’m going to need to invest in some different things. Your pictures of the wall above your sewing and cutting area has some neat ideas and seeing others get organized is so inspiring, thanks for sharing!

    • Girl Going Country says:

      Yeah, those roller carts are awesome! Easily move items closer to you, and then roll them out of the way. SOOO many great organizational ideas out there. And when we buy our “forever house”, I plan on more permanent storage/crafting solutions so I’m keeping my eyes peeled for more ideas.

  2. Jenny says:

    Oh wow! That is awesome. I am still trying to figure out where and how to organize my sewing space.

    • Girl Going Country says:

      Thanks, Jenny! I’m so thrilled with how it turned out. I’m sure I’ll change things up over time – but just having some dedicated space feels like such a luxury. :-)

  3. Loreen says:

    Looks great! Good job!

  4. Phoebe Moon says:

    Yay this inspires me to make my own craft space and not have to drag everything out whenever I want to create! Love it =D

    • Girl Going Country says:

      Thanks, Phoebe! It really has been so inspiring to have some dedicated space. I’ll be watching to see pictures of your new space!

  5. Phoebe Moon says:

    sorry, the comment form told me I had an error and I hadn’t entered any comment- so you went and got to huzzah’s about this post (now three doh!) but you deserved them =p
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  6. What a great job you did! It looks fantastic and like a great place to work!
    Thanks so much for linking up at my Real Family Fun link party. I’m going to be sharing this today via all my social media.
    Take care,
    KC
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  7. Karen says:

    Great job Karie! can you come organize my home office? I don’t have a craft issue to contend with – -just piles & piles of paper!

    • Girl Going Country says:

      LOL Thanks, Karen! I actually love to organize – ESPECIALLY when it’s someone else’s stuff. So maybe we can work something out. 😉

  8. It looks great, I bet you will be crafting up a storm now that everything has a place. Nice job!
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  9. Suzy says:

    Hi! Stopping by from FaFF at Sew Many Ways to see your organized craft space! You did a great job organizing, I especially like the IKEA bars you put above you sewing station. This is a great solution to not using pegboard. Also the repurposed pants hangers are genius for corralling those rolls of washi tape and strings/ribbons. I’m your newest follower and I hope you’ll come by and follow me too!
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  10. Sarah says:

    Wow! Looks great!! Love those bars on the wall. Will have to scope those out at IKEA! Hope to create a new space for myself this fall… hoping!

    Thanks for sharing!
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    • Girl Going Country says:

      Thanks, Sarah! You can do it! I didn’t think I could find room to make myself some craft space, but once I started reevaluating what I had, I did! I also worked on this over the course of a few weeks…it took some time. :-)

  11. Sew Sister says:

    Wow…you did such a good job I do like your craft space….wish i had one!

    • Girl Going Country says:

      Thank you! :-) Whatever small space you can carve out for yourself I think helps. It just fuels the creative juices!

  12. Marilyn says:

    Well done! You must LOVE creating in this new space

    • Girl Going Country says:

      Thank you, Marilyn! I really, really do! It’s so tempting being on the other side of the room working at my day-job desk. All I want to do is play! :-)

  13. Carol says:

    Great job! I’ll bet you feel more inspired already! Sometimes organizing a space, especially a craft space/sewing space, provides a means of reacquainting yourself with the things you have.

    • Girl Going Country says:

      Oh so true! I found a lot of new goodies I forgot I had – and was able to group things together so I don’t forget again. I am definitely inspired to try new things!

  14. Great job!!! It’s so hard keeping the work space neat…organize, organize, organize!
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  15. Shannon says:

    What a great space you have now!! Such a transformation from the before :)
    Shannon @ Sewing Barefoot
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