Tour the rearranged quilting corner!

I spent most of last night and today rearranging my little quilting corner (a 10 x 11 room). It’s small so I make do with what I have. I know it’s larger than what some people get!

This is the view from the door of my sewing room. You can see I’ve got the two sewing cabinets back to back now. I was having an issue getting the quilting leaf open when my Arrow Cabinet was up against the wall because I didn’t have much clearance on either side. Hopefully this works a bit better. I think I can leave the leaf up all the time now if I want and have more table space to support projects and things.

Stepping inside now this is the TV corner. I moved the ironing board underneath the storage bins but I can also fold it and put it away when I don’t need it. I anticipate using my small TV tray pressing board more and more.
TV corner

With my door open you can see where I hang my tote bags! I have to close the door to get to my fabric closet since that sits behind the open door.
Ironing area, door with tote bags

This is my fabric closet. I fold my fabrics onto comic book boards using the mini-bolt method. If I have more than four yards I try to save one of those cardboard bolts and put that on it. The bins hold UFOs and scraps.
Fabric closet

Yardage rolled onto mini-bolts

UFO bins and orphan blocks. Some bolted fabrics.

I decided to put my Singer Featherweight on top of the cabinet that holds my 201-2. If I want to pull out my 201-2 I can, it’s just the leaf will be in the way and I’ll have to fold down the quilting leaf on my other cabinet. For now this works just fine I think.

Singer Featherweight on top of my cabinet holding my Singer 201-2

Singer Featherweight on top of my cabinet holding my Singer 201-2

My design wall stayed where it was. Same with my bookshelf. I did add a second 4 foot table to hold my serger so I can start using it! The table also gives me more room to hold blocks, bins or whatever else I might be working on. Who doesn’t love counterspace?

Design wall, Bookshelf, serger and whiteboard

Bookshelf, serger and whiteboard

Design wall and bookshelf with precuts, patterns, magazines and books

I have enough room to walk between the two table areas and cut if I need to, pull down thread, rulers, or sit and sew. I can get to the bins underneath the tables easily too. I did enjoy the open floor area I had when the cabinet was against the wall but this makes it easier for me to quilt larger quilts since I can fold out the leaf.

Thread and ribbon organization. Cutting area behind the Arrow Bertha cabinet

Small cutting and hooping table with bins underneath for storage

And here is what I see when I sit behind at my main sewing cabinet.

View from my Arrow Bertha Cabinet

I still love my thread and ruler storage area! The pegboard was a good investment.

Thread and Ruler organization


  1. Your 10 x 11 room is great!!!. Looks like the perfect space……

  2. Awesome! You know how to maximize your space. Is that the senior Dr. Jones over the white board?

    • Yeah – funny story about that, he was created when we saw the last Indiana Jones movie. I was really disappointed he wasn’t in it and didn’t want to go see it. My husband had the art department he worked for make a Dr. Jones head on a stick so I could bring him to the movie. We annoyed one of our friends before the film started by holding up the head and saying “JUNIAH” in our best Scottish brogue. I couldn’t throw him away afterwards so I like to think he watches over me 🙂

  3. You did such a great job rearranging Katie! It looks totally different now and so much more functional. I’m jealous of your big quilting space, I miss that a lot in my room. It looks very impressive and so nicely organized, I’m amazed! 🙂

  4. Very nicely done! You have made good use of your space.

  5. Katie, Don’t you just love a newly organized sewing room? It seems that you have all that you need set so that it will work well for you. It is nice that you were able to have your design wall fit into the area. I had to put mine on the hallway wall just outside of my sewing room. The good thing is that I could take it down in a minute if I needed to.
    Thanks for sharing!
    ~June in AZ

  6. Looks fantastic Katie! Enjoy!

  7. These are great photos, thanks! Yes, we are so lucky to have spaces, but mine is similar in size, and I would pay a lot for a few more square feet. You’ve really made the most of this.

  8. Looks great! You have given me inspiration to straighten up my sewing room:) I will be asking hubby for a peg board. I really enjoy your site.

  9. you have inspired me to try to at least clean up my space. so much clutter, it’s ridiculous! yours is so neat and a much better place to be.

  10. I love your room. How do you have your design wall hanging?

    • I poked some floral wire through the batting and insulator foam and created a couple of loops. Those hang nicely off the nails I put into the wall. Easy to take up and down! Really low-tech. It’s not pretty but it works for me.

  11. What a lovely sewing area. I’ve got a sewing room which I’m lucky to have (although I have to share it with ironing, spare freezer etc) but yours has so much more personality than mine. I must make myself some wall quilts.
    Thanks for sharing your pictures. I love to see other people’s spaces.
    Leigh x

  12. Amy Laura says:

    Thank you so much for sharing! I absolutely love seeing other folks’ sewing spaces. Really, seeing the inside of anyone’s house is fun to me. It looks like a great use of space. Lots of creative happiness in that room!

  13. Looks great and very functional. Mary Ann

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  15. Your set up is awesome! Love the pegboard, and that star quilt on the wall is beautiful. I also thought the photo of the elder Dr. Jones stuck up on the wall was pretty funny. ‘We named the dog Indiana.’

  16. OK, I *love* the pegboard for storage! I may have to put one of those up over my quilting frame. (My “regular” sewing area gets disassembled on occasion.)

    • It’s well worth the money! One of my favorite additions I’ve made to my sewing space over the years and the most versatile.

  17. Carole Ann Wool says:

    Katie, I love your sewing room! So bright and cheerful! And sew organized!

    When dh and I went on a cruise last year, (I had not opened my sewing room for years, until last October, long story) it turns out it was also a quilting cruise! I loved touring the workroom to see the patterns and fabrics for sale, and work as it progressed through the week. Have a wonderful time on your cruise!