11 February 2014

Behind the Scenes: Studio Tour!


My sewing studio-office makeover is done and I'm moved in! May I offer you a guided tour of Tilly and the Buttons HQ? Do come in...


My sewing table is set up next to the window so I have lots of light for daytime sewing and blog photos. The table is from Ikea - the great thing about it is the Vika Kaj adjustable legs, which make it easy to raise the table top up high so I can draft patterns and cut fabric without straining my back.


To the side of my sewing table is my dress form and Raskog trolley from Ikea, which readers tell me is a crafter's favourite. The top layer is for my most-used sewing tools, the middle layer has my pattern drafting rulers and piles of dressmaker's carbon, and the bottom layer is for current projects.



And then there's the storage - Expeditlicious! I now have a total of 32 cubes in my Expedit bookcases, and the worrying thing is how quickly they filled up. I keep my fabric rolled up and ordered by colour for aesthetic reasons, with wovens separated from knits. The shelves also store my pattern collection - vintage patterns in a cardboard archive box, contemporary patterns in two plastic boxes, and self-drafted patterns in large plastic folders. One shelf is for notions - jam jars of buttons, a gift bag full of zips and elastic, gift boxes brimming with ribbon. On the bottom shelf are four mustard yellow fabric boxes for sewing samples, fabric scraps organised by colour, lining and interfacing. The rest of the space is filled with sewing books, business books, paperwork, stationery, my overlocker, ironing kit, craft box and embroidery box. Phew!


Over at my workspace, I finally have a large monitor, which was a birthday prezzie. My 11" MacBook Air is awesome for geeking out on the sofa and slinging in my handbag, but adding this monitor is great for working. I also got some new speakers for my choons. The rug was £20 from Ikea - really I wanted this one, but I couldn't quite justify £100 for a rug right now. The drawers to the right of my desk have paperwork and my printer on top, and assorted crap inside. See the colour peeping through the middle drawer? That's full of fabric that, let's face it, I'm only gonna use for toiles. And just to clarify, that side table doesn't look like that anymore, it's now covered in crap too.


Do you like my bin?



The only thing left to do is to decorate. I love the slate grey walls, and the white furniture and pops of colour stop it looking oppressive. I'd like to paint my sewing stool bright yellow, and I'm going to create some kind of mood board for inspiring images, and maybe frame a few motivational quotes, cos that's how I roll...


Well, that's it for the tour. Loos are on the right as you exit, and please check you have all your belongings before you leave. Come again soon!

PS. If you do / have done a tour of your own sewing space, feel free to leave a link below so we can all see. Or if you don't have a dedicated space, read these tips for sewing in a shared space.

82 comments:

  1. Looks amazing!! Happy sewing and blogging in your new space! :)

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  2. I would love a work space like that!

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  4. That's a really lovely space, especially the cube bookshelves which look very practical. Of course, my favourite bit is the rolls of fabric - they look so pretty arranged that way!

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  5. This is a beautiful room! I feel ery lucky to have one wall of a room. I posted by space here: http://sewnbyelizabeth.blogspot.com.au/2013/12/my-new-sewing-station.html

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  6. Luv it! :-) your place is a dream come true!
    And so many sewing books you have :-) and I love the trolley <3

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  7. I feel a good energy coming out of there my love xxx

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  8. Envious doesn't begin to cover it ... fab space and fab use of storage/space

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  9. Lovely room Tilly! Your expedit shelving looks so useful!

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  10. This place is so lovely! You've done a wonderful job! Our Ikea expedits are full of books and he don't have room for more. Great idea to use them for fabric & pattern (at the moment I have to store them in boxes). Next time moving, I'll have to get some expedit shelves for myself:)

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  11. Love it! I'm hoping to get a summerhouse (for that read craft room) this year and may be stealing some of your ideas!

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  12. What a gorgeous room. I love how all your luscious fabrics are displayed. Those bookshelves are on my Ikea wish list.

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  13. Lovely Tilly!

    Here's my sewing space folks! :)
    http://messyjessecrafts.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/craftsewing-room-update.html

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  14. You made it into a lovely room, I'm sure it is a joy every day to work in there!

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  15. Wow Tilly. This is super! love it love it love it - your oraganisation skills and the carpet.

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  16. Looks lovely, light and bright! What a fun space to spend time in.

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  17. Envy the space! Love the colour scheme and organisation. Look forward to seeing the projects which you create there.

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  18. I am positively chartreuse with envy...My workspace also doubles as dining table slash dumping ground. Space is further compromised by a dog who insists on lying on sewing machine/overlocker pedals. One day I'll have a proper sewing space, dog free...*looks longingly into the distance*

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  19. Oh wow, it's a gorgeous sewing space! I just hope at some point in the future I can have specific sewing spot!

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  20. http://www.nyfiqen.blogspot.se/2011/04/uppiffad-systuga.html

    What a wonderful place you have. I have a studio on my own which is " good enough" but I want a makeower. On the link abow you can get a glance. In the middle I nowdays have a big table forcutting fabrics. I really want to have a Raskog trolley.


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  21. it's lovely! i am hoping to have a sewing space (rather than the dining room table/ back of a cupboard door/ pile of fabric in the corner) later in the year. it will be tiny as it will be our utility room converted and will still have a washing machine in it. but i can't wait. so collecting ideas!

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  22. Looks great Tilly - I have the Expedit in Red as a shared storage for children's crafts and my sewing bits and bobs. Now I was wondering where you got your spool rack? I've been looking for that design, but the ones on Amazon get really bad reviews and most independent online fabric shops seem to sell the same one as the amazon. Are you happy with yours and where is it from please?

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    1. Try searching for "Thread Rack" - here's some on Amazon :) http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=thread%20rack&sprefix=thread+ra%2Caps&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Athread%20rack

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    2. Thanks Claire, unfortunately, these are the ones that get such bad reviews! Was hoping someone could point me in the direction of a rack that is tried and tested and good.... thanks for trying though!

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    3. My thread rack was a Christmas prezzie, I'm pretty sure it was from Amazon and it does the job perfectly. I would generally take Amazon reviews with a hefty dose of salt!

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    4. Hmm... maybe I will go for it then! I've ignored Amazon reviews in the past with very mixed results - particularly when they're as bad as "fell apart" from a handful of people.. But I take your point. Trust your instinct. If it looks like it will do the job, it may well do just that!

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  23. Such a lovely space and I am in love with that trolley. Love the colour storage of the fabrics too.

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  24. What a great place to work. All that storage and space. You may find it hard to leave at the end of each working day!

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  25. I think you have nailed it Tilly, great job!

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  26. Such a lovely space Tilly, I love how you've organised it all.

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  27. That's a lovely sewing space Tilly - and where would we all be without IKEA! :)

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  28. Aw it's fab Tilly - congratulations on having a sewing room of your own! Here's mine the last time I photographed it: http://www.handmadejane.co.uk/2013/05/a-sewing-room-of-my-own.html x

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  29. This blog post should come with a sewing porn warning. I want this space in my life!

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  30. beautiful space! I'm taking notes. moving to a new house and designing a new space for me.

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  31. This is beautiful! I love the color of the walls, too, and I've been wanting one of those IKEA carts for a while now, but my studio doesn't have room for much else :) Thanks for sharing!

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  32. Looks gorgeous. I love all the pops of colour against the grey wall. You must have done serious sessions with an allen key to get all that IKEA furniture put together!

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  33. wow lovely light studio, great idea with the adjustable table, can I be nosy and ask what make your tailors stand is, I want a solidish one but can't afford a Stockman/kennet&Lindsell, yours looks like something in between? Catx

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    1. It's the Lady Valet dress form - try not to laugh at the name! I do believe Handmade Jane has the same one.

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  34. Your studio looks great! Thank you for the inspiration.

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  35. I'm starting to get suspicious of people who don't own at least one Expedit, but then again, maybe it's some kind of sign of Ikea-control. Nonetheless, your office looks great and has given me lots of ideas for when I reconfigure my own sewing space at home. Thanks!

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  36. Gorgeous sewing space Tilly! I also have lovely grey walls but I now think that I should add some pops of color like yours. :) http://creatinginthegap.blogspot.ca/2014/01/new-year-new-sewing-space.html

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  37. Your office is adorable! And so organized!
    I recently did a post about using Ikea spice racks to organize my sewing tools. You can see it here: http://blog.lindsaywoodward.com/2014/02/quick-and-easy-sewing-organization.html

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  38. Tilly, I love that your space is Ikea-friendly! That's my favorite place to shop for furnishing my apartment and a great source of inspiration for decorating. I definitely need to check out that trolley for holding all of my sewing tools, that would free up room on my sewing table.

    My "studio" tour, which is just a wall along my bedroom for all of my sewing stuff. It's a little different now because I have a new table for my serger! http://www.sew-wrong.com/2013/01/my-new-sewing-studio.html

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  39. What a lovely bright light studio space. I might have to wait till the kids all leave home before I could have a space like that, meanwhile I make the most of my little sewing shed. Here is the link from the day I moved in in August last year. http://www.lazyseamstress.net/2013/08/moving-in.html I should do an update really, it's changed a bit since then.

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  40. Lovely! My sewing space is in the basemen and, while functional, is definitely not pretty!

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  41. I love your sewing space - I would LIVE in there!!! My sewing space is shared with our camping storage space and is in a room with no windows, so I'm very envious of your light, bright room! My current apartment is the first time I've ever had a dedicated sewing space though where I can leave projects out and I know they're not in anyone's way, so it's definitely a step in the right direction. Although...now that my husband and I are seriously talking about moving onto a boat, I'm in serious danger of not having any sewing space at all....

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  42. Your space is lovely! I also have gray walls and a white Expedit! Here's a tour of my studio, which is a jazzed up storage shed: http://purlsandpleats.wordpress.com/2013/12/18/shedquarters-the-big-reveal/

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  43. I need to update my photos now that I've moved, but this is pretty much what things look like in terms of storage. I also have the hugely useful expedit. http://www.thevelvetaubergine.com/2013/05/03/organize-your-small-sewing-space/

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  44. Well done! That's an awesome studio.

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  45. Thank you for the tour! Enjoy sewing in your new space :)
    Here is a tour of mine, most of these photos I took 3 years ago:
    http://www.nestfullofeggs.blogspot.com/2011/12/tour-of-my-studio.html
    Now my fabric storage shelf looks like this:
    http://www.nestfullofeggs.blogspot.com/2013/10/fabric-stash-storage-shelf.html

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  46. I love how you used your fabric as color in your room! It is smart to keep everything else neutral. My room is here: http://grayallday.wordpress.com/2013/08/19/my-beloved-sewing-room/

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  47. Gosh, what an adorable space. I'm so jealous! I hope you're loving all the room and cute supplies you have.

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  48. It's just lovely. And what a relief to find out you are human and all your lovely clean surfaces are now covered in crap!

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  49. What a wonderful place to work! :D

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  50. Love the use of space. It looks amazing and so organised.

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  51. I have a huge dining room which would be ideal for a room like this. But, the family won't let me.
    Where will we eat they moan? I think they are very mean ;0)
    Your work room looks fab, I must try and brave IKEA to get one of those trolleys.

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  52. It look lovely! I'm redecorating my studio in 2 weeks. I have a few days off together with my bf to do the trick. The only problem is that the racks that catched my eye are out of stock, I'm on a waiting list, they will back "soon" but will soon be soon enough. It will be very frustrating if they're not in stock by then. We'll see how it turns out.

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  53. Such a beautiful office space - I bet it's a real joy to start work every day

    The London Project

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  54. Wow this really is incredible! just love the storage and how you have neatly presented everything! Ikea is my favourite place for furniture as its not expensive yet very stylish :) great blog now following can't wait to see more sewing projects x

    www.krystelcouture.com
    Damaris £100 Lingerie Giveaway! X

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  55. What a bright, happy, creative, lovely space! Well done Tilly, it looks gorgeous! I expect lots of new patterns from you now...hehe! Also, that amazing turquoise trolley reminds me of the ones hair stylists use...I totes want one!!!

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  56. Ever so slightly jealous of that space, oh yes.

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  57. What a lovely space! I wish I had a bit more room myself, but I'm lucky enough to have a room dedicated to sewing and crafts. My sewing space is blogged here: http://twirldesigns.wordpress.com/2013/06/25/sewing_space/

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  58. It's so pretty!! I love the sunlight and the window. Your fabric stash looks so cheerful!

    I converted my dining room to a sewing room- a perk of living alone.

    http://booksbobbins.blogspot.com/2013/09/the-grand-tour.html

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  59. Love love love it! The gray walls are so perfect! :)

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  60. I love the little turquoise trolley - where is that from? Looks light and airy and FABULOUS!!!

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  61. Thank you for the tour Tilly...truly inspiring.
    I am about to have my own studio, I currently have a small office, but we are converting our loft so I can have my own space...whoop...the finances with the bank have been agreed and we are all set to go with a loft conversion company eek!

    You have to check out this Ikea Hackers site, I have decided that I am going to make this cutting table for my new studio...check out chat you can do using Ikea gear..I love it:
    http://www.ikeahackers.net/2013/06/new-customized-sewing-room-cutting-table.html

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  62. Your room looks great Tilly! I've just bought a house which has space for me to have a sewing room, so nosy-ing around other people's to see what they've done is great! I'm going to have to get myself on of those trolleys, and I like the sound of a table with adjustable legs, I'd been wondering where to get one the right height for cutting out...off to have a nosy at the IKEA site now!

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  63. Love that cart!! Well, I love everything in your room. It's like that side of the wall was made to have huge storage units just like that. I'd be hard-pressed to find a sewing room that doesn't feature IKEA storage or some sort.
    I drop so many pins that carpet would be a dangerous, dangerous thing for me, though.

    My sewing room tour is here: http://foursquarewalls.blogspot.com/2012/11/sewing-room-tour.html . Thanks for sharing yours!

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  64. Tilly, you inspired me so I jumped on the bandwagon :)
    http://www.design-closeup.com/sewing-room/

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  65. Your studio looks great! It makes me want to fix up my sewing space with the same IKEA cart and shelves.

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  66. I've been eyeing the same pricey (for ikea) rug for a while now! I saw it at ikea and felt it and it isn't much more substantial than a canvas drop cloth. I'm breaking out the painters tape and black acrylic to have a go at making my own!

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  67. This is the best room ever!! I love it!

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  68. Looks awesome Tilly! I wish I could have a dedicated crafting studio, but sadly current flat is a bit too small for that. One day though, and this is excellent inspiration, thanks for posting it! I'm a knitter, not a sewer (well, not a very good one anyway!), but yeah, crafty goodness. I love Expedit shelving, it's so versatile!

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  69. Ooooh it looks wonderful I would love to have my sewing table in front of the window but the door is the wrong end of the room to be able to do it. I took over my daughter's bedroom when she left home.I think somewhere on my blog I have pictures. I must do an update. I love your storage.

    May you stitch happily in your made over surroundings.

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  70. Love your sewing room, Tilly! I can't wait until I have a spare room that I can dedicate to sewing :D
    In the meantime, I have a portable sewing area :) there is a post about it on my blog - https://thekeytocreativity.wordpress.com/2014/02/25/1652/

    xx

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  71. Been meaning to do this for some time now and your post gave me the motivation to finally do it ;) Here is a tour trough my studio. Love yours by the way. I have the same shelve as you just in wood effect. But I think I prefer yours, make your colourful fabric look great.
    http://www.bluebellandbuttons.com/blogs/news-events/12704265-my-sewing-studio

    Also you recently asked if there is an easier way to clean the carpet of all the threads. I've got this small attachment for my hoover that has kind of a brush roll and is meant to get pet hair off stuff. Works brilliantly, but unfortunately don't know how it is called.

    Good luck with your future ventures. Love reading your blog and your patterns.
    Andrea xx

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  72. Hi Tilly!

    Thank you for great information on your blog.

    Is there a reason you have four measuring tapes? Black, blue, yellow and orange. Do colours serve different purpose or is it just for fun?

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