Many of us don’t have the extra space for a fancy craft room. I’m one of those people. In our first home, we had a downstairs bedroom that I was able to use for my crafting and sewing, along with a big closet for craft storage. I realize now that I was a spoiled little brat to have that.
I really miss that space.
In this house, we don’t have an extra bedroom for an office/craft room, so I decided to store all my “stuff” in the basement until I figured out what I was going to do.
Five months later, almost everything was still living in tubs in the basement. Along with all the other junk I didn’t know what to do with. I was bringing my sewing machine upstairs to the living room to sew, which isn’t super practical. When I do projects, I’ve been sifting through the boxes. Which meant that the basement was beginning to look like a hurricane swept through.
So, in January, I decided I wanted to get the space in working order to actually use the space to sew and craft. Sure – I’d have to share the space with all our holiday decor, but I think I can make the space functional, organized, and maybe even a little pretty. The basement is dry and we painted the walls and floors so it’s not a terrible space.
The room will be particularly useful for me as we get ready for baby. I may have a few things I’d like to make for the nursery … or perhaps more than a few things. It will be nice to have my own area.
To make this space work for me, I wanted a few things:
- Visible fabric storage, so I could actually see what I have to work with.
- Other craft storage, for all the extra stuff – paint and glue and notions and glitter and ribbon – to be easily accessible.
- Table space to set up my sewing machine and actually leave it set up.
- Better lighting – while the basement gets plenty of light during the day, it’s pretty gloomy at night.
- Something underfoot, besides concrete.
- A little pretty.
Also – I wanted to spend next-to-nothing. I may have to buy a few small things, but I’m hoping to use what I already have.
I started working on the space this weekend, beginning with the first two bullets (organizing fabric and craft supplies). It took much longer than I expected, but Rome wasn’t built in a day.
I started going through the four bins of fabric and craft supplies I had. I was able to get through all the fabric first.
We had this little hand-me-down bookshelf in our old house, and it’s perfect for fabric. To fold into mini-bolts, I used comic book boards (purchased on Amazon for about $12). I got this tip from Smashed Peas and Carrots.
I even have a little extra space for future fabric finds. I had a few large rolls of fabric, and I just stuck those into the umbrella holder part of a coat rack. It works pretty well to coral the larger items.