I took an antique wardrobe I recently brought home and created a sewing room. I have never had a place to create or store any of my sewing gear. I always just pulled it out, had it in the way, and then put it away hoping the kids didn't destroy it.
I tried to use only vintage or antique items to store everything in. This side holds the hanging fabric that is ready to be made into something. I have a cutting board folded up on the side and a serger in the bottom. Above the fabric on the shelf, I have a vintage office basket holding my shipping envelopes and a antique punch bowl holding ribbon.
I really thought hard about what to do with the ribbon. There are many cute ways to store ribbon. This punch bowl is huge and it was perfect to do the job. It also gives ma a great way to store the punch bowl and when it is party time I can still pull it out and use it.
Knowing how many beautiful work spaces there are in blogland I had to try to make this small sewing room a little bit fun. So I created a mini doily bunting and a hand lettered burlap banner to give a little inspiration to the space.
This wardrobe is really huge. When a whole sewing machine fits on a shelf, it gives you a feel for how much storage space there was to work with.
For a lot of things I create I really never use a pattern, but I had a few patterns I placed in this vintage hanging basket. The only new thing in the wardrobe is the bulletin board, which I can use for inspiration pictures, fabric, or trim swatches.
The rest of the punch bowl set came in handy too. The under plate is holding the twelve cups which make a nice place to store lace. I am always throwing a pin or single button into the cabinet that holds my sewing equipment and I thought the under plate will be a great thing to use in this way as a catch all.
I thought this was a perfect place to show off a few treasures from some important sewers in my life. This is a vintage Holly Hobby doll hand made by my Grandmother for me.
Another treasure, on the left, is a china doll handmade for me by my mother. A piece of art pottery holds some rope and a vintage Ball canning jar holds all of the scissors.
A zinc cloche holds a stack of thread, making it easy to see which color you need.
This shelf has vintage tins and canisters full of lavender to make sachets. There is also a vintage sewing kit made out of a jelly jar, a white picket planter holding white lace and rick rack, and an antique toy Singer sewing machine.
And, here on the final shelf is the sewing machine, a vintage card file box, and a "Butts" pail. The "Butts" pail still has the Woolworth's sticker on it and I found it for nothing at a yard sale. It was a perfect place to store a bunch of buttons on cards.
Here the wardrobe is closed. I keep a table right by this which will be the perfect work surface and possibly not too disturbed by my kids if I pull something out to work on it. Possibly... I will get more made for my Etsy shop now!?
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