Today I wanted to share an updated post about The Cottage Mama Sewing Studio. Not a lot has changed since the last tour, but I’ve definitely upgraded in the sewing machine / serger department. And because we are going to be selling The Cottage Home, I wanted to document this space one last time (sniff, sniff). So here goes…….
My office is off of our dining room and is a pretty small space. I’ve just tried to maximize the space to the best of it’s ability. You get creative when working with small spaces. The shelves that hold my small cuts of fabric, some trims, iron (Oliso Pro), etc. were installed by my father-in-law. They are kind of sagging a little in the middle right now, but they definitely do the trick!
The shelves to the right were already there when we bought the house, we simply painted them white…….an easy fix!
These smaller cuts of fabric are stored on ‘Fabric Organizers‘. I absolutely adore this product. I purchased my 1st set when my mom and I visited our very 1st Quilt Festival in Chicago. I was just getting into sewing and I thought these were genius. They look as good today as the day that I bought them. They are a tad pricey, but they will last you forever and they come in lots of different sizes. I have absolutely no affiliation with this company, but I am a firm believer that they are worth the investment. Another inexpensive alternative, would be to wrap your fabric on archival quality comic book boards. You can read more about the ‘Fabric Organizers‘ HERE.
This set of shelves houses all sorts of randomness. All of my knit fabrics are in the bottom two black and white boxes. Knits always look sloppy on shelves to me, so that’s why they are in boxes. The floral box next to those two, contain printed Cottage Mama patterns. There are 10 of each one and I use this box to grab patterns for retail Cottage Mama pattern orders. Then I have about 200 of each one in our loft in the house and the other 1000-2000 are out in the second floor of our garage. It takes a lot of organization to inventory and store everything from our home!
I also have all of my extra sewing feet, my silhouette machine, my GoBaby Fabric Cutter, elastic, extra thread, shipping envelopes / boxes and some scrapbooking supplies in those shelves. My ironing board cover is from Home Goods and thread rack is from Joann Fabrics.
Speaking of the loft…….here is where I keep the 200 of each printed pattern for larger wholesale distributor orders as well as my bolts of fabric. The shelves are from IKEA. I order my bolts of fabric wholesale, directly through the manufacturers.
I have the Baby Lock Unity Sewing and Embroidery Machine. It’s an absolutely gorgeous machine. I have a machine sponsorship from Baby Lock and I love everything about this company. Their product is of utmost quality and they truly are such an amazing supporter in the sewing industry. This machine pretty much does everything except for sew for you. It’s incredible. Miss Unity needs her own blog post to go into all the details. But if you ever have questions regarding, Baby Lock, feel free to leave me a comment and I’m happy to help!
Here is my Baby Lock Evolution 8-thread Serger and Coverstitch Machine. This use to be their top of the line serger, but they have since released the Ovation. It is similar but has some additional bells and whistles such as a larger machine throat area, a front presser foot lift and more. The Evolution serger is a work-horse and has jet-air threading. If you’ve never experienced Baby Lock’s air-threading, it will blow your mind. Again, my Evolution deserves her own post……we’ll save that for another day.
I have one other machine that is currently in storage (since the house is on the market). I recently received a Baby Lock Sashiko Machine. I haven’t had a lot of time to play with that machine since it arrived before our sweet baby #4, Josephine Mae, made her appearance. Once we move to our new house, you can bet that you will see some projects using that machine. I can’t wait!!
Here are some pictures of some spools of trim and thread. I sew with Madeira thread for everything. I use polyester for clothing, cotton for quilting and embroidery thread for machine embroidery. This thread is such high quality. I’ve used other brands, but now I’m hooked on Madeira. The small thread rack is from Joann Fabrics.
Here is my favorite Katie Daisy print in my studio. My mom gave this one to me. I love absolutely everything Katie Daisy. I have a few other pieces in our home. Her style just makes me happy. You can check out more of her prints HERE.
This is where I store my scrap fabric. I’m constantly sorting through these scraps and selling off some scrap bundles over in my Etsy shop. This set of drawers also has a bunch of layer cake pre-cuts, vintage hankies, tea towels and some embroidery that I’m currently working on.
Here are my books, ‘Sew Classic Clothes for Girls‘. I keep 10-20 in the studio at a time for retail orders. The rest are stored in the second floor of the garage. If you order directly from me then you receive an autographed copy. You can also order through Amazon and some other retailers.
So there you have it! My current sewing studio set-up. I love this room. The windows and light is fantastic. It’s also a blessing to have this sewing space on the main level of our home, so that when I pop in here during the day, my kids never feel like I’m very far away. I hope you enjoyed the tour! I guess the next Cottage Mama Sewing Studio tour will be in our new home……..wherever that may be!