Roger and I love browsing antique/junk shops. And we love to repurpose things in fun ways. Since as sewers we all have so much STUFF to store, I thought I’d share how we’ve reorganized my sewing space, by adding MORE junk to it!
I had these spool racks hanging in my laundry room because really they weren’t all that pretty and my sewing nook is in the living room nowadays. But then it hit me – I’ve also got these cool painted frames I’ve been picking up in antique shops. And one was even hanging in my sewing nook because I just liked it there. Roger cut the spool racks into pieces so they’d fit in the frames, and voila!
Here are some other ways we’ve used junk or treasures we already had lying around, or went out and hunted down… (click on the pictures to see the details!)
Vintage sewing machine drawers for ribbons/lace, old shoe form for tools .
An old family piece. Umbrella stand as scrap bin.
Old file cabinet, perfect for patterns!
Mom’s parfait glass as button bouquet and her teacup as pincushion.
Jewelry drawer divider as presser foot file.
Fabric stash hanging on an old ladder and clothing rack.
Old shutter for hanging things.
More fabric on my uncle Henry’s blanket rack.
Zippers in a teapot, of course! And buttons to cover in a cigar box. Where else?
Patterns too pretty to put in a drawer.
Zippers on coat hooks!
A shabby old window to organize odds and ends.
We’re finally done unpacking, and I can see the floor! Yay for storage! (This is actually in the laundry room, not the sewing nook. I’m gradually taking over the whole condo. Shhh.)
OK, I showed you mine, now what about yours? How do you store your stash?