Wednesday, April 14, 2010

$85 Craft Room Unveiling!

After two years of dragging my sewing stuff to and from my dining room & basement I decided enough was enough and finally set up a crafting room!  We had a small room that was just a catch-all for a lot of random stuff:

Ugh!  Kitchen crap, gardening stuff, there was even a car battery in there (courtesy of my husband).  I saw some potential though, so I made my crafting paradise using stuff I had lurking around and an $85 budget.  After a serious clear out I organized the room into work stations so it would be easy to just get to crafting instead of spending most of that precious time searching for & dragging out stuff.  I'm pretty proud of how it turned out.  So come on in and take a little tour with me:

Here's my sewing nook. The shelves now keep all my sewing books, threads, knitting, ribbons & fabrics in plain sight (using a bunch of canning and storage jars & baskets).

A $20 Ikea table combined with a wheelie drawer unit from my bedroom closet keeps all my notions within while I'm working on my sewing machine.

A $5 Ikea ironing board made hip with a ladybug fabric cover, my old mini cupboard revamped with scrapbook paper + a saucy tote from the $1 section at Michaels:

For making tasty treats & doing papercrafts I've now got counter space to work:

And easy access to all my molds, decorations & tools in an organized cupboard (again with my canning jars and recycled baby formula containers)

Beneath it is counter space to do paper crafts and drawer for all the necessary paper goodies:

This little drawer unit is the perfect home for all the little paints, cards & embellishments:

My drop side counter is now my cutting & assembling station.

The shelves beneath it store all my patterns, ironing & fastening gear.

Using random stuff from around the house with some slight cute-ifying, some $1 section finds and cheap table & chairs from Ikea, my crafting dreams have come true.  It still amazes me that everything is right here & easy to find.  No more sifting through boxes or piles.  There's also the added bonus that when I'm in the middle of a project I can just close the door instead of having to scoop it all up and toss it in a heap in the basement only to drag it all back up in 24hrs.  And besides aesthetically looking better, it's also a lot safer for the soon-to-be mobile baby in the house.  Now I just need to get a bit more time to really break this room in properly...

P.S. Don't forget to add your links to my Craftastic Party!  I'm leaving it open until 12pm Thursday so everyone can add their fab crafts!

Sharing with:

Organize & Decorate Everything's Organize Your Stuff
Blue Cricket Design's Show & Tell 
The Thrifty Home's Penny Pinching Party 
Somewhat Simple's SYS Party
Fireflies & Jellybeans SYS Party
Life As Lori's Get Your Craft On
It's Fun To Craft's Look At Me I'm So Crafty
Remodelaholic's Anonymous Share Your Story Friday
Making The World Cuter Monday
The Girl Creative's Just Something I Whipped Up 
Tatertots & Jello's Weekend Wrap-Up
I Heart Naptime's Sundae Scoop


  1. So jealous! I hope my next house has a room just for me. :)

  2. Good for you! This is great! I'm still in the stage of dragging my sewing machine to and from the dining room table... hope to have a more permanent place for it at some point.

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. So fun. I have a crafting corner...but I still drag a lot of stuff to the kitchen table. Congrats on a lovely space.

  4. Oh what a great little space! It's amazing how big it looks with all of the storage you have in there. Have fun crafting and sewing there!

  5. Wow that's quite the room! I love it!

    I would love it if you joined my "Saturday is Crafty Day" party on April 24th! Stop by my blog for details.

  6. Thanks for joining the party. Your space is wonderful and you're right the best part is that you don't have to scoop everything up when you're in the middle of creating.

  7. I covet thy crafting room.


    I used to have one- then we moved.
    Maybe again one day?

    looks great!

  8. It's beautiful and so organized. You're going to get so much done in that fabulous craft room =)

  9. I love your craft room, and am really jealous. I've finally decided that it doesn't work having my sewing machine upstairs and the only table big enough for cutting and ironing board downstairs, so I'm taking over our guest bedroom, but definitely need some more organised storage space. You've given me some great ideas (and also reminded me that I should give the room a bit of crafty style as well!). Maybe one day I'll have a similar post...

  10. You are so beautifully organized now! I predict many happy, creative hours to be spent here :)

  11. It must be wonderful to have a designated place for all these things. Love the way you organized and the colors are so creative and inspiring!

  12. what a lucky lady you are. Hope you've given yourself a nice little pat on the back for creating a lovely space in such a satisfyingly thrifty way.
    N x

  13. It turned out great!

    I have the little notebook that matches the "Housework Can't Kill" box you have. LOVE it!

  14. I am a bit jealous! My "craftroom" is my livingroom which is also our playroom!

    But yours did turn out FABULOUS! Great job!

  15. That's wonderful, I am so glad you've got a little spot all of your own. Cause who wants to spend time lugging stuff around and searching when you could be crafting! Looks light, airy, and bright too. Can't wait to see all the great things you do there.

  16. oh that is so nice i just have my dinning room table haha and my chair in the living room.hope to have a place to call my own lol

  17. Morning!!

    I would so love to have a little craft space all my own!! That room is great! Great job!!

    Visiting you from the FF! Hope you'll come visit me too!

  18. I love how you made good use of the space! I have been trying to redo my little studio as well and I love how you did yours for under $100. That is fabulous!

  19. Popping over from New Friend Friday at the Girl Creative!!

    What an amazing space! You blow my mind with you ability to organize all that! GREAT JOB!!!!


  20. How awesome that you have a space for all of it now! I do the drag it to the dining room table thing- All. The. Time! lol. So, good for you.


  21. Following now from Trendy Treehouse. I love the sewing room, and all your organizational strategies!!!

  22. Wow great job! I would LOVE a sewing nook! New FF. Have a great day!

  23. WOW! Very creative!!

    Hey! I'm visiting from Friday Follow. Happy Friday!

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  24. Wow! Incredible. I must admit I am a bit jealous. I would love to have something like that. I get so tired of having to drag everything out and then put it all back finished or not. Following from Friday Follow!!

  25. way cute! I love having my craft room. for a while it was in my room - when my girls were old enough to share a room - i moved them in together and created my space with a shelf for them too. So they have a crafting space too! We all love it! kg

  26. I LOVE your craft room! I only wish mine was that organized!!! I’m another new follower! Feel free to check out my blog as well!
    Happy Friday Follow! Hope to Blog with you again soon!

  27. Hi I'm hopping in too friday Follow.
    YOu can follow me at

  28. That looks really great, so neat and organized! I am a new follower from Friday Follow, so glad to have found your cute blog. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!


  29. Great post!

    Happy FF! Just stopping by to say hello! Have a great weekend!

  30. WOW! This is wonderful...

    Thanks for joining Get Your Craft on Thursday. Please join me next week for another great party!

  31. Hey Cheryl, This is Leanne from Organize & Decorate Everything. Guess what? You won the giveaway. Congrats! Send me an e-mail at with your mailing address so I can get your fun goodies mailed out to you.

  32. Wow! This looks great! My craft "area" is a dark corner of our basement! I'm a new follower and would be looking to link up at your party next week!

  33. Lucky you! I keep finding myself considering kicking one of the kids out of their room so that I can have a craft room, but it looks like I'll be waiting until they leave for college or something. A tray table is about all I get most days...

  34. You have created a beautiful and functional space for yourself. I am still in "haul out what I need" mode, but someday I hope to have a dedicated space for all my creative stuff!

  35. Wow that's one sweet sewing room. Every girl that sews needs an awesome space to create.
    Stopping by from SITS.
    Thanks so much for the great post, visit me sometime.

    Awesome! I was visiting from SITS, I'll have to check out this book. You should stop by and visit me sometime, I'd love it.

  36. Awesome! One day I hope to have mine all cute.
    I'd love if you linked up to my Scrappy Saturdays:

  37. great job! i need to do this, thanks for the inspirtaion! I'd love for to link it up here

  38. Wow Thats so cool

    i got tons of ideas for my home

    What a beautiful blog you have here

    I am hopping in from Friday Follow and I am your newest follower
    Please do visit me and join me as it would be an honor for me to have you as follower

    have a great day,


  39. I love that space. I am jealous. It is so cozy and cute!! Thanks for sharing at 'Look at me, I'm SO Crafty!' at Fun to Craft.

  40. Congrats on the new space, it looks fabulous! :-)


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