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Sewing Storage

Sewing Storage

You may remember I have a nook in my living room that is probably meant for a dining table (mine is in the bay window instead) but in the year I’ve lived here has acted as a place to temporarily dump all the moving boxes and IKEA packaging, storage for things I didn’t know what to do with and somewhere to dry my laundry. No more!

sewing table

My dad was getting rid of this TV unit so I asked for it, just as something to put in that space. At the weekend I was looking for my box of ribbon and realised I could use it to store all my sewing stuff. Before, it was scattered around the flat, with my poor sewing maching dumped on the floor of my studio and my fabric folded away in a plastic crate. I moved it all over and it’s perfect. Ideally, everything would be in my studio, but it’s too small even to sew at my desk and really I do all my sewing in the living room anyway.

Sewing Storage

The left drawer has all my tapestry canvas and other bits and bobs, while the right drawer holds all my fabric for easier rummaging. The shelves above are perfect for my tins of ribbon and tapestry wool, a few books and my Spoonflower colour chart.

Sewing Storage

I moved through a few decorative things from my studio for on top including a jar of my favourite buttons, a tin of less exciting buttons, a cardboard house of sewing notions and the inspirational print Etsy sent me. My sewing machine sits on top too, ready to be moved to the dining table for sewing. I’m also thinking, since it’s IKEA, that I could quite easily buy some extra table legs and extend it to sitting height so it’s even more useful. I’m already much more inspired to get back to my dressmaking!


Hello! I’m Marceline Smith, the designer and owner of Asking For Trouble. I create illustrated stationery, accessories and gifts using my cute characters inspired by Japanese kawaii. This is my business and personal blog where I write about my creative doings, inspirations, travels, Japan trips and daily life. Read more »

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