brand new shiny craftroom

My craftroom overhaul was successfully completed earlier this week and I’m in seventh heaven. It’s so easy now to see all my fabric at once. And all this empty space to lay things out. My big clear work table surface to draw/cut/work on. It’s awesome! And so worth the near panic attacks I had last weekend when the room was completely dismantled into one huge pile of chaotic mess.

I took out a whole set of shelves and redistributed stuff all over the house, mostly to the basement. Here the essentials are left over. My favorite fabrics and books. And off to the side, why the shelves were banished, to make room for my new felt wall! Thanks to Amy’s great how-to post I now have a magic wall to which fabric miraculously sticks. What a great way to work on a design. I’m working on a baby quilt for a friend and it is so cool to be able to lay the whole thing out first.

I needed a new button storage system since the printers drawer they lived in was stashed under the exiled shelves. Jelly jars is what I came up with. Tim is skeptical as to how easy they’ll be to access but right now I’m just in love with how they look. We’ll see how it fares after the romance is over.

A new shelf for the dollhouse waiting to be redecorated.

All the CD’s were banned to the basement and I got a whole new set of shelves for little this’s and that’s.


64 thoughts on “brand new shiny craftroom

  1. Samantha says:

    I often think that I have way too much fabric and then I look at other’s craft rooms. I reassure myself that my fabric hoarding is perfectly normal.
    It all looks very organised. I am impressed!

  2. JoAnn says:

    Great Job on the overhaul and congratulations. What a great way to start out the year. Can’t wait to see your new creations.

  3. Julia says:

    Gorgeous!! I would love to just wander around your craft room and look at things. One day, I hope to have a craft room too! Right now, I just have a little apartment I share with a roommate. You are very lucky. =)

  4. Lori says:

    Wow!!!! What an inspiring space! Good shelving is the key. This gives me some great ideas for the basement studio we are working on. The felt wall is genius! I think I need one of those.
    …. glad you didn’t throw everything out for DDR….

  5. Ginny says:

    I love the button jars!!! My dad did this in his workshop with nuts and bolts and screws. I will always remember the old Skippy pnut butter jars he used. Yours are much prettier, of course! Thanks for the visit down memory lane.

  6. Julia says:

    Lovely! The order of it all really is relaxing just to look at. The colors and patterns all together are so beautiful … and I just love to look at people’s studios.
    I’m jealous; I’ve been just walking by my office for months, averting my eyes with a twinge of pain at the stacks of things and no surfaces at which to work. I can’t believe I have put it off so long! I can’t decide on paint, so I can’t decide on shelving, so I can’t move in my desk and work table, and so on, and so forth. Can you believe I got a new sewing machine EIGHT months ago, and it’s still in its box? That is just silly. These pictures of your completed space have inspired me … thanks!

  7. hannah says:

    oh hillary, it looks wonderful!! it feels so good to reorganize. i cant wait to tackle my space in the spring. i think i have finally talked my dad into making a table for me. we might borrow yours for inspiration. the baby quilt is BEAUTIFUL! that felt wall, its like magic…

  8. jennifer says:

    i’m so jealous. my space has been in a state of disaster since christmas. i’ll have to work on that. i saw today that you sent alicia at posie some smiley face cookies. i grew up in evanston and they were my friend danielle’s favorite – it was always a big deal to go get some smiley face cookies…

  9. Li Wu says:

    Ahhh… Congratulations! Everything looks so lovely and I bet this is going to inspire you to be more creative, if that’s even possible… It looks like you had several layers on your felt wall; did you pin them up?
    I can totally relate to the near panic attach. Last year we went through our house and tried to organize our books and book shelves. For almost a month we had no visitors because all the books were piled in the formal living room waiting to be sorted. Right now my 15-month-old occupies our “office” and I so wish I can have that space back…

  10. Sandrine (alias Didine!) says:

    Ok ! At first sight my eyes jumped off my head, it just rocks my socks off !! It’s amazing how much fabrics you have !! After I try to understand how the jelly jars were “hanging” under the shelf ?? My husband laughed at me and told me : “this idea is old like the world” ;o( I know sometimes I can be stupid but I think it’s the best idea ever !!! Can I also ask you what is the thing you use to put your bobbins on ?? I’m searching for the best way to storage them !! Thanks a lot my dear Hillary ! Once again you made my day ! Hugs from Belgium !

  11. autum says:

    Wow! That is so pretty. It must be so nice to work in there. I would want to just sit and look at it though. I love that your organization is also pretty. My uncle keeps nails and screws in baby food jars under a shelf. I may have to try that with my buttons. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Laural says:

    Looks beautiful! I have been thinking about putting my buttons into jars as well. It would be a big improvement for me, because right now they are just in a box, all mixed up!

  13. Sarah says:

    Wow, this is awesome! I am so inspired to get my act together and finish up all the plans I have for my crafty area… Right now I have things all over the place and not nearly organized enough. Thanks for the inspiration!

  14. margaret says:

    great looking workspace, love the button jars! what do you do with your lace and ribbon, any good ideas? I always mean to keep it tidy but it ends up in a large tangled ball, ho hum …

  15. Windy City Wendy says:

    The button jars look great. My collection has outgrown that size of jar, but I’ve found that cigar boxes work great for storing them. I have labels marking the colors on the front of them right now, but I keep telling myself that one day I’ll do something more fun like hot glue one to the front to identify the color family inside. Happy crafting!
    ps – The jars brought back a great memory of my grandfather’s workshop. He had all of his nails and screws in baby food jars with the lids attached to a beam over his workbench.

  16. emily says:

    wow, this is awesome! congrats on a brilliant setup. Just looking at the pictures is enough to make me inspired… I can’t imagine being able to work/play in this space!

  17. KiWi says:

    gorgeous! My personal goal for this year is to get organized and my craft room is the least organized room in the house. It’s gotten worse since I opened my Etsy shop.

  18. krista says:

    Great job! I am envious…
    And the jars are great, my girlfriend spent a few years living and traveling in her van and got really good at using space, naturally. She was a cook, and used your same jar method to store her spices and other dried goods, it kept them organized and safe and dry.
    Brilliant space saver too!
    Your room looks gorgeous.

  19. Jessica says:

    The room looks great. I think the button jars are a great idea too! Thanks for sharing…I had wondered what your craftroom must look like as you are always producing such interesting stuff!

  20. brandie says:

    such a great space! a place for everything and everything in it’s place. your fabric stash is quite enviable! and it looks like you have some great light in your room. just lovely!

  21. melly says:

    Oh My!!!! You make me want to do that too! I need more storage space!
    I invite you to come see my blog! I have done some wonderful screenprinted squares and think you would love them!

  22. molly says:

    oh my goodness this is inspiring. I just want to come in and look around, mouth open, coveting thoughts swirling in my head.
    I tend to believe your jelly jars will work since they are color coordinated! I have my buttons in a jar, except its like a quart jar or something. That’s not too practical!!

  23. kelly says:

    fantastic! i’ve been doing the same thing over here, although my process seems to be taking months, rather than a weekend! love the shots of your new space – it looks fun and sunshine-y!

  24. coffee-drinker says:

    oo, i am so jealous! i attempted that this weekend, but only made it across one side before being distracted by tiny izone polaroids that had been scattered on the floor & a failed attempt at going through boxes of sketchbooks and projects from college… eesh, anyway, it’s now been over a year since we talked about swapping, i actually made you a little something special way back when, shall i send it to you?!

  25. linda says:

    Great job with the craft room! Have you seen the new issue of Country Living? There’s a whole feature about craft rooms…you should check it out. Keep up the great work 🙂

  26. ellia hill says:

    your spot is just flippin’ awesome!!!! what great organizing ideas!!! now, you make me wanna reorganize mine… (its in dire need of paint first)… but your stash is to drool for!!!! wow!! beautiful! how long did it take to collect all of that, and make too?!

  27. Sooz says:

    Oh wowowow!
    I sooo wanted to sit there and start exploring!
    Love love love the button pots – how very clever!
    What an inspiring work(fun) space! I’m drooling!

  28. stace says:

    Wow. Looks great! I’ve been trying to unclutter but I’ve kind of slowed down to a halt. My clutter is way better than it was, but I’m tired of cleaning. I want to create! Doesn’t it just make you want to jump in and make something? Great job! I want a craft room!

  29. steph says:

    How do you keep Oscar out of your fabric stash?! I’m thinking the stacks are laid up HIGH on a shelf!
    Your craftroom….SOOOOOOOOOO, sew beautiful! You deserve the best space for your handiwork, I love everything you do (delurking to say so!)

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