In order to properly feel creative, you must have a creative space in which you feel comfortable and inspired.
We have all experienced, after completing a sewing project, the disastrous mess of materials strewn about like a tornado ripped through your space.
Lucky for you, we have ideas to help prevent that mess from happening.
This article will highlight the eight key components to capturing the right “Chi” of your sewing room.
It will also explore how to properly organize a small or large sewing space.
Capturing the “Chi” of a sewing room
What is the meaning of “Chi?” The word, Chi, is a Chinese term that literally translates to “air,” “breath,” or “life energy.” When organizing any creative space; in this case the sewing space, it is critical to do so with “Chi” in mind. Be considerate of the room’s color, light, sound, smell, energy, furniture, organization materials, and size. Your sewing room should feel familiar, like a close friend that you are always excited to spend time with.
The color of your sewing room can impact your overall mood and temperament. Stay away from cool or drab tones like gray, gray-blue, dark blue or brown. Also, be weary of reds. To your brain, red translates to blood and is a very harsh color.
Stick to warm, pastel colors like: green, pink, yellow, purple and light blue. I recommend keeping the paint application simple. Stick to a one or two color scheme and stay away from wall designs and stencils so that you can hang up inspirational artwork and materials. Find more color ideas for your sewing room here.
The lighting of your sewing room is critical when seeing your product come into existence. If you cannot see your creation, how can you expect it to look refined?
Avoid dim lighting and artificial lighting. Try to utilize natural light as much as possible, but if you absolutely need to use artificial lighting then I recommend using light bulbs with “Dimmable” or “Daylight” in the description. The dimmable light is perfect for being able to precisely capture the exact light you need for your sewing project.
The daylight light bulbs will most resemble natural light and help “shed light” on your beautiful designs. Also, set up your sewing desk directly under a window, if possible. Make sure the window isn’t covered with blinds or curtains. Let the light in!
If you are staying up late, sewing the night away on your project and require accurate lighting then I recommend getting the TaoTronics Aluminum Alloy Dimmable LED Desk Lamp with a USB charging port. View the product here.
Not only does this dimmable lamp look sleek and compact, but it is also easy to maneuver and offers three color modes and six brightness levels! The color levels include: bright white, soft white and warm ivory.
If your eyes begin to feel strained and you feel the blood pounding behind your eyes, then I would recommend using the soft white or warm ivory color and dimming it to low to medium capacity. This will allow your eyes to relax and feel at ease.
Once you find the perfect setting, your lamp will automatically set it the next time you use it! Yes, that is correct, this lamp has a memory.
This ultra-slim lamp looks sharp and is not bulky in the slightest. You may even forget it is there. It is available for purchase in either silver or silver black. The TaoTronics lamp includes a USB port so you can even charge your phone, tablet or e-reader while you work! The lamp comes equipped with a one-year warranty and is guaranteed to last. You also do not have to worry about flickering light, which can be a true nuisance while you work.
If you find yourself working late a lot on projects, I definitely recommend utilizing task lighting. Task lighting is light that is directly above your sewing machine and desk. It helps to better light up the area surrounding your sewing machine making it easier to find materials and tools. Some modern machines come with task lighting, but many do not. I personally use the Daylight Company Slimline LED Floor Lamp.
You can also find similar lamps that clamp on directly to your desk, but I prefer the standing lamp.
You are able to adjust the height of this lamp from 37.5 inches to 51 inches. I love being able to choose how close or how far the light is from my face. With other lamps, I have found that the light they produce is glaring and blinding. Before discovering this lamp, I found myself straining my eyes a lot when I was only relying on the small light from my machine (the one located above the presser foot). Purchasing this Daylight LED light gave my eyes a much-needed break and I found myself working more efficiently. The long LED light does an excellent job at dispersing the light over a large area.
I strongly support using task lighting for all of your late-night projects.
The background noise of your sewing room is important when finding your sewing groove.
Once you find your sewing groove, everything is seamless and the next thing you know, hours have passed and the hunger pangs kick in. You want to avoid loud, unpleasant sounds and replace them with peaceful, tranquil sounds, such as: calming music, white noise, air purifiers, indoor water fountains and noise machines that create the ocean wave and wind chime sounds.
If you prefer silence while you work then so be it, but then you might get distracted by a dog barking, emergency sirens or other unexpected sounds.
Even something so simple as having the gentle whirring of a fan can help drown out the jarring background noises.
Keep channeling the creative flow by staying on track. We’ll talk about the whole sound matter in one of our future articles.
The scent of your sewing room appeals to your sense of relaxation.
A calm self is a creative self.
Lighting candles, incense or using a diffuser helps set the mood of your room. Working in a tranquil space helps alleviate the tension from your mind and body.
There are a variety of different calming scents to choose from and everyone has their favorites.Try finding candles, incense and essential oils in these scents: lavender, vanilla, orange, cinnamon, cedarwood, eucalyptus, sage, jasmine, lemongrass, grapefruit and lime.
A fresh smelling room keeps a fresh head, which allows stunning designs to be born.
See here for more information on how these scents are relaxing.
The energy or “life force” of your sewing room will help the creative juices flow out of you. This can be achieved with a positive peace of mind. Uncertainty and self-doubt are unwelcome in your sewing space.
Replace any second-guessing with visions and goals that you wish to achieve. If you are a visual crafter then draw out some sketches and designs or find patterns similar to your vision. This is your creative space, so be conscientious and only put out positive vibes.
Decorations in a room can also help add positive energy. Get a few plants or succulents to warm up and liven up your space. Hang your favorite sketches up on the walls for inspiration. Lay a vibrant rug down onto the floor for a splash of color. Place artwork or photographs on the walls or on your desk.
Make your space personal and welcoming.
The way you arrange the furniture in your sewing room decides the flow of your space. Upon entering the room, it should most of all, feel open and without the obstruction of any kind.
The chair you use needs to be comfortable. You have to be able to sit in it for a long period of time. Purchase an ergonomic chair offering excellent back support. Use a supportive back pillow to help you sit up straight.
Try a heat pack if your back muscles are feeling tense or sore.
A couch is a good idea if you need to lie down and stretch your neck and back. A couch is also helpful for channeling your ideas and visions. Sometimes you just need a place to feel inspired and it is not always where you physically create.
This is very important, though not always easy, try to keep your furniture free of clutter. You need to be able to sit comfortably at your desk, on your chair or on your inspirational couch. Purchase a basket or hamper and keep any extra fabric or loose materials in there until you have time to go through it and organize it properly. This will help keep your furniture looking like furniture instead of large raggedy monsters.
Where do you house all of your sewing products such as: fabrics, needles, bobbins, ribbons, threads, zippers and patterns?
First, you need to assess your sewing space. Utilize the walls, corners, and furniture.
Does your sewing desk have drawers? Purchase shelving and cheap, colorful boxes to keep your crafting materials in.
Visit The Container Store for various organizational containers to house your sewing bobbins, needles, beads, and other small objects. The Container Store is an online and brick-and-mortar store offering all of your eclectic storage needs.
Martha Stewart also has some beautiful and inexpensive ideas for organizing your crafting room. See here for more details.
The size of your sewing room decides the layout of your space. Most importantly, you never want your creative space to feel cramped or crowded. Your sewing room should be open and clear of any obstructions or obstacles. You need to be able to move effortlessly in your space.
If you have a large sewing room, then you are very fortunate. Having a larger space to create in is ideal. It makes it easier to install large shelves so you can better organize your sewing materials. You can easily set up a nice big sewing desk with drawers, a drafting table and a couch without the room feeling too crowded.
Bookcases are also a great way to organize your sewing materials, but this is only an option if you have the space for it.
Not everyone, however, has a large, spare room to use solely for sewing.
How do you make use of your sewing space if you are only able to work in a small room? The walls are your best bet! Install shelving to organize your sewing materials.
Use the corners of the room to place a dresser, a cushy chair or install corner shelves in.
There are tables that have drawers in the middle and flaps that fold down on both sides. This is a great option if you are living in a studio apartment or only have a bedroom to sew in because when you aren’t creating, you can simply wheel your collapsible desk into a corner so it is completely out of the way.
Just remember, there are always options.
Take pride in your creative space and do not forget to tidy it up and clean it. A clean space is a healthy and happy place. Remember to always keep “Chi” in mind when organizing and designing your sewing room. Hopefully, this article was helpful and if you have any more questions please do not hesitate to post them below. Happy sewing and have fun designing your new sewing room!