Craft Room Organization Inspiration

Your craft room is a place for creativity, but just because it’s a creative space doesn’t mean it needs to be a disaster. We found quite a few handy tips on how to organize your crafting supplies, here are some of our favorites. 

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I have always appreciated a good pegboard. They’re such a flexible storage option since you can add or remove different aspects as your storage needs change. You won’t want to miss the transformation of this room on Just Call Me Homegirl.

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Polka Dot Poplars created this genius storage tower as a way to organize all the little things that seem to drop to the bottom of drawers. She made these fun colored jars just to match her room decor, the details on that little project are also over on her blog.

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If you’re not a fan of the bare pegboard, check out this great alternative over on Southern Hospitality. She also shares a great organization tip for all that ribbon you have laying around.

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I wish I could tell you how hard it was to pick just one photo to share from In My Own Style. This is one of the most beautiful and organized craft rooms I’ve seen yet. I love the idea of this chest of drawers for organizing all those small pieces that don’t seem to have a home of there own. Bonus: the labels on these drawers can easily be changed! You don’t want to miss this one!
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This is a fun way to display small bottles of paint. Today’s Creative Life used an everyday item from the home improvement store to create this cute (and functional) display.

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While this project might be one of the more time consuming projects included in this article, I think it would be well worth the effort. Create & Babble has the perfect storage solution for all you vinyl junkies out there! (Plus an amazing tutorial that anyone could follow.)

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Here is one more solution to the half empty paint bottle issue. This beautiful storage solution was created using repurposed drawers. Sadie Seasongoods has all the details on her blog.

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If you don’t have the luxury of an entire room devoted to crafting, a closet might have to do. The Creativity Exchange utilized smaller shelving units inside the main cabinet along with storage on the backside of doors to make the most out of her space.

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This storage solution is so pretty it doubles as decor, and it only cost $10! Craptastic shares an excellent tutorial on how to make this easy project.

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Fabric is one thing that has the potential to take up so much space, and get unorganized quickly! Bryn Alexandra uses hanging shoe storage to display her fabric in a way that’s both easy to see and out of the way.

 

Do you have any craft room organization tips? We’d love to hear them. Comment below if you have a solution for anything we might’ve missed!

 

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How to Make a Fleece Lounging Gown

DIY Wooden Angel Wings

 

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How to Plan Your Creative Projects for the Entire Year

It’s time to plan out my creative projects for the next year. This time, I decided to share how I plan my projects for an entire year. You will be amazed how much you can accomplish with a bit of organization early in the year! This is a sponsored post. Any opinions given are completely my own.

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Quilters Planner and Magazine

Creativity Requires Planning

Blogging as a creative person requires planning to accomplish projects. I tend to start things and not finish, buy too many supplies that I never use, or have a great idea that gets forgotten in the chaos. That’s how creativity works, we are not an organized lot.

However, I have learned that if I spend a bit of time planning I can accomplish so much more! By using a special creative calendar everything comes together in one spot!

After searching the internet extensively for a suitable planner, I came across the Quilter’s Planner. It has exactly what I was looking for: Inspirational photos and projects, areas for sketching, keeping swatches, spiral bound and compact in size. I am so excited to start using it!

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Quilters Planner inside cover comes with beautiful quotes and project ideas.

The pages of the planner are bound with a spiral binding. This makes it easy to flip to the current month. On each monthly tab is an inspirational quote and beautiful project. I spend a couple of hours reading through all the projects in the free magazine. Love them all! I chose a few from the magazine to put on my calendar to work on.

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Creative Project Resources

Towards the back of the planner are the resource pages. There are spots for each project where you can save patterns, sketch, and make cutting notes. This is great for me since I usually jot things down on little scraps of paper that get lost. Having it all together will make things much easier to accomplish!

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Adding swatches to the book is a great way to know what you have in your fabric stash. I plan to take this book shopping with me when looking for fabrics, that way I know what I have and can match colors/prints without guessing.

I am terrible at guessing!

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The free Quilter’s Planner magazine comes with the planner and has lots of great projects. If you are a beginning quilter, there are small projects too that will get you inspired to do more. I love mixing small projects and large ones during the year.

Here’s how you can maximize your creative productivity during the year.

5 Ways to Increase Your Creative Productivity

  1. Plan your projects for the entire year at one time. This keeps you from getting off track of your goal and will allow you to get more done. It will also save you money!
  2. Keep sketches and swatches in the calendar book. Most of the time we don’t get things done because we forget what we were doing or can’t find our notes. Keeping it all together will make a world of difference!
  3. Spread out large projects.  I plan one large project (such as a queen size quilt) over a two month time frame. Sometimes I can plan one a month, but I get frustrated if I don’t get it done in time. It’s better to plan extra time to finish it, then you can add an additional project if it’s completed before your deadline. My goal this year is to sew 6 quilts, one every two months.
  4. Alternate large project with small ones. Small projects that are easy to accomplish are great for a sewing on a single weekend or making for gifts. I plan these projects in-between the large ones to give myself a mental break. This is especially important when a large project takes longer than I had anticipated to finish. It keeps me motivated and makes me feel good to accomplish something.
  5. Plan your gift giving early in the year. Making gifts to give is a wonderful thing. However, starting them two weeks before the event is very stressful and can make you miserable. Plan your gifts ahead with a set budget and time frame so it doesn’t become an overwhelming task.

Thanks to the Quilter’s Planner for sponsoring this post!

Order your Quilter’s Planner here through my affiliate link. Start planning today!

 

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DIY Holiday Doll Clothes Banner

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DIY Holiday Doll Clothes Banner

This cute little doll clothes project is quick to make with scraps from your fabric stash. If you have a young one who wants to learn to sew, this would be a great project for them! This is a sponsored post. Any opinions given are completely my own.

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Doll Clothes Garland

There is something so charming about a doll clothes banner/garland, especially one that mimics everyday life. This doll clothes project is quick to machine sew, or even stitch by hand. The winter shirts and trousers look like they came from vintage Grandpa’s closet. We don’t actually have any dolls at our house, because our family is all boys. However, I am sure these tiny garments would fit any Barbie  or Ken doll quite well.

Thanks to Hoffman Fabrics of California for supplying the adorable Christmas Tree print and black and white stripe fabrics. You can see more of their holiday fabric collection here.

These scraps of fabric came from a couple of my recent projects but you could also cut up old clothes for this project.  If you want to see more of how the original projects turned out, take a look at the Ragged Baby Quilt and Men’s Hoodie Pajamas.  They turned out pretty nice!

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For this project you will need:

Doll Clothes Garland Supplies

  1. 1/4 yard of red and black check fabric
  2. 1/4 yard of Christmas tree fabric
  3. 1/4 yard of black pin stripe fabric.
  4. 1 yard or more of twine
  5. Miniature clothes pins
  6. McCalls pattern #6051

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This deer head shirt was made by cutting up print fabric and sewing it on with a zig zag stitch.

This project was a bit of a mash up with the different fabrics. I started with the basic top and bottom pieces in the red/black print, then cut strips of the same fabric to decorate the other pieces as a contrast. I had fun appliquéing the little trees on the top and pants as patches with a simple zig zag stitch. Alternatively, you could use fusible interfacing to glue them in place instead of sewing. The fabric strips on the cuffs were zig zagged on top of the raw edges to give them a charming homespun look. Nothing was hemmed, I prefer the raw edges.

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Directions:

  1. Cut out banner pattern pieces. You will need three tops (one of each print), and two pants to coordinate with the top pieces.
  2. Cut out tree shaped as an oval from printed tree fabric, zig zag stitch on to knees of black and red print pants.  Cut one tree out and attach to front of red and black print shirt with zig zag.
  3. Cut six 1″ wide x 3″ long small strips of red and black fabric for cuffs. Sew on to tree print shirt. Sew remaining pieces on to the bottom of the black stripe pants.
  4. Make an oval shape out the head of one reindeer and sew it onto the red and back print shirt with zigzag stitching.
  5. Stitch the black and print collar on to the reindeer shirt.
  6. Sew the side seams together of each shirt with right sides together using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Clip the underarm area so you can turn them right side out. Press lightly.
  7. Stitch the top seam of the pants by turning under 1/4″ on the top edge.
  8. Sew the crotch seam of the pants together (it looks like a side seam) matching wrong sides together, using a 1/4″ seam allowance.  Finish by sewing the leg seam together, then turn right side out. Clip the crotch area if needed to get pants to lay flat.
  9. Cut a piece of twine 40″ long.
  10. Hang the doll clothes onto the twine with mini clothes pins.

I think this garland would be adorable in a child’s room, or even on a fireplace mantle. Christmas lights add to the festive look!

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12 Easy DIY Christmas Stockings

Christmas is here! It’s hard to believe it’s less than one month away. Whether you use your Christmas stockings as decoration or you fill them with goodies, they are a staple in most holiday decor. Here are a few easy DIY Christmas stockings to hang on your mantle this year. 

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These fun stockings require minimal sewing, in fact you could probably even accomplish them without a sewing machine! Room for Tuesday used a pre-made stocking as the form for these stockings, making it so easy to achieve the perfect shape.

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Who says all stockings have to have traditional Christmas designs? Add an unexpected surprise to your mantle this year with these adorable ice cream stockings by My Poppet Makes.

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You could already have everything you need to create this stocking! Seeking Lavender Lane repurposed a dish towel to create a stocking perfect for her home decor.

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You know you have a sweater lying around somewhere that you just never wear.  Maybe it doesn’t fit, maybe it’s too itchy. An Extraordinary Day shares an excellent way to bring you neglected sweater back to life.

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Houseful of Handmade uses a drop cloth to create these personalized stockings. This would be a great way to create a uniform look while keeping each stocking unique.

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Although these stockings look more complicated than some, they are great for even the beginner crafter. Homemade Ginger uses a free (and super easy) pattern to create these colorful stockings.

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Here is another way to use that old sweater lying around your home. Sustain My Craft Habit chose to combine it with festive flannel for her holiday stockings.

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Every child (especially boys) goes through a cowboy stage. If you have a little guy who’s going though that stage right now, Dream a Little Bigger has a perfect pattern for you!

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Polished Habitat needed a quick solution to Christmas stockings. These are the easiest of all! Fabric and glue is all you need to dress up these cheap burlap stockings.

 

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This felted sweater stocking from My Repurposed Life is so Christmasy. She shares some excellent tips & tricks on how to make your project as simple as possible.

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Here’s one last upcycled stocking for you! You’ll never believe what DIY Candy used to create this colorful stocking.

 

Are you ready to create now? I know I am! 

 

If you’re still looking for more holiday inspiration, check out these other posts: 

Festive Cocktails for Holiday Parties

30 Fabulous Gifts for Women Over 50

DIY Decorative Holiday Pillow Roundup

Three Things to Make Your Winter Wreath Stand Out

Spiced Hot Apple Cider

 

 

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Sew Along Masterclass Poll, Help Find the Dream!

Planning this Sew Along Masterclass for next year. Now is your chance to give me your opinion on what you want to learn and  help me find the dream!

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Coming in 2018, the Sew Along Masterclass!

2018 Sew Along Masterclass

I have been working behind the scenes for several months planning my blog content for the next year. It’s been a whirlwind battle, one that I have finally won and mastered.

It hasn’t been an easy journey.

At first I wasn’t even sure I would be blogging next year. Growth on the blog has been slow and I am frustrated with the way things have been going the last couple of years. The millions of followers that I expected to have when I began blogging 8 years ago just aren’t there despite the considerable time and effort that I put into this business.

I even started looking for full time apparel design jobs, which I haven’t done since 1994.

There were even full time job interviews. Several of them. However, in the long run I decided that I just can’t go back to working for a large corporation just yet.

Finishing the Blogging Dream

It’s hard to give up on a dream. This blogging dream isn’t finished yet. When I started this blog so long ago I always had the thought that I would go back to my fashion design roots at some point and become a fashion blogger. At the time I began writing in 2009, it seemed like growing my following through home decor would be the hard part, and becoming a fashion blogger at some point in the future would be an easier thing to do once I was established. Fashion is something I understand.

Now is the time to see where this dream goes, this blog journey is beginning anew. As a lifestyle branded blog, Designers Sweet Spot has the potential to not only be a home decor brand, but also fashion brand as well. A few months ago, I launched a new pattern shop called Chambray Blues.com. This domain is where you can purchase my original sewing patterns, sewing supplies, fabric and video sewing tutorials (coming soon!). See the Link in side bar and in header of this page or click on the link below:

VISIT MY SHOP CHAMBRAY BLUES.COM

Sew Along Master Class Insights

My sewing posts are some of my most read content. Thousands of page views over the last 8 years have proven this content to be valuable and what people really want to learn. I am excited to offer an entire 12 months of Sew Along Tutorials and accompanying patterns in 2018.

But, I need your help. This is a huge year long commitment for me. I need to know if this is what YOU the reader REALLY want to learn about here on the blog. You will have the option of sewing one project, several projects, or all of the projects as you choose during the 2018 year.

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The 12 Month Sew Along Masterclass will Include:

  1. Funnel Neck Knit Sweat Shirt
  2. Knit Fit and Flare Tunic with Variegated Hem
  3. Unisex Sleepwear Flannel Pajama pants
  4. Spring Floral Sack Dress
  5. Little Black Party Dress
  6. Loosely Flowing Caftan
  7. Men’s Boxer Shorts
  8. Home Decor Rag Baby Quilt
  9. Home Decor Duvet Cover
  10. Home Decor Pillow Shams
  11. Japanese Knot Bag
  12. Unisex Fleece Robe

These 12 projects have been selected for their simple design and require only basic sewing skills. You will learn step by step how to choose fabrics and supplies, print and assemble the patterns, alter patterns to fit your body type, properly layout/cut each item, and sew each one like a BOSS.

Could you take a few minutes to complete this short survey and give me your opinion? It will take less than 5 minutes of your time.

TAKE THE 2018 SEWING MASTERCLASS SURVEY HERE

Thank you for your support!

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How to Craft Seriously Cute Denim Quilted Coasters

How to Hem Jeans

Simple Pillow Tutorial

Sewing with Peach Skin

Sewing a Cowl Blouse

7 Easy Beginner Sewing Projects

 

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