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Sewing Studio update part 1

My sewing studio update stalled for awhile. I got enough done so I could sew and took a rest.  Six months is probably a little excessive, even bears don’t hibernate that long.  On Monday, I decided to tackle the job again, I decided that I would spend an hour and then stop. An hour seems a manageable and reasonable amount time. Right?

studio.sewing.room.re.do.2014.001I started at 8 am, when I looked up at the clock again, it was noon.  The huge pile of boxes hidden behind my dressing screen got attacked first. Then the mountain of unidentifiable stuff on top of my dresser.

This before photo actually doesn’t show the whole mess, but that’s enough so you get the idea.

sewing studio redo-behind the screenHere is the screen folded up. One of my friends found that screen in the street. It has been covered with various fabrics over the years. I love the Paris upholstery on it right now.

That giant garbage bag is full of random useless scraps, broken parts, and torn pattern pieces.

One of the things I accomplished last year, but haven’t shared with you, is how I organized the drawers in the dresser.

Using boxes from my hoard collection, I first painted them to match the floor. Originally, I had planned on displaying the boxes on shelves but storing them in the drawers actually worked better. I also used some other smaller and or narrower boxes to fit all my stuff. I cut cardboard cards to fit inside the boxes, using the flaps from the boxes first. I’m doing pretty well at my vow to use up what I have before buying more.


About Theresa Diaz Gray

Born in New York City, I grew up in California, and have lived in 3 countries and 6 states. I'm a first generation Cuban-American who lives in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. I'm committed to living an abundant and creative life and helping others do so too through DIY!


  1. Theresa, are you wrapping leftover fabric around cardboard cards? I can see the ribbon and trim wrapped like that and it looks like the fabric is too. What a great idea! I feel an organizing spree coming on. I have some fabric that is in bags and needs to be sorted……..thanks for the inspiration.

    • Hi Joanne,
      I have the long narrow scraps that are too small to put in the file boxes but larger than what I have in my scrap bin. I fold them over until they are slightly narrower than the cards then roll them. It really makes it easy to see what I have available when I want a small piece for a contrasting pocket or something.

      Winding the cards is a great project for when I am listening to TV (Husband says I don’t watch tv, he says I listen to it). It also makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something.


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