Sewing for boys! (plus a plea for votes)


Woohoo! I’m in the running for one of SIX competition spots for the upcoming season of Project Run and Play. I will be the first to say that there are some really fabulous ladies trying for a spot and I’ll be one lucky girl if I somehow made¬†the final cut. Voting ends Thursday!



Creating the Link inspired look for CraftingCon was a ton of fun and I’ll continue to look for “excuses” to get my geek sewing on. Being a Project Run and Play competitor would such an excuse! ūüėČ

Starman // All That Glitters - Project Run and Play //

Signature Style //

Though I’ve never officially been a part of Project Run and Play, you are encouraged to sew along, I’ve created looks inspired by competition prompts. Boy sewing was the perfect medium for the “All that glitters” and “Signature Style” themes.

Huginn and Muninn inspired costumes //

Even if I don’t make the final cut, I do hope to see some awesome BOY sewing projects. Sewing for boys rocks!


Don’t forget to vote:¬†Voting ends this Thursday.

Desert Island Sew Tour: Glass Onion Top by the Thousands


Hello and welcome to my stop on the Desert Island Sew blog tour. Just imagine you are stuck on a desert island with only one sewing pattern, what would that pattern be?

Mabel Madison Mondays // Glass Onion Top // April Showers //

Is it any surprise to you that if I could only pick one pattern to sew on a desert island, I’d pick the Glass Onion Top by Shwin Designs? I’ve sewn many and will continue to use the pattern as a staple in Pen’s wardrobe.

Anytime At All Tee // Glass Onion // Kids Clothes Week //

The pattern is pretty versatile. Heck, it is so versatile that I’ve yet to sew a version without some sort of mod. The penguin version had a full back, long sleeves, and was made with knit fabric.

Star Trek - Janice Rand inspired look for CraftingCon by PenSeb&Rox / rk-0903

I also did a similar modification when making the Star Trek inspired uniform dress to complete the Janice Rand inspired outfit.

Mabel Madison Mondays // Glass Onion Top // April Showers //

I even wrote a bit about my experiences modifying the back while using woven fabric for a simple pull-over dress.

The pull-over version worked well enough that it has become a warm weather staple to use up all the amazing woven prints I’ve come across. I always have trouble using up my wovens!

Even without finding myself stranded on a desert island with ONE sewing pattern, I’m sure the Glass Onion Top will continue to¬†be¬†an often used pattern¬†by me.


Sew 20 Desert Island Sew Tour

7/18/16 to 7/22/16


Use #desertislandsew on social media to play along!

7/18 Sew 20 Tour Launch | Very Blissful | Lulu & Celeste | The Wholesome Mama

7/19 House of Estrela | FABulous Home Sewn | create3.5

7/20 Beri Bee Designs | mahlicadesigns

7/21 Rebel & Malice | Sew Starly | The Berry Bunch | Sewing By Ti

7/22 Candice Ayala | PenSeb&Rox | Mae & K | Sew 20 Social Media Round-up

7/25 Sew 20 Tour Wrap-up

Link’s Skateboard Tutorial

Link's Skateboard //

Today I reveal my contestant look for July’s CraftingCon theme, The Legend of Zelda, over at the official CraftingCon blog. The project is something I’ve been planning for months and I’m super excited about the end results. Be sure to check out the post after reading a bit more about my adventures with making the custom painted skateboard.



The whole outfit idea came together when I had the passing thought that if Link existed in 2016, his shield would totally double as a skateboard. Of course that meant I just had to custom paint a skateboard to complete the look.


Three things came into play when I selected a skateboard to use for this project:
1. ¬†Size: I wanted a “mini cruiser” because I thought anything bigger than that would become unwieldy for my 5 year-old to handle.
2. Material: The board needed to be made from wood in order to make it easy to re-paint. Yes, you can paint on plastic but a lot of the pre-made plastic boards had molded elements that would of been pretty hard to cover if not impossible.
3. Cost/Time: Before purchasing a completed board, I did look into buying a blank deck and other components. Once I calculated shipping into the equation it all became very pricey or would of taken too long to get to my doorstep.
In short: Having the best board for practical use was not a priority since nobody in the house currently skates thus I went for something cheap that I could easily work with.

The Ridge Maple Mini Retro Cruiser (affiliate link) pretty much was the perfect fit for what I wanted and was under $30 on Amazon.


How did I customize the skateboard?

Materials Required

Wood skateboard deck
Sandpaper (fine and coarse)
Acrylic Paint (1)
Acrylic Varnish (1)
Wood Stain (2)
Paint brushes of varying sizes
Foam Roller
Stiff Nylon Paint Brush
Trays/Cups for holding paint
Soft rags/paper towels
Rubbing Alcohol
Acetone (3)
Cotton Balls (3)
Hex Keys/Pliers (4)
Large Fan (5)

(1)¬†About the paint: You don’t want to mix paint types unless you are purposely trying to get crazy things to happen. I stuck with water based paints/stains which meant a varnish for water based paints was required to seal the project.

(2)¬†I use a water based wood stain for the “dirt” details on the board, you could also used thinned paint for a similar effect.


(3)¬†¬†Acetone soaked cotton balls removed the silkscreen lettering on the wheels lickety-split. You don’t need this if your wheels are already plain or you want to keep the existing graphics.

(4) If you need to dissemble your skateboard then those tools are a must.

(5) Having a large fan was a big help in not only making sure dust/back-spray went away from the work area but it also helped circulate the air speeding up the drying time of each step. Optional yes but I really recommend it.


Step 1: Remove wheels and any other hardware elements from deck.



Step 2: Using coarse sandpaper, I sanded off the original finish. I made sure to get all sections of the deck because even a little bit of the clear finish left behind could effect the final paint job.



Step 3: After sanding is complete, I cleaned the dusty residue off the deck with rubbing alcohol and a soft rag. There is no need to soak the whole thing, a little bit goes a long way.



Step 4: Once the deck is dry, I added the base paint layer. I used a foam roller brush and it took two coats for even coverage. Make sure the paint is 100% dry before adding a second coat. I did this step on a hot day with moderate humidity and it took 2 hours to dry before I could add the second coat.



Step 5: I used a scrap of contact paper and traced the design from an image I found via a Google search in order to make a stencil.



Step 6: Now here is the tricky part. Depending on the colors, amount of paint coats needed, and types of paints used, dabbing the paint directly onto the stencil might make a huge mess of things. I ended up having to trace the basic design onto the deck and then carefully filled everything in by hand using a small paint brush. The base blue was so dark it took quite a few coats before I was happy with the coverage.  I made sure that each layer was 100% dry between each coat.



Step 7: Now is the step where I sanded off parts of the beautiful paint job that I spent 3 days on (ha!).  I used a combination of fine sandpaper and a very fine buffing block to distress the painted finish. I focused on the edges and center of the deck, imaging it would be the areas to receive the most damage if used as a shield. This part is very artsy-fartsy and take your time with it. Just remember if you decide you went overboard in an area, you could always do a touch up in the section with paint.



Step 8:  After wiping the sanding dust off the board using a soft cloth, I applied a layer of water based wood stain. You can use thinned down paint as well. The purpose of this layer was to add depth and dirty look to the deck as if it had been used for awhile. When I applied the stain I left some areas streakier than others.



Step 9: I wiped off the excess stain after 30 minutes and ended up doing a second coat to add more to certain areas. How long you leave the stain/paint on really depends on the weather and what suits your eye. Less is more and you can always keep adding coats until you are satisfied.



Step 10: After the stain layer is 100% dry, for the final layer of distressing, I used silver paint and a stiff nylon paint brush to add “scratches” all over the deck. In order to keep things from looking splotchy, I¬†used a paper towel to remove excess paint from the brush only leaving a hint of paint behind. If you accidentally put too much paint in an area you can either try to distribute it was a CLEAN DRY¬†brush or GENTLY¬†DAB¬†the excess paint away using a rag with a bit of rubbing alcohol. You don’t want to soak, rub, or linger too much in the area or you’ll start¬†making a mess since while the other paint layers are dry, they paint is¬†probably not fully cured yet.



Step 11:  For all the dust/stinky parts of this project I moved everything out to the well-ventilated back porch.  Ventilation is especially important at this stage while using a spray varnish. Once I was satisfied with my paint job I sprayed the deck with multiple (thin) coats of a clear acrylic varnish. I gave each layer a chance to dry between coats and before the final coat, I lightly buffed the board using the very fine sanding block.
It was humid the day I did this step and it pretty much took me all day since the dry time was extended due the excess moisture in the air. Having a large fan blowing in the work area was definitely a help and probably prevented this step from bleeding into the next day.



Step 12: There is a big difference between paint DRYING and paint CURING. Once the paint/varnish feels dry to the touch you can’t easily smear it but it does not mean that the paint is at maximum hardness. It can take WEEKS¬†before it reaches that stage. While it had been about 48 hours between the final varnish coat and me needing the skateboard for photos, it was definitely not long enough for the finish to be up to full durability. During photos the board got dinged up in a few places that would of probably been prevented if the paint had been completely cured. Nothing I can’t buff out and do a touch up on¬†but just take it as a warning that this is the sort of project that you need to plan ahead for.



I have to confess that the skateboard is my favorite part of this look but the other pieces are pretty awesome as well. You should definitely stop by my CraftingCon contestant post to learn more about the entire look.

Sew Americana Picnic Blanket (with tutorial!)


Hello and thank you for stopping by my post for the Sew Americana Blog Tour. I used a combination of an old table cloth and leftover denim to create a picnic blanket for the kids. If you are interested in creating one of your own be sure to check out the tutorial included in this post.



I’m sure I’m not the only person who associates the summer and 4th of July with picnics, so what better way to showcase Americana¬†than with a picnic blanket?



The top fabric for my picnic blanket actually comes from a table cloth that I thrifted years ago. I used it for play picnics with Seb when he was younger until the hem started to come undone and fray. It sat in my “I should fix this bin” for years¬†before I had the idea to upcycle it into this Americana inspired¬†picnic blanket.



Not only does the denim add blue to the red and white but it also weighs down the lighter top fabric keeping the blanket from sailing away with a breeze. This is one of the reasons why I think the table cloth ended up sitting neglected for so long, it might of looked cute but it was a pretty bad “picnic blanket” for outdoor use.

I think the basic idea for this project would make for a great thrown blanket if you swap out the heavy denim for something soft like 100% cotton french terry. Mmm cozy!


The frayed rag edges not only adds a decorative folk-art touch but also makes the project a quick one with no seams to press neatly. ¬†Not counting the time being tossed around the washing machine, I completed this picnic blanket in under 90 minutes WITH my two year-old “helping” on every step.

Since both materials I used were “used” I had already pre-washed the fabric but both materials still had plenty of fraying life left in them.



Picnic Blanket Tutorial

Materials Required:
Mid or lightweight 100% cotton fabric for the top
Heavyweight 100% cotton fabric for the bottom*
Coordinating Thread
Fabric scraps for embellishments
Basic sewing notions such as scissors, needles, and pins
Water soluble marker
Basting spray (optional but handy)
Retanyne and color catcher sheets (a must have if you are working with fabrics that bleed)

*The same technique as described in the tutorial could be used for a throw blanket. I recommended a 100% cotton french terry or jersey to use as the backing if you wish to make a cozy blanket.


Step 1: Lay your chosen fabrics wrong sides together on top of each other. Use basting spray, pins, or a combination of the two to hold the fabric together for stitching.



Step 2: Stitch around the perimeter of the fabric sandwich¬†2″ from the edge.

Optional but useful for keeping the two layers together neatly: Stitch several lines between the perimeter you just stitched. This creates a quilt-like grid. Very similar to what is done in my doll quilt tutorial.



Step 3: Remove a square from each corner being careful not to clip through the stitching.



Step 4: Create the fringe but cutting in 1″ increments along the edge being careful not to cut through the stitching.



Step 5: Trace stars onto the wrong side of your chosen embellishment fabric. I free handed my stars for a folksy vibe but you can print out a template from the computer.



Step 6: Cut out the stars and place theme into position on the blanket. I used basting spray to keep them in place.



Step 7: Stitch the stars in place leaving a slight seam for the purpose of fraying.



Step 8: Dark denim is known to bleed which is why I used a dye fixative a several color catchers during the washing step. This is a really good idea if you are using any fabric that might bleed. If you skip this step, do so at your own peril.



Step 9: Wash and dry your sewn blanket. My version went around twice in the washer, along with some towels, and once in the dryer.



Step 10: Enjoy your Sew Americana Picnic Blanket.




I’m really glad the table cloth found a new life as a fancy picnic blanket for the kids to enjoy. If you make one of your own I hope you will enjoy it as much as we will ours.




The kids also thinks the picnic blanket doubles as a pretty awesome toy!

Thank you for taking the time to check out my stop on the Sew Americana Blog Tour. If you have any¬†“Americana” themed creations be sure to add them to the tour link-up.


Take a look at the AMAZING lineup for the Sew Americana tour!

Monday, June 27 
Wild & Wanderful | Sew and Tell Project | Call Ajaire
Paisley Roots | Wally and Grace

Tuesday, June 28
Sew Thrifty | Coles Corner and Creations | Rebel & Malice

Friends Stitched Together | The Wholesome Mama

Wednesday, June 29
Sewing by Ti | EYMM | HattieLu Handmade
Daydream Believers | PenSebRox | Handmade Boy

Thursday, June 30
Beatnik Kids | Phat Quarters | Sew Starly | Sew Sophie Lynn
The Kisses Co. | Adventures with Bubba and Bug

Friday, July 1
Very Blissful | That’s Sew Kari | Sew Happily Ever After | Pear Berry Lane

Mae and K
 | Musings of a Seamstress | Sew and Tell Project

As a special bonus for our readers, use the code ‘ SEWAMERICANA ‘ and enjoy a 20% discount at  You’ll find a ton of maker-inspired goodies!
(All created by your tour guide, Katy, from Wild & Wanderful.)


Real Life, Real Sewing Blog Tour


In my world there are three sewing truths…

  1. At any given time there is at least one UFO floating around my sewing space (aka. The Faceless Room) and the longer it stays a UFO, the harder it is for me to finish it.
  2. I could probably figure out a mathematical formula to predict my project errors. It would involve the mood of the kids, how much I slept the night before, how much I slept all week, the amount of coffee/wine I’ve drank, and the speed I need to complete the project. Speed kills… sewing projects…
  3. I get the warm and fuzzies when I catch myself wondering when I BOUGHT something and it turns out that I MADE it!

Organizing this tour gave me an opportunity to reflect on my past few years of sewing projects. It is amazing how much love things I sew can get. I almost feel like I have a super power!

1. What do you look for when choosing a sewing project? I do enjoy sewing “interesting” projects more but simple patterns tend to work better if I expect them to be worn everyday.


Happy birthday Miss P! #twoyearsold #realliferealsewing #cake #felicitydress #bellasunshinedesigns #sewing

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2.¬† Is there anything you would like to (or wish you could) do differently when selecting projects?¬†Total whining over here but I wish I lived in a place with warmer weather year round. I try to sew things that will be¬†flexible¬†for various seasons until the kids outgrows the¬†item. This leads me to avoiding certain design details since I feel like the effort is wasted when¬†it will covered up 80% of its life. ¬†Which means I’m drawn to simple designs like the Felicity pictured above and the modified London Dress below.


¬†3. What is your most used/worn sewing project? This either could be of all time or currently. I have to¬†confess¬†that despite sewing a whole wardrobe worth of dresses for Pen recently, she pretty much lives in the modded back London Dress. I really love what I’ve sewn for Pen recently but the mystery fabric I upcycled for this dress does not wrinkle much.¬†¬†That¬†means¬†I don’t have to take it quickly out of the drier or iron it when I forget to remove it quickly from the drier. Not needing to iron the dress definitely gives it an edge in my book!



4. Do you have a project that you thought would be used/worn frequently but just did not end up working out? I LOVED (loved, loved, loved) the Captain Jack Harkness inspired blazer I made Seb for Craftingcon but it was too light for the middle of winter (when I made it), then too heavy for warmer summer weather. He wore it a couple of times during the spring but he out grew it by the time fall rolled around. I don’t regret the project by any means but it is a good lesson in gauging how much wear an item will get vs effort spent on it.


5. What is your favorite tip or quote that applies to sewing for real life?¬†“Measure twice, cut once.” is my default crafty mantra. That I should listen to more often…


Speaking of “room to grow”. ¬†There is about 9 months between¬†the two shots of Pen in the Hazelbee Baby knit dress. I quickly whipped up the dress the night before a trip to the zoo, that ended up never happening because somebody (too busy looking for their cellphone) hit us, destroying out¬†car. ¬†As much as¬†I try to avoid thinking about the car accident in general,¬†the idea that I added +10 armor to the dress when I made it does bring a smile to my face.

That is it folks! Thank you for stopping by. Don’t forget to head over to to check out more examples of Real life, Real sewing. I’m also posting daily examples over on Instagram. There is also a giveaway!


Do you have any examples of Real Life, Real Sewing to show off? You can play along by using the #realliferealsewing on social media.

6/20 | Sew 20 Tour Kick-off  | The Wholesome Mama | Wild & Wanderful  | Randoms by Rydz

6/21 | Daydream Believers | Sugarplum Cuties | Friends Stitched Together | The Inspired Wren | PenSeb&Rox

6/22 | Sewstarly | Very Blissful | House of Estrela | The Berry Bunch | Musings of a Seamstress

6/23 |  mahlicadesigns | sewingbyti | Candice Ayala | Call Ajaire | Sunflower Seams

6/24 | Beri Bee Designs | Lulu & Celeste | FABulous Home Sewn | Mae & K | Sew 20 Social Media Round-up

6/25 | Sew 20 Tour Wrap-up

Real life, Real sewing Tour Kick-off


I’m kicking off my first blog tour as host over at¬†Real life, Real sewing is all about sewing in the real world. Everything from projects getting much deserved love in daily life to mishaps and failures. The idea for the tour originated from me noticing how seamlessly handmade clothing had started to integrate itself into my life.

Not only is the tour filled with an amazing selection¬†of bloggers participating, I’m also sponsoring¬†TWO $25 gift card giveaways. So be sure to check out the daily tour posts over at

Introducing Sew 20


I’ve started a new sewing site! One part¬†magazine, one part¬†blog, and one part aggregator.¬†Sew 20 is something I’ve developed the idea for since last summer. Right now the site is pretty new and pretty barren¬†but in the weeks to follow I hope it proves itself as worthy of your interest.

What is Sew 20?
Sew 20 is a sewing resource for sewing enthusiasts in the year 2016 and beyond. Features include a weekly list of new pattern releases, community tours, articles, and highlights from around the web.

What about PenSeb&Rox?
My personal blog will continue as it always has, a low-key personal blog about my sewing projects and other sewing prompts that strike my fancy. Part the Sew 20 inspiration came from ideas I had started to develop for PenSeb&Rox.

Sad story incoming…

I started this blog because my mom died. That event left a huge void in my life in many ways, one of which was that I no longer had her just a phone call away to discuss my creative projects with. As much as I’ve wanted to put a bit of polish on this blog, part of me never could get on board because this space is something of my happy place. Everything that I wish I could tell my mom about my creative activities, which I’m sure she would really like hearing about.

Which all translated to the realization that I didn’t want this blog¬†associated with deadlines, stress, and other things that can come with looking at this blog as anything other than just for fun.

That is the background story of Sew 20. I hope to do a lot more with the project in the future and will keep you updated!


I’ve been a horrible Blogger Tribe member and this is my first Sunday Lately in several¬†weeks. What I love about this group is that even when I’m not blogging much, keeping an eye on the share circle gives me all sorts of awesome things to read during the week when I found some downtime!

What has Roxanne been up to?

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Despite illness and scheduling setbacks over the past few weeks, I’m close to pushing “publish” on a second blog project. I also finished Pen’s birthday dress. Yay!


I started planning for a trip our family will take to visit my Dad and other family later this summer!


I’m on day 14 of the 21 Day Fix and while I don’t think the workouts are bad by any means, I just like more variety to keep myself interested. I’m looking forward to being able to follow different videos once I meet my goal¬†(two rounds). I feel like I have a short attention span when it comes to exercise routines. ūüėČ


Emails, loads of emails, all the emails.

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Since I’ve sewn many¬† summer things for Pen over the past two months, I feel like that project is coming to an end. I’m now looking at how I should plan my sewing schedule for the next few weeks.

Eh, maybe I’ll just keep sewing all the things for Pen. Making summer dresses is too much fun!!

Sunday Lately with Blogger Tribe
The Sunday Lately link up is found here and you are always welcome to join the Blogger Tribe Facebook group if you are a blogger looking to join.

Pen’s Beach Look + Giveaway! (Thread Faction Tour)

Thread Faction SS 2016 //

Summer is almost here and I’ve been off¬†trying to create warm weather pieces for my long and lean daughter. I really liked the collection of modern basics Thread Faction has designed for the Spring/Summer 2016 season, so of course I jumped at the chance to try a few of the patterns when given the opportunity to join this tour. In this post I talk a bit about how I¬†turned #103 and #104 into a tankini for Pen with a few size modifications and #108 was perfect to use at the basis for a summer dress/cover-up. All three pieces work perfectly together to create Pen’s beach look.

Don’t forget to enter my giveaway at the bottom of this post and follow the link to the BIG giveaway Thread Faction is hosting. I’m giving away a copy of #108, the dolman sleeve dress/peplum I used.

I was given the opportunity to try out patterns of my choice from the Thread Faction Studio Spring/Summer 2016 collection. All opinions in this post are my own.


Patterns #103 (tank) and #104 (shorties) I thought would be perfect as swimwear with a few minor modifications. Both the tank and shorties are slightly fitted pieces but since I wanted to use the patterns as swimwear, I needed to subtract more of the pattern ease to create enough negative ease suitable for swimwear.


The patterns in the Thread Faction Studio Collection Spring/Summer 2016 have the size range of 2-10. Each tutorial has instructions for blending sizes and adding length. Pen is a long lean thing so even though she fits the smallest size (2) for length, I needed to do some adjusting on my own to get the pattern down to a width suitable for Pen.


I based my numbers on Pen’s measurements minus 15%.¬†From my research it seems like the general rule of thumb is that negative ease on a swimsuit needs negative ease in the¬†20-25% range depending on the stretch of the fabric you are using. I was a little conservative with the percentage I used since the style of the pieces I think would allow a little extra room and I’d prefer a little more ease when dressing a squirmy toddler.


I used a spandex/lycra blend for both parts of the tankini. The bottoms have a lining added by me but the I did not line the tank. I really love how the suit turned out and think that #103 and #104 work great as a swimsuit.


Like with #103 and #104, I had to modify the width of #108. The dolman sleeve dress has a full circle skirt and a peplum length option. With the easy fit of the dress, I thought it would be a great beach cover-up.


Since the tutorial mentioned leaving the jersey edges raw as an option, I felt inspired to make something influenced by the cutoff shirts I saw all over the beach as a kid.



I subtracted 2″ from the bodice length and left off the neckband to make the bodice a little more cutoff t-shirt feeling.¬†¬†The edges are serged with the Maxilock Swirl thread color “Tie Dye Punch”. Starly got me horribly addicted to the thread. Don’t become an addict too! Or you can… if you want… the swirl thread is loads of fun. I just need ALL the colors now!


For the bodice I used a mid-weight cotton jersey and the skirt is a lighter weight cotton jersey. The circle skirt of the pattern works well with the drape of the¬†material. On the neckline of the bodice, I used serged scraps as a¬†“necklace” detail.¬†The dress will be great as a cover-up and summer staple with its comfortable fit.



The three patterns I tried out from I enjoyed¬†sewing the three patterns I tried out from Thread Faction Studio’s Spring/Summer 2016 collection are ¬†computer¬†drafted with clear tutorials, size chart, and relevant tips to make the projects come together easily. I did notice that printing the sizes as layers are not an option but since the patterns are do not contain a huge amount of pieces, I don’t see it as a big deal.

Thread Faction SS2016 Blog Tour

Thread Faction has given me the opportunity to give away one copy of #108, the dolman dress/peplum top that I used for Pen’s cover up. My giveaway runs until 12:00AM EST June 9, 2016 and is open to all countries where allowed. There is also giveaway over on the Thread Faction blog that ends in just a few days¬†so be sure to quickly head over and enter that one as well. Of course don’t forget to enter my giveaway first!

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30/5 Ma Me Mi Mo Paisley Roots Skirt Fixation

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Tour of my sewing room.


On the weekend Jessica, of Gracious Threads, posted a challenge in her Facebook group. The goal was to cleanup your sewing space before Friday.


During my this round of re-organization,¬†I dubbed the space the “Faceless Room” because I have difficultly describing what the room actually is. The room has no “face”.


It is centrally located in the house between the living room and kitchen. It’s technically¬†the dining room. We eat at a small table in the kitchen¬†and host few parties so the space has long functioned as my office/sewing room,¬†a playroom for the kids, and something of an art gallery to display their creations.


There are definite plus sides to having a space right smack in the middle¬†of main floor. It is very easy to spend 10 minutes here and there working on projects. The ability to work in small bits of time instead of trying to find large blocks is of great benefit to me. I’d probably never finish anything if I had to go upstairs to work. It is enough to override the negatives of sharing a space such as my desk becoming the dumping ground for every broken and homeless object. It also means that there is no bribing Mr. Rox to watch the kids for a few hours ¬†on the weekends while I hide in my sewing room.


It also means that all the storage space is shared. Storage has always been something of an issue in this house. Our home is¬†135 years-old. No foolies! There is a closet that was added to the room¬†during¬†the 1950’s but it is just fitted into the pre-existing space like many of the other “modern” features¬†added during the same time period. It is¬†better than nothing but is something of a puzzle to get it to work the most efficiently¬†.


I completely forgot to take decent “before” shots of the closet before I started to clear it out. It held¬†toys, pantry items, and stuff left over from when we pretty much lived only the main floor while we renovated the second floor.


I decided the second rod was a good spot to stick¬†my giant roll over tracing paper out of the reach of the kids. Who would love nothing more than to TP the house with it…


Spring cleaning has been going on around the house for several weeks now which was a big boost in getting this project done quickly. Mr. Rox had installed a cabinet on the enclosed porch off the kitchen a few weeks back. After, I moved some of my kitchen items that I needed often enough that they still needed to be nearby but not so often that they needed to be right in the kitchen. This space in the kitchen was just waiting for the pantry items.  Mr. Rox had also taken over a spare bedroom upstairs for his office so I felt no guilt in handing him a giant box of his stuff that was in the closet.


I’ve actually also been devoting an hour or two on Sunday each week to a personal cleaning project. Everything in the before photos might have looked like chaos but it was something of an organized chaos. My patterns and fabric were already mostly sorted, I just needed to move it all to new homes.



The “junk” drawer on my desk became the new home for patterns waiting for assembly¬†or are in rotation.


This window gets strong¬†light through it at certain parts of the day and the glare makes it hard for me to work in front of it. It used to be covered with a curtain but back in February I got the idea to swap it out with a “curtain” made with those over-the-door-shoe-racks. ¬†Having that already setup was a big help in organizing the random odds and ends I have floating around.


I also made the discovery that my rulers had holes for hanging…

I’m sure some of you are¬†rolling your eyes now and others are going “WAH?!” like I did. ¬†I honestly hated my rulers for being so hard to store and I really wish I would have noticed the holes sooner!


Thanks to Starly altering me to ¬†this cheap-ish¬†plastic folding table with adjustable legs, I will no longer feel ancient¬†after long hours hunched over the dining room table. It is by no means the best solution for a cutting table since it is pretty small (48×24 inches) but the size allows me to keep it easily stashed away since it will only be out when I have cutting to do. Since I’m sharing the space with the kids, they¬†still need access to their drawing board.


The hutch is also still the best place to keep Seb’s Legos out of Pen’s reach and to store things like craft paper for the kids. Some of the other toys/games once stored there stacked¬†out Pen’s reach were moved to the top shelf in the closet since we don’t need them daily. After my re-organization of the room I see that¬†I definitely need more fabric in my life!


Thanks for taking a look at the “Faceless Room” and thank you to Jessica for giving me the extra motivation to finish one of many re-organization projects I’ve been working on.A tou

Do you have a devoted sewing room or are you squatting in a communal space like I am?

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