Sewing Studio Organization and DIY Ironing Board

I don’t know about you, but I’m always on the lookout for ideas on creating the perfect studio space for all the things I love to do. (Hello Pinterest!). So after setting up this corner for sewing projects I just had to share it.

The wire basket drawers were purchased at Ikea a few years ago and hold most of my fabric so I used them as the starting point, built the ironing board top, and hung inexpensive board and bracket style shelving to provide a place for storing projects in process and bits of inspiration and pretty things.

art studio sewing cornerThere’s quite a few tutorials online for making your own ironing boards so I’m not going into great detail here (also, because I took in process photos without a memory card in my camera, oops!) but here’s what I did.

The basic steps:

  1. Measure the surface you want to cover with your board. Calculate a little overhang on each side.
  2. At your local home improvement store, have a piece of plywood cut to size.
  3. Using a staple gun, attach foam drawer liner to the underside to cover the rough wood.
  4. Now cover the top with 100% cotton batting wrapping around the edges and tightly stapling it on the underside.
  5. Over the top of the batting, tightly wrap heavy cotton fabric in your color of choice and staple on the underside. Make sure the cotton covers all the batting so you end up with nice clean edges on all sides. I used white because  it doubles as a backdrop for photos with the white wall behind it.

No more setting up and taking down the ironing board! Plus the corner just looks so much prettier now. If you found this on a hunt for ideas, good luck with your own space and please share in the comments so I can come see photos!

Now, on a side note, I have to brag about the cardboard moose head. My husband found a tutorial for that online and out of the blue decides he’s going to make it. He’s spent some time in the studio with me here and there, drilling holes in the bases for our wedding centerpieces or giving me a hand with Christmas cards, but this is the first time I’ve seen him go at his own crafty project by himself. He actually had to draw out each piece freehand and spent about 4 hours making it happen. I LOVE having it in my studio



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