My Simple Sewing Space

Welcome to my work space! Not being a person who procures a great many things, I prefer a short-and-sweet way of living. My motto is: if I don’t use it regularly it gets thrown out. What you are about to see will not rival the polished and sophisticated work areas of quilting professionals. It does allow me to simply get the job done with efficiency, have some fun doing it and leave little to clean up when it all has to be put away. Mind you, the perfect space is not the dining table for me; however, at this time it is all I have. Come June I’m creating a whole new space that will be much more suitable for the amount of piecing I usually accomplish.

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My work space is comprised of a sewing, ironing, and cutting space. To the right of the sewing machine is a tray with the most needed items for sewing and secondary items behind it in my new little sewing bag. There is always a drink of some kind and it needs a bit of space. Food is not allowed while piecing, it slows me down! Behind the machine is the cutting area. It includes an 18” x 24” cutting mat, a 6-1/2” x 24” ruler, 6-1/2” x 12” ruler, and a rotary cutter. Left of the sewing machine is a simple tabletop ironing board and iron.
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The sewing tray includes a larger pair of scissors, small scissors, bobbin saver, a brush to clean the machine, and a bamboo skewer. I get the bamboo skewers in sandwiches at fancy restaurants and they work fabulously as a stiletto and I prefer them to be short as they are easier to store. Forgotten was the seam ripper. Hummmm… I wonder if that was wishful thinking… Next to the tray is a coffee filter. It works great as a container to put cut threads and small scraps. They’re easy to grab, crumple, and throw away!
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My most precious grab-and-go sewing kit lives in my beautiful sewing bag as well as two wooden needle cases containing my two favorite needles, Clover needle threader, two different sizes of Pigma pens and a pack of Wonder Clips (found under the sewing box). The Wonder Clips are a must-have! I keep the sewing box full of all the most needed items for handwork in the smallest sizes I can find. The less I have to carry, the better! Right?!
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Here are the contents of the grab-and-go sewing kit. Lying in front of the box is (from L to R) 1-1/2” pins, nips, applique pins, and seam ripper. Above them is my most favorite Clover chalk marker in the world! Inside the box are two sections of itty, bitty buttons because I’m working on a project that requires them so they are temporary space hogs, and two sections contain magnets I purchased at the hardware store that keep my pins and needles stationary. One section for pins and the other for needles and that’s all I need! Wahoo! I found the box at a craft store in the jewelry making section. It was $1! I love those deals!
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Please take note that just behind my sewing area is a space for my most important and precious friend in the world. It’s always there for him and he rarely leaves me alone. He rests in comfort keeping me company as I piece away!
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In front of me is always something beautiful to look at that keeps me inspired and connected to nature.


  1. Jenni - April 15, 2014

    Mari, I love this! I think having a tray to your side is especially handy and clever, I think I’ll definitely incorporate that into my set up. But my most favorite part is the special bond you have with Jack and the devotion you have to one another. Thanks for the insight into how you work and the great ideas!

    • Mari - April 15, 2014

      Awe, thank you so much Jenni! You are the best!

  2. Linda Coco - April 15, 2014

    Love the idea of the coffee filter for threads and scraps. Now I know what to do with all those filters I am not using since I have gotten a keurig.

    • Mari - April 15, 2014

      Linda, I’m so glad you were able to glean a tip from the blog! Thanks for your feedback!

  3. Shannon - April 15, 2014

    it looks perfect to me. esp the quilt on the back of the couch and the matching doggie bed!!!

    • Mari - April 15, 2014

      Thank you Shannon! My pooch is the best and wouldn’t do anything without him!

  4. Rosanne Hamilton - April 15, 2014

    I’ve been fortune enough that my spouse bought me one of local Mennonite made sheds, it has a reg door, 3 opening windows and a loft area to store my tubs if fabric. I have insulated and put in inside walls with one being pegboard to hang my rulers, ribbons, scissors and lots of other items. I have much needed storage area and room for my embroidery machine in addition to my sewing machine. My space is mine to escape and create in. Truly blessed

    • Carole - April 18, 2014

      Hi Roseanne,
      I am am getting a shed next week. It is going to have a loft and I know we will be insulating it in the future. We getting bids today and tomorrow for the cement floor.
      The lower level will be for my beekeeping equipment.
      My question to you is, have you had any problems with the fabric as far as the musties or mildew? I intend to put large plastic tubs up there for my excess storage. I was thinking of getting some of that moisture stuff and make some little cotton bags to put it in and then place them in the tubs. My shed will not be heated at all.
      Now he is talking about running electric lines out there too!
      This is going to be a good week. Would love to hear from you.!

  5. Mari - April 16, 2014

    Rosanne, oh, how lucky you are! I love Amish/Mennonite products as they are always so well made. You are so fortunate to have such a generous spouse.

  6. Amanda Best - April 16, 2014

    Lovely space, Mari! Simple is always the best in my opinion!

    • Mari - April 16, 2014

      Thank you!!!

  7. Linda Froggie - April 16, 2014

    I love it, Mari! The flowers are gorgeous, too, how inspiring! And a spot for the puppy. You have it made.
    ~Joyful Hopppy quilting~

    • Mari - April 16, 2014

      Thank you Froggie!!! I’m sew blessed!

  8. Teri - April 29, 2014

    Short and sweet, just like you 🙂

  9. Mari - April 29, 2014

    Awe, thank you Teri 🙂

  10. ImproveCraft - April 24, 2020

    Amazing Thank you for the article.