Piecy serger cover

Awhile back I accidentally ripped the plastic slip cover for my serger in half, and have been meaning to sew a new one. I just took my sewing machine in the shop for a tune-up, leaving me pining away for its return. I filled the void by finally making my poor coverless serger a new outfit. Since I love finding good uses for fabric scraps I went that route. I used the serger to piece and my old backup sewing machine for construction. It made me miss my Babylock even more!

final sewing station bin

Sewing Station Bin

As I spend more time at my sewing machine, I’m noticing lots of ways I can improve the space. The first step was a thread rack to get those guys off the table and out of the way. Next up is a bin to hold thread clippings and small tools that get used often. I sized this bin (inspired by the pattern I bought from Noodlehead) so that a large paper lunch bag would fit neatly inside, making it easy to dump out the trash. And the pockets in the front give me easy access to some things that kept getting…

thread spool and bobbin rack

DIY spool and bobbin rack for thread

My thread and bobbins have been sitting on my work table for awhile now, and every time I bump them they go clanging all over the place. I don’t have a ton of thread spools, but there are enough that it’s become cumbersome to just have them sitting out. I didn’t feel like buying a new one and wanted to go the DIY route. We had some old cabinet doors with cat scratches on the front, so I picked a medium-sized one for the thread rack. My husband helped me put it together by cutting 3/16-in. dowels into 4-in. pieces, and…

finished table with cutting and ironing tools

Fabric cutting and ironing station (Ikea Hack)

I’ve been reading lots of sewing books lately, and one common theme is to have a cutting station that’s counter-height to ease back strain. This makes sense — my back has been pretty achy from leaning over my desk to cut fabric. And my ironing board is rather wobbly and really un-fun to use, so I wanted to incorporate a pressing station into the cutting station. A quick search online for ideas led me to craft room Ikea hacks and lots of promise. Since we already had two Expedit (now Kallax) 2×2 cubes, that sounded like a good direction. I particularly liked this…