Come and take a tour of my craft room! I love my crafty space — I sew, craft, DIY, and do all sorts of making in my happy space.
Update: check out my newest craft studio in our house in Washington!
Let’s set the record straight before I get into my craft room tour. My craft room, literally, NEVER looks like this. It’s so much messier, with half-done projects on all the surfaces and three or four empty coffee cups littering the desk. The trash is overflowing and there’s thread and paper scraps all over the floor. I thought I’d clean and purge (I got rid of so much!) and, oh goodness, it feels good to have a clean craft room!
…for the next fifteen minutes. Because after I finish this post, I’m breaking out another project. Crafting doesn’t happen in a vacuum, yo.
My craft room isn’t large, but I am thankful to have it. I know a lot of bloggers and crafters don’t have a space of their own, so I truly value my little 10′ x 10′ box. When we moved in, it was a bedroom for two little girls and was PINK. Bright pink on the bottom and light pink on the top with a colorful flower border in the center.
Not exactly what I wanted in my craft space. So we stripped the walls and painted them my favorite gray, Mud Pots by Kelly Moore. I painted the trim Swiss Coffee white and managed to remove all of the stickers on the walls and closet doors. The room has high ceilings and now that I’ve gotten it the way I want it, I love this space. It’s my happy place!
Someday this will probably be a bedroom for one of the boys when they no longer want to share their nursery. That’s when I plan to build a “she shed” out in our backyard!
Craft Room Tour
My main workspace is in the shape of an L. I have my sewing machine and cutting mat on the IKEA worktable against the wall, and my laptop on the IKEA worktable. (Remember, these surfaces never look like this. Seriously. Imagine a mess.)
I have a mid-mod World Market chair that I move back and forth, and the rug is also from World Market.
Over my worktable is one of my favorite things, the wire and wood shelf from World Market (I’m a World Market ambassador — that’s why I have all this fun stuff from World Market!!). It holds all of my colored fabric fat quarters and half yards and it SO happy. My scissors hang below it, and on top is a bunch of faux flowers and other stuff for staging photos. (Do you have a pair of purple Havel scissors yet? Why not? They are amazing!!)
On the wall to the right of my worktable is my thread rack. I need to get a second one since I’m out of room on this one! I hung it using Command Hooks.
On the wall opposite my worktable are some large IKEA Hemnes bookshelves (which I updated with Wallternatives decals) and my pegboard, with my Cricut and printer below. You can kind of get an idea of the height of the ceilings in my room in this photo.
The shelves hold many of my craft supplies (the majority of the rest are in my closet). Things you’ll find here include ribbon in my World Market cubby box:
Craft paint and quilting, sewing, and craft books:
And glue. Lots of glue. That’s what happens when you’re on Elmer’s Craft it Crew!
The way I use my pegboard has changed since I did my Sharpie pegboard, so I recently painted over the outlines. I might have to add new ones soon! The row of scissors at the top is actually a bunch of antiques — I have a craft project in mind for them.
I used some minty Target Dollar Spot buckets to hold my pens, pencils, and such.
And below the pegboard is my Cricut, printer, iron, and some other odds and ends, all sitting on this vintage cafeteria cart. I had every intention of making it over before my craft room tour, but life got in the way. My Cricut mats hang on a nail on the wall next to the machine. You can also see my DIY easy-sew curtains to the left.
On the opposite side of the bookcase from the pegboard is this weird 2′-wide 45-degree wall. It’s here where I have my IKEA Trones Shoe holder hack. But it doesn’t hold shoes — it holds paper! It’s my favorite storage solution in the whole room.
And below the shoe holder is all of my vinyl for my Cricut. This IKEA basket works for now, but I think I need to look at finding a better solution because my basket is almost full.
Near the door to the room is my staging area. I have my “brick” wall and a small sewing table for staging smaller projects (you can see my vintage teal sewing machine peeking below!). I keep my paper and vinyl backgrounds in this tall basket from World Market. Other backgrounds, like the plywood and foam core on the left, actually sit behind the open door.
I use the brick wall most often. Neat, eh? And that’s how you get a pretty white brick wall in a 1980’s tract home.
Then there is the room’s closet. This is the neatest this closet will ever be, I can almost guarantee it.
I have all sorts of things stored in here. The plastic bins on the bottom hold scraps of batting and interfacing, holiday supplies, party supplies, and big pieces of fabric. The vacuum space bags hold a ton of pillow forms. Above that is my serger, and some other random stuff. And up top are my scrapbooking boxes of fabric scraps.
On the other side of the closet are some built-in shelves. The IKEA wire baskets (only $2.50 each!!) fit perfectly and hold more fabric, works-in-progress, felt, and a whole bunch of other crafting supplies.
And to finish, here are a few of my favorite things. I love my Pantone mug. It’s a special design nerd mug.
And my scissors thread dish. I picked this up in a little boutique in Chicago and it’s probably my favorite thing in the whole room. AND BONUS: I figured out the maker! Circa Ceramics has an Etsy shop and you can get a bunch of their cool bowls there, including one similar to mine. Plus it looks like the take custom orders, so WIN FOR EVERYONE!
And that’s my craft room! If you have any questions about anything in my room, ask away in the comments. And if you’d like to continue on the craft room tour, visit Holly from Ribbons and Glue! She’s next on the tour and I know you’ll love her space.
Comments & Reviews
Such a great space Cori! Thanks for joining!
Cori George says
Thanks Angie! :)
It looks fabulous Cori! I’m still in the process of getting my lil studio finished. Geeze, you’re aways ahead of me and you have busy babies to deal with. Nice work!
Heidi @ Happiness is Homemade says
What a pretty space! I’m so glad that you included a link to that Pantone mug. I saw it in the first photo and *swoon* – I need one, too!
Condo Blues says
I love how organizing everything by ROYGBIV makes the decor POP!
Thanks for showing me what a craft ‘should’ look like. mine is a real mess an I should get in there an do some cleaning up. Cheers Yvonne
Cori George says
It is what it SHOULD look like, but other than for these photos, mine never looks like this! It’s pretty much a disaster, 24/7 ;-)
I’m so envy, I also wanted space for my craft but we only renting the house so we are not allowed to do some nailing etc. Anyway, looking forward for more post of your blog. Thanks for sharing. Its inspired me a lot.
Do you know the name of the blue used for the background of the shelves?
Cori George says
It’s called Mariner Blue by Martha Stewart — but sadly, it’s been discontinued!
When I 1st looked at your craft pin, I thought it said “heyletsmokestuff.com” LOL!???? Your craft room is amazing! Thx for sharing!
Cori George says
Oh dear! hahaha! I’ve never got that one before. So funny!
Are the white bookcases with the blue in the back from Ikea? The link below it is for something else.
I LOVE your craft room!! I’ve been a sewer/embroiderer for many years and seem to have those supplies (somewhat!) under control. But, having recently received a Cricut Maker and now getting into paper/vinyl/etc. it’s getting out of control again!! I’ll get there but have realized that starting in papercrafting is like starting in sewing…you never have the right color paper/thread so you’ve got to amass a collection!! LOL! My question is not about your room, but about your collection of glues. I seem to be drawn to designs with very small pieces and am wondering what is the best glue to use for card making. I had done one card with small pieces and the only way I could manage was to use an Elmer’s purple glue stick. It worked great and dried clear, but now I find that some parts have come unglued. It’s like I need a pin-point applicator…is there such a thing??
Cori George says
Glue! Oh, glue. I am constantly on the hunt for good glue. Right now, my go-to is actually spray glue for small pieces of card stock. It can be a little sticky on my hand, but I prefer it for the smaller pieces. I was actually just given a Xyron machine, though, which I think will replace that. It basically adds adhesive to the tiniest of pieces. I haven’t even taken it out of the box (it just came a few days ago), but I’m hoping it will help with all of my tiny pieces as well!
Try some art glitter glue. A couple crafters I follow use it and I tried it. Works good on papercrafting
Your space is soooo…Neat????????✂????????. My craft area, consists of an old-fashioned double rocking-chair & bags and bags and a rolling pin of my wonderful
stuff. O am going to IKEA! organization is a fantastic thing. Great Crafting???????????? to All.
From pinterest I saw your bookcases which hold more than one craft & I had to drop by for a visit! I am a crafter of many things & master of none, ???? so it’s great seeing different crafts incorporated into a room! Adored it all, especially your honesty!
Wow Cori, thanks for sharing. I have seen a few ideas that would be perfect for me, namely the trolley on wheels to hold the cricut. That way you can move it in a flash.
Liz, HLMS Reader Support says
Bev that would be a great idea!!
Thanks for the idea :)
Liz, HLMS Reader Support
I tried to find the Trones Shoe Holders at IKEA but no luck. Maybe they were discontinued. Bummers! Love your ideas. I am starting to organize my craft/office and need some ideas. You site was very helpful. Thanks:)
Hi!! What table tops did you use for work table? I’m trying to find it but can’t figure out the size 😔
Amy Motroni says
They are both from IKEA :)
Amy, HLMS Support
Thank you for sharing your craft room. I am just beginning to make a craft room for myself. Thank you for the many ideas. The one thing that I liked the most about your post was your honesty about the room not always looking like the photos. It is difficult for me to keep a room all neat and tidy. Not only because of health issues but also because I tend to have a lot of ideas and have a hard time seeing the idea (or project) through to the end before another one comes along. God bless you.
Do you have the exact name of the work table you bought from IKEA? Your link just brings us to the general page. I have been looking for a table like that with wheels for a while now.
Crystal Summers says
The tabletop is called LINNMON. It comes in a variety of sizes. You can purchase the different leg combinations separately.
Hope this helps!
Crystal, HLMS Community Manager
Nice post! Thanks for giving information.
You are so welcome! So happy you found it helpful!