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Inspiring Quilt Studio ideas

Updated: Aug 11, 2023

As a quilter, having a dedicated sewing studio can make all the difference in your creative process. A well-designed studio can inspire you to create beautiful works of art, and make your quilting experience much more enjoyable.

Keep reading for sewing studio inspiration ideas that can help you transform your space into a beautiful and functional quilting haven.

Tabatha, our Retreat Center Co-Owner, embraces her studio with both plenty of storage AND plenty of works-in-progress.

Tabatha says, "it's important to remember that loving your sewing studio does NOT have to mean it's spotless all the time, but rather you feel happy spending time in your space. Make it work for you, large or small!"

Walls beyond white

The colors of your walls can have a significant impact on your mood and creativity. Consider painting your walls a cheerful color like yellow or green to create a bright and welcoming space. If you prefer a more calming atmosphere, opt for a soft blue, soft gray, or lavender.

In the picture above, Cathi's sewing room features soft gray walls, making it cozy and relaxing to quilt in.

You can also add pops of color with fun accents like throw pillows, rugs, or curtains.

Plenty of Storage

One of the biggest challenges of quilting is organizing all your supplies and materials. Having ample storage in your sewing studio can make your life much easier.

Invest in shelves, cabinets, and drawers to keep your fabrics, threads, and other supplies organized and within reach.

In the photo above, Valerie's open cube shelves keep all of the fabric nicely organized and stacked on mini bolts. The vintage machines are a fun decor touch!

Here's another example from Susan's sewing room of the ever-popular inexpensive storage cubes holding fabric!

Comfortable Seating

Quilting can be a time-consuming process, so make sure you have comfortable seating in your studio. I LOVE the bungee chairs from the Container Store. In fact, the bungee chairs are the ones we use in our retreat center and quilters rave about them!

We always recommend a chair that's supportive and adjustable!

Also - consider a plush armchair or a cozy chaise lounge where you can relax, read a favorite magazine and enjoy your work.

Natural Light

Natural light can do wonders for your creativity and mood. Position your sewing machine and worktable near a window or skylight to take advantage of natural light.

If your space doesn't have enough natural light, consider adding additional lighting sources like table lamps or overhead fixtures.

In our Retreat Room, floor to ceiling windows give you plenty of natural light to sew in, and we also have Ott lights on every table.

Inspiring Decor

Decorating your sewing studio with inspiring pieces can help you stay motivated and productive. Hang artwork that inspires you, such as colorful quilts or inspirational quotes.

Add some greenery with potted plants or fresh flowers. You can also display your completed quilts and works in progress on a quilt ladder or rack.

Creative Displays

Get creative with how you display your supplies and materials. Hang spools of thread on a pegboard or in a shadow box.

Stack fabrics on open shelves or display them in a vintage armoire. Use glass jars or baskets to store smaller supplies like buttons, beads, and needles.

In Tabatha's sewing studio, these vintage canisters store extra notions!

In the picture above, Debbie's husband helped her build this rolling cutting table which can also double as an ironing station, has some great storage built into it!

Personal Touches

Make your sewing studio your own by adding personal touches. Display your favorite mementos, like family photos or vintage finds. Create a vision board or inspiration wall with images and quotes that inspire you. Hang a handmade quilt or piece of art that has sentimental value.

In the picture above, Karen shows off her love of mini quilts with a fun gallery in her sewing space!

In conclusion, with some creativity and inspiration, you can transform your sewing studio into a beautiful and functional space that inspires your quilting. Remember to prioritize storage, lighting, seating, and personal touches to create a space that works for you. Happy quilting!

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