Sep 4, 2014

My Sewing Studio: The Accessories

So this is the final post of the "My Sewing Studio" series, giving you a little bit of info on the accessories in the room.

I love vintage patterns, but had a hard time finding the real thing in my local thrift stores.  Instead, I went to the internet and downloaded some of my favorites.  I then cut some colored mats from card stock and framed them in some frames I picked up for 50¢ each. 

I found this nifty replica of a vintage phone at a yard sale for $2.00.

My small closet (still lamenting a bit over not getting the bigger room with the walk-in closet...see original post as to why I don't have that room) anyway, my small closet allows me to hang some of my future refashions, and also stores containers of lace, ribbons, and trims.

I picked up this ugly thing for $2.00 at a thrift store...

It didn't stay ugly for long.  I switched out the "snake/dragon/serpent" painting for a cork board.  I cut out the word "INSPIRE" using my cricut.

The push pins were made by layering vintage buttons on top of each other and gluing them to a thumbtack.

I picked up this little wooden cabinet for $4.00 at a garage sale.  It was dark brown and one side had broken glass.  I replaced the glass and painted it to match the blue hutch.  It hangs across the room from the hutch which helps to bring that color of blue around the room.  

I spent $10.00 on some baby food jars and painted the lids green.  I already had in my stash spice containers which I painted to match also.  Then I had fun sorting all of my buttons by color.  I really lucked out having three different sizes of jars that fit perfectly on three different heights of shelves!

I found this mirror at a thrift shop, half price for $12.00.  I really liked the shape and felt that once painted, it would make a great addition to the sewing studio when trying on and fitting my refashions.

It was painted the same blue as the hutch, once again bringing the color across the room.  You can see the reflection of the blue hutch in the mirror.

I had a friend cut the vinyl lettering for me.  "IMAGINE" seemed like the perfect word to put above the mirror!

The clock started out as a simple $3.00 clock from Walmart.  I liked the bright color, but it wasn't substantial enough on the wall.  So, I picked up this metal tray for a couple of bucks.

I centered the clock on the tray and drew around the edge of the clock with a pencil, creating a circle.  I then measured on the back of the clock the distance from the outer edge to the clock's hanger.  I measured the same distance from my penciled edge and placed a mark on the tray.  I then drilled a hole big enough for a nail head to fit through.  I had to sand off the rough edges left by the drill bit.

Next, I sprayed the tray with cream colored spray paint.  When dry, I masked off the center and sprayed the edges with a nice teal.  Here's a hint, when masking off a circular design, use electrician's tape, it has a lot of stretch to it!

To hang it, I just placed the hole of the tray on a nail, then I placed the hanger of the clock on the same nail.  It centers perfectly on the tray and its easy to remove the clock when I need to change the battery!

And there you have it, all the accessories!

Total spent on accessories:

Picture frames.....$2.00
Pictures and mats.....printed and cut at home
Storage containers for trims....hand-me-down from a friend
Vintage style desk phone.....$2.00
Bulletin board....$2.00 (buttons and cork already on hand)
Small wooden cabinet....$4.00
Replacement glass.....$3.00
Baby food jars....$10.00 (with extra to spare)
Spice jars.....already on hand
Wall mirror.....$12.00
Vinyl lettering.....$8.00
Wall clock.....$3.00
Metal tray....$2.00

Total cost.....$48.00

Thanks for sticking with me to the end of this series.  If you missed any of them, check out the original post for links to all the projects!

I like to link to these great parties!


  1. I love that your room is a collection of up cycled items too. It really fits with the second-chances nature of your blog. I enjoy getting inspiration from how others solve the continual creative challenges of storage. I too have used baby food jars to store my buttons, but the little shelf unit is a clever way to display as well as store.

    1. Thanks Dee! I love getting inspiration from others, too! I hope you can find a cute little shelf so you can display your button jars also!

  2. Your creativity is amazing. I love seeing what beautiful things you can create from "nothing"!

    1. Thank you Linda! I would be most happy to spend each day creating things from "nothing"!

  3. I'd love to come and explore your sewing studio, Susan. You are so creative, both making things from discarded items and then co-ordinating everything so it all ties together beautifully. I love the wooden cabinet with the buttons on display.

    1. Thanks Pam! Feel free to come on over whenever you're in my little part of the world!

  4. You really do "dwell in possibility" Susan! I think the most dramatic transformation was the cork board. SO CLEVER! And to download the patterns was genius! I can't wait to see what you create in your wonderful new space.

    1. As you probably can relate, Beth, dwelling in possibility is wonderful, but sometimes it can be a bit overwhelming. I find so many things that I would love to take home and repurpose, but alas, either I don't have the space for it, nor the time. So many wonderful possibilities just sitting there as I have to pass them by....sigh! BTW, every time I pass some sort of "funky cheese ball" item at a thrift store, I can't help but think of you and your new studio! Good luck!

  5. This looks great! I need a sewing studio... and a craft one. Thank you for sharing this post at City of Creative Dream's City of Links last Friday! I appreciate you taking the time to party with me. Hope to see you again this week :)

  6. Your space is beautiful - you are so talented and you put in the effort to match. Enjoy yourself!

  7. Just found this post through Threading my Way's button storage post. I LOVE all the details in your sewing room - and so many great bargains you found!! Thanks for sharing your space!

  8. I saw your link on Pam's post. Your studio is very inspiring and the ideas are great!! But my favourite is the wall clock :) It is so very perfectly done and it looks so bright and cheerful :) Great work !! I have a large size metal cupboard that I need to paint but I don't have that patience and skill to paint it.


Thanks for taking the time to comment. I appreciate the feedback and always look forward to reading what you have to say! Susan