I made this sewing machine cover last week, and I was feeling so good about myself as I clicked away on my camera, so that I could show you the step-by-step. Then I tried fitting (squeezing) it over the machine... I guess that teaches me to not think more highly of my sewing skills than I ought. After growling at the fabric (did you know that it helps, to growl?), I ripped it down the center, and added the ruffled strip of pink. Though it wasn't intentional, I think it actually looks cuter that way. Oh, and notice the blue colander? That is my catch-all bowl - I got the idea for this use from Christy at Bon Bon Boutique.
Glass jars make junk look cute, no?
I have highlighted a couple of other storage units that my husband has made us here and here. This unit was another custom design. We worked together to come up with the shelving layout, and then I watched him work in the garage as he built it (my job is to provide a steady supply of Gatorade).
The large storage boxes on top are from Target (on clearance, of course), and I added the ribbon to tie it in with the rest of the space. They are currently storing fabric scraps.
And finally, our "office." Formerly a coat closet...
My husband installed the shelving (the shelves actually go higher than the picture shows; at least we have a tall "office"), and wired it so it has lights, phone and electric outlets, and stores our wireless modem. Can you believe at one point we actually housed a desk-top computer in there as well? Luckily we now have laptops, so we don't have to cram our legs in there anymore!
We all know that necessity breeds creativity. It forces you to rethink your resources, and utilize what you do have in the most effective way. How do you work with tight areas? Do you have a small space that you have been able to squeeze every inch out of? I would love to see your
miniscule compact and efficient spaces! Email me (email@example.com) your pictures or links, and I will dedicate a post to showing just how creative you are with your space.