One of the blogs I loyally follow is because it inspires me to think outside the box and keeps my creative mind active. I’ve brought cutting projects to work and used the board room table to lay out and cut – after work hours. I find that cutting multiple projects lets me organize sewing better — I can sew three or four garments at the same time, if I’m using the same color of thread and needle size, for instance. The shelf/ledge attached to the Lack table is also a must, I have a host of things that I would use that for!
The early sewing machines and tables were designed to double as decor pieces when they were not in use for sewing; my sewing table is a full-time tool with no other considerations. I covered the table with a store-bought cardboard cutting board and I keep it from sliding around with scraps of leftover STOPP anti-slip rug underlay (also from IKEA). I also have a good cutting area but it is even a tad bit lower than kitchen table height. The type of cutting table you get depends entirely upon you, your budget and your space. Be sure to take a tape measure with you when shopping to make sure everything will fit.
The thing that I appreciate most of all perhaps, is not having to tidy up a mess like the one below before I can go to bed at night…but also how much more quickly it can all be cleared away when I do tidy it all up. As you can see though, a cutting table can never actually be too big! I love my shears and always feel like I have so much more cutting control with them, especially when going around tight curves. I found your instructable while searching for table ideas for my nearly fully restored 1937 Singer 201K3. My sewing machine table from the 60’s has a very different mechanism than the one suggested by orangesugar.
There is a fold up cutting table to help save space for easy storage in the sewing room, and there is a sewing room cutting table with drawers and cabinets underneath the table to help store more of a sewing seamstress tools and notions for her sewing projects. Also, the felt on the back will provide a bit of grip, to keep it in place when you’re using it on top of another table.
The only suggestion I can offer is to have a scrap bin velcroed to the side of the table or front to shove the little scraps in. I live in Seattle with Scott I make stuff and give you tutorials on how to make it too. Better yet, make sure you write down all those numbers from the pricetags in the showroom. After putting the tray on a sewing table, she began to make Clara’s bed, chattering the while in Bohemian.
And sometimes I do drag big projects to work — I work at a church — and put all the tables in the fellowship hall together to make a massive work surface. My last design wall lasted 5 years and the only reason I took it down was to make an interstate move. Click on the button below to watch the tutorial and get everything you need to make your own Spring Rain Quilt! The Ivy Cottage Blog, where I found the how-to on how to make this table has apparently since been removed, but you can see more photos of her table and her lovely craft space here.
I liked that because it made for easier storage, but my new cutting table allows me have a full-time” cutting mat! I hope I inspired you to look around your home and see what you can find to make a diy desk of your own. I would also add make pattern cutting the only thing you do during your ‘cheerful’ time. Cutting was difficult on the old table because the cutting mat did not lay flat.
My husband was going to put a board on his pool table so I could use it when I need to but I think your lack tables will be just the thing, I have room and it would be nice to have it closer to my actual area rather than having to move it back and forth from the pool table all of the time. Once the entire strip had been glued to the table edge and taped, I used finishing nails to secure it more. My Daughter and I used your idea and crafted a wonderful table for under $20.00. Thanks for sharing! I just have a question about the sticky dots you mentioned to use if you wanted to be able to move the table.
But for what you can do with it, the cost of a little pocket hole jig is certainly worth it. Nice call on the lamp: here’s the one I’ll be attaching to the table soon! It helps keep cutting lines clean and evenly measured for accuracy of the finished project at hand. After reading and seeing your sewing space, I believe that I will be able to use some of your ideas in my space. Our system always involved cutting at least five or six pieces at a time and then sewing until those projects were finished and starting over again.