Planning a craft corner or studio space? Leanne Garrity, from Chichidee Handmade, offers her advice
• Be organised and logical about what goes where. Stackable, clear plastic boxes are a really useful and inexpensive storage solution.
• Have the things you use most frequently close to hand to maximise your productivity.
• Fill your space with things that make you happy and inspire you.
• Put your tools and supplies on display – a vintage sewing machine, jam jars full of ribbons and buttons or even a French knitting dolly all make fun props to add character to your space.
• Make the area as comfortable as possible so that the space is really inviting to really spend time in. A cushion and a foot rug can really cosy things up.
• If you’re using a sewing machine, consider the noise and how this may affect the people around you. If you’re an early riser but your partner’s a night owl then a studio space in the bedroom might not work best.
• Think about lighting: sewing in the dark is no fun. Natural light is best, but a few inexpensive lamps positioned at different angles do the trick too.
• And, finally: don’t forget to include good music. It’ll help to create a nice atmosphere while you work.
Check out the full interview with Leanne in issue 3 of Gathered By Mollie Makes. Out now exclusively on the iPad.