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Faced with the exciting, yet daunting, task of setting up my sewing room, I am remembering the three previous sewing areas that I could call my own. The first was just a lowly table, two feet by four feet, which housed my sewing machine and cutting mat. It was tucked under the window of the room that was also used as a den, guest room and home office. It was wonderful.

DIY Craft Essential #1: Washi tape

You'd be surprised at how many things you can do, and how many tutorials out there are obsessed, with washi tape. The versatile paper tape with adorable designs makes great wall decor, paper crafts or can even spruce up your furniture.

DIY Craft Essential #2: Needle nose pliers

This tiny tool is great for small projects. "This is not only your go­-to tool for opening and closing jump rings, bending wire, and securing crimp beads and ribbon ends, but pliers are also great for cutting through jewelry chain and wire," said Morin.

But, making quilts takes up a lot of space. As my goals turned towards long-arm quilting, I knew I needed a larger space. I got the room that normally didn't house anything but naughty kitties at night (the only way to keep them off the counters). The cats were happy to have free reign of the house, and I was the overjoyed recipient of a large room for my very own. Just storing my quilting supplies was a huge undertaking, but we managed to fit everything in that I needed, including my own long-arm quilting setup.

I spent several years in that sewing room, but I didn't spend a lot of money. I turned two narrow cabinets into a custom cutting table simply by placing them back-to-back. The amount, and size, of quilting supplies that could fit in there was amazing. And, when I got my first embroidery machine, and began my journey of discovering embroidery quilting, it got tucked onto one side of this large cutting table. Flexibility was the name of the game!

The walls were adorned with racks and racks of sewing thread and other tools. The addition of large fluorescent lights gave me the perfect balance to see well. The built-in desk and shelves in what had been the closet gave me much-needed work space for my sewing and serging machines. It was truly a fantastic room and setup. I became a bit spoiled.

DIY Craft Essential #3: X-acto knife

If you love stationary crafts, jewelry crafts or any delicate work -- you'll need a proper cutting tool. Not all scissors can do the job. "Remember first using scissors and cutting along the dotted lines in grade school?" Morin asked. "Hopefully, you’re attempting more challenging crafts as an adults."

DIY Craft Essential #4: Spray paint

Acrylic paints are also great for any DIY starter kit. However, if you're looking for a perfect, seamless finish on your furniture, art and home decor -- make some space to spray. It doesn't hurt to keep some cans in your favorite colors (as long as you store them properly).

When we moved to Greece, I had the option of a huge finished basement for my sewing studio. Making quilts in this space would have been absolutely astonishing. Fortunately, it never worked out. If it had, I would have lost all of my machines in a huge leak when our radiators got tampered with. Instead, I had a choice of a good-sized bedroom (without a closet) or a tiny bedroom (with closets). I floated around from room to room, even creating quilt embroidery in a hallway for a while until I decided on the larger bedroom.

The new dilemma was that I didn't have any furniture for the new room. My old cutting table cabinets didn't make it through the move, and my old desk was still built-in at the old house. We watched for sales and finally got the room set up. The only problem was that there was no room for storing my quilting supplies. Lots of space. None for storage. Two flights down to the basement and my stash.

In this room, I spent less time on quilt making and a lot more time using all the wonderful machine embroidery quilt designs I had collected over the years. The second floor, where this room was located, was always spotless because I would clean and organize while my embroidery machine did the work of quilt embroidery. Lovely.

My new setup is still in limbo. I have the furniture for any choice, but the spaces are limited. We are moving into the smallest house we have lived in for over almost two decades. One less bedroom. No basement for storage. It looks like I will share my sewing space with the laundry room and storage space in the garage.

I don't know if I'm okay with that or not, but I do know that I will be back to making quilts and adorning them with fabulous embroidery quilting very soon!

DIY Craft Essential #5: Painter's tape

Painter's tape is "perfect for for attempting the c​olor block trend," said Morin. Plus, you'll need something to keep your projects neat and tidy, no matter what type of paints you use.

DIY Craft Essential #6: Hot glue gun

There are some tools that are too functional not to have. "This is one DIY workhorse tool you shouldn't do without," said Morin. Hot melt glue works on a variety of materials.
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