You may not always have the whole room to dedicate to your sewing passion, but in any case you should try to create your own sewing zone and make this space as comfortable as possible. We know, easier said than done, but it is worth giving a try. Let’s start with addressing one of the most important aspects of such a craft workspace – the cutting table.
In the ideal sewing world, you would have a table large enough to place all pattern pieces on the fabric while cutting. This would imply quite a reasonable size of a desktop, being not a realistic expectation for most of the home-sewers. Still, what you could do is to create a portable desk-top, which you could place on top of your kitchen/dining table or even on the floor while cutting the fabric. If not in use, such a desk-top cold be easily stored against a wall, behind a wardrobe or under a bed, not taking so much space. You could also make a bed board covered on one side with a fancy fabric (the side for the show, visible when the cutting board is pretending to be a just regular bed board) and on the other side with a fabric serving as a top layer of the cutting table. Isn’t it a great idea?
The most crucial thing here is the construction of such a desk-top – it is not enough to have a simple rectangular piece of a MDF board. Just consider what you need for comfortable cutting. You need a stable surface that is smooth and firm but also slightly flexible at the same time, however not soft. So, our advice is it to cover a wooden/MDF board with two layers. The first one would be a layer of a rather stable and thick felt. It will provide stability and amortize the movements you make with scissors while cutting. We advise a felt 2-3mm/ ca. 1/8” thick. You may choose to glue the felt to the board. You are just looking to keep it in place so you don’t exaggerate with the glue, around the edge with just a few stripes in the middle is fine. If you have no felt you can utilize old blankets or other thick fabrics/materials.
The second layer would be a top layer of a fabric spread/stretched over the felt. It should be stretched quite a lot to prevent any folds or wrinkles on the surface (pull the fabric really taut while attaching). The best fabric would be a thick, flat woven cotton. Whatever fabric you take, make sure that it is not slippery, has no nap or a 3-D pattern. A slightly rough surface of the cutting table will “hold” your fashion fabric in place while cutting the pattern pieces out. The easiest way to attach the top fabric to the cutting table is to fold the raw edges of the fabric under the board and staple/nail them around the board edges.
Such a cutting table or board would be also a great working space while assembling the pages of pattern pieces using a temporary pinning method, as discussed in the article dedicated to this topic Pattern assembly.