Sewing Room Update #3

This is the 3rd (and final) post in my series of sewing room updates (see the first two here and here). The changes that I have made over the past few weeks have made the room so much more functional and enjoyable and I am so glad that I took a little time away from sewing to work on the room.

Color Card Magnets - Sewing Room Update

I didn't get a before/after shot for this one because there was just a cork board on the wall previously and I . . . just forgot to get a photo.

For a while I have been wanting to cut up my color cards, add magnets to the back, and put up some magnet boards so that I could see them every day. I am already using them - the center panel has a few color combos on that I have played around with.

One interesting thing that I hadn't anticipate about making these boards was how much my kids would love them. They come into my sewing room regularly and now almost always spend a few minutes playing around with color. It has been a lot of fun!

I decided to cut up the color cards for the two brands of solids that I use most often - Kona Cotton and Cotton Couture. The Kona card is the easiest to do because each of the fabrics are already individually glued to the cardstock with their names printed under them. Other brands require a little more elbow grease, but it was still easy to make the Cotton Couture swatches. Here are the materials that I used:
Magnetic Sheets
Elmer's Jumbo Permanent Glue Stick (bonds better than normal glue sticks)
White Cardstock

Lots of craft shops sell color cards and most fabric companies have them for their solids. They might seem a little pricey, but they are actual little squares of fabric and can save you from buying the wrong fabric color. Here are a few places where you can buy them:
Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton
Moda Bella Solids
Riley Blake Confetti Cottons
Michael Miller Cotton Couture
Cirrus Solids
Art Gallery Pure Elements
Robert Kaufman Essex
PBS Fabrics Painter's Palette
Aurifil Thread
American Made Brand



There are tons of tutorials about cutting up color cards and I used a combination of a few of them:
DIY Fabric Swatch Cards at Modern Handcraft
How to Organize Fabric Swatches with Magnets by Angela Bowman Design
Cutting Color Cards by Quilting Jetgirl

While I don't have any immediate plans to continue changing up my sewing space, I am always looking for ideas to make the room more functional. Have you made changes to your sewing room that you loved?

6 comments

  1. I LOVE your color cards! So very pretty! I do label swatches of my solids & stick them in a binder for reference. Your method is soooo much prettier!!!!

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    1. Your method sounds pretty useful too, but it is really nice to be able to see them!

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  2. I cut up my color card last year and absolutely love it! Great room decor and practical. My son isn't tall enough to play with mine yet but I bet he will--I hadn't thought of that!

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    1. Agreed, it is great room decor! It's inspiring to see all of the colors all of the time!

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  3. As a relatively new quilter, I never understood the value of having a set of these swatches until I had a hard time finding Kona Midnight and was ready to search for the next closest color option, which is very difficult if you can't have a sample in front of you. Fortunately I did just a couple days ago obtain Kona Midnight!

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    1. I'm glad! I have found that the more quilts I make, the more particular I am about the shades of colors I use so I use my color card a lot more frequently than I did even a year or two ago.

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