Many of you must be familiar with that feeling of having no space for your sewing equipment, with an overflowing pile of fabrics that seem to be taking over your home. It would be a dream if our sewing spaces were beautiful and tidy all of the time. We discovered some gorgeous sewing spaces among our community of sewing enthusiasts on our Facebook page, including this very unique sewing caravan (yes! A caravan!) and we thought it was an amazing idea!
Michaela told us all about it and how she thought of the idea…
“I was bought a sewing machine for my 18th birthday (in 1990) and although I’d made a few pairs of curtains and taken up a few dresses, it hadn’t really had much use. Two years ago after seeing a couple of friends had attended a local sewing school I decided I’d dust it off and booked myself onto a workshop with Amanda Bowden at Felixstowe Sewing school. By the end of the day I had gotten the bug and booked another workshop and things escalated from there. Last year for my birthday my husband bought me a new Janome sewing machine and a couple of months later an overlocker. My stash of material was growing and the dining room was slowly being taken over…”
“I casually mentioned to my husband that maybe we needed another shed in the garden and we could have our dining room back. Then I saw a lovely vintage caravan as I was browsing pinterest and I just knew that’s what I wanted. Several days later I mentioned my idea to a friend of mine and she said her uncle had an old caravan in his garden that he was just using for storage. After a phone call and a visit down the road to check it was the right style I was after, I’d bought a very tired caravan in need of repair and my husband had a project on his hands. Six weeks later, after replacing the floor, internal cladding, repairing the skylight and windows…”
“Adding electrics and a few finishing touches it was transformed into Daisy, my perfect hideaway in the garden. We paid £50 for the caravan and spent around £600 transforming it. I spend many a happy hour in there making dresses and drinking tea – and we now have our dining room back.”