RV Crafts – find out how I cope

The Crafts that I have made while living in my RV full time are sewing, quilting, crocheting and gift baskets.

RV Crafts

I have seen many people work from their RVs doing RV Crafts such as woodwork, embroidery, making gift baskets, sewing, quilting and painting.

I really like crafts especially, sewing and quilting.  When our children were small my husband and I would spend hours cutting out and sewing clothes for school for them. We had 5 children all at high school age and needed to save the pennies somewhere.  We would quite often make Christmas gifts like table mats and table runners to save money.  People that received our gifts have been very grateful.  There is something about having something handmade that makes it extra special.

RV Crafts, as opposed to crafting in your home, is a little different as you are limited on space.  The way that I have coped with this is to be very organized with my crafts.  I have an allocated a cupboard just for this and I put my material, ribbons, zippers, biased binding etc. all in clear boxes so I can see at a glance what is in the box.  I have stuffing material in bags behind my chairs and my sewing machine sits on our dining room table along with my sewing box with everything I need.

I am so lucky to have a husband who supports me to do crafting as he likes to sew and crochet too.  my husband is very talented as cutting out patterns and also crocheting.  Not many men admit to that.

Sewing Box

I have had my sewing box for a long time and I find it holds quite a bit like, thread, thimbles, buttons, sewing pins, measuring tapes, stitch rippers, scissors, rotary cutter, pencils, needles etc.

The only way I cope with this box is to keep it tidy, otherwise I can’t find what I need when I need it.  When I am sewing I have this out open on my table in the corner where it is out-of-the-way but I can easily get to it to obtain what I need. It closes down really small and fits into my cupboard.

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Sewing Box

 

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Sewing Box

I am making a small quilt mat to put my sewing machine on at the moment.  I am waiting for fusible batting to come from amazon so I can sandwich it to start quilting.

I like the colors what do you think?

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Sewing machine mat

When you are living in an RV I don’t like to take up room with a large ironing board so I use a small one that fits onto my counter top to do the pressing.  When I am sewing I can leave it out and it is not in the way and does not infringe on any part of the RV. I put it on top of a towel so it doesn’t scratch the counter top.

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travel ironing board

When I am not using material and other items, I store them in a plastic bin in the overhead cupboard and again I keep things very tidy so I can easily find them.

Organization when doing RV crafts is key.

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Plastic bins in overhead compartment

I do not buy most of the time what I do not need, I really think about what I want to make and then use up most of the things I buy so that I do not have tons of stuff just for the sake of it.

I buy a lot of my items from Amazon, I saw a fabulous sewing machine on their yesterday that was only $134 crazy price.  Check it out on the link below.  I’m thinking I want an embroidery machine next.  Do you have one, any suggestions on what to get?.

Brother CS6000i Feature-Rich Sewing Machine With 60 Built-In Stitches, 7 styles of 1-Step Auto-Size Buttonholes, Quilting Table, and Hard Cover

My sewing machine sits on the kitchen table and we move the table further towards the wall so that I have room to easily get in and out.  When I am not using it I just push it towards the back of the wall and when I am sewing I pull it to the front. I also pull out the side of the table which gives me extra room. We eat outside most of the time but when we eat in there is nothing in our way.  The only time I put it all away completely is if someone is coming to stay and we need all four chairs otherwise it is not in our way and does not look unsightly at all.

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Sewing machine and sewing box

My intention at the moment is to finish my mat tomorrow and then to start making a queen size quilt and I am excited to get started.

If you live in an RV and have any more tips on how you can do RV crafts then please let me know and I will let you write in my blog.

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