Shelves: Wool Coated & DIY – Low Budget Sewing Room

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Second episode of my Low Budget Sewing Room Series: this time I’m telling you how we coated shelves for FREE!

Serger Pepper - Wool Coated Shelves DIY - Low Budget Sewing Room -

I am so lucky to have Mr. P. (hubby) who is a DIYer at least as I am, plus he is really good at welding steel; when we decided to organize my new Low Budget Sewing Room, he kindly offered himself to build me a huge shelving structure.

Then we went to his hut, where his father used to pile up any sort of materials (wood, steel, old furnishings, old boilers, you name it, he has it!) and we made “shopping”! We have found some big old wooden panel (3 m long x 1 m wide), white-painted but all stained… bought!

When we took them home, I tried painting them with some red and green varnish (not together LOL!), but the result wasn’t that good!

The top was uneven and it seemed to be drinking the varnish here and there, leaving an ugly surface that a second coat wouldn’t hide.

So I started to think how could I cover those bad-looking shelves, staying within my Low-Budget

Serger Pepper - Wool Coated Shelves DIY - Low Budget Sewing Room -

Then the proverbial light bulb lighted!!!

I have so many bolts of wool fabric, in dark colors, and I rarely sew wool! I hate that I have to dry-wash it, so I often choose not to use it… this plus my Low-Budget equal…

Wool Coated Shelves

Obviously, you can coat your shelves with any kind of fabric, better if you don’t have to pay for them!


  • shelves
  • staple gun + staples
  • fabric

Let’s start with those ugly shelves, half painted – half not, with a really awful surface.

Serger Pepper - Wool Coated Shelves DIY - Low Budget Sewing Room - before

I’ve found easier to put them standing on the longer and narrow side; check if your fabric will be high enough to be able to cover all the shelf (one of mine wasn’t!), simply laying the fabric on the shelf. If it’s wide enough, you can simply cut it as long as the shelf, plus 5 cm (roughly 2 times the depth of the shelf).

Serger Pepper - Wool Coated Shelves DIY - Low Budget Sewing Room - lay fabric

 If it’s a little tight like one of my bolts, proceed as I did by cutting a strip of fabric that will cover the part of shelf that will go near the wall (so it will be less noticeable). Put it in place and add some staple. I suggest you to slightly pull your fabric, just to be sure not to leave room for wrinkles!

Serger Pepper - Wool Coated Shelves DIY - Low Budget Sewing Room - first piece

Put as many staples you need to have fabric laying flat, than turn the shelf upside down, putting the long and narrow coated side on the ground.

Serger Pepper - Wool Coated Shelves DIY - Low Budget Sewing Room - upside-down

If you still haven’t cut the main piece of fabric, do it now, than lay it on top of the shelf, putting the fold exactly along the naked long and narrow side (it will help you laying it straight!), then go on adding staples!

Start fixing the fabric on top on both sides, slightly pulling the fabric along the original bolt fold (check the fabric excess right now: you want it to be no more than 1.5 times the shelf depth longer rip the excess off, if you need to!)

Now, into one side: I’ve seen that the best way (at least, for me! If you have any suggestion, speak now 🙂 …) was to wrap it as a gift! Using as many staples as you need, fold the first side above the short narrow naked side and fix it all from top to bottom.

Then, on the other side, fold it twice (so you won’t have a fraying edge!) and staple it above the fabric you’ve just fixed…. Go now into the other naked end and repeat (it will be harder now that it’s already blocked on the other end, but try to pull the fabric and you’ll have a perfect result!)

Serger Pepper - Wool Coated Shelves DIY - Low Budget Sewing Room - staple

Serger Pepper - Wool Coated Shelves DIY - Low Budget Sewing Room - staple-staple-staple

Put now a row of staples along the selvedges on both sides:

your Shelf is now Coated!!!

Serger Pepper - Wool Coated Shelves DIY - Low Budget Sewing Room - last staples

Put it on the shelving, repeat for all your shelves, step back and admire!

Serger Pepper - Wool Coated Shelves DIY - Low Budget Sewing Room - done

Serger Pepper - Wool Coated Shelves DIY - Low Budget Sewing Room - done


Serger Pepper - Wool Coated Shelves DIY - Low Budget Sewing Room - shelving

Serger Pepper - Wool Coated Shelves DIY - Low Budget Sewing Room - shelf

Now I only have to fill The Shelving with all The Goodies (fabrics and old clothes), using your lovely suggestions

(thank you all, ladies !!!)

 Do you like this little corner of my sewing room? More details coming soon about The Cutting Table and The Sewing Machine/Serger Table – stay tuned!

PS: I’m  drawing a skirt for girls…

There will be a size 5 for sure (for LilPotato),  which sizes would you like?? Let me know…

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  1. cucicucicoo November 15, 2013 at 10:12 - Reply

    Wow, che fortuna avere quegli scaffali giganti! Ci entrerà un sacco di roba!
    Mi piace molto come sta venendo il blog. Complimenti! Ma non scrivi più in Italiano?
    Un abbraccio! Lisa

    • Mamma Nene November 16, 2013 at 13:59 - Reply

      Hai ragione, Lisa, mi sento davvero fortunata ad avere questi scaffali…Ma ora son bloccata perchè non so bene da che parte iniziare a riempirli!
      Sulla lingua, sono un po’ incerta… sono andata a vedere le statistiche e ho un 3% scarso di visite dall’Italia (comprese le mie e quelle di Mr.P) e la traduzione dei testi e il doppio controllo bozze mi portano via troppo tempo (che lavorando fino alle 17 fuori casa mi manca proprio); mi costa davvero tanto, ma mi sto prendendo un po’ di tempo per vedere se, così facendo, riesco a mantenere una frequenza un po’ più regolare nel postare!
      Poi inizio a sentire come un obbligo il fatto di scrivere in italiano… senza avere granchè riscontro… non ho un commento in italiano da una vita – escludendo i tuoi non perchè non siano iimportanti, ma perchè presumo tu te la cavi bene con l’inglese hehehee!!!
      Preferisco al momento impegnare il poco tempo a disposizione creando cartamodelli e altro 😉
      Un bacione

  2. Amy Mayen November 16, 2013 at 08:01 - Reply

    Mama, your shelves are perfectly lovely! How sweet of hubby being supportive of your addiction….I mean hobby!!!i can’t wait to see your skirt. I love bigger sized patterns, 10+. But there’s not a very big demand for it. At least I have a little one left to sew for! Haha:) your space is looking great Irene!

    • Mamma Nene November 16, 2013 at 14:22 - Reply

      I think it’s been a more selfish motivation to move him: he was tired to see everything sewing related around home (and to walk on pins!!!) I would be happy to create a skirt for Bella, but I’m not sure if she would wear a box pleated skirt… what do you think? If you think she could like it, I’ll be asking suggestion about length!!
      Thanks for liking my New Realm!!! LOL

  3. Pam @Threading My Way November 16, 2013 at 09:13 - Reply

    Clever idea, Irene!!! Now you have lots of shelves to fill with lovely fabric and clothes.

    • Mamma Nene November 16, 2013 at 14:24 - Reply

      Thank you Pam!
      Now I have to find long and sturdy zippers to crate fabric cubes like yours 😉

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  5. Joanie November 18, 2013 at 11:48 - Reply

    Hubby and you are quite a DIY team! Shelves are awesome!

    • Mamma Nene November 18, 2013 at 20:17 - Reply

      Thanks Joanie!
      These day he’s building our second dehidrator….just sayin’… am I lucky?
      Well, in fact we have no money, but a lot of ideas!!!

  6. Paula@TheSassyQuilter November 18, 2013 at 23:58 - Reply

    That really looks nice! Going to keep this in mind for some shelves I want to do when I redecorate my sewing room.

  7. madebychrissied November 19, 2013 at 02:32 - Reply

    These look fab, great idea 😀

    • Mamma Nene November 19, 2013 at 08:33 - Reply

      Thanks ChrissieD 😉
      It’s far easier than paper!

  8. jillinamillion November 20, 2013 at 00:28 - Reply

    Fabric shelves to store your fabric! What could be more perfect? I love them!!
    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

    • Mamma Nene November 20, 2013 at 08:47 - Reply

      Thanks Jill! I have to work hard on move fabrics, clothes and reorganize all the stash!

  9. Britni Newton Vigil November 21, 2013 at 04:47 - Reply

    These are awesome and make the the shelves so much cuter! Thanks for sharing on the weekend re-Treat link party!

    Britni @ Play. Party. Pin.

    • Mamma Nene November 21, 2013 at 10:48 - Reply

      Thank you Britni for hosting such a fun Party!

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