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Quietly cutting fabric at night on my outdoor workbench

quietly cutting fabric at night on my outdoor workbench | Megan Nielsen Patterns Blog

Ever since I moved my workbench to my patio after closing the Megan Nielsen Studio I get so many questions about how I manage to use an outdoor sewing work surface. So today I thought I’d share a little peek at how I use my outdoor workbench! This is my favourite way to spend an evening.

After tucking the kids in to bed I make a cup of tea, light some citronella candles and cut out my next project quietly in the cool evening air. I live in Perth Australia where the winters are mild but the summers are mega hot, so i can use this table year round – at night ;)

If it’s windy I don’t cut fabric, but usually the evening is quite calm after the Fremantle Doctor has passed through. My workbench sits under our patio roof and we use it for everything – sewing, woodworking, kids crafts and of course eating with friends.

Putting my workbench outside has been so unexpectedly enjoyable and I love it so much! The strange thing, is that I never planned to put it here at all. When i closed the studio i was heartbroken about this workbench because there wasn’t anywhere it would fit in my home office or anywhere in our little cottage. My husband Chris encouraged me to put it on the patio until we could figure out a solution. And then we found ourselves using it all the time, so there it stayed!

I quite often like to solve problems in one big go, and I don’t particularly like putting things to the side for later. But this experience was a real lesson for me that sometimes putting a problem to the side for later helps you to find a solution you never thought was possible!

I hope you enjoy this little peek into my sewing routine, any questions about my outdoor workbench let me know in the comments. Happy Sewing friends!

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Meg is the Founder and Creative Director of Megan Nielsen Patterns, and is constantly dreaming up ideas for new sewing patterns and ways to make your sewing journey more enjoyable! She gets really excited about design details and is always trying to add way too many variations to our patterns.

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7 months ago

What a peaceful space! I enjoyed the quietness of the video, but I also would have liked hearing you talk through the process of cutting from both sides of one selvedge end only and then leaving the middle section.