I always have these grand ideas of how I’ll spend my time. Somehow I imagine myself never getting tired, distracted, side-tracked, etc. I assume I’ll be able to do everything I need to do and still have time to sew at night. And then somehow I’ll find time to blog about it all. What’s more likely to happen? I get burned out from doing the dishes or the laundry or even merely walking to the mailbox to get the mail, and I end up going to bed without ever touching my trusty sewing machine.
So what’s a girl (or guy) to do when her list of projects to make keeps getting longer and her pile of mending keeps getting larger? It’s time to develop a plan of attack. If you truly enjoy sewing, you’ll want to use these tips to make sure you are able to get your daily (or weekly) dose of sewing time.
- Keep your machine set up somewhere at all times. This tip is applicable to any crafting hobby that requires a lot of supplies. I rarely feel like lugging my heavy machine out of my closet, setting it up, and then actually sewing something, all the while knowing I’ll just have to put it all away at the end of the night. If you don’t have a designated craft room, try setting up a card table somewhere in your house (even the basement will do!) and all you’ll have to do is plug it in when you’re ready to sew.
- Plan ahead. If you have something specific in mind that you want to sew, make sure you have the pattern purchased (or printed), all of the fabric, thread, and other notions are present, and you have read the instructions so you have an idea of which steps to do in which order.
- Don’t try to do too much at once. It’s unrealistic to think you’re going to make an entire project from start to finish in one night, unless it’s a quick and easy project. Maybe designate one night to cut out your pattern and fabric, another night to make all of the big seams, and a third night to hem raw edges and add trim, buttons, and other finishing touches. If you set out to do everything in one night, you’ll just get discouraged when you don’t finish, and you’ll be less likely to pick it back up again.
- Schedule time for sewing. You make sure to brush your teeth every day (right?!) and you sleep every day and probably check your email, possibly work out, and do a bunch of other daily activities. And I’m guessing no one has to tell you to make time for Desperate Housewives every Sunday (I sure don’t have to be told twice). Consider sewing something that gets done between 7 and 8 every night, or perhaps you spend every Sunday getting some stitching done while you listen to the radio. If you have a daily, weekly, or even monthly schedule for sewing, you’ll be more likely to stick to it.
- Finish one project before you start another. Even if you’re sewing every day, you won’t feel productive if you never finish a single project! I guarantee that the feeling of accomplishment that comes from completing a sewing project will be enough to propel you forward in your sewing ambitions.
Do you guys have any more tips on how to make time for your favorite crafts?