I get asked a lot how I find time to sew. Or at least, I used to get asked a lot. Come to think of it… It’s been a while since somebody has asked… Maybe, by now, people just think I’m off my rocker and totally neglecting my children. The point being… how do I find the time?
Answer: I don’t find it. I make it.
Breaking it down, there are three things that need to happen for me to sew (besides marrying an amazingly supportive man).
#1 – Prepare for it.
Motherhood has taught me that my time is a precious. If I plan out ahead of time what I want to accomplish, I don’t waste those rare free moments when they present themselves.
a bag in progress
- Assemble all the materials your need for a project into one place – a pretty basket, an old diaper box, a grocery bag. Grab the basket/box/bag and flip the machine on and go for it.
- Give yourself options. I used to be a One Project At a Time Gal, but now I enjoy having at least a couple of projects in mind in the works. Different projects for different moods or amount of time available.
- Read over any directions, tutorials, and sketch out designs in preparation for sewing time. I do a lot of my reading and daydreaming over my morning coffee, or while nursing the baby. If I am not sewing, I am probably thinking about sewing. (Hi, I’m Jodi and I’m a Sewing Addict.)
#2 – Schedule It In.
It’s hard to recognize a free moment when every moment of every day is filled with an unending list of “I really should…” ‘s. Planning out my week ahead of time means I know when I will get a chance to sew and when I will do my other work. Then I can sew without guilt, or at least guilt.
- All your kids at home? The Train to Crazy shared her summer schedule strategy on her blog, complete with activity rotation to keep her older children occupied during nap time. Genius!
- If a daily sewing time doesn’t fit in to your routine, could you shoot for a weekly? Maybe one morning or afternoon that the kids can watch a favorite movie? The kids are happy. Mama is happy. Everybody wins.
- I don’t advise staying up late to sew on regular basis. It is too draining to do every night, but I do enjoy getting together with some girlfriends once a month for “Craft Night”. We bring our sewing, crocheting, and crafting and spend the evening chatting over our projects. I always look forward to it. Stephanie of Unfinished Sewing Project Party gathers her friends together for a whole Saturday of sewing. Doesn’t that sound like bliss?
#3 – Seize It.
The final hurdle is the “doing”. Why is this one such a hard on to get over? Pinterest and blogs make it so easy to feel crafty without any effort at all, but spending hours browsing doesn’t feel nearly as satisfying as doing even for a short time. Usually all the preparing and scheduling makes doing a lot easier to begin, but even at the end of a long day when I don’t feel like sewing, just trying to do a little bit will result in a burst of energy and enthusiasm.
So those are my tips… Not that I am always great at following them (especially this past summer with nausea and crazy summer schedule-lessness). Plans fall through and more important things like… I dunno.. children… take precedence. Overall, it seems to me that finding time to spend on our passions, while mothering children, is a lot more doable than “they” say, but it takes flexibility, creativity, and determination.
Don’t believe me? See what these sewing divas have to say…
- While She Naps: “How to Get Crafting (Even When You Don’t Have The Time)” – – Abby’s key to getting a daily craft time in is a dedicated craft space. Again, having all your materials ready to go means you have more time to sew.
- Domestic Anarchy: “Five Ways to Find TIme To Find Time To Sew – Maddie calls the “I don’t have time” excuse B.S. I think her Easy Dinner nights are a great tip and they fit well with “scheduling it in” approach.
What do you think? Do you find it hard to find time to sew? Any tips or tricks up your sleeves?