I wouldn’t say I’m in a sewing funk, more so an “I want to sew things I want to sew, not things I need to sew” funk. I am very proud to say that I spent a whole Saturday doing fiddly little things that just needed to get done.
But rather than show you the mended slipcover or hemmed pants, I thought I’d share a little exercise that might help cure you if you’re in a real sewing funk.
Step 1: Gather everything you can find that you’ve ever made. Ever.
Step 2: Pile it all together.
Step 3: Photograph it.
That’s it. But let me tell you, the visual you’ll have of a huge pile of things you’ve accomplished just might be enough to get your sewing machine’s engine revving again. You’ll probably be inspired by yourself, or at least see something that you always meant to remake. If anything, it’ll be a big fat confirmation that you are indeed awesome.
Here’s a closet full of clothes that I’ve made from scratch.
I thought I’d only need a little space, but I ended up stuffing the whole closet full, and this doesn’t include stuff that I’ve just altered, stuff I’ve made for my home, stuff I’ve made for other people, or stuff I didn’t feel like pulling out of the laundry. Now that is self-affirming!
And of course, we can’t forget the #1 way to get past a sewing funk – start a new project!
I got a bunch of cute knit prints and I’ve been busy making things for my girls for this fall and winter. A lot of blogs are having sew-a-longs for this type of thing if you’re looking for inspiration and camaraderie. I recommend:
Hope that gets your sewjo back, if it ever goes missing.