Sewing bummer recovery tips
Miss Crayola Creepy 4:26 PM
There have been a few times, ok, way more than a few times, when I've had a sewing fail that has bummed me out. It can be hard to get motivated enough to get back to the machine with a recent flop fresh in my mind, so I thought I would share some ways that I use to get out of my sewing funk.
bike riding with my husband and a tired pup
1. Step away from the machine.
As soon as you start getting frustrated, do something that requires you to remove yourself from your sewing room/area. Get outside for some fresh air. Walk your dog (or in my case take your dog on a bike ride haha). Go hang out with friends. If you force yourself to sew when you are ticked, then mistakes are bound to happen. Plus, angry sewing isn't fun sewing, right?
2. Prepare for patterns that excite you.
Trace or cut out the next pattern in your queue. Some days I will get in a zone and trace three or four in a couple of hours! It's an awesome feeling to have a stack of patterns ready to go and it's a gratifying way of contributing to "sewing" without actually being in front of your machine.
3. Clean your sewing room.
I will organize my patterns and fabric when I'm in a rut, and this sounds weird, but it's almost like I will get a second wind and want to start creating again. A pattern I may have overlooked will catch my eye and I will imagine it paired with a fabric I have forgotten about and want to sew it immediately. It's like shopping your own stash!
I'll also throw away trash (I'm so bad about emptying the wastebasket in my sewing room), clean my machine, vacuum the floor, wash and iron fabric for future projects, and reorganize my notions. Having a fresh and clean area makes me happy and more productive.
my new favorite t-shirt pattern
4. Turn to your TNT pattern.
After my latest sewing fail I turned to a pattern that I really love, the Deer and Doe Plantain tee. It's something I can cut, sew, and complete in a few hours, so it's a great instant gratification project for me. The construction isn't confusing, it doesn't need fitting adjustments, and I am always in need of a new t-shirt :) I made the short sleeve version (see above) last Friday night and wore it the following day.
current knitting WIP
5. Direct your energy toward other hobbies for a little while.
Reading and knitting are two other things I enjoy in my free time. A good book will suck me in or a new knitting pattern paired with a Netflix binge will definitely hold my interest. Oooh, just finished watching Scandal (so addicting!) and started The Killing.
What about you guys? How do you recover from a sewing fail or sewing burnout?