Five Fast Ways to Find Time To Sew

There is not a week that passes that someone tells me that they " so wish they could sew, but just don't have the time" - well pardon my French - Bullshit. If you want to do something bad enough you will find the time.  With as little as 15 minutes you can put in a zipper, pin up a hem or piece part of a quilt block. Little by little each project will get done and that feels amazing!

Here are my top 5 ways to find time to sew and craft. 

1) Set up a dedicated area or at least flexible storage that makes setting up and breaking down fast. Be creative, if you only use those "good dishes" 1 time a year pack them away and use the dinning room hutch to store your supplies.

2) Get up early - yeh I know, this one sort of sucks but I am amazed at how nice and quite the house is at 6am before my crew is up. I can often score an hour or more of sewing before I head out to run.

3) Pick some nights for VERY EASY dinners - like crock pot soup and a loaf of bread then use that time to sew.

4) Use online resources wisely. Everything from fabric to time can be bought on the internet thus saving you time that could be better used  for sewing.  I use ALICE  for all of my annoying but non-pressing sundry shopping needs saving a ton of time and gas in the process.  I am also making big puppy eyes at Time Dog for all the things they can do for me.. like gathering quilt show information. Finding me events and locations when I travel. It is like having your own private secretary who does not get PMS and take overly long lunch breaks!  These things save me time.. Time I can be sewing.

5) Get off the computer and back away from the TV. The average american spends 151 HOURS watching tv each month.. that is just TV.. just let that sink in..151 HOURS that that does not even count computer time - unless you watch NO TV,  you have time to sew.

 Now all you have is a choice since pretty much there are no more excuses.

What do you think you could do to make time for something you really want to do or try?


Barb said...

Thanks for these tips. I need them. Never heard of Alice or Time Dog so I appreciate those links too. I had a quilt that sat around for over 2 years without being finished when my daughter said, "Mom, how about just sewing one star a day?" I had the thing finished in 2 months. From the mouths of babes.

Anonymous said...

I work a full time job, a part-time job and take care of my live-in parents with cooking, cleaning, laundry, etc. On top of that I am trying to start up my shop on Etsy. I also got into the rut of not getting any sewing done. I found that when I get up in the morning (yes, 6am!), I can put a pattern on my embroidery machine, still be within reasonable distance to hear if all is going well, and get ready for work. On the nites when I am home, I have the tv on for background noise, can hear everything that is going on with my show of choice, and still sit at the sewing machines and get in at least an hour of work. I do have a space set out and dedicated for my sewing so I am not setting up and tearing down all the time. Sure can be done and the thing that got me there is exactly what you stated: If you want it bad enough, you can make it happen. Deb.