Sewing is an incredibly rewarding hobby, one that allows you to create things that are both beautiful and practically useful. That being said, it’s a hobby that requires a relatively high level of skill, and sticking to it can be a bit of a challenge. If you find that you’re struggling, let’s go through some top tips to help your sewing habit stick.
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Set achievable goals
As with anything that requires a lot of ongoing learning, it’s important that you set yourself lots of small, achievable goals. This will help you stay motivated in the long run, decreasing the probability that you hit a wall and allowing you to celebrate smaller successes along the way.
Whether it’s completing smaller sewing projects, learning new sewing stitches, or dedicating a small amount of time to sewing every day, setting achievable goals can give you a sense of accomplishment that makes a big difference in the long run.
Create a sewing space
Having a space that you dedicate to sewing can make it much easier to get into a habit. Set up a sewing area that’s well-organised, properly lit, and comfortable to spend time in. Make sure you have all the necessary sewing supplies, tools, and equipment within reach, and keep your sewing space clean – having a dedicated space will make it much easier to just do a little bit every day, as you won’t have to set up the space every single time.
Schedule regular sewing time
Just like with any other habit, sewing requires consistency. Schedule regular sewing time in your weekly routine to make it a non-negotiable part of your day. Treat your sewing time as a priority, and stick to your schedule as much as possible, within reason of course; even if you can only spare a few minutes each day, sewing regularly will help you build momentum, allowing you to see steady progress in your projects.
Learn new skills
Expanding your sewing skills can be an awesome way to stay engaged in your sewing habit. Challenge yourself by learning new sewing techniques, printing sewing patterns that you initially thought were beyond your skill level, or experimenting with new fabrics.
For ideas on what skills to learn, you can take sewing classes, watch tutorials on YouTube, or join a sewing group to learn from other people with a similar passion. Learning new skills will keep your sewing practice fresh in the long run, ensuring that you don’t stagnate.
Keep yourself inspired
Finally, make sure that you surround yourself with inspiration to keep your sewing habit alive and well. This will look different from person to person – you can follow sewing blogs, social media accounts, and websites for inspiration – there’s no right or wrong way to go about it. Create a mood board or a Pinterest board with sewing projects or fabrics that inspire you.
There’s a lot you can do to maintain your sewing habit; by setting clear goals, creating a dedicated sewing space, and scheduling regular sewing time, you can help to develop a consistent sewing habit that will allow you to enjoy the creative, and fulfilling experience of sewing for years and years to come.