Getting Organised

Most of you know by now that I love Instagram. I can get lost for hours scrolling through posts, be it fabric or patterns or basically anything sewing related. I had it in my head over the new year that if I want to get more sewing done then I need to plan it into my day or week.

There seems to be a big thing for planning at the moment. You only have to enter #bulletjournal or #bujo in to your search bar to see hundreds of images showing how people are planning almost every minute of their lives and some in the most beautiful ways as these images from My Blue Sky Design on Instagram show!

After a bit of searching around and decided I couldn’t find quite one single planner that suited what I was looking for so I created my own with lots of free printables found online. I have a weekly plan page, money pages for saving up and budgeting and some project pages. If you are looking to get a bit more organised with your sewing or life in general you may find some of these helpful.

  • Eliza Ellis has some printable sheets for fabric and pattern inventories and well as project sheets here
  • More project planning sheets here from Pixels to Patchwork
  • See Kate Sew has some fab sewing related colouring pages here and some brilliant printable for organising your sewing space here
  • Miss Tiina has lots of free resources for planning your projects, finances, recipes and cleaning schedules so is well worth a look

There are many other tools out there for planning or recording your sewing. I have only seen one up close and that is the Makers Workbook from Creative Industry available here. This is great for all your dressmaking notes and pattern adjustment details that you want to record for future use. If you are more of a quilter than a dressmaker then I have seen many people posting online photos of the Quilters Planner so this is certainly worth a look.

Do you plan your sewing? How do you make sure you factor your creative time in when busy with family and daily life? Please let me know if you have any planning tips or tricks to share!

 

Welcome 2017!

Happy New Year! Since my last post mid November time seems to have flown by. With J now at school there were so many events and things going on before school finished and then with my girl’s birthday just two days before Christmas we were putting out Santa’s plate before we knew it!

J enjoyed the lead up to Christmas, he did his first school play dressed as a snowman, enjoyed Christmas jumper day and had a Christmas party that lasted two afternoons due to the amount of sweets and treats sent in by all the class parents! We were invited into the classroom for a family fun morning where we made Christmas decorations, reindeer food and finger painted cards. By the time term finished he was shattered! We had a few days to settle things down before B’s second birthday which we celebrated with a birthday lunch at McDonalds and a trip to Hyde Hall RHS Garden which is one of our favourite places to visit.

Christmas Eve was fairly low key, but we laid our plate out for Santa with a few biscuits, milk and a carrot from the garden for Rudolph. The plate had to be refilled a few times when I realised B was sneaking over and nibbling away at the treats!  I did manage to get my Christmas sewing finished and was pleased with Christmas shirt for B and a large quilt (55″x60″) for us all to snuggle under!

But as is always the case, time files round and now we are back into our normal routine. I think B is enjoying a little playtime with out her brother and J is more than ready for the challenges school brings. While they are keeping busy I am hopeful I can get a little more sewing time in. I have been desperate to make some new cushions for our living room. The ones we have are tired and a bit flat, certainly well past their best. I’ve been toying with various patterns and fabrics and not really settled on anything until I found the patterns by Elizabeth Hartman (check out her Instagram here!). As soon as I saw the sloth I knew I had to have it and made it up within a few days, only delayed by waiting for the right fabric for the tree! I also love the pattern for Bjorn Bear which I believe will be coming out next month. The pattern for Fancy forest is amazing and so far I have tried out Hazel Hedgehog but I’m sure it won’t be long before I give another animal a go! All I need now is some new cushion pads and the sofa will be looking brighter and friendlier than ever!!

I have quite a few sewing goals for 2017, more clothes for myself, more for both J & B, and a few pieces to brighten up our home. Who knows what the year ahead will bring and how much I’ll get done but with a bit of careful planning maybe I’ll surprise myself! I hope you had a happy time with loved ones over the festive period and that 2017 will be a healthy and happy year for us all!