How to: Get out of a sewing funk


How to: Get out of a sewing funk

Get ‘sewcialising’ – chatting to fellow sewers over social networking sites like twitter can be so encouraging, I LOVE all the talented, kind, friendly and inspiring women (and men) I chat to on twitter. Anything from a sewing query to the pictures of the beautiful fabric they share can inspire me to get creating something of my very own that I want to show them!

Blogs – reading and commenting on other sewing blogs can spur you on in your sewing endeavours. Seeing what other people are sewing and creating then commenting on how lovely you think it is can be nice for the blogger to read as well as getting you involved in the sewing community.

Sharing – the knowledge you have may help solve a problem, helping others out is a nice thing to do, there maybe sometime you need help with a sewing conundrum.

Videos – watching how someone does something you find difficult can help a lot sometimes reading instructions and looking at photos isn’t clear enough when you’re just not getting it.

Pick a simple project to get you into the swing of things – make the 5 sleep masks, or the 10 pairs of frilly knickers!!! Sometimes immersing yourself in a project you don’t have to think about or get stressed over can help get your confidence back and show you that you can actually sew.

Try a little refashioning – don’t have the time or the energy to start sewing a new project but still want to do something, refashion some of your old stuff – sew lace onto a shirt or buttons to that pillow you wanted to throw out, take in that dress that’s too big for you, and dye that coat that’s seen better days!

Make do and mend – sew the hole in your old pj bottoms, take up those trousers – you know you could create a big list of items that need mending.

Join a swap – getting happy mail with things you may never have chosen for yourself can be very exciting, it can also a good way of stash busting….which can lead to more fabric buying.

Go on buy that fabric you’ve wanted – sometimes having a splurge can help get you back to sewing, creating with something so pretty is totally worth paying the extra pennies now and again.

Join a sew a long – working on a project that a few other people are working on too can be a great way to encourage each other along, its amazing to see how many different results can come from the same pattern, it can be also handy if you’re having issues with a particular instruction.

Schedule some sewing time when your favourite programme is on or choose a DVD boxed set to watch – sewing at the same time every week whilst your favourite show is on can help you get back into a routine, it’s a set time during the week that you know to keep aside for yourself.

Make yourself a sewing cd – something to put on whilst your sewing away, a mix of your favourite songs can help pass the time.

Just do a little bit – trying to do something sewing related for 10 minutes a day can get a lot done, even it’s some unpicking or sorting out that stash of zips.

Try not to pressure yourself – if sewing is your hobby, try not to put too much pressure on yourself and take it too seriously, your learning, mistakes happen and just remember how good it feels when you get something right and create something beautiful.

Do you have any tips or tricks when you’re stuck in a sewing rut?


Sewing Suprises inspiration and ideas

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(this isn’t my image – ive stolen it from the internet)

Ideas to help you along the way…

March matches have been made and emails have been sent!

i thought id give you some ideas as to what you could send in your package…


Sewing bits and bobs (buttons, zips, embellishments, bias, ribbon, snaps etc)

Homemade CD you can sew to

Sewing patterns

A personalised tutorial

The items can be yours/bought/thrifted/hand-made/vintage

It’s amazing that your partner could find inspiration from the tiniest little detail you give so get chatty! Don’t be afraid to ask questions but remember if there’s something you really want it may not be possible for your partner to provide it.

The whole idea of the swap is that you get a nice surprise.. And possibly things you wouldn’t pick up in the store or maybe even have easy access to in your country.

For example (if it was me..)

things you love other than sewing? I snail mail, love to cook, read and travel.

A list of favourites for me its owls, Paris, New York, skulls, butterflies, black, pink, vintage, Stars, Autumn

My sewing wish list – to sew my own dresses and actually wear them!

It could be stuff you collect, places you want to see, books you want to read, favourite quotes etc

As well as swapping a packages your creating a new friendship so go share.

***please remember where you are posting to when choosing the items you are sending***

Sewing Suprises SIGN UP (March)

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(this isn’t my image – ive stolen it from the internet)

The details for this swap are as follows:

You must send an email to: by Friday 15th March 2013 if you would like to participate in the swap.

You will receive your partner by Monday 18th March 2013

You must then contact your partner within 2 days of receiving their info…then let the emailing commence

The person you will be sending to will not necessarily be the person you are receiving your parcel from!

Your partner may live in a different country to you!

You then have until the 13th April 2013 to mail your package (please remember if your parcel is heading overseas allow extra travelling time so maybe try to send it earlier to save expensive postage)

Then you have until the 28th April 2013 which will be reveal day and you post your blog/and guest blog about the package you received.

***please read the rules before signing up!!***

Sewing Suprises Swap THE RULES

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(this isn’t my image – ive stolen it from the internet)

For the up and coming swap i thought id post about the rules first… so you know whats expected from you before you sign up. We all like to know where we stand right?

Official Rules

All packages should be at least the value of (10.00 GBP/15.00 USD/12.00 euro/15.00 CAD/15.00 AUD) – if you live somewhere else let me know and ill work it out!

if the items are from your personal stash try to find the cost of a similar item.

You must be thoughtful of your partners likes and dislikes

Your partner may live in another country (this means posting charges to another country)

The item can be from your own personal stash as long as it’s in good condition.

You must contact your partner within 2 days (48 hours) of receiving their details

You must send the package by the given date

Postage is separate from the £10 cost of the package

Please make yourself aware of your countries shipping costs and rules so the package arrives safely and in a reasonable timeframe

The package must be appropriately sent (i.e. any breakable items must be wrapped to survive the postal service)

In the event that you do not receive a package, Nova and the Sparkly Super Nova blog cannot be held accountable. By agreeing to participate in the sewing surprises swap, we cannot 100% guarantee that you will receive a package.  Mail occasionally gets lost and your partner may fail to deliver.

I recommended that you purchase delivery confirmation/get a tracking number for your package. It is very inexpensive and free in some countries and can be used to prove that you sent your package in the event that it gets lost.

Please remember communication is key…keep your partner informed. When you post your package, when you receive your package etc.

……still interested here’s the link to the sign up

Sewing Surprises!!!

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(this isn’t my image – ive stolen it from the internet)

Some of my 2013 goals – to send more happy mail, to sew more, to blog more and make more sewing friends…. then ping I had an idea!!!!

Why don’t I organise a little swap group for my fellow sewscialists?

I give you your partner (randomly selected) for the swap, you send your partner an email asking any questions, asking them what they like about sewing, ask what they would love to improve on, something they may like to try in their sewing adventures etc then you go away and create a package to send them which you they think they’d love!

Then on a selected date we all post blogs about our partners and the package of happy they sent to us! (if you don’t have a blog don’t worry if you would like to write about what you receive I’m sure either your given partner or another one of the lovely sewing community would love to have you as a guest blogger! – they seriously are a lovely bunch!)

I think this would allow us to get to know our little community more… make sewing friends and receive beautiful happy mail in the process!!

There are a few things i’ll have to iron out i.e. I know we all live in different countries so postage needs to be investigated, cost is always an issue so I’m very mindful of that! and a few other things I can imagine would throw a spanner in the works!! There will be rules and some kind of structure to the whole thing so hopefully no one gets let down.

Please stay tuned for further info…. Id love to hear your thoughts on my idea!