As I sit down at my sewing machine, I feel calm. I feel like I'm in my happy space. I'm creating something and I love the feeling that it creates.
But too often, I don't take the time to sew. I have piles of fabric sitting in my cupboard, just waiting. Piles of unrealised happiness.
I don't know why I don't make more time to sew. I often link it to my perfectionism. I have a dream of what I want to create, but I'm not sure I have the skills to do it, so I procrastinate. But I'm putting off joy - the joy of seeing something I've created - the joy of spending time with my sewing machine. I'm putting off peace - the feeling of calm that washes over me while I sew, the peace that extends into the rest of my life as I'm a more relaxed and happy person.
So 2017 is going to be different. I'm going to set sewing goals for myself. I'm going to push myself and not let fear of failure get in my way. I'm going to sew my dreams and bring more peace and happiness into my life.
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52 Completed Sewing Projects
So my number 1 sewing goal for 2017 is to complete 52 projects. One per week. That's achievable and realistic. It's measurable, and I can keep myself accountable. Some weeks I'll complete more than one smaller projects, other projects will take more than a week. I've certainly got more than enough project ideas in my head to achieve this.
What am I going to sew?
It's time to get my list out of my head and on paper (well on my screen)! Here are all the things (that I can think of at the moment) that I want to sew:
Gift set for my brother's baby boy to be
Collared shirt for my son
3 pairs of shorts/pants for my son
5 dresses for my daughter
5 dresses for me
Cushions for my couch
Quilt for my guest bed (ahem, blow-up mattress!)
Pot holders and matching tea towels
Cross-stitch for my 3 Tiny Hoop necklaces (one of my Christmas presents!)
Necessary Clutch Wallet (I've had this pattern for way too long!)
Pincushion (or two)
Wooonicorn for my daughter (and maybe a few friends!)
Jeans for myself
Well, that's more than enough for now. I'm sure the list will grow as the year goes on.
What am I going to learn?
I love learning and I love that there's always something else to learn with sewing.
But I'm a hoarder of sewing classes. I sign up for classes but never get around to completing them (Craftsy - I'm talking about you!). So this is the year that I'm going to get through my class backlog.
My goal is one sewing class per month!
Starting with Sew Quick, Quicker, Quickest with Sue Hausmann, and then, well, it depends which sewing projects jump to the top of the list! But expect more sewing class reviews this year!
Let's Get Sewing
Wow! Writing out the list makes me both excited and anxious. Will I achieve my goals? Will I bring more peace and sewing in my life? I'm looking forward to the possibility! To keep me accountable, I've created a printable to fill out each time I complete a project or sewing course, and I'm sharing it with you.
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