Let me tell you! You’re not alone! Let me help you find your sew-jo.
The students I’ve spoken to over the last few days have, almost without exception, said that they are lacking the motivation to sew right now. And I totally get that!
It is important right now to do those things that help us to feel good and I know for many of you sewing is usually one of those things.
So if you are struggling to get yourself sewing and to retain some grasp on normality, here are a list of 41 things that I’ve been doing (or plan to do) to help keep my spirits up and other things that I’ve been doing to find my sew-jo.
The things on my list may not appeal to everyone, but it might help spark some ideas that could work for you. (In no particular order)
Find your Sew-Jo
Open some windows and let some fresh air in
Get up, get showered and get dressed, even if you’re just putting on your comfiest clothes.
Light some scented candles
Video call your friends & family
Get outside in the garden, if you have one.
Watch Next in Fashion on Netflix
Talk about other things rather than what’s happening right now. I’m tired of having the same conversations over and over again.
Talk to the animals, if you don’t have pets, talk to the birds or next door’s cats
Tidy your sewing space
Limit your screen time
Get dressed up – we had an Awards Ceremony last week as Gary’s work awards had to be postponed. So we got dressed up, drank Champagne and had joke awards.
If you’ve got more than one toilet, use the furthest away
Try a new sewing technique – always wanted to master zips or button holes, try a different type of seam or get to grips with set in sleeves.
Sort your wardrobe, identify gaps, bag up clothes for charity that you no longer love, repair loved garments. (Before we moved I got rid of over 60 pairs of knickers from my underwear drawer that I never wore, they either didn’t fit, were worn out or were uncomfortable and never got worn!)
Sort your stash. Reorganise your fabric and your pattern stash. You might find stuff in there to inspire you.
Watch animals being cute or doing funny things, either in real life or on YouTube.
Create project boxes/bags if you’ve already bought everything you need for a project then keep them together for ease when inspiration strikes. Do the same with any work in progress.
Make a really simple project or something you’ve made before and enjoyed.
Sort your UFO’s (unfinished objects). Be realistic about those you want to finish. Relegate others to the scrap bag.
Make a gift for someone else.
Is there a project you’ve wanted to make for a while? Now’s the perfect time to start it.
Watch clips from past Great British Sewing Bee series here, the Celebrity Specials were great and are still on iPlayer
Tidy your sewing area at the end of each day
Accept that if you don’t feel like doing something, that’s ok
Search Pinterest and Instagram for inspiration
Binge watch your favourite shows
There’s no right or wrong way to deal with this. Whatever you’re doing is ok
Just do 10 minutes and see how you feel then. No pressure
Support small businesses, buy what you need from an independent business rather than Amazon or the big supermarkets
Be kind to others
Say thank you to supermarket staff, NHS workers and others who are out there serving our communities