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Message Board > Miscellaneous > Please help me organize my sewing projects! ( Moderated by Deepika, EleanorSews, CynthiaSue)

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Date: 9/19/12 10:02 PM

I did post this on one of the other boards, but I think that maybe I put it on the wrong board. So, I redid it.

Ok, I am so wanting to sew a whole bunch of different types of stuff. I want to garment sew. (Already do.) I want to learn to quilt. (I've sewn a couple of quilts with a panel but want to learn patchwork quilting.) And now I've discovered a desire to make cloth dolls.

So, how do I fit all of these projects in? I know it's a lot of stuff. And I don't have all of the time in the world. I am a SAHM, homeschooling mom of two. Not to mention I like to spend time with my DH.

Any ideas on how to learn all of the different types of sewing? Not to mention all of the garment sewing projects that I am wanting to make. Some are already cut out and ready to go. And now my ds and dd are asking for clothes, quilts and pillows! LOL.

Thank you!!


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Date: 9/20/12 1:37 AM

I always have several different craft projects going. When undecided I mentally picture each one and doing them. Whichever makes me smile is the one I pull out and work on.

I supposed you could always draw out of a hat. LOL.

I have not yet begun to procrastinate

Update: soon I will decide when I will begin procrastinating.


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Date: 9/20/12 10:29 AM

When I manage to get organized, I put each project in a ziplock bag (cut & interfaced garment pieces with pattern, thread, zipper or buttons) (quilt pattern with fabric chosen) (doll body ready to be stuffed, with pencil or chopstick, needle book & thread... stuffing ready nearby). You get the idea. I've tried keeping the project bags in a box-- doesn't work well for me, I need to see the bags to remember what projects are in process... in a laundry basket-- looks too messy and I don't have enough space for this... in a large cupboard drawer in the sewing room-- best so far but not yet perfect.

I'm hoping others will chime in with ideas, so I can refine my system.

2007 fabric in: 7 1/2 yards; sewn: 7 yds
2008 fabric in, 23 yards; sewn 20 yds; given away 6 yds
2009 fabric in 41 1/4 yds, sewn 29 yds, given away 22 1/2 yds
2010 fabric in 91 1/2 yds, sewn 27 yds, given away 1 1/2 yds;
2011 fabric in: 55 yd.; sewn: 21 yd; given away: 20 yd
2012 fabric in: 60 1/4 yd., sewn 25 1/4 yds, given away 16 yds, thrown away 3 yds scraps; UFOs completed: 7
2013 fabric in: 28 yds; sewn: 25.7 yds.; given away: 5 1/2 yd.s; projects 8, UFOs 4

2014 fabric in: 21.5 yd
2014 fabric sewn: 7 1/2 yd
2014 fabric given away: 8 1/2 yd
2014 projects completed:
2014 projects started:
2014 UFOs completed: 8 (5 small gift bags, pieced & quilted table runner, maxi dress, silk infinity scarf)

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Date: 9/20/12 11:42 AM

I also collect, gather and store in a 2 gal zip-lock bag.

Keep general, everyday sewing supplies well organized.

Then for getting those projects completed - you already know how to multi-task.

I have found quilting a lot easier than garment making. You just need to be accurate in cutting as well as sewing.

A 1/4" presser foot and walking foot will make the project more enjoyable.

I also use a rotary cutter (keep this well out of reach of the children or adults who may be unaware that this is a rolling razor blade), rotary cutting mat and acrylic ruler for measuring and cutting with the rotary cutter.

Helpful books (buy and keep in your personal library) are by Alex Anderson or Fons & Porter.

Don't buy too many books or you will end up with books never read but once.

There are many free downloads, so you do not need a book with a million quilt block patterns.

-- Edited on 9/20/12 12:06 PM --

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