I’ll be the first one to admit that I am not as organized as I would like. However, in my mind, I am EXTREMELY organized. I always know how I want things. My problem seems to be execution. I am still trying to find a way to organize my fabric so that it’s protected from sunlight and little hands. 😉
It’s important for me to keep my sewing space organized because it’s also my dining room. We only really use it on holidays so it’s the perfect space (until I get a sewing room). However, when we do need to use it, I need to make sure that I am able to clean all of my tools and pieces off of it quickly. I am still working on that part.
The part that I have mastered is the organization of projects. I bought a cute notebook at Target that is spiral bound. In it I keep a list of projects I want to make. Some of them are written out and some are drawn. I frequently design what I want to do in this notebook. Sometimes I need to actually put the pencil to paper to draw it to see if it’s feasible. I also cut out pictures from catalogs of things that I know I can make. Lands’ End and Hanna Andersson are my favorites to copy. I cut the picture out and tape it right into the notebook. I then can use those pictures for inspiration or truly try to copy them.
The notebook came about because sometimes I get so over stimulated by ideas that I feel my mind might explode. And the internet doesn’t help. I love finding tutorials to do! Anyway, my notebook pretty much comes with me everywhere I go. In November, I saw a woman wearing a scarf in Nordstrom’s and I had to follow her around to snap an inconspicuous picture of it so I could try to duplicate it. (I am working on posting a tutorial for that!) I wish I would have started carrying the notebook around with me then because I could have just sketched it. Instead, I looked like a crazy lady because I was circling the escalator with 3 kids in a stroller. Our stroller does not blend in well – it’s kind of a side show (in a good way). Thank goodness the woman didn’t see me snap the picture. However, the woman behind the perfume counter did. I was afraid she was going to call security!
Here’s a sneak peek at a page of my sewing notebook. If you look carefully, you’ll notice that they are all projects I completed before Christmas. Also, I plan on writing up a tutorial for the scarf I made.
If you are new to a craft, any craft, I highly suggest getting a notebook to log down your ideas. I especially love crossing things off my list when I complete them!