How-to get your “Sew-jo” Back – 5 Practical Tips for Finding Sewing Inspiration Again

How-to Get your “Sew-Jo” Back – 5 Practical Tips for Finding Sewing Inspiration Again

We’ve all been there, right? We get on this amazing high and excitement rush the very first time we sew something with our own two hands. So we make another skirt, or top, or dress and then another, and another. Everything is all fun and joyful, then eventually, something crazy happens after all that fun. We suddenly loose all desire and the will to sew! And on top of that, we’re left with major guilt because we don’t know what happened or why we can’t find our sew-jo anywhere! 😭 It sucks. But we’ve all been there and today’ I’m sharing 5 practical tips that I’ve picked up along the way and giving you some useful insight on what you can do the next time you loose your amazing and coveted sew-jo!

Tip #1

Go easy on yourself. – Trust me, it’s important. I know this is hard to do but it’s exactly what you need right now. It’s also good to know that you’re not the only one who has experienced this and you won’t be the last either! It’s also important to know that loosing your sew-jo might even happened more than once in your sewing journey. Though, the next time it happens you’ll be better prepared! I’ve personally gone weeks without sewing in the past, even a few months, but a great thing to know is that when you get back to your project making happy place you’ll come back with a fresh perspective and feel fully revived! 🙌🏽

Tip #2

Check for resources. – Sometimes our lack of sewing is actually because of a need for resources. We want to sew but we just don’t know where to look for inspiration, resources or maybe even supplies. One of my favorite lessons in sewing, and in life for that matter has been, that often times it’s not a lack of resources we’re missing but a lack of resourcefulness! Really let that sink in. Here’s a list of resource ideas for finding sew inspiration all around:

  • Fashion/sewing magazines. ex. Elle Magazine. The Pattern Pages (we’re in issue 5!), Sewn Magazine, Suzie Magazine.
  • Instagram sew-lebrities, and fashion lovers search hashtags like #sewinginspiration #sewingblogger #diyootd
  • Pinterest boards for fashion and style, follow your favorite fashion or sewing bloggers and create a pin board of your favorite looks.
  • Follow youtuber’s specific to fashion and style. Search and subscribe to your favorites!
  • Nature/public. One of the best remedies for lack of inspiration is getting out into nature and letting yourself relax. Inspiration will slowly, slyly, and inevitably find it’s way to you!
  • Browse your favorite online clothing shops and in person stores. It’s okay to look around and try on RTW, even buy your favorites or try to find similar patterns to re-create the looks! 🙂

Tip #3

Instant gratification. – One quick way to ease back into to sewing is letting yourself sew an instant gratification project. Like a quick pencil skirt, or a tried and true pattern that you know will turn out well. If you track back to when you lost your inspiration it might have came from a failed project, often times a sewing fail will throw us into disappointment and take away our desire to sew. When you allow yourself to sew something quick, easy, or a project that you know will turn out nicely, it can send us back into sewing mode and sparks that interest of learning and growing once again.

Tip #4

Take a class or attend a sew-ical gathering. – Sewing can be a lonely hobby, most of the time we’re by ourselves with our own thoughts and we’re the only person there to celebrate when we sew something super awesome! By all means, pat your self on the back and twirl around in that awesome dress, really celebrate those wins! But if you want to dive into “sew-ical” events check out these tips below:

  • Google sewing conferences in your area, get-aways, or make a quick search for local sewing friends that share your interest. To find local seamstresses – search a hash tag on social media (#) of where you’re from and then the word sews afterward. ex. #TexasSews #HoustonSews and connect! Plan sew days, cutting days, or prep days where you get together and tape patterns, or cut out fabric while enjoying the company of others! Sewing can be enjoyed in a group setting! ✂
  • Join Facebook groups where other people are chatting about their makes!
  • Create your own event! Involve your friends or family, even ask your kids if they want to learn how-to sew. Pick an easy project and get all the supplies together to coordinate, then teach other’s your craft!

Tip #5

Organize your space. – This tip is huge! I’m not sure about you but I find it hard to work in a cluttered, unorganized space. It leaves me feeling on edge and I can’t focus on the task at hand. Even if this doesn’t sound like you it’s always a good idea to freshen up your environment when your feeling less inspired than usual.

  • Re-arrange your crafting space.
  • Organize your fabric/supplies in a new way.
  • Clean your sewing machine.
  • Maybe even move your space entirely to a new location. If you normally sew in the kitchen, find a little nook area in the living space or a corner in your bedroom. Sometimes a change of scenery is all we need to feel more inspired! 💖

I hope you enjoyed this list of 5 practical tips on getting your sew-jo back and feeling more inspired! Please share this article and insight with your friends if you’ve found it helpful and let me know in the comments which tips your taking away and how you plan to use them! What’s your action plan for the next time you loose your sew-jo? 📝

With love,

Rosy

Thanks for reading Beauty!

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3 thoughts on “How-to get your “Sew-jo” Back – 5 Practical Tips for Finding Sewing Inspiration Again

  1. Hi Rosy,

    This is just what I needed to hear. Life happens and I have not been able to touch my sewing in about 1 month now. Sewing was my escape and my “thing” I did for me. Since I have already organized my space, I will start with tip #3 to give me the boost I need.

    Thank you for the motivational talk. 🙂

  2. Oh I love this article Rosy! I recently started a new job and it’s taken my time and motivation to sew. I keep telling myself that I’ll adjust to my schedule and it will work out but it’s been a slow process. I love all of your suggestions and definitely going to try out a few. Thanks Rosy!

    1. Hello Misty! You’re welcome, I’m so glad this post resonated with you and you found it helpful! All great things take time so I’m positive you’ll get back into sewing when the time is right, and you’ll come fully motivated! Thank you for your comment! XO

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