Tips On How To Find Time To Sew

In between your full-time day job and your home chores, maybe be a couple of toddlers too, you might have lost hope of being able to find time to sew. It may seem impossible to squeeze in a project with all the other things that need your more urgent attention. But you know what they say, “all work and no play makes you a dull girl” and yes, sewing is playing for those like you who really are passionate about it. So now, don’t despair that you’ll never find time to do your most loved hobby. Here are a few tips on how to find time to sew in spite of your busy lifestyle.

how to find time to sew


Know What You Want To Accomplish And Be Realistic

First off, you have to be already decided on your next project. Know exactly, what you want to do. May it be quilting a full-sized bread spread or even a potholder, you should have a clear plan on what your goal is. If you want to see an output fast, work on something easy, small projects like hour tops table runners or quilted pot holders. If you are more patient though and willing to work in “installments” then you can go for a bigger project but know that you’ll have to wait a bit before seeing major progress…

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Be realistic in your time frame. We have already established how busy you are and you probably have a daily routine that is almost strictly followed every waking hour. This may be a good thing though because you’ll know exactly when it is feasible to be able to steal an hour or hopefully more to work on a project.

how to find time to sew

Add It To Your Schedule

Doesn’t matter if you set schedule on a weekly or daily basis but if you really want to sew then you have to add sewing time to your schedule. Some examples: If you have an hour to read a book every night before going to bed, then you can cut it in half to allocate the other half to your sewing project, or you can do them alternately. You get the idea.

Stick To Your Schedule

So you’ve somehow managed to add sewing to your schedule. Now, you have to learn to stick to it. Do not even think about skipping it because you were not able to finish the chores you have scheduled right before it. Because if you keep thinking that it’s not that important then you’ll always, as in always, gonna find some things you’d think more urgent to do and before you know it your machine and supplies have been seating accumulating dust for several weeks already and you don’t even remember where you left off.

how to find time to sew

Have An Organized, Dedicated Sewing Area

It will really help that when you finally have the time to sew, you already have all the supplies you need and know exactly where to find them. You don’t want to waste the time that you’ve worked so hard to steal from your busy schedule wasted because your sewing supplies are cluttered and disorganized. Have a dedicated sewing area where all your material drawers are arranged side by side and reachable from where you'll be sitting with your sewing machine.

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I hope that these simple tips on how to find time to sew help you. Happy sewing!

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L S e
L S e

Really encouraging, we need to think in small accomplishments, not only in big projects. My Singer is calling me as I write this. I’m working on blocks for a granddaughter s quilt. Hearts for Lauren await their creation.

Mayra Cecilia
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Sounds delightful! iam yet to gther the courage to try quilting, perhaps this year!

Jean Potter
Jean Potter

When my daughters were tiny, my goal was to get one seam a day done. It worked – I made (simple) Easter dresses for all three and the twins were born in December. Small steps.


When I had to pull my sewing machine and supplies out of a closet to sew I had not time left to sew. When we moved I demanded that I have a sewing room. It worked out great and the room has been remodeled to my specifications. I run up there or stop in anytime I have a few minutes. Projects can be left out and I just close the door when I have to leave. I schedule days of sewing around having my 2 year old grandson over 2-3 times a week and household chores. Did I say I was retired?


I love this I idea!!!

I need to make it a part of my day. Even if it is just half an hour of losing myself in a sewing project.

First job, is is to organise my space, which may well happen this afternoon as I have a couple of hours to myself.

I am so glad that this appeared on my iPad this morning, it has ignited my passion which I had reluctantly sidelined due to time issues.

I am determined to find that little bit of me time and re-acquaint myself with my purring machine.

I just can’t wait. ???


Sewing is my full time job nw I need an open space in Durban so that I can start designing my knew place