Jump-start your next sewing project


If you’re new to this blog, you should know I am pretty passionate about bags. Handbags, clutch bags, wallets, backpacks, you name it. In this post I am listing some tips for preparing your next sewing project so you can start sewing as soon as possible.

1. Get inspired 

Sewing is such a creative process, and like any creative process, it works best when you’re truly inspired by something and are motivated to explore your ideas. I use Pinterest to collect all my favourite bags, but you could browse blogs, shops, magazines. If you can, make a note about the things that stand out - you’ll decide later if you want to use all those idea in one or several projects. 

2. Sketch it out

Once you’ve decided what you want to make, pick up a pen and paper and sketch out how you imagine your end result. If you’re good with colours, use them as well. Sketching is a process that’s also useful for reviewing construction, so if you’re working with a pattern you could review it at this point to better understand how your project is constructed and what kind of supplies you need.

3. Shop for fabric and notions, then sketch again 

The first place I encourage you to shop for fabric is your own stash: challenge yourself to use what you have in a creative way or a new combination. Only then, go out in search of that perfect fabric for your new project. Once you’ve chosen your fabric, sit down and review your sketch. Sometimes you won’t be able to find the exact fabric you had in mind for your project, so this could be a good opportunity to try something new, like fabric dyeing, patchwork, or embroidery.

4. Gather everything you need

Before you start sewing, make sure you have everything you need so you won’t need to stop sewing if you don’t want to. Check if you have all the notions and supplies needed. if you’re making a bag, check if you have enough fabric, stabilisers, all the right sewing notions and bag accessories.

5. Carve out time to sew 

You’ve told us on our Facebook page that some of you tend to sew in short bursts, while others sew continuously for hours and days. No matter what your sewing style, is, make sure you plan a time when you can sit and enjoy your sewing and not feel guilty about chores and family engagements. 

6. Create the mood and enjoy the process 

If you really love sewing, you won’t really need much more to be happy, but a sewing podcast or some music you love, a cup of tea and a snack that’s not sticky, could make starting to sew your new project like a special celebration.

7.  Share your sewing with us!

Have you sewn something new? We’d love to see it! Share it here with a link, on our Facebook page or on Instagram tagging me @sewingpatternsbymrsh.

Oh, and happy sewing :)

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  1. You are an amazing inspiration!! Everything you mention here is great advice.


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