Top 5 Timesavers for Busy Sewists + Quilters

on February 9 | in Sewing Trends | by | with 11 Comments

Amy DeCesare from Amy Made That! and the eamylove shop is here with her Top 5 Timesavers for Busy Sewists + Quilters! Add your ideas in the comments, and hop over to Amy Made That! for a giveaway; Amy’s giving away three patterns of the winner’s choice from her eamylove shop. You can also learn more about Amy’s designs in her introduction.

Want to save more time? Here are Sewing Resolutions: Organization to Reach Your Sewing Goals, plus how to Make a Sewing Journal. These Easy Scrap Bins will keep you organized, and you could also whip up an easy Travel Sewing Kit (and fill it up with our How to Build a Sewing Tool Kit tips).

We’re all busy people… Our jobs, family and friends keep us on the go. People are always asking us how we make time for sewing and creating. Here are some suggestions for getting the most out of the time that we carve out for ourselves. These are my Top 5 Timesavers for Busy Sewists + Quilters!

#5 When You Can’t Sew… Plan!
Use Pinterest to find and save projects. I know many people write off Pinterest as a time-waster, but I disagree! It’s a great organizing tool; you can think of it as a virtual filing cabinet. Search for inspiring colors, patterns, designs and projects.

(I call it “research.”)

Gather patterns and supplies. Take a few minutes to collect the items you need for your next project, and you’ll be ready for sewing when the time is available. Gather up all the fabrics, tools and thread.

Take notes while making your favorite patterns. If there’s a project you like to make more than once, jot down tips and comments in a sewing journal. (What a great excuse to make a pretty covered notebook for yourself!)

#4 Take Shortcuts
Find tutorials on blogs and YouTube. There are lots of time-saving tips out there. Try them out! (Like here’s my own tutorial for machine binding.)

Learn easy methods for creating HST’s or 4-patches. Look at all of the blogs you follow, and find great tips. Right here on Sew Mama Sew, Lindsay Conner shared a quick way to make 8 half-square triangles at a time!

If you’re a beginner, here’s a great lesson on quick piecing techniques that will get youl sewing in no time!

Use precuts. Oh, my… They just look so delicious, all packaged up and they’ll look even better when they’ve been used to create something. Precuts make it so easy to use a wide variety of pretty fabrics.

Here’s a table runner I made using strips from a jelly roll… Almost instant gratification. I found the tutorial for the block on YouTubequ.

#3 Stock Up
Buy a bolt if you use a lot of fusible fleece, fusible interfacing or neutral fabric. When a snowstorm is coming, I check my inventory!

Keep zippers, fusible webbing and trims on hand. You won’t have to spend valuable time shopping for these items.

Keep some hand-stitching supplies in a sweet little pouch, ready to go. Even if you’re out of the house, you could take a project along.

#2 Use Kits
Pre-made kits are perfect for beginners, and they make a nice gift for YOU. How many times has someone asked you what you would like to have for a present, and you claim there is nothing you want or need? A quilt kit would be such a great idea!

Take an evening to cut out your project. It feels like a kit! With everything cut out and ready to go, you can make progress quickly.

#1 Just Make SOMETHING
When the time comes… Don’t waste it deciding what the “perfect” project will be. Some of my favorite finishes have been made while I was just playing around. These pillows started out as a bunch of 4-patches.

Have you made any Open Wide Zippered Pouches, from the tutorial by Noodlehead? They are a favorite go-to pattern of mine, and they don’t need large pieces of fabric and they’re a quick, “just do it” project.

Have fun creating something handmade for a gift, even if you don’t have someone in mind. Your creation will be all ready for a special friend who needs cheering up.

As soon as you finish, you’ll inspire yourself to make your next project. Taking time for yourself will make you a happier person. Who knows where your creativity will lead?

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11 Responses to Top 5 Timesavers for Busy Sewists + Quilters

  1. Edie says:

    Where can I find the pattern for the pinwheel block (I think it is a hot pad) you show above under #4? It is so pretty I would like to try it. Thanks so much.

  2. Donna says:

    Reading this as I wait for medical appt. Great ideas.

  3. JoannaNY says:

    Great tips. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Beth says:

    I love your suggestion to “just make something”. So many times I have wasted precious creative time obsessing over details and planning. I am going to start making samplers, mug rugs and small totes to increase my skill set and increase the amount of fun time I spend on quilting.

  5. Nice tips! I like to get ideas from Pinterest and woul definitely start a sewing journal ( maybe electronic) 🙂

  6. Karen says:

    Love the tips! I like to make multiples of projects that I’m going to use for gifts – like pillow cases and journal covers. Doesn’t take that much more time to make several while I’m at it!

  7. Aysun Taylor says:

    AWESOME TIPS! Thank you for sharing

  8. Kay says:

    These are good ideas. I particularly like the thought of getting everything cut out and then it make life so much simpler. I don’t enjoy the cutting and do it as I go along, but if it was all done in one go then it would be over with and I could just enjoy the sewing. x

  9. Paige @ Quilted Blooms says:

    Great tips! Thanks!

  10. caroline says:

    great tips & givraway.

  11. Lara B. says:

    Wonderful tips Amy! And I know you live by them too, considering how many great projects you create with very little time.

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