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Kathy Stowell from Bliss Beyond Naptime is a coach for creative parents, providing eCourses and more for families seeking balance and happiness in their days. Yesterday we talked about how to help kids learn to sew. Today Kathy shares some tips for helping you finding time and “space” to sew and create as a parent, even as your days are blessed with kids in the mix. Kathy’s tips are great for finding focus no matter what pulls you away from your creative time. Do you find yourself visiting blogs and wondering, “How do they do all of that with kids at home?!”– If so, this post from Kathy might be a good starting place for you to think about how to carve some more sewing time out of your days. Kathy has a video today and some tips for you to read below.

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I love that moment when I discover a friend also grew up with a mother who sewed. It’s like we instantly become slightly more related; we are insta-sisters sharing the whir of a sewing machine as a soundtrack to our youth.

My mom took up sewing when my brothers and I were still pretty small and by the time I was in high school her passion became a thriving home-based business. And throughout these years she attempted many times to teach me to sew but the bug never bit until, ironically enough, I had kids of my own. It coincided with first time in my life I found myself seemingly lacking the time and freedom to really dive into this “new” obsession.

At four and eight my kids are just creeping out of that “impossible to get anything done without some serious babysitting back-up or out-cold napping”-phase. Upon reflection though I’m pretty impressed with how prolific I was able to be in those early years and how much fun was had by all while Mama was blissing out with her sewing projects.

Thanks to much experimentation, gumption, and not to mention some creativity coaching training, I now have a few tricks up my handmade sleeves on sewing with little ones under foot:

1. Begin with a visualization :: Take a deep breath and imagine how sweet and smooth it can be. Hold that peace in your heart as you simultaneously lower your expectations on how your five minutes a day of sewing bliss might unfold.

2. Seize five minutes a day :: Set a timer if you have to but allow yourself at least 300 seconds a day. (Even if these five minutes are taken up with just stroking your fabric stash while staring off into space enjoy the process.)

3. Share the joy of the process :: Kids are extraordinarily thirsty sponges and readily soak up the energy that surrounds them. Show your kids the pictures of the finished project, take them to the fabric store, when there they can help pick out the fabric or patterns.

4. Infuse the scene :: Make a ritual surrounding sew time. Light a candle, turn on music or bring out special sew snacks. Rich memories get created when all senses are triggered and creative bliss can more easily creep into every corner of the home.

5. Creative play time :: Like the sense infusions, bring out special toys or materials. When the special sew time basket gets outgrown encourage them to entertain themselves by allowing them to push through the wails of boredom while you get your five minutes plus of bliss in.

6. Let go of perfection :: My new standard as a sewing mama: Good from far, but far from good. The important bit is to have fun and lower your expectations in regards to outcome and how the sewing scene unfolds; reframe this time in your life as an opportunity to hone your skills, embrace all the different challenges life presents and model to your kids the importance of taking time out to follow your passions.

But perhaps the most important aspect of all these tips, and to any advice you receive from anyone else, is to pay attention to what works for you and your unique family unit. So I’m curious: how do you manage to get your sewing on with little ones under foot? I would love to read about it in the comments below!