For a couple of months when I was in high school, my friends Karen and Emily and I would meet to swim laps before homeroom (we’re talking 6:30 a.m…. ouch!). Now I am not an athletic girl, or even an active girl, and by no stretch of the imagination am I a morning person, but knowing that two of my friends were expecting me to be at the pool was a huge motivation to get up early and meet them.
Sometimes all it takes is a buddy or two to get you motivated to do something you keep meaning to do but somehow never find the time, like working out, studying or travelling. I know that even though I love sewing, I can go weeks or months without doing it because life (…and the internet…) gets in the way.
But, fair readers, I think I have a strategy to help me sew more often: I’ve got me a sewing buddy!
(It’s Jordy, if you haven’t guessed.)
Jordy and I went for dinner last week and both talked about how we want to find more time to sew and make stuff. We decided to make a standing night every week or two where we meet up to gab about sewing and do sew-y things. We even gave each other little sewing challenges to do in the next couple of weeks. It sounds corny, I know, but even after one hangout I was totally motivated to organize my sewing room and start a new project this weekend.
Sewing can be a solitary hobby, so why not make it social? If you have friends who sew, consider having a regular ‘craft night’ or a Saturday fabric excursion. Your friends will likely have skills and knowledge you can learn from, and vice versa. They’ll also have different ideas and projects on the go that may inspire you. Try doing a sew-along project or take a sewing class together to learn a new skill. With a sewing buddy or two, you may find it easier to make the time to stitch and get out of that sewing slump!