The Problem With Making Stuff

Posted in: This and That — By on April 21, 2015 5:22 PM

I love to make stuff. If you’re reading this post, then chances are (a) you are my mother, and/or (b) you also love to make stuff.

So what’s the problem? Well, the result of making stuff is STUFF!

I try to be as minimal as possible and avoid bringing things into my home that I don’t need. For example:

  • I love attacking my wardrobe every few months to find items to donate
  • I almost only read books and magazines that I borrow
  • I’ve only bought my son one toy to date (the obligatory rubber duckie), although I’m not sure how long that will last if he has anything to do with it!

A quick scroll through my Twitter or Instagram feeds shows me that I’m not the only one who is trying to cut down on clutter. In particular, I can’t wait for my hold for the Marie Kondo book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up to come in at the library after seeing a number of Instagram folks rave about it.

Even though I’m pretty good about not shopping and accumulating stuff, one of my hobbies is to sew quilts and clothing. With quilts, I’m at the point where I just can’t justify making another quilt for myself. When it comes to making clothes, I tend to be drawn to party dresses and blouses, even though I don’t wear either on a regular basis. In addition, the clothes I’ve sewn myself are the ones that I wouldn’t donate when culling my wardrobe because they are less than perfect and I doubt anyone would buy them, so they are doomed to stay in my closet!

As Me-Made-May 2015 approaches, I’m realizing that just because I don’t want to add more stuff to my life, I can still satisfy my sewing habit by making things that I actually need. I’m good in the bedspreads and party dress departments, but there are other items I could sew and make good use of. Clothing-wise, I wear tanks, tees, cardigans, pants, and undergarments daily. (And maybe yoga pants.)

Here are a few examples of sewing patterns for garments I could see myself wearing every day:


Cardigans and jackets:

Pants and bottoms:

Undergarments and pajamas:


One of the great things of choosing more functional sewing projects is the challenge of learning different sewing techniques than you may be used to. I hope to get more comfortable sewing knits on my serger and learning about making lingerie. One day I hope to even tackle a pair of jeans! On my current to-do list are a few pairs of Grace panties from Ohhh Lulu Sews, another Wiksten tank, a Sewaholic Minoru jacket, and a couple of tops from Sew U Home Stretch. Hopefully I’ll finish in time for Me-Made-May!

As far as quilts go, I think I’ll stick to sewing them as gifts for the time being… hint hint, if any of my friends are thinking of getting hitched or having a baby!

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