I think this might look familiar.
I’m betting you might have a tangled mess of embroidery floss in your sewing room, too. We should probably untangle that sometime, huh.
And what about this?
A bag full of assorted buttons given to me by my brother-in-law’s grandmother. Might be a good idea to sort those by color at some point.
Oh, and what about this? Do you have a bucket like this?
So many scraps, all crammed in together.
These are the sewing room tasks I avoid, but they’re actually perfect projects for particular times in my year.
For over a decade we spent Thanksgiving in Connecticut visiting my in-laws. We drove down and stayed for five days. A few years in I realized that these five days were ideal for tackling tedious, time-consuming sewing room organization projects. So each year the day before we pack up the car, I would gather up something that needed sorting or unwinding or bagging and throw it in the car with us.
While the family was watching TV or just chatting, I worked on my project and watched and chatted, too. I felt productive and connected to sewing, without actually sewing, and when I get home I could enjoy the awesome feeling of having organized some of my supplies.
Here are the sewing room organization tasks I’ve taken with me on the road:
1. Sorting buttons by color.
2. Sorting and bagging felt scraps by color.
3. Untangling embroidery floss and winding it around bobbins.
4. Sorting and bagging quilting cotton scraps by color.
One year I tackled a non-sewing related project as well. Charlie and I had been collecting recipes cut from newspapers and magazines and shoving them into an accordion folder since we first met. The folder was totally disorganized and bursting at the seams.
I put the whole thing in a bag and brought along a notebook and dividers and sheet protectors. For five days I sorted all of the recipes, taping each one to a piece of paper, and created this awesome organized collection that I use almost daily in our house.
Of course, I’ve also taken hand-work with me to sew while I’m away. A Dropcloth embroidery sampler is perfect, as is any English Paper Piecing project.
Just because you’re going to be away doesn’t mean you can’t be productive. If you’re like me and aren’t very good at having your hands idle, grab a tedious project you might otherwise avoid and use your time away to get it accomplished!