I believe that there are two types of cleaning. The “shallow” clean and the “deep” clean. Let’s be honest. In between work we clean when we have energy. Other than that it is just quickly wiping, putting things away or tidying up after cooking. We are all guilty of it, shallow cleaning. It makes me feel guilty when I see some of the dust starting to build. So now I am going to set myself a goal. To “deep” clean every space in my house. No quick surface cleaning. I started with the lounge room. The TV area was first followed by the edges of the walls and floors. Next came the windows and tables. Finally I vacuumed every area of the couch. Four hours later, brand new deep cleaned lounge room. Tomorrow onto the linen cupboard…..
One thing that I find frustrating when learning to sew is keeping track of patterns and guides. It is often frustrating tracking tutorials on computer screens so I found a website called Print Friendly.
Every time I find a decent pattern I paste the link, remove the unwanted features and save it as a .pdf file. Then when I need it, I print it and place it in a folder.
To speed along the pattern process, I simply draw the pattern dimensions on tracing paper and file this. Placing a tab on the side helps me to quickly locate patterns. I wonder what else I can trace patterns onto.
I found it difficult to keep tack if fabric. Since I like to iron on interfacing, I began to end up with interfacing everywhere. So I decided to buy fabric and the same length of interfacing if needed. I then pinned on the interfacing to the material (bumpy side down) and iron it on. Then I hung the material so that it could be ready and cut when needed. A simple time saver. I am starting to learn that material preparation and measurement takes more time than the actual sewing!
One thing that I have found remarkably helpful has been sewing containers. There were so many little bits and pieces in my sewing kits and that I had purchased. It was like overload. When shopping at my local $2 shop, I came across these storage boxes. They were more than $2, $3.50 actually. My mind was racing. Perfect. So I organised all the bits and pieces into categories that worked for me such as bobbins, safety pins etc. Here is the result. Since I have these it is easier to store more items in my sewing box.
Any art and craft project comes with an element of organisation and planning. There is nothing worse than starting a project and realising that you have the wrong materials. Just as I started sewing (my journey began a few weeks ago) I browsed the net. Most sewers seemed to have a system that worked for them. I started buying things bit by bit. So I started buying cotton, pins and containers. I also had a few sewing kits that I had been given over the years that had gathered dust.
I decided to place them all in one large box. As I also like smash booking and other craft projects, bits and pieces everywhere would slow me down. So I simply purchased a basket and stored all sewing materials in that. Now every time that I sew, I just bring out the basket!