Keep it Fun and Functional!
3 Simple Steps to Help Your Knitting, Crocheting, and Sewing Projects.
Whether it’s knitting a hat, sewing a pillow, or crocheting a blanket- do it yourself projects are both soothing and satisfying.
It all begins with planning; looking through magazines for inspiration or having the confidence to know you can recreate an item in a store to be exactly the colors and styles you’d like them to be. After inspiration hits it’s on to the practical detail of selecting a pattern that fits your skill level or challenging yourself to a creation outside your comfort zone.
Next, it’s my favorite, deciding on yarn, fabric, and/or adornments. The choices are enticing and invariably I end up purchasing an extra item that draws me in and will become an inspiration for a future project. It’s all part of the planning process.
Final stop- creating!
Each person tends to fall into routines in completing their projects. Some of us like to approach a project the way one devours a good book- staying up late in the evening and snatching scraps of time until the hat you’re crocheting is completed. Others can take small steps each or every few days to complete knitting gloves. Then there’s the very ambitious- who sew several entire Halloween costumes all at once and manage to fit it into their schedules.
No matter how you approach your do it yourself projects, having a storage system and workspace is essential.
Just follow the simple steps below to help make the planning and creation of projects easier and as often as your schedule permits.
STEP 1. SEPARATE SUPPLIES AND TOOLS INTO CATEGORIES.
Throw on your favorite music and begin sorting all the items for your projects into two major categories: workspace items and storage items.
Items in the workspace pile should be only the elements ESSENTIAL to creating each project. The basic tools to get the job done. This does not include fabric, yarn, adornments etc., or any tools that would be specific to certain projects.
This will help keep your workspace not only be clutter free but help to identify what tools you’ll actually use. When you’re ready you can confidently upgrade as needed to specialty kits such as:
Items that don’t fit into the workspace category are storage items.
In this pile goes- fabric, yarn, and adornments. This also includes all additional tools that are specific to certain projects, instructional books, patterns, and magazines.
STEP 2. LAYOUT AND SET UP.
After separating you can create a simple layout and set up of your workspace station and storage area.
For a workspace, the main goals are:
⁃ Tabletop to work on that gives enough space
⁃ Ability to keep any ongoing projects laid out without being disrupted
⁃ Room to hold your essential tools, allowing them to be easily accessible
For a storage area, it’s all about working with the amount of space you have in your home. Don’t feel the need to have a dedicated closet for all your supplies a simple bookshelf in your workspace area can do the trick.
It doesn’t have to be a be a big undertaking nor does it have to be perfect on the first go around. Actually, it’s a great idea to do a test run to see how the space suits your needs.
STEP 3. FINE TUNE YOUR SET UP
After you’re done with the first steps, see how your work and storage spaces function in action. Can you easily complete that item of clothing, accessory, pillow, curtains or whatever your imagination pulls you into with ease?
If not make simple adjustments.
For instance, if you’re tight on space try smaller items like this Portable Sewing Machine
Be mindful of all the tools you’re using for each project and feel free to upgrade and add some whimsy to everyday items like this fun measuring tape.
As you shop you’ll be more in tune to select items that really add value to your do it yourself projects.
With each craft project, you’ll revamp your process and have a work and storage space that suits your needs.
Just keep repeating all three steps and remember to keep it easy!