I’ve been feeling a little claustrophobic in my sewing room these days. I can never say no to fabric ‘kick downs’ or clothing people no longer wear. This has resulted in my sewing room being stuffed to the gills.
I believe absolutely everything can be used again someday, whether it be packaging styrofoam or the thinnest scraps of fabric from my serger. I even fold up the wrapping paper from the gifts I have received.
I try to stay organized, I really do. Nevertheless, I am an atypical Taurus and the definition of unorganized. Much to my dismay, this chaos I live, breathe, and create for myself can stifle my creativity and overstimulate me more than you can believe.
Every so often I have to force myself to resituate everything back into “order”.
My sense of accomplishment did not last long.
I looked around my sewing room saw that I had three fruit boxes FULL of random scraps. I knew what I had to do. I dumped every single box on my floor to force myself to deal with it. I color sorted all the woven fabrics and threw all the jersey scraps into another box. I ended up with a giant garbage bag stuffed with tiny fabric scraps too small for sewing. Of course I am not going to just throw this stuff away. This has become my pillow stuffing source.
Fast forward to a couple days later,,,,,,
A couple of work buddies and I hung out and got crafty together. I packed up my back-up sewing machine and my good ole ‘Rock Steady’ with color sorted scraps in hand.
It was so much fun to share with them what I love. I taught them how to thread the machine and straight stitch. They patched up larger pieces to make a couple of throw pillows (stuffed with my aforementioned tiny scraps) , while my Miguel and I patched up smaller pieces. The patchwork will be used for a house warming present for a dear friend….more on that on a later day.
What have you done lately to tread lightly?