1. Sew the patterns and fabric I already own at the end of 2014 more than what I purchase new in 2015.
2. Learn how to improve my sewing blog (design and pictures)
3. Develop the skill of hand embroidery
4. Oh, and the fourth is earn a first place at the State Fair sewing competition!
The first goal is the one I'm devoting the most intention toward right now. I am hosting a Sew Your (Pattern) Stash group for myself and others who want to sew through the patterns we already own. I think its going to be a lot of fun and a source of encouragement and accountability to keep to that goal. I've also worked diligently to organize my pdf patterns. During the process, I found that I had many patterns which were not stored in a secure location (for me right now, that is Dropbox), and several that I had never even downloaded in the first place (i.e. I forgot I bought them!). I created this spreadsheet to keep track of what I own, what I have sewn, etc. I also designed this sewing project planning sheet to help me plan ahead for each project. I can fill out the sheet, collect fabric and notions, and store them all together in a ziplock bag until I am ready to start the project. This potentially will save time when I have the chance to sit down and sew, and will help me think through and plan for each of the monthly themes in our Sew Your Pattern Stash Group. I originally saw the idea here (I visited her blog over two years ago and used her free tutorial for a ruffled crib skirt - which is awesome). I wanted some different features on my own sheet, so I created my own. You are welcome to print it for your own use as well. One version is for pdf patterns and includes a reminder to print, cut, etc. The other is for patterns or projects in general and looks the same, but does not include the reminders to print, etc. Also, each version is a two-page pdf. The first page is full-size, the second is half-page size (two per page). I'd love to hear if they are useful to you! (Click the text under each picture to view the file and print)
|General Sewing Project Planner Free Printable Download Link|
|PDF Sewing Project Planner Free Printable Download Link|
So, how do you organize, plan, and keep track of your patterns and sewing goals? What are your sewing goals for the new year? I'd love to hear about them in the comments!