I’m sure a lot of people know the feeling of having so many sewing plans running through your head, especially with all the inspiration flying around on this here internet. Without being psychoanalytic I think it’s good for me, it gives a focus outside of the busy world of work. However, sometimes my head feels a bit ‘buzzy’ with all my ideas and that can sometimes mean I get very little done.
The very lively Sarah of Your Sew in Style suggested I got involved in a bit of bullet journalling, or bujo (a great name for it!) so I did… As I have so many sewing plans recently and not much in the way of finished items, I thought I would share with you. The ladies at The Fold Line have also written about it recently if you want to check it out.
I bought this big blank book which I thought was very apt and purposely chose blank pages so I wasn’t restricted. I also opened a brand new Papermate Inkjoy Quarto which I use for work all the time to organise myself so I knew it would work here… I’m not sponsored or anything, I just really like the pens!!
I’m by no means super neat or perfect but i didn’t want to restrict myself by trying to be super neat. It was more important to me that I could just throw my ideas on a page.
I faced a blank page and just went for it, I nearly immediately felt better and less buzzy. It contains plans, patterns, to do lists, specific ideas and anything I want it to. I also include practical things like sizes, where the pattern and fabric is from and anything I need to get. I haven’t got a particular order really, I just know to start at the front.
It’s a great way to plan and it’s Crafty and gives my itchy fingers something to do in front of the TV (because I can’t spend all my time at my sewing machine!) I have lots of stickers and fun bits too! Imagine me very much like an excited child!
I use a ruler to section it off and catagorise things together the way my head does!!
I’ve also been including little swatches of fabric which helps me see what I’m working on and inspires me.
I started to write down any alterations I would make if made a pattern again but I’m also a big fan of being able to cross out or tick what I’m doing to I’ve started writing my alterations in another notepad.
Sorry for the stationary overload but this one is special because after seeing my sewing plan nightmares on instagram Sarah had a notebook sent to me (I told you she was lovely!) It was a big surprise and I’d already got myself in to gear and got one so I’ve been using this baby for my alterations so they are organised and don’t get lost.
This, complete with my newly renovated sewing room (Easter holidays are the best) has made me feel super organised and ready to tackle it all!!