A simple technique to find time for sewing (or anything!)

How to find time for sewing


One of the most common costume making problems I hear from Sparkly Belly readers is actually not related to costume making at all. It’s about finding time to sew.


When I share my costume tutorials, I often get comments like, “I love this! But first I have to find time to sew….” The other day, I saw a FB discussion about what costume people were working on and someone said, “I am working on not feeling guilty about wanting to sew. Sigh.”


For most of us, costume making is not a full-time job. It’s more of a hobby, but often a pretty serious hobby. Or it’s something that accompanies your series hobby, which is dancing.


But costume making takes time. Often when we are working on a project, it’s not a 2-hour project. It’s more of a project you don’t want to count how much time you’re spending on because it takes hours and hours.


So, many people are afraid to spend that much time on creating one single costume. And they are afraid to make costumes… even though it’s such a fun and empowering experience! 🙁


So today in this video, you’ll see my technique for finding time for sewing. It’s really simple!



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What do you think? What other techniques do you use to find time for sewing? Share in the comment section below!


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  9 comments for “A simple technique to find time for sewing (or anything!)

  1. Pat
    July 22, 2017 at 11:18 am

    Me Time sounds like a great idea, but if you don’t have a designated area for sewing, it would take you 15 minutes to set up your sewing machine and get out your project. Now, in my later years I am fortunate enough to have a sewing room but when I was younger and living in apartments, that was not the case.

    In several apartments I did have a closet with sliding doors. I found a very small desk that fit into the closet. So my sewing machine was always set up. In my best apartments that closet was close to the dining area, so I used my dining table to cut and lay out my project. At the end of sewing time, I just closed the sliding closet door and every thing was hidden and put away.

    I know that finding the right apartment in a large city can be challenging and expensive. This is just an idea to think about for your current or next apartment.

    Be sew happy,


    • Mao
      July 24, 2017 at 12:05 pm

      Great idea, Pat! 😀

  2. Rhaya
    July 22, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    Love this idea and the way you present it on video. You are looking more and more sparkly all the time too! ; )

    • Mao
      July 24, 2017 at 12:05 pm

      Aw thanks so much, Rhaya, you’re so sweet <3

    July 22, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    This is an AWESOME idea! I never thought to use an appointment schedule. Two thumbs up!

    • Mao
      July 24, 2017 at 12:05 pm

      Happy you liked it, Virginia! 😀

  4. sara keket
    July 23, 2017 at 8:28 pm

    somehow I never had that problem,even when I worked full time I was sewing the rest of the time, now I am retired and run out of things to sew, but you all ways give me new ideas.

    • Mao
      July 24, 2017 at 12:06 pm

      Lucky you, Sara 🙂 My list of sewing to-do’s keeps growing!

    • Pat
      July 25, 2017 at 5:10 pm

      You are a woman with not enough hobbies. Come to my house and I can give you lots of things to sew.

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