My enthusiasm for sewing is back this year and I am on a roll. And much of that is due to the sewing / blogging community that I love - that's you guys!!!
When I shared my tips for maintaining enthusiasm with a repetitive project, Donna told me about a huge project she had undertaken.
I was feeling very pleased with myself for finishing 30 library bags in a timely manner. Ha! Donna had made 100 bags for a literacy project. Yes, you read that right - 100 bags!!!
Donna put it all down to hard headed determination. Her comment to me - 30 is quite impressive! 100 is nuts.
Well, Donna has spurred me on. I'm wondering if I am capable of making 100 of the same item.
I knew straight away what I'd attempt - 100 small lined drawstring gift bags. They're quick and easy to make, not to mention it would be a perfect way to use up lots of small scraps that are accumulating in my sewing room.
And so I raided my fat quarter or smaller stash. I haven't at this stage tried to co-ordinate outer and lining fabrics. I'm not going to get bogged down with that yet, or it could slow me down and I'll lose enthusiasm right at the beginning. I just started cutting small pieces of fabric into 6½" x 7" rectangles.
I have no idea how many I've cut out. For some reason or another, I feel that keeping track of numbers in the beginning might not bode well.
Attached to my notice board is a template, within easy reach if I find I have scraps from another project - I can cut out as I go.
I'm counting the three extra bags made the other day when I made the thank you gift bags with soap. Ha, ha.. that's 97 to go.
There's no way I'll attempt to sew the bags without doing other sewing. I'll intersperse the drawstring bag project with other undertakings, using my own tips for maintaining enthusiasm with a repetitive project.
Donna took roughly three months to complete her 100 bags, so that's loosely the timeframe I'm giving myself - but no pressure or absolute deadline. Maybe by Easter this year you'll see whether I'm nuts or not.
Check out Donna's project...
What suggestions do you have to help me tackle the project? Or do you think I'm nuts just to start... LOL???