|Early on, before I knew it, I had created four bags... |
two Professional Totes and two Bellas!
While I understand that these folks are retired, the time that they commit to their sewing hobby must be more than the average job would entail! It's hard to imagine turning out three or four bags every couple of weeks when I can't even do it every couple of months.
So do I wish that I had more time or inclination to be a "super sewer"?
Actually no, because I have a couple of dilemmas that make it difficult for me to become a prolific crafter ever, no matter how much time I have at my disposal.
When it comes to seeing a neat and nifty sewing project, three questions immediately spring to mind...
- Do I need it?
- Will I use it?
- What will I do with it?
Early on, I was of this mindset because I had to purchase supplies for projects and it was clear that a sewing hobby is not cheap. So in the beginning, I had to refrain from making everything that I thought was cool.
Having earned a few bucks through pattern sales and such, I no longer have an issue with affording supplies or justifying their prices. That said, when I look around my sewing room and see the various projects from the past few years literally hanging around, my concern is now one of not creating clutter. And while it's true that I can sell/give stuff away, the whole process of selling/giving stuff away also requires an investment of time and effort that has to fit into my schedule.
Perhaps the most important consideration is that I will use something that I make. Even if the item will end up being given away later on, whatever I make has to appeal to me on some basic level that I will use it... at least once.
|I managed to take all of these projects with me on a vacation last year!|
As an example, I took many of my creations with me on vacation last September: my Crafty Cosmetics Caddy, my Cutting Corners Collapsible Travel Tray, my Hot Hues Crossbody Convertible Fooler Bag, my kimono slippers, my Gadget Grab 'n' Go and my waxcloth bucket bag (inside of which was my ribbon wallet, coin purse and key case).
My hubby brought his slippers as well as his two gadget bags. And I have previously travelled with other purses that I've made, as well as that humongous Professional Tote (seen in the picture at the top of this post, which now has the job of containing all of my small travel items).
Another development that has arisen over the past couple of years is that I typically cannot drum up the interest to make more than "one" of something. What I mean is that while I was initially quite prepared to make a third Professional Tote (had Christine's Bella not come to my attention), I am now loathe to make anything — particularly a bag — a second time. (Unless there is an overriding reason, i.e., gift-giving, pattern development.) I find this odd because I have no problem reading the same books over and over again and don't mind rewatching favourite TV shows or movies.
Is it truly the feeling that "I've conquered this and I don't need to do it again"? I don't know. (When I started this blog, I had a "Made to Order Bags" page, indicating that my sewing services were available for hire. I have long since retired that link, knowing full well that I am not cut out for doing that sort of work!) I see and hear about other bag makers turning out three of the same bags all at once — mind you, I do believe they tend to create the "assembly line" way — and I cannot imagine doing so myself.
What about you? Do you continue to make bags despite knowing they are piling up to the ceiling? Are you a "make one and be done" person or do you enjoy creating several versions of any given pattern?
Or do you have sewing dilemmas of a different sort?