Sometimes I have a hard time staying motivated to finish hand sewing projects. Whether punch needle, rug hooking, embroidery, cross stitch, or some other type of hand sewing, I tend to get distracted when I sit down to work.
I am a bit like the mouse in the children’s book, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, who keeps getting distracted by the next thing. Once the mouse has a cookie, he needs a glass of milk, then he needs…
When I sit down to work on my hand sewing project, my mind starts to wander and I think of things I need to do. Sometimes I get up to do that one thing that just HAS to be completed right then. Other times I know if I don’t go write down the thing I just thought of, I won’t remember later. And then I get distracted by something else…
But I do manage to complete sewing projects! Here are 3 methods I use to keep motivated to finish a sewing project.
3 Ways to Stay Motivated to Finish Hand Sewing Projects:
1. Watch TV or a Movie:
Watching a show works well if you don’t need to really watch the show to keep up with what’s going on. I can’t sew and watch an intense action or mystery type show. But a Hallmark movie works great!
2. Listen to a Podcast:
Podcasts are amazing. They are usually pretty short and you can find one on about any topic you are interested in. They keep the mind active and thinking about the story or topic INSTEAD of other things that need to be done.
Two of my favorites are:
You can expand your literary prowess with these short stories written by some amazing authors.
This podcast used to be called “While She Naps”. It has an amazing collection of interviews of people in the crafting industry. Be sure to check out episode #97 with Nancy Zieman!
3. Listen to an Audio book:
I love to devour books so this is my favorite way to keep motivated to finish a project. The only downside is that I usually run out of project before the book is finished. A perfect reason to get another project started!
Sometimes I listen to LibriVox, which has books in the public domain read by volunteers.
To get more current audio books, check out your library or Amazon’s Audible.
Audible has a free trial which is a great way to try a book to see if listening to books will help keep you crafting.
Usually, I will watch tv in the evening with my husband while working on a project. When I want to craft at other times of the day, I listen to a podcast or audio book.
Listening to audio books is the best motivation for me simply because they last longer and I want to keep listening!