5 ways to got your sewjo back

Sometimes we can find ourselves in a sewing rut. It happens to us all at one time or the other. Maybe you are just too busy, you are ill or have had a few projects fail. There doesn’t even have to be a reason. So what should you do if you lose your enthusiasm and your sewing mojo? Don’t worry! All is not lost. Here are 5 ways to get your sewjo back.

5 ways to get your sewjo back

Getting my sewjo back

1: Take a break

This will seem counterintuative but it really does help. Step away from your sewing table and do something else. Read a book, exercise, bake. Do anything except sewing. You need to give your brain a rest so that when you return to sewing you are refreshed and eager to create something fantastic.

2: Try a new craft

Following on from the above point, use your break to explore other creative avenues. Last year, whilst in a lull I taught myself to crochet. Although you are not sewing you are still being creative and ideas often come from something unrelated.

3: Tidy your stash

Tidying up your fabric and patterns could just be the spark you need. It is easy to forget about fabrics and patterns that you put to one side because they weren’t quite right at the time. Our tastes naturally change and evolve over time. Maybe something that wasn’t right 2 years ago would be just perfect now? While you are at it make sure your work space is tidy. A cluttered space is hard to work in. Make your space inviting and somewhere you want to be.

4: Remake an old favorite

If you have had a few projects not turn out as hoped go back and remake one of your TNT (tried and true) patterns. I have a few things that I can make with my eyes closed but the end results are always really good. If you are really stuck go back to basics and make a cushion cover. If you are assured a good outcome you can guarantee you will feel good with the end result.

5: Check out social media

Pinterest, YouTube and blogs are all great sources of inspiration. Look at what others have been making and let it fire your imagination. Would you make it the same way or change it?  There are tutorials on YouTube for just about every sewing skill you could imagine. Use them to conquer that element that has stopped sewing being a pleasure for you. There is nothing like learning something new to make you feel on top of the world.


Sewing is a wonderful hobby that is gaining in popularity every year. It is only natural that on occasion you won’t really be in the mood. However, don’t despair if you do lose the urge to sew. There are always ways to get your sewjo back!

How would you reignite your passion for your hobby?

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  1. 1st March 2018 / 3:05 PM

    I am rubbish at sewing but I have great admiration for anyone that can do it. My grandma taught me to k nit as a little girl and, although I don’t do it regularly, I thoroughly enjoyed knitting a blanket for my baby while I was pregnant. I think there’s something so special about crafting something yourself.

    And congratulations because someone loved this post so much, they added it to the BlogCrush linky! Feel free to collect your “I’ve been featured” blog badge 🙂 #blogcrush

    • Louisa
      8th March 2018 / 6:00 PM

      I think handmade items are the things that will become heirlooms in the years to come. I’m thrilled to have been featured and have grabbed a badge!

  2. 18th February 2018 / 6:46 PM

    Some great tips here. I love sewing when I have free time. Thanks for sharing at Creative Mondays, you will be one of my featured blogs tomorrow 🙂 Hope you can join us again tomorrow too .

    • Louisa
      18th February 2018 / 8:21 PM

      Wow! Thank you! Yes I will definitely be joining in again tomorrow

  3. 17th February 2018 / 1:17 PM

    Thanks so much for stopping by!! I am glad that i visited today because this is great advice!! I have not been able to get into my craft room to “play” since the Summer because i have been so busy with decorating and work……

    • Louisa
      18th February 2018 / 8:27 PM

      You’re welcome! I know what it is like when decorating takes over your life and your personal pursuits have to take a back seat. Hopefully you will get a chance to return to it soon

  4. 16th February 2018 / 5:50 PM

    These are great ideas and ones that could be adapted to other things in our lives too. #mmbc

    • Louisa
      18th February 2018 / 8:26 PM

      Absolutely, you could use them in any hobby or activity

  5. 16th February 2018 / 8:57 AM

    Great tips. Currently unable to sew, so I’m Hans stitching art work and making art.

    • Louisa
      18th February 2018 / 8:22 PM

      Hopefully you will be in a great frame of mind when you return to sewing. I always find hand sewing to be very relaxing so I’m sure you will enjoy that in the meantime.

  6. 15th February 2018 / 12:14 PM

    No. 1 and 3 always works for me!! thanks for the tips

    • Louisa
      18th February 2018 / 8:25 PM

      You’re welcome. A change is as good as a rest is a great motto when you lose your enthusiasm!

  7. 13th February 2018 / 10:48 PM

    I think we all loose our sewjo now and again. You’ve got some great ideas to get it back. The tidy up one is something I think maybe we should all do now and again anyway!

    • Louisa
      18th February 2018 / 8:23 PM

      Yes, it is easy to make a mess while we craft so a good tidy up is always much needed in my craft space!

  8. 13th February 2018 / 1:12 PM

    What a great post, Louisa, and I love your title 🙂 Taking a break is definitely a good idea. I’m trying to learn crochet at the moment, and hand-lettering. It definitely helps to be able to flit from one to the other and to just have a go when I feel like it. If it feels forced, then I just muck it up ☺️

    • Louisa
      13th February 2018 / 1:22 PM

      Thanks Rachel. I found crochet a struggle at first, I just couldn’t get my tension right, taking a break definitely helped me to be more relaxed when I came back to it.

  9. 12th February 2018 / 7:49 PM

    Brilliant tips Louisa. I think taking time out helps you get back on track. Pinterest is awesome for getting new ideas. I have just started to learn crochet so there will be no stopping me, once I get the hang of it that is! ?

    Thanks so much for sharing with #MMBC x

    • Louisa
      13th February 2018 / 1:25 PM

      I sometimes have to step away from pinterest because I want to make everything!

  10. 12th February 2018 / 5:49 PM

    Hi, I have to confess to not being the worlds best when it comes to sewing but I love looking on Pinterest for inspiration #MMBC

    • Louisa
      13th February 2018 / 1:23 PM

      I think Pinterest is amazing. I could spend hours just browsing!

  11. 12th February 2018 / 4:22 PM

    My youngest & I have been doing a bit of sewing. She got a sewing machine for Christmas and we’ve been making dolls clothes….I can’t see her going off it yet but these are fab tips for if and when she does. Sewing is such a great hobby x

    • Louisa
      13th February 2018 / 1:24 PM

      What a cool way for you to spend time together. There are lots of dolls clothes patterns available to download or buy that she might like to try as her skills increase x

  12. 12th February 2018 / 2:25 PM

    I can do tiny bits but I am rubbish with my coordination. However, my hubby loves sewing and has a machine. My son wants him to make an outfit for world book day. X #mmbc

    • Louisa
      12th February 2018 / 4:00 PM

      I love to hear that men are getting into sewing. It is such a traditionally female hobby but it really shouldn’t be. (You’ve just reminded me about the dreaded world book day!) x

  13. 12th February 2018 / 1:56 PM

    Hi Louisa, much to my Mums disappointment I never got into sewing (unless you count sewing on buttons and taking up the odd hem!). When I’m feeling uninspired about anything I find taking a step back a huge help… I recently picked up a crochet animal kit from Lidls and that has inspired me to want to make all sorts now! YouTube is fab for inspiration too.


    • Louisa
      12th February 2018 / 3:58 PM

      It’s great that you have found a creative outlet. I couldn’t have learnt to crochet at all if it wasn’t for Youtube tutorials, just be aware that the UK and US have different names for the same stitches. That tripped me up a lot in the beginning.xx

  14. 12th February 2018 / 12:32 PM

    I’m a newbie-ish sewer. Definitely agree with getting onto Pinterest where you’ll be inspired in 30 seconds! Visiting from Creative Sunday party.

    • Louisa
      12th February 2018 / 3:53 PM

      Pinterest is just the best for inspiration and youtube for tutorials on new techniques.

  15. 12th February 2018 / 12:10 PM

    I definitely take a break. I have so many hobbies that my hands are seldom idle. I have to wait until I really need to sew again and then there is no stopping me. #Creativemonday

    • Louisa
      12th February 2018 / 3:52 PM

      It’s good to have a few irons on the fire, so to speak. Then you never get tired of one activity and always have a fresh project to turn to.

  16. 12th February 2018 / 10:40 AM

    Great tips here I love sewing and I think taking a break is a good idea to sit back a while and then create something great again.

    • Louisa
      12th February 2018 / 3:51 PM

      When you are tired your end products are never as good as they could be so a break could certainly save the day!

  17. 12th February 2018 / 10:14 AM

    Good ideas. When I am “not in the mood” for a specific craft and I’m having trouble, I put it aside for a few weeks. Do something else and like you said, I come back to the problem project with a fresh prospective.#MMBC

    • Louisa
      12th February 2018 / 3:48 PM

      Absolutely right, I was getting bogged down with how intricate my cross stitch was so I packed it away for a while and came back to it with fresh enthusiasm at a later date

  18. 12th February 2018 / 7:45 AM

    Must admit I very seldom go off the boil with my sewing but have had creative blocks before. Some good ideas. I also keep a journal and cut out images (suppose Pinterest) has taken over a bit from that) but still go through my journals looking for inspirations.

    • Louisa
      12th February 2018 / 3:45 PM

      A journal is a great idea. Sometimes we need to be able to flick through the pages rather than browse online to get our inspiration

  19. 12th February 2018 / 7:11 AM

    Good tips, I often find tidying my stash/craft supplies really helps spark ideas. Actually just cleaning/tiding the house helps me too. I don’t know if that’s due to the chi energy flowing round the house more freely after a spring clean.

    • Louisa
      12th February 2018 / 3:44 PM

      I think a clean and tidy work space is always a great start to any creative endeavour

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