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Sew Daily Tips

April 26, 2011

Tricia Waddell, Editor in Chief of Stitch Magazine talks about organizing your sewing space in today’s Sew Daily email. She highlights her favorite tips from the article, 12 Ways to Destash Your Studio,  from the upcoming issues of Studios magazine.

– Admit you have a problem. The first step in parting with your stuff is admitting that you have more than you could ever use. Once you acknowledge you will never use it all, you can start to mentally separate from it.

– Start small. Don’t try to do it all at once. Pick a category, such as patterns, kits, or one particular fiber form (yarn, fabric) and tackle that from start to finish.

– Sort. Get three bins or bags and label one “give,” one “toss,” and one “keep.” Things that are broken, ripped, or outdated in a way that makes them unusable go in “toss.” Recycle what you can.

– Create in the now. As you sort, if you hesitate over an item, ask yourself if it complements the kind of work you are doing right now—not the kind you used to do or might possibly do in the future.

– Swap. Maybe you don’t have too much stuff. Maybe you just have the wrong stuff. Invite your artsy friends to bring some of their surplus stash and trade.

– Don’t bring it home. Next time you see a bag of Depression-era fabric scraps at the flea market or your neighbor offers you a plastic bin full of crochet supplies, ask yourself: do I really need it? Do I have room for it? Does it help me create now? If the answers are no, smile, and walk away, happy in the knowledge that you still have room in your studio to create.

Happy Sewing!

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