We all get into slumps where no matter how many adorable patterns we’ve seen or how full our Pinterest boards get with inspiration, we just can’t get motivated to start, continue, or finish a project. Summer can be exceptionally difficult when you’re trying to balance all the family time and kids being home with your sewing. First of all, if you’re reading this, you’re not alone! It happens to everyone! We’re here to help– whether you need a weekend away at Woodland Ridge for a retreat, want to take one of our classes, or just need a little help getting your sewing mojo back! Here are some tips for finding your motivation when it’s gone MIA:

Take a Break!

Sometimes you need to give yourself permission to take a little break. Maybe you thought you’d have a little more time or perhaps summer is flying by faster than your sewing machine can keep up. Either way, sometimes you can’t get around that block, so embrace it! Set a goal for when you’ll pick everything back up and just enjoy your break! You’ve definitely earned it!

Reorganize and PURGE

Sometimes when our physical space gets cluttered and chaotic it’s impossible to be creative. When you reorganize your space you can calm your mind a bit. Consider how much a change of scenery can help recharge your batteries, now do that to the space you’re in! Plus, think of all the things you’ll find that you forgot about!? It’s an added bonus!

Start Something New

Have you considered that you’re just not in the mood or headspace to do a certain project. Maybe you don’t love it as much as you did when you started. Set it down and start something new. You can always revisit it later on—or don’t! That’s ok too!

It’s no secret that the summer months can get a little crazy—between holidays, family get-togethers, summer vacation, graduation parties, and trying to spend as much time outside as possible, it can be tricky to find the time to sew. That said, studies indicate that taking time for your hobbies releases just as much stress as regular exercise. See, you have to sew; it’s good for your health! If you’re struggling to find the time to pick a project to work on this summer, don’t fret, we’re here to help. Here are 3 great summer sewing projects to get you to fall.


Splash-Proof Phone Case:

Chances are you’ll find yourself at the lake, pool, cabin, or splash pad more than once this summer. It’s also quite likely that you’ll be scrolling through social media, reading a book, or pinning more sewing ideas on your phone while you’re enjoying a day by the water. Electronics and water aren’t exactly a good match so making a splash-proof phone cover is the perfect summer project.


Blanket with Pockets:

If you’re not swimming this summer you’ll probably be at a parade or, at the very least, you’ll need a blanket to watch the fireworks on the Fourth of July. Regardless, making a blanket that’s one side dirt adverse and one side comfy is a great project. Plus, if you add pockets, you’ll have a warm and practical blanket shawl hybrid to snuggle up in. You’ll probably get a lot of use out of this project too!


Summer Tote Bag:

Pick summery fabrics and make a bag you can take to the beach, swim lessons, or camping. With a washable material, this project is the perfect idea for a summer of fun. Plus, you have the option of turning it into a backpack, crossbody bag, or any other design that will free up your hands!


Whether you decide to try one of these summer projects or you get a jump on this year’s Christmas gifts, the main thing is to remember that summer goes by in the blink of an eye. Don’t forget to enjoy yourself too!