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It’s All Fun And Games Until Someone Looks at Pinterest…


I had no idea where anything was…other than it was probably in a box in the closet in my sewing room.

I haven’t done much sewing during the past year.  Part of the problem was the time it takes to settle into a new home and community (2,000 miles from my former home).  But the other reason was much more insidious:  All of my sewing stuff was still in boxes and the boxes were stacked in the closet of my sewing room.  To find anything, I’d invariably end up having to take all of the boxes out and open each one.  By the time I found what I was looking for, the time I had set aside for sewing was gone.

When House of Fabrics at the Quakerbridge Mall in New Jersey went out of business in the late 1980s, I scored a huge pattern cabinet for only $25.00.  That thing was perfect for storing a vast pattern collection, notions, and some of my fabric stash.  Alas, there wasn’t enough room for it on the moving truck two moves ago so I sent it to live on a farm where it was free to run around (okay, I gave it to a friend who was giddy with delight since she had been quite envious of my set-up).

So, it was with this frustration over not having time to sew in mind that I told The Mister that I was taking a “sewcation” last month. I was determined to find a dresser to get my sewing studio organized and I was going to make at least two basic sheaths and a skirt.

But then I “accidentally” looked at Pinterest for nontraditional ideas on how to organize a pattern collection.

And then I fell down the rabbit hole and didn’t get a stitch sewn during my sewcation…

4 comments to It’s All Fun And Games Until Someone Looks at Pinterest…

  • Seriously, that made me laugh and remember the chest that I was envious of…I can’t believe you don’t have it anymore! I have a Pinterest account but I swear I visit it sparingly. I’ve heard too many tales like yours and I don’t want to be a victim of it! So did you find anything to store your patterns and fabric in?
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  • Shawnta

    Ha! Pinterest will suck you in! Right now capsule wardrobe ideas are dominating my searches on there. I just posted my pattern set up a couple of days ago using binders and file boxes.
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  • Virginia

    I recently organized my fabric stash, moving them from plastic bins to an inexpensive big box store book shelf. It makes it so nice to see the fabrics.
    Pinterest provides me inspiration I’m also selective on what I pin and who I follow. This helps prevent the rabbit hole syndrome. Hope you have a chance to sew soon. As for me, hasn’t happened in a month, too busy trying to build a chicken coop.

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