As I sat embroidering over the weekend while getting over a stomach bug, it occurred to me that there really are a lot of things that you can sew even when you’re feeling less than optimal.
Nobody wants to get wiped out with a nasty cold or the latest fashionable virus, but it happens, and when it does, you’re zapped of a whole lot of energy that you’d otherwise be using for more interesting things like your sewing. Thankfully, you don’t have to throw in the towel and while away the hours of bone aches and fevers watching TV until your brain melts into jello. Here’s some ideas for simple hand sewing projects you can do to feel creative even when you’re feeling like you got run over by a truck.
All of the supplies for these projects can be organized on a little tray like the one from a toaster oven or a lap desk.
- Yoyos: Piles of circles cut from scraps of any fabric that can be gathered can be made into yoyos for embellishing, home projects, or if you’re a serious yoyoer, a quilt. Save them up in bags and make them into something when you feel like it. They’re so simple, you can make them in the dark. I once made 50 during the course of a trip to a movie theater.
- Embroidery: Embroidery might be the ultimate hand sewing project. Take your hoop, some embroidery scissors and your thread and fabric, and you’re set to make something pretty while you sit. Embroidery can also take a lot of time to do, so those sick days will pass quickly.
- Beading/Sequining: Before you start beading, line a tin with strips of masking tape. Scatter your beads or sequins across the surface of the tape. This will help secure them so you can pull them off one at a time without the danger of them spilling out all over your bed. You’ll be adding more sparkle to that cardigan without the headache of searching for seed beads under your pillow.
- Stuffies/sock puppets: A simple backstitch is all that’s needed to make a strong seam for a stuffie. Undoubtedly, you can make it faster on a machine, but when you’re feeling gross, watching a little stuffie come to life can improve your humor even if your stitching is slow.
- Buttonwork: Buttons get the shaft. They’re the last thing you put on a blouse, and if there’s a lot of them to do and you want to wear that shirt dress like 20 minutes ago, you’ll probably cut corners. Yet our eyes are always drawn to buttons, and taking the time to sew them on properly and picking buttons that compliment your garment will be well worth the extra few minutes. Why not sew on the buttons with a different stitch configuration beyond the “X”?
- Draw and dream: Ok, so this isn’t sewing, but it deserves an honorable mention. Got a few minutes to spare? Why not sketch out your next project or round of projects. Draw shapes of garments and think about fabric choices and patterns you might want to use. You’ll step back into your sewing room armed with ideas and ready to go when you’re up for it.That’s it! How do you keep yourself creating when you’re under the weather?