How to Start Good Sewing Habits

Get Updates from SewingMastery!

Subscribe Me And Sewing Mastery Email Updates

Starting good sewing habits is a journey not a destination. Just because one starts a habit, doesn’t mean it will continue all by itself, it takes continual effort. But with focus, repetition and commitment, creating good sewing habits can lead to a lifetime of creative outcomes.

People always ask me, “Sara, how do you get so many sewing videos done?” It takes focus, dedication and the mental strength every time I turn the video camera on. I also believe the JOY sewing gives me is a BIG part of what gives me motivation to keep filming. I love teaching others how to sew and use their sewing machines!

The other day I was getting a little burnt out filming all the videos for an upcoming online course. I needed a break. Lucky for me sewing is also relaxing, and can be just the right medicine I need to get mentally revived and back in the game.


I love office supplies! Ever since I was a young child I have loved roaming through an office supply store. Paper products, colorful paper clips, sticky notes and pens bring me so much joy. Keeping office supplies organized brings me even more joy!

Good Sewing Habits

I recently fell in love with Paper Mate’s InkJoy Pens for my personal journaling and never-ending notes and lists I make, so I ordered a complete set of all 14 colors. Click here to order your own set!

I took the afternoon off to create an easy to roll up and take with me fabric organizer for my new set of pens. As a child, I remember my mom making me a crayon fabric rollup and I loved it! I could keep my crayons in perfect rainbow order and protect the tips from breaking off. 

This little project started percolating in my mind a day before I sat down to sew. What size should it be? What color of fabric did I want? How would it stay closed?

By the time I sat down with fabric and rotary cutter, I had mentally sewed through the steps in my mind multiple times! Not having a pattern, means cutting fabric pieces larger and longer than needed knowing I could cut off the excess fabric after the lines for the pens where sewn. I used pins to test out how much extra fabric was needed to house this size of pen and then repeated the spacing 14 times – one for each color. 

It turned out exactly how I had imagined it! Since I have passed down my addiction of office supplies to my daughter, I get to make her one too for her own set of Paper Mate InkJoy pens. I didn’t want to share, so I bought her her own set. ✅

Good sewing habits can lead to new, off the cuff creations, like my little pen organizer.

Here are some good sewing habits to help bring out your inner creative self:

  • Having your sewing machine set up and ready to use at a blink of an eye can be your first good sewing habit. Is it time to start researching sewing furniture? You will wonder why you waited so long! Click here to learn “How to Turn Your Sewing Room into a Sewing Studio”.
  • Clearing away distracting clutter can be another good sewing habit to start. I often will remove any and all projects, supplies and fabric from view that I am not currently working on. “Out of sight, out of mind” is my favorite go-to good sewing habit.
  • Keep only your favorite scissors, pins, marking tools, and other sewing supplies at your fingertips. Having too many or multiples of the same item can be distracting.
  • Work on one project at a time. Multitasking is like texting and driving. Enjoy the pleasure of working on one project with precision and purpose.
  • Try out the “Seinfeld Effect” and record how many days in a row you sew in your sewing studio. Try not to break the chain of daily sewing days. If you skip a day, make sure you don’t skip two days. This can be applied to any new habit you are trying to incorporate into your daily routine.
  • Please post one of your own Good Sewing Habits in the comments below!

So Why Did I Want New Pens in the First Place?

I also love to journal. I’m not a super journal-er like some people, but I do enjoy writing down one good thing that happened to me each day. The Happiness Project One-Sentence Journal: A Five-Year Record has fit my style of writing over the last couple years. With its five-year set up it reminds me how much I have accomplished from year to year. Click here to see the inside pages.

I also have recently acquired the Clear Habit Journal to compliment the Atomic Habits book by James Clear.

Start just one or two new daily good sewing habits today to begin the small changes for your future. Your future self thanks you!

Looking for a new sewing challenge to begin learning more about your sewing machine or embroidery machine? Check out our Stitching Cosmos and Embroidery Essentials online courses.

See you in class soon!
  1. JoAnn West says:

    I love the comment about working on one project at a time. My friends think I’m crazy because I do this. If I have too many projects going on, I get overwhelmed and don’t accomplish anything. We all create differently, and my “one project at a time” approach works best for me!

  2. Lu T says:

    do you have the instructions for the pen holder available?

    1. Sara says:

      Not yet…but it’s on the list. 😉


  3. Rhonda Christensen says:

    Do you have basic instructions for the pen holder you showed in the video?

    1. Sara says:

      Hi Rhonda,

      Not yet…but it’s on the list. 😉


  4. Jean Figgins says:

    I do similar things to what Sara has talked about today. I have a Journal which I do not write in everyday,but since February 2001, 1 have put any major/important items I have done, like starting and finish a quilting project, or a sewing project and any workshops (not many of these over the last year or so). Plus if I find out some information regarding threads and fabrics etc, these all go into my Journal. So I am able to look back over the last 20 years or so and remember who and why I made projects for and it gives me a really warm feeling.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Get Updates from SewingMastery!

Subscribe Me And Sewing Mastery Email Updates