Sewing Vision Board

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As we have entered the new year, I’m sure you have each been asked or challenged to come up with a personal goal – a resolution if you will. I have to be honest here, I am not good at setting attainable goals and often find myself disappointed when I fail to hit the gym or give up on an eating challenge, because let’s face it – I’m a foodie and any goal related to food might as well be tossed right out the window for me. This year – instead of boxing myself in and feeling the pressure of a goal that may or may not actually fit in with my life, I have created a Sewing Vision Board.

It’s a blank slate if you will. A new beginning in sewing and creativity.
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It is not just about what I want to sew this year, but personal goals, things I’m afraid of and {WILL} overcome, and something to hold me together through what I know will be a challenging year.

I expect things to change on this board. I expect things to change in my life and so it is unrealistic to think that every single thing on the board today will be the same six months from now – or even next week. As I accomplish goals, I get to mark them off the list. As I create, I get to add it to my list! These, my friends, are things that will encourage me, will keep me moving forward in creativity, and hopefully will result in a creative and wonderful year. Follow along with me as I journey through the Sewing Vision Board and let’s see what we can accomplish together!

Supplies:
Picture Frame
Batting (Fluffy fabric of any kind, fleece, batting, towel, etc.)
Fabric

Begin by removing the glass and contents from your frame.
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Gather your fluff. In my case I used quilt batting because I had it in my scrap bin. Double layer the fluff and cut to about an inch bigger than your frame backing.

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Get your fabric for the frame and lay it right side down. Place your fluff on top of the fabric and finally your frame backing on top of the fluff.
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Depending on the type of frame you are using, this part could be easy or a bit tricky. Since my frame was deep with the glass set more toward the front, I literally just lined up the frame back with all my fabric on it and pushed it into place.
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I closed the little metal tabs that keep the contents into place.
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There was a bit of excess fabric, so I trimmed it a little. The depth of the frame hid the remaining fabric. If your frame is on the thinner side, you may trim down the fabric and even use a hot glue gun to hold the fabric edges into place.

Now, find a place that is ready to put up your frame and has room for growth. I chose the only bare spot in my craft room – right behind the door. Not ideal – but perfect for late night inspiration since I have Stella right across the hall and the hum of the many sewing machines wakes her up.
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Now comes the fun part. Here’s a breakdown of the basics of my Sewing Vision Board.

Goals
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Inspiration
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Truth/Dare
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Pattern Design
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Hit List – what I want to make
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What I made List
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Measurements and Swatches
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And of course, pictures of the ones I love that nearly completely make up my sewing list! This is just the beginning friends. I’m excited to mark off things on my hit list and I am hoping that the What I Made list is too long to put on the front of that piece of paper. Each item I put on the board is there for a reason – a reminder, an encouragement, a place to begin, a goal to reach. I hope you join me in making a Sewing Vision Board for yourself and together we’ll see how far we’ve come this time next year!

xoxo
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Becky Benedict

Sewist/Graphic Designer at Crafty Betty

mother of four. sewist. photographer. graphic designer. scrapper. all around silly lady. Find her at Crafty Betty

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