morning sewing

Ninety-nine percent of the time I sew during my son’s afternoon nap. If I put down my phone and resist that obsessive urge to check Instagram one more time, then I can usually bank at least two hours of sewing time. Sometimes, though, by 1:30 in the afternoon, I’m physically and mentally spent. Even when I have a project I want to work on sometimes I read during that time, watch a TV show, or nap myself. Daily naps from my toddler don’t always equate to daily sewing on my part, even though sewing is almost always my preferred activity.

Asher started a once-a-week joy school this month, which means that on Mondays, I have two whole hours all to myself. That first week of our little co-op preschool I dropped Asher off and sped back home to take advantage of my kid-less morning. I headed straight up to my sewing machine and pumped out some more paper piecing. When I picked my son up two hours later, I was completely energized by the creative work I accomplished first thing in the morning.

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{Morning sewing round #1: paper piecing and cocoa}

Then last week a friend of mine suggested a childcare swap: she’d take my boy for a morning so I could sew, and then the next week we’d switch so she could work on a project. Yesterday was my day to have a sewing morning, and once again I reveled in how different my energy level was and how much I enjoyed sewing first thing in the morning.

I wonder how morning sewing on a regular basis would affect my well-being. It feels indulgent, but maybe it’s the right kind of indulgent. Instead of feeling drained by early afternoon, I was ready to keep going. During yesterday’s nap time I decided to park by my sewing machine again, but had I planned to tackle housework or other tasks, I think I’d have had more energy for those chores as well. I understand the virtues of the work-first-play-later maxim, but what if your play gives you more energy and momentum to work later? What if switching the order of chores and play could actually turn on your brain and pump up your overall work ethic?

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{Morning sewing round #2: diaper bag progress}

Right now I’ll be lucky to eke out morning sewing a couple of times a month, and that’s mainly thanks to the preschool co-op. (And then when the baby lady arrives, I’ll probably spend many of those Monday mornings going back to bed instead of being creative.) But someday I hope I’ll have more mornings to devote to sewing. I’m holding on to that promise, because it rocked my world.

When do you sew? When do you prefer to sew? What do you think about switching work-then-play to play-then-work?

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4 Comments

  1. Posted September 26, 2015 at 1:55 pm | Permalink

    It’s a sad day when they stop napping. I like to sew in the morning. My day gets away from me the longer it goes. Any activity I really want to do I do first thing in the morning because otherwise I won’t do it.

  2. Posted September 26, 2015 at 1:57 pm | Permalink

    And I have zero problems playing instead of working. There’s always going to be work to do!

    • Charlotte
      Posted October 1, 2015 at 10:57 pm | Permalink

      That’s what I say! No matter how much laundry I do, I’ll always have more. So why not put some of it off to sew?

  3. Sari
    Posted December 5, 2015 at 1:57 am | Permalink

    Wondering how that diaper bag ended up? I’m considering knocking out a Cooper as a diaper bag as well…
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