Organisation has not been my strong point this year. I make so many gifts and in previous years I have been on top of things but for some reason all 2017 I have been scatter brain. I am determined that in 2018 I will be on top of my gifts again. My biggest problem this year is that I forgot about dates I needed to have things finished by and also how old the child was I was making for. Some of the kids I make for aren’t little kids anymore and I forgot they now needed a tooth fairy pillow as they are loosing their baby teeth when only it feels like 5 mins ago they were babies themselves.
Beth from Sew DIY has kindly created a free 2018 calendar on her blog that you can print out. This calendar is so pretty, it is designed for those who love to sew as each of the backgrounds has a decorative sewing machine stitch (you know all those fancy stitches on your machine that you never use) Even though it is a sewing theme it isn’t obvious it is created for sewing, there are no pictures of spools of thread or sewing machines so if sewing wasn’t your thing you could still use it for any craft you enjoy. Each month is a separate page with the calendar on it. Underneath the calendar is are lines in which you can write your sewing plans for that month plus the date started and completed. There is a check box next to each one so you can tick them off as you go. At the bottom of the page there is an area to write any events for that month.
This calendar is great. Beth gives you a tutorial on how to make it into a calendar on cardstock but I just printed mine out on normal printer paper. I’m going to keep mine in a plastic sleeve and keep it on area so I don’t lose it. I’m going to keep track of all my gifts on this so mine will have a combination of yarn and sewing projects. I’m not going to keep track on my personal sewing or knitting on this I want it just for gifts. I’m going to mark up all the birth dates for the year and the postage deadline if I need to mail them to the child. All the kids I make for fall within similar age groups so in a couple of weeks time when I meet some good friends for our Christmas catch up I’m going to pick their brains for the year the different kids were born so I can always work out the child’s age, this was something I meant to do at the start of this year. I have a separate diary which I have birth dates written and I will write the years in that. On this calendar I will just write how old they will be this year. Sometimes I change my mind with what I will make but there is plenty of room on each page for me to write all the information including pattern names, if needed the back of each page is blank so I can write on that too.
I’m going to use the printed calendar in conjunction with my diary. I will write up all my postage dates at the start of the year. In previous years I have really followed my diary where as this year I didn’t look it at that much and missed things. I am a list person and I am going to write myself todo lists and stick to them. Each Sunday morning I will check my diary for the following fortnight and therefore I won’t miss things.
As for the gift themselves I have a few ideas in mind for different kids. At the start of the year someone asked “Are you still having fun?” For the most part I would say yes, when things are going wrong when sewing or you just can’t work out how to do something then no that is not fun. 2018 will be busy for me in my day job so gift wise I want to make simple items that don’t involve a lot of stress as I want my gift making to be fun. The gifts may not be as fancy as in previous years (everyone may just get tote bags or pencil cases) but I still want to continue making the gifts. I do still enjoy it but I don’t want to place pressure on myself. I want to be selfish and also make some clothing for myself but I don’t want to feel guilty because I have gifts I should be making instead. I want my craft time to be my stress release and not a stress in itself.
If I am organized and feel on top of things then I am going to enjoy my 2018 gift making.