Finish It February!

Hello, friends! Hope you are all well! I’ve been struggling lately with a surplus of unfinished projects. My sewing room is super unorganized right now, mainly because I have nowhere to put my works-in-progress. I’m not enjoying spending time there, because it’s a disaster, but I can’t mitigate the disaster because I’m not sewing! So the other day when I stumbled across the hashtag #finishitfebruary on Instagram, I was motivated to spend this month getting through some of the UFOs that are plaguing me!

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I’m the ghost of quilts past (and long abandoned)!

I’m certain I won’t get through all of these things, but here’s what I have going on right now:

  • a simple quilt, in the Fantasia line by Sara Lawson (needs backing fabric… and has for, oh, 6 months?)
  • a Kittens quilt (I’m swapping blocks with partners, and for the first time in my life, I’ve worked ahead of the group so it’s hibernating for a while. THIS HAS LITERALLY NEVER HAPPENED BEFORE… I’m always late to every party!)
  • a Cascade duffle coat (got put on hold when I realized I didn’t have interfacing. I love Fashion Sewing Supply and their interfacing but their orders aren’t cut or processed quickly at all in my experience, so if you don’t plan ahead you’re stuck waiting).
  • a robe Madeleine (my wearable muslin is in time out because the cheap, crappy fabric I used frayed like crazy, like, disintegrating while I tried to gather the skirt… so I may be chucking this).
  • a dress for my mom using French terry from my shop
  • a costume for a friend (more on this later)
  • a Cascades sweater for me (managed to weave in the ends yesterday so it’s blocking and just needs the neckband picked up after that)
  • a Bradbury sweater for Blake (needs to be seamed… which I’m super dreading because when I attempted it twice before, it looked terrible. I just don’t know what I’m doing when it comes to seaming!)
  • a Fidra hat for me… I loved the one I made for my mom so much that I decided to make one for myself
  • a pair of socks for Blake in super cool faux fair isle Regia
  • a repair to Blake’s buttondown
  • an alteration to a Mandy Boat Tee for my mother-in-law (I used this beautiful raspberry sweater knit from O! Jolly!, and when I looked up the link, I noticed that it’s on sale right now!)
  • my chair upholstery project (needs basically everything done to it)
  • a bench upholstery project for a friend (needs everything done to it)

Sheesh! We’re not even going to talk about the bag of realllllly old UFOs that I’m scared to look at. At least I managed to get a pair of socks for my sister on the sock blockers last night, so they’re drying now, and I finished up my Diode hat yesterday, so I’m making small amounts of progress, but I need to keep cranking away! And, now that I’ve got these written down, I’ll be shamed forever if I fail to get ANY progress done!

How about your guys? Overwhelmed by UFOs? Are you inspired to pick up any long-abandoned projects? Who wants to join me in finishing up some stuff in February?

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  1. This is exactly what I really need to do as well. I have so many nearly-finished projects, half-done projects, muslins made and tweaked and then set aside. It’s all so overwhelming.

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  2. Goodness, you have your work cut out for you! You won’t be able to go to work or eat judging from the list you have posted ;-).
    I’m stuck in uni exams at the moment, so no pledges from me of any kind for the time being. But in general I don’t have a lot of time with ufos and they get terminally chucked quite soon. Another way of organising those piles of unfinished sewing I suppose…

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    • Really, there’s often a reason something is a UFO, right? My long-term UFOs are always that way because there’s a big problem or I know in my heart that they aren’t going to work out. I need to be a bit more savage and chuck things sooner, I think!

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  3. with my OCD I don’t have UFO’s but I have UPO (un-photographed/published objects) … gigabytes of patterns to print and kilometres of to do lists … for me seems far easier not to start a project than to finish it!

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    • I’m with Sasha! My to-sew list is quite long but I can ignore it. I can usually only handle one project at a time without going crazy, although I could probably justify adding a knitting project while I had a sewing project going. But I admire your ambition! Good luck, it sounds like you’ll be able to knock some of these out soon ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • I get too excited about ideas and want to start them right away! And I also procrastinate on things that require a lot of thought… with my ADHD it’s a real struggle to think through and work through something with a lot of steps, especially if I can’t understand all the steps that I need to take. So then I move on to something simpler. And, probably my worst fault (or at least the one that makes me life super annoying) is that I am TERRIBLE at estimating how long something will take, so I start something with a plan in place, don’t make my deadline, and then don’t want/need it anymore. Terrible!

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        • I completely hear you on the procrastination issue – I’ve put seemingly difficult tasks or projects off for years, only to find they were like anything else – one step after the other. Deadlines, on the other hand, kill my enthusiasm completely. I should always double my estimates, because I’m slow!

          For my part, I’ve been thoroughly impressed by the projects you tackle – upholstery, tailoring, knitting!

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    • I completely agree! Having loads of unfinished projects would drive me crazy so I try to keep it to a managable pile.

      Good luck with your list – I’m sure you’ll have lots of progress! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Haha! I also have long to-do lists… crazy long ones. It’s a symptom of my ADHD… starting projects is the easier thing in the world for me! It’s finishing them that’s the struggle! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. It’s SO true about the vicious cycle of stuff piling up and making your workspace un-inviting, but then it perpetuates because you aren’t doing anything to unclutter it. =/ I’m currently clearing stuff out due to impending babydom, and as soon as I started moving things around, I felt a million times better.

    …and started something new instead of finishing any of the old projects, haha!

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  5. You’re never alone in the sewasphere Ginger! Having recently moved house I found an odd little project I’d started so long ago I can’t recall why? Lets not mention the quilt I started making my son when he was 7 years old and only needed to have the binding finished – he’s now 21 and I fear not as cool about Gryffendor as he once was!! I may have to join you in your #finishitfebruary ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  6. I recently moved my sewing room from the basement to my daughter’s room (she is in grad school) and now I have UFOs in 2 rooms…but, now that I am retired, I am making a bit of progress. I am impressed that you made a list and now you can check them off as you go. Remember that you might not really want to finish some of it so give yourself permission to move it on out!

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  7. Good for you to address the UFO”s. I working on in not bringing in new projects before I finish things. I’m about to go back to a shirt that I’ve muslined and need to do a second one on. The only other sewing UFO is a spring weight raincoat that I’m going to wait for warmer weather and finish closer to wearing time. The knitting is another matter though. I’ve got 2 projects that should get finished in February and then one more before I cast on a new project and I’ll live with the other 3.

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  8. Go Sonja! I just counted in my head and I have five sewing UFOs and two knitting UFOs not counting the Eternal UFO that shall never be finished and that I should probably burn in some sort of UFO goodbye ceremony. I’m definitely keen to join you in finishing some of these! The sewing ones, at least ๐Ÿ™‚

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  9. I wish! Just busy with other stuff…….. no I am! Pattern testing and making a spring coat for my friends mom. And we just got super busy at work and I might have to go in on Saturday :0

    But you should clean your sewing room. I did…almost ๐Ÿ™‚ and now everything is missing. Can’t find my black leather thread to finish my back pack…. a peacoat needs button holes that i decided to hand sew…. There is a dress that needs hemming…for two years soon…

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    • I really need to clean my sewing space! I have a project for someone else that I’ll be working on frantically today and tomorrow, and after that I’ll clean it up! Thanks for the inspiration! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  10. Good goals! I recently did a big closet clean-out, and there’s still a pile of abandoned alterations projects in there … but I did donate a couple of really old UFOs I’m never going to get to. I’ve been doing a fair amount of mending and little necessary projects, not my favorite thing to actually sew, but the results are pretty dang satisfying. I’m actually really looking forward to getting through that stuff and sewing something more involved soonโ€”a jacket!

    One good seaming method for knits: http://kelbournewoolens.com/tipsandtricks/mattressstitch I know I have some other good resources on this somewhere … but I’m traveling … hopefully I’ll think of some more to send you. You can also use backstitch. Be consistent on how far from the edge you stitch, and don’t pull it too tight. Hope that helps!

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  11. I love it! I’m in the same boat, and I love that there’s a hashtag for it! I actually just pulled out my daughter’s quilt today (from 2 years ago) and continued to quilt it. It felt so good! I also have a list I’m crossing off because I told myself my craft room can’t take any new fabric until my UFO’s are mostly done. Got me off my butt!

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  12. I’ve knitted a pair of socks in Regia and, yes, the false novergian look is brilliant, but this wool doesn’t have a super soft hand โ€“ it has improved with washings though. As for the Mandy boatneck tee, it was way too large on me. I had to shave the sides by several inches bc I looked like I was wearing a giant square piece of fabric! Good luck with all your projects! I would love to try la robe Madeleine too, but I find this pattern quite expensive in Euros vs. Canadian dollars.

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    • Ooh, I’m glad to hear that the Regia gets a bit softer. I’ve heard that it’s very strong and durable, which is nice because my husband is quite hard on socks. The Mandy boat tee was the same way on my mother-in-law… just too big! And I also should have used something a bit drapier. Live and learn!

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  13. I’m totally with you there!! I’ve done some reorganizing of my work space (and apartment in general) and that has helped get my sewing butt into gear. And I’ve managed to finish several projects alreadt, go me!! But if I were to make a list of what remains…well, that would just be disheartening, so I’m not going there!

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  14. Oh goodness, I have so many UFOs. Probably 7 sewing UFOs and a damn single sock left of a pair I started in 2011 to give my Dad…I was planning to finish it as a gift to him after my wedding in 2014, and still didn’t finish. We are 2016 now and I still haven’t turned that final heel….UFOs have a way of making me feel so wasteful. I’m sure that writing this post will help you be accountable to finishing some of them! Lucky you for having an actual sewing room in NYC! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    • Welll…. my sewing space is a corner of the living room, so the mess is in plain view! Ack! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

      Throw the sock in your purse and work on it when you’re on the train or in waiting rooms!

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  15. I haven’t finished my sister’s birthday gift yet and her birthday was Jan. 5th. If I keep going public with this situation, I may shame myself into completing it. All the best with your list. And thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  16. Oh My Gosh! I need this challenge every February! Fabulous idea….I don’t think that I will be able to accomplish my long list with what’s left of the month but maybe I will just focus on the projects I wanted to have finished for an upcoming trip! Good luck with your goals!

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  17. I think that sounds like a good idea, I always have UFOs hanging around. I always get bored of a project and get carried away with a new idea that I want to get on with. I must try and finish these things before I start any more new projects. I like you have a whole box of UFOs on top of my wardrobe and that’s on top of my more recent unfinished projects!!!

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    • It’s really pretty fun to make, I think because there are 5 or 6 different types of kittens so you sort of get a feeling of progress even when you’ve only made a few blocks. Make one! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  18. Despite having 1000 UFOs myself i am considering yet another and am wondering if you have an idea of where to source fabric. I am making a duvet cover and could just buy nice sheets and sew them together but there will be a motif inserted into the design which makes me wonder if i should just use high quality cotton sheeting. I live in nyc but am not so familiar with the garment district. Thoughts on where to get sheeting? Thanks for any ideas (if you have time)

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  19. I try really hard to not let things pile up and overwhelm me. Some people are excellent with tackling multiple projects and getting back around to finishing things but I am not. I try to live by a “start it – finish it” rule. My UFOs are: two knitting projects (a hat and a scarf) one dress muslin that turned out not so wearable so I’m not finishing it, one woven tank top that I made changes to and shouldn’t have (what’s that they say about if it’s not broken don’t fix it? lol) so that’s going back to my quilting pile as well, and one skirt from last summer that needs a waistband but I ran out of fabric. I’m not counting the un-wearable muslins because they’re getting scrapped, so really I’m doing pretty well! You’ll get through your list before you know it! Just look at one project at a time instead of ALL the things all the time. It makes it look more manageable ๐Ÿ™‚

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  20. now that’s an UFO list! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m exactly in the process of finishing old stuff too, so good luck to you and everyone who finishes!

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  21. Wow I am impressed by your UFO list. Mine is relatively small as I have such little space to store my things that I have become stricter with myself about not starting anything new till I have finished what I am making. But still…in the cupboard is a little unfinished crochet. x

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  22. You have some exciting projects in the works! I probably should do “blog it” February and try to clear my blog backlog…. But I know that’s not going to happen. Lol! Looking forward to seeing your progress. I want to make the cascade duffle coat too, but I don’t even have the fabric yet… Or the courage. Heh!

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    • Oh, your version of a duffle coat would be so lovely! I hope you get to it one day! Plus, you need one in windy NZ! I’m hoping I’ll get mine finished up in time to get some wear out of it this season. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  23. I used to have a lot more UFOs but Kon Marie-d the ones that gave me no joy to think about. Now I have a wool moto jacket that is ages old, my unfinished “french” jacket (THIS YEAR!!), a cut out pair of ponte pants, my cut out Archer pop-over, 1 finished and two unfinished quilt tops. For knits, I only have like 2 unfinished summer tops, one pair of socks and a shawl. That’s not a lot right? I kind of rotate my attentions around them so they all progress in stages. ANYWAY, I found that decluttering and re-arranging and my sewing space gave me a boost of sewing mojo, so my advise is to attend to your space ASAP.

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  24. For seaming knits, I recommend a quick block or steam first, to make the edges behave, and then mattress stitch! It can look really nice. Good luck!

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  25. I love the idea of a Finish it February. I did finish a quilt I started a year ago and I have another one to go. I might have to do a Finish it March. ๐Ÿ™‚ Fortunately my list of things I want to do is longer than my list of UFOs. A few years ago I did a serious UFO clean out and I’ve been pretty good at keeping it under control since then.

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