"I don't have time."
"I'm just not creative."
When I show people projects I've made, like the curtains, slipcover, sweater pillow, and quilt in my living room right now, they often make one or more of the statements above. If you've ever said something similar, this is for you: Stop making excuses and learn how to sew already!
We live in a technological age where anything we could possibly want to know is a google search or youtube video away! I watched a dozen youtube videos on how to thread a sewing machine when I first got mine. But it can be even easier than searching online.
Enter Craftsy: the online craft school.
Since Craftsy gives you 24/7 access that never expires, your "no time" excuse is now invalid. You can learn at your own pace, anytime, anywhere. Plus, they're very affordable: many are even free!
What have you always wanted to make? Knit sweaters? Sew nursery decor? Cake decorating? Quilting? DIY Wedding? There's probably a Craftsy class for it.
Right now, I'm working my way through watching the free QuiltCon Lectures, Perfect Pizza At Home, Bag Making Basics, Reversible Tote and Zipper Pouch, and Sewing Machine 911. I'm also enrolled in Tailoring Ready to Wear, which will be an extremely useful class for me since so many ready to wear items just don't fit me right. It will be a step up from my DIY bridesmaids dress alteration!
On my wishlist: Sewing With Knits, Shoot it: Online Product Photography, Creative Container Gardening, Fabric Patterning with Wax Resist Class.
I've already stepped up my pizza making and been so inspired by Amy Butler's lecture at QuiltCon. There's so much more I want to learn! Thankfully, Craftsy has sales almost all the time. If you sign up for their emails, you'll probably never have to pay full price for a class.
I could go on, but I think the amazingness of Craftsy is clear. Browse the classes and watch a few trailers. And stop making excuses!
Speaking of sales, this week is the big spring sale! Different classes will be on sale every day, April 5th through 8th, with the mother-load of classes going on sale tomorrow!
Creativity is like a muscle, it has to be exercised. Maybe the first projects you complete won't be as good as someone else's. Who cares! Start somewhere, and give yourself permission for it not to be perfect the first time.
What craft or skill have you always wanted to learn? What excuses have held you back? Tell me about it in the comments!