Most of us have them, unfinished objects (UFOs). I’ve decided to do something about mine.
There are several reasons why one of my projects suddenly turns into an UFO.
- I mess up and it seems beyond repair. There might be holes due to too much unpicking. I might not have enough fabric left to recut a messed up pattern piece. These are the complete drama UFOs that make you want to cry and throw the project against a wall or your sewing machine out of the window.
- I mess something up and have to unpick a lot before I can continue (did I ever tell you how much I dislike unpicking? If I could buy a machine that would do this for me, I totally would).
- Halfway through I realize the garment is not going to fit or flatter me at all.
- I reach a point in the construction where I can’t continue because I didn’t buy any lining fabric/buttons/zippers/quilting thread etc.
- I reach a point in the construction where I simply don’t understand what the instructions want me to do next so I get stuck.
- I just get bored and want to make something else that is more appealing.
At any of these points I’ll simply shove the project into a plastic bag and store it somewhere in a closet or a corner of my sewing room until I feel like finishing it. In truth these projects can sit untouched for years, taking up valuable storage space. They sometimes make me feel a little guilty because I already spend money on the fabric and if I can’t show something for it that was a complete waste. Some of these projects wouldn’t even take that much time to turn them into a finished object so it is kind of stupid that I do not just get on with it.
I want to get rid of these UFOs and stop creating any new ones.
From now on I am going to allow myself only one work in progress (WIP) in the following 4 categories and and I have to finish the project before starting a new one. I do realize that allowing myself multiple projects is potentially dangerous but if I stick to it I´ll only have 4 UFOs at most, which I promise you is much, much, better than the current situation.
An important part of getting rid of UFOs is to actually turn them back into a WIP, so that is what I am doing at the moment. I’ve created a flow-chart on how to tackle this and in the coming weeks I’ll be able to show you my progress. A quick look around my sewing room revealed that I have at least 10 UFOs (I know!), but it is entirely possible that even more show up as I dig deeper in my closets…
How is your UFO situation? Manageable or spinning out of control? Would you like to join me in some UFO busting?