Card Carrying Member of Yah! I Can Do It!

At some point in my sewing, I noticed most of my projects turned out okay. I still have that nagging feeling when I think a project will most likely, probably, maybe, if only x, y or z happen, work out but I lack that push or confidence or something that keeps me from actually cutting into the fabric, or whatever stage is stalling me. My sewing buddy Stacy keeps reminding me that there is always more fabric. I know there are pieces that would be near impossible to replace but still, it’s true. There’s always more fabric.

We know that’s not always it.

What keeps you from just getting it done? I mean, besides time. Going ahead and tracing the pattern? Or cutting it out? Or making those mods you know you’re gonna love? Are we that afraid to fail?

What I find I need is to have someone look at me and say, “You know what? You’ve got this one. It’s done. You can see it done. You CAN do this and you’re gonna do it. Now, go!” The words vary but the message is the same. I tell myself I know how to sew and I can do this. I don’t have to stress about thinking I don’t know how to sew.

I semin-jokingly wrote two simple sentences and posted to IG and Laura on twitter asked for a copy. I put it together in PDF format the card so you can print out your own pick-me-up business card sized sheet for you to have and share with anyone you want. Draw on it, quilt it. Play with it. And show me what you’ve done with this. It’ll print out 10 “cards” onto an 8.5 x 11 sheet. I printed mine on cardstock and cut them by hand. A paper rotary cutter and cutting mat (and ruler) will give you better results.


Click here for the i know how to sew card. Have fun with it. Write in your name and be a card carrying member of the Association of Yah! I can do it!

Give the extras away to your friends or leave them lying around your sewing space so you don’t forget. You can do this.

By the way, it’s end of January, how was the first month of the year for you? Does it feel like a new year still?

20 thoughts on “Card Carrying Member of Yah! I Can Do It!

  1. Brooke says:

    LOL! Oh my gosh, I NEED to carry that card! I’m always telling people that “I’ll make it work.” when they are stressing about something at work. I should just start handing those out for a smile. =)

    I have trouble getting started on personal projects too. I think it’s because cutting is my least favorite part (I’m spoiled when I work with a cutter!) and I usually have to eke-out what I’m doing out of a little less fabric than I need. (Why do I always do that to myself??) I know I can do it but the engineering in my head wears me out and I put off starting.

    • Leila says:

      You totally should hand them out at work.

      I have often thought about how single focused one would be working professionally in the sewing biz.

      I’m the same way with the engineering. it stops me dead and all I really need to do is cut and then it literally falls into place.

    • Leila says:

      All I need in moments of frustration is just a different perspective, y’know. A nudge in a direction that will get me working. Glad you liked this post.

  2. Cynthia Griffith says:

    Ha! That’s great. I’ll have to print these out. I really need to cut myself more slack — in fact, I have been trying to push myself (when I can… budgets and time don’t always allow it) to use better fabrics now that I’ve got a few complicated costumes hanging in my closet. I may still be learning, not to mention faking it (gotta love trim to hide mistakes or not-so-historical versions), but more times than not I do manage to at least attempt a first version. 🙂

    • Leila says:

      The thing that gets expensive with costumes is that you’re not just paying for fabric and thread and possibly interlining and interfacing (okay, that’s a lot) but then you have shoes, gloves, hat, hair/wig, make-up. It’s all so time consuming and costly. Huh, I sound like I’m talking myself out of costumes. haha. unlikely.

      And this thing about how you’re still learning. That hit the spot for me. The most advanced sewing people I know of consider themselves students. It’s crazy truth.

  3. laurahoj says:

    I am so glad you made this for us! I am ALWAYS getting hung up on things like this. I don’t know why I doubt myself so much. I’ve actually never had anything that didn’t turn out okay in the end. Maybe I didn’t love some things as much as I’d hoped, but it wasn’t because I lacked the ability to sew.
    This year I am trying to keep my thoughts about my abilities positive so that I won’t hold myself back, and this is the perfect thing to help me out. Now I just need to go find some cardstock!

    • Leila says:

      I wonder if, at least for me, I sorta revert to a me who was really just trying to figure out how to sew and when I get tense, stressed, or whatever about a project, it’s like I get sucked into that place of self-doubt.

      Definitely a good idea to keep positive about your abilities.

      • laurahoj says:

        My problem is that my sister said something mean once and I let it get to me. I never doubted myself before that. I’m trying to get over that, because it is stupid and ridiculous.

      • Leila says:

        Those are the worst comments…the ones that aren’t true but make you doubt yourself. I’ve got those, too. Sounds like we all do. It’s hard to get over them cos they’re deeply embedded in our nervous system and every time we go to sew we get sucked in. crazy.

  4. Tanit-Isis says:

    YAY! I love this. 😀 Right now, (aside from lack of time…) I keep getting caught up on “I could do this but I need THAT thing and I don’t have it.” The right coloured thread, right elastic, right pattern… so stuff sits.

    • Leila says:

      The supplies conundrum. When that happens to me, I tend to start a new project, leaving me with a bunch of projects going on simultaneously. evil supplies

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