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?