Getting Over Failures – Yes Sewing Cushions IS HARD but you can do it
One recent springtime I was hired to make 27 cushions. I didn’t want to make cushions. I wasn’t good at making cushions, and I avoided them. Everyone in the world seemed to want outdoor cushions that springtime and I was trying to grow my small business. My cushion failures had become a liability for me, so I reluctantly accepted those jobs and set out to master cushion making. Kim’s Upholstery membership cushion videos, as well as the Membership Community, were hugely helpful in this struggle. Sharing my struggle in the community and watching several videos on sewing cushions gave me a number of great tips to try. There was also empathy and real support from the Community. (Misery does love company, you know.) I committed to trying each suggestion until I found a technique that worked for me. Giving myself the gift of time to learn.
Sharing my struggle in the community and watching several videos on sewing cushions gave me a number of great tips to try.
That Cushion Springtime was completely terrifying.
- What if I fail???
- What if I mess up all 27 cushions?
- What if they tell everyone what an awful upholsterer I am?
- What if… what if… what if…
I sweated the details. I created practice cushion covers from fabric remnants. Maybe I even cried a little. Sometimes I just walked away until I could muster up the courage to try again. (Wine and chocolate MAY have been involved.) Even sewed extra SLOW and still ripped out the first two cushions more times than I’d like to admit. (having the right sewing machine helps as well)
I even learned to ENJOY sewing cushions!
Somewhere in that experience, I found a rhythm. Sewing cushions got a little easier. I got a little better. Before I knew it I had churned out 27 nicely done cushions. I’d even learned to enjoy making cushions! No one was more surprised than me. Except that I had to embrace the struggle. I gave myself permission to start over, and permission to try again as many times as it took. There is no shame in trying again. Those 27 cushions helped me over the cushion failure hump, and wow, did I feel good about it! Proudly, I no longer shrink from cushions. (Sewing Cushions Tips from Kim)
The POWER of YET!
The next time you experience an upholstery disaster, think about the power of YET.
- What progress do you see in yourself?
- What went a little better this time?
- What do you think might make it easier next time?
There is no shame in trying again. Check-in with the Community. Come to a virtual Live Chat on Wednesday. Review Kim’s videos one more time. What detail might you have missed? Above all, embrace a Growth Mindset and the Power of YET. You aren’t there YET, but you will be if you keep working on it. Kim and the Community are here to help.
By sharing her experience and how Denise overcame this sewing cushion fear I hope you will keep trying!