Power Hour and Sewing Homework

Sew… Friday night for me started off with a Power Hour. My good friend Ann of Ivy Coaching introduced me to Power Hours as a way of getting lots done and not getting stressed. I usually end up with a huge list of things to do and then get stressed that I don’t have time to do it all. This way I allocate an hour and just do as much as I can and what doesn’t get done waits until the next Power Hour. This is perfect for me as my self diagnosed OCD means that my to do list is filled with the most random tasks which most normal people wouldn’t even considered as things that need doing ASAP! I’ve even got Mr C involved and he was the one that suggested we have a PH (he now abbreviates it!) today after work.

mmmmm YUM

Power Hour done and Mr C cooked an amazing Slimming World “naughty” dinner whilst I was doing sewing homework. Homemade chicken nuggets, homemade chips with peas and sweetcorn. At just 2 syns (flour) for the whole dinner it felt like it was a treat meal but was completely on plan.

I started a new sewing course this week with Janet from Kitchen Table Sewing. We are making a satchel bag from Lisa Lams A Bag for all Reasons. Read all about Janet’s review of the bag and course on her blog.


Two hours sewing!

Week one was a lot of cutting and fiddly sewing to make the tabs and we even have homework! Tonight whilst dinner was being made I have finished cutting out all the pieces and one lot of the interfacing. This weekend I aim to get the tabs finished.


All cut out and ready to sew

I chose a navy blue star pattern. Navy of course will go with almost everything and I do love a pattern. I didn’t want to be too adventurous with the pattern and have lots of pattern matching to do as I’ve never made such a complex bag and want to concentrate learning the new skills and techniques.



I’ll keep you updated during the four week course of how the bag is shaping up. I would definitely recommend Janet’s courses. I’ve been on the Beginners Course and Liberty Knicker Night which was amazing. I’ll write a post about these another day.


The bag from the beginners course.


Liberty knicker.

Does anyone have any sewing plans this weekend? Definitely incorporate a Power Hour and let me know how you get on.


3 thoughts on “Power Hour and Sewing Homework

  1. I think a power hour sounds like a really good idea. I’ve always got lots to do and in the end the list gets so huge I get daunted by the amount on it and end up doing nothing. Do you have one PH per day? xx


    1. They are really useful. I just do them a couple of times a week when I feel like getting lots done in one go and stops me getting distracted with “faffing” then taking longer to get things done. I’ve got the weekend off so don’t want to spend it doing chores so a good time to have a PH. Check out Ivy Coaching on Facebook for lots more tips X


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