Between decorating, shopping, entertaining and more, the holidays can be hectic enough — and then we go and throw making into the mix! To make your season a teeny bit less stressful, check out these 9 tips for making merry and stressing less this holiday season.
1Use pre-cuts to save time
Pre-cuts make quick work of quilting projects. Whether strips, squares or fat quarters, they save time cutting. Plus, you get an assortment of fabrics that coordinate without ordering each separately.
2Keep your project pieces together
Bags like this one are perfect for keeping projects grab-and-go ready. It's easy to see what's inside — and you don’t have to spend time gathering up what you need.
3Go for a kit
Like what you see? Get the kit. In addition to a pattern, you also get coordinating, premium (and sometimes exclusive) yarns in matching dye lots. Better yet, they're delivered right to your door!
4Actually organize your supplies and tools
Whether you knit or crochet, keeping supplies at your fingertips means completing projects more efficiently. Totes and needle cases, like these keep yarn and needles at the ready.
5Make a list and check it twice
Keep track of gift ideas, things you need to do, and supplies you need to buy. Purchase a journal or make a pretty zippered notebook cover like this one!
6Take along a shopping assistant
Yes, this works well for organizing coupons for holiday sales — but think bigger! You can use this binder for housing fabric swatches or photos to find what you need for holiday projects.
7Pre-measure for later pleasure
Baking is a holiday staple. Instead of dragging out supplies for every batch, measure dry ingredients for several recipes at one time. Keep them in marked containers until you are ready to bake!
8Make Time for Yourself
Despite the hustle and bustle, make time for a little relaxation. Try this recipe for fabulous peppermint bath salts. They'll get you in the holiday spirit and soak the stress away!