12 Tricks for Finishing Projects

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We know the drill: You get excited about ten projects at a time and find yourself with too many ideas, never enough time and and mounds of materials overtaking your craft room. We're the same way. But the whole point of starting a craft is to enjoy it, so don't let these pesky Works in Progress (WIPs) bring you down. Here are a few tips to stay focused and complete all the projects you've been daydreaming about.

1. Set a limit

You'll need to set some boundaries if you ever want to get through your WIP pile. So, starting today, make sure you finish at least one project before starting another. We know it's hard!

2. Give a gift

Gifts are great. So are deadlines. Have a look at your calendar and pick out the next holiday, whether it's federally recognized or a friend's birthday. Having an end date in sight will give you something to work towards so you can hold yourself accountable. (And if that wasn't your original intention for the project, that can just be our little secret.)

3. Trade with a friend

If you're really in a rut, find a crafty friend to swap WIPs with. Who knows — their creative spin could inspire your future projects.

4. Join a craft-along

Sometimes we all just need to wave goodbye to our routine. Try a group project with loose deadlines, like a knit-along, quilt-along or 30-day challenge. Plus, this will break the project into bite-sized steps that'll make it feel less daunting.

5. Snoop photos

A world of inspiration is right at your fingertips (It's called Instagram. And Facebook. And Pinterest.). If you're feeling uninspired, hop to your favorite site and look at finished photos of the project you're working on. Having the end in sight will definitely get your creative juices flowing.

6. Make the time

Build 30 minutes or more into your schedule each week to plug away at your WIP. It doesn't take a huge time commitment to make some headway.

7. Multi-task

If there just aren't enough hours in the day, you might need to make room in your heart for multi-tasking. Grab your supplies and make some progress while you're watching TV or listening to a podcast, especially if your craft project involves something repetitive that you can tune out for.

8. Get a buddy

Connect with a friend and hold each other accountable as you barrel through your WIPs. Touch base each week to chat through your progress, and send photos along the way to encourage each other.

9. Put it away

It's totally normal to get burnt out on a project, so don't be hard on yourself if you need to put a WIP away for a while and come back to it with fresh eyes.

10. Get mobile

Try bringing small projects or those still in the beginning phases with you while you travel. Then when you're at the doctor's office or the kids' soccer game, you can sneak in a little crafting time.

11. Go small

We love reaping the rewards of a complex project, but sometimes you need something simpler. Enjoy the instant gratification of finishing something small, like a coaster or coin purse, before diving back into your main squeeze.

12. Post photos

Progress photos are a great way to share your projects with friends and motivate yourself to finish them when people start asking rude questions like "Did you finish that sweater you posted about last week?" And it'll help encourage your friends and family to keep up with their own WIPs.

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