If you love to make handmade gifts for the Holidays but find yourself at times overwhelmed with all that you have to do you’re not alone.
We can all use a little bit of extra help during the Holidays and today I thought I’d do my part to help you all out a bit!
I’ve designed some Free Holiday Planner printables specifically for handmade gifts! I’ve also included a free printable Christmas Gift checklist for you!
Every year I attempt to pull off an Organized Christmas. Each year I get a little bit closer to that goal, one day I’ll get there LOL! I first shared this post last year and you guys loved it so much that I thought I should share it again!
Due to my job as a blogger and a fabric designer, I often find myself needing to complete many projects in a short amount of time. Over the years, I’ve managed to develop a few routines that have helped me get stuff done on a deadline. (They aren’t perfect, I still find myself scrambling occasionally, but mostly they help a TON).
I get asked a lot how I juggle it all, and I’ll just say that juggle is a great word, I think I’ve become accustomed to multi-tasking over the years.
I don’t worry about balance, just juggling. It actually helps me to think of it that way. Balance just seems like such an impossibility, yet juggling implies action, and to me is totally do-able.
Free Christmas Planner Printables:
Today I want to share with you these free Handmade Holiday project planner pages. I sat down and thought I’d share with you my process for getting things done.
Since many of us during the Holidays are faced with completing many projects within a short period of time, I thought that the knowledge I’ve gained from years of prepping for quilt markets and blog posts might come in handy for you!
My Productivity Process:
1- Make a Master To Do List
When I’m faced with completing a lot of projects in a specific amount of time, I make a master list of all the projects I need to complete, then note the date they need to be completed.
2- Break Each Project Down into Smaller Steps
I then break each project down by steps and slowly work through the steps.
3- Set Date Goals to complete each of the smaller steps
I set myself a goal to have each step completed. That way if I have to send a quilt off to be quilted or need time for supplies to arrive I’m prepared.
4- Work in 3 to 4 Hour Time Blocks
I was told by a Pinterest employee once that they had training at work and were told that people are the most productive in 3-4 hour time blocks. It takes you 1 hour to get into the “rhythm” of what you’re doing then you have 1 hour of high productivity. After that, you will get 1-2 more hours of good productive time before you begin to burn out. At that point TAKE A BREAK as your work will just get sloppy after that. I implemented that strategy a couple of years ago and it works!
I’ve taken my “system” and created some free printable project sheets for you based on the system. If you need to complete a lot of projects in a short amount of time during the Holidays, I hope these project planner sheets help you out!
How to use the Free Printable Holiday Planner Sheets:
I like to make my own perfect planners using notebooks. You can see how I do it HERE and HERE. You could also use a binder, or add these printable sheets to an existing project planner. If you’re in the mood to make a cute planner then you should check out this Christmas Planner tutorial.
If you decided to do this, just print out your planner sheets the same size as your composition notebook pages and staple them into the notebook.
This planner is great for the Holidays but if you’re looking for a more comprehensive project planner to use all year, then I recommend the Quilters Planner.
Included in the Holiday Project Planner Templates:
1- A master “to make” list
You can use this to brainstorm out all of the gifts you want to make, and for who. I also added a due date column. I know in our family we have multiple Christmas parties and things are always due at different times all during the month of December.
2- Planner Project Detail Sheet
This is pretty much what I use when I plan out a project. I note the dates I need things to be done in order for the project to be done on time. Also, I include a small sketch, you can also note the cost of your project to help with your holiday budget. You’ll also see that I’ve included a handy checklist to help you keep track of your progress.
3- Project Supply List & Notes
I’ve also added to this list, a second NOTES page, and a MASTER SUPPLY list page. You can print the ones that you want to use, and print as many copies as you need for your specific project.
4- A Christmas Gift Checklist
Since I know that we are also busy buying gifts during the holidays, I thought I’d include one more printable sheet for you, a “to buy” list. Just so you can keep all your gift “to-do’s” together.
How To get printable:
Hop on over to the Free Christmas Printables download page and follow the instructions. This printable is free only for our newsletter subscribers (and it’s free to subscribe and be on the newsletter list).