Work in Progress :: Zippers (and the act of patience)

Raise your hand if you can be impatient!  My hand is up in the air.  Patience is a funny thing.  It’s there sometimes, and others, it’s as if I don’t even know what that word is!  I am (generally) a pretty patient person.  When it comes to my kids, my family, my day to day life, I have loads of patience.  I’m not the type to lose my cool.

Zippers :: Dandelion Drift

But if you are talking about patience with things that I want, it vanishes…whoosh, gone out the door!  I’m in the middle of sewing a caravan tote (great pattern by Anna of noodle-head).  It calls for two zippers so I first looked in my pile of vintage zippers I’ve had stored up from previous thrift store finds.  None fit the bill.  Next stop, the local big chain craft store.  I stared at that wall of zippers for several minutes.  I found the right size zippers, but none were actually what I wanted.  But I wanted to finish sewing this bag now, so I bought two zippers that I didn’t love and was ready to sew this bag up!


When I got home though I was ready to kick myself.  Why did I settle?  Is this a bag I need now? no Did I have a deadline to finish sewing the bag?  nope  Those zippers that weren’t perfect for the bag are headed back to the store.  I can patiently wait to find the right zipper for the job.  I am not in such a hurry to churn out a new bag that I need to settle!

How are you with patience?  Does it show up in some areas of your life but hide in others?


  • Kara

    I am the same way more times that I’d like to admit. I think it’s because parenting and family work is on a long, long timeline and sometimes I just want to feel like I’m making progress on something. So I rush or cut corners, and always regret it later!

    • Teresa

      Ooh that’s a good way of looking at it! This is the one area I probably try to get away with impatience! I’m trying to squash that urge!

  • I do the same thing 🙂 Try zipit on Etsy.

    • Teresa

      Oh yay…I just ordered a handful from there! And I can’t believe how inexpensive they are!

  • Emily

    I do the same thing. I was making a tote, and realized I didn’t have enough of the fabric for the lining I was planning to use. I looked in my stash and nothing was quite right. But instead of waiting until I had a chance to find the ‘right’ fabric for the project, I used a solid I had on hand. And of course now I’m regretting it!

    Kudos to you for looking for just the right zipper. 🙂

    • Teresa

      Isn’t it funny how we try and cut corners and then aren’t satisfied in the end with our little shortcuts!

  • I guess this is what slow sewing means sometimes, right?