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Realistic Hobbies for Creative Stay at Home Moms

Today I’m sharing some realistic ideas for hobbies for stay at home moms, including the hobbies that keep me busy (and sane) as a full time stay at home mom. I think it is so important for mothers to maintain hobbies and I’m telling you why it is so important in this post.

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When you become a mother, free time just for you starts to feel like a cherished, sweet, old memory. At least it did for me!

I am a naturally creative person and I always feel that constant desire to make. But, as a new mom my hobbies didn’t seem compatible with the demands of early motherhood. Without any creative outlets, I felt like I was losing my identity.

Maybe you feel this way, too.

But, let me tell you, there are still many creative hobbies that are realistic for your lifestyle as a new mom!

You can read more about the importance of creativity in my role as a mom here.

Why Stay at Home Moms Need a Hobby

Maintain Your Identity

Motherhood is an all encompassing, full-time, no breaks kind of job. It is easy to feel lost in it. You did so many things before becoming a mom that now feel out of your reach.

It’s okay to want some space for yourself again. 

Having a creative outlet will help you to feel a little more you. It’s a time to focus on learning and growing in a way that it outside of motherhood. This is important! Being a mom is just one part of who you are. There are so many more pieces that make up who you are, and they are important, too.

Be a Better Mom

Taking time for yourself will make you a better mom. It really will.

Once I started making time for creativity, I began seeing significant changes in my life. I felt more energized – not because I was sleeping more, but because I was excited about what I was doing. I was more patient, less stressed, more flexible, more understanding.

Basically, I was just happier.

And being happier translated into being a more pleasant, engaged and motivated person.

How to Make Time for Hobbies as a Stay at Home Mom

You may be thinking, “Yeah, that’s great, but I seriously don’t have the time.”

Well, I’m here to tell you that you do. You really do have the time! You just have to make time for your hobby a priority.

Nap Time is for You Too

For me this meant doing cleaning, dishes and other housework while my son was awake. Previously, I had been pushing all of the ‘need to do’ things to the back burner until nap time or bedtime. And then I would spend those glorious moments of silence doing something completely inglorious like washing an entire day’s worth of dishes.

Maybe that’s a no-brainer to you, but as a first time mom it took me months to realize that not only would my son be fine while I did the housework, he would benefit from it. He began to learn to play independently. As he got older, seeing me do housework has translated into an understanding of how to clean up and take care of the house.

Now I make time for me by waking up early to get an hour or two alone in the morning and spending nap time and after bedtime on my personal projects.

Don’t Get Discouraged

I just wanted to note that whatever project you’re working on is probably going to take longer than you anticipate. And that’s okay!

Children are unpredictable. Sometimes they wake up for the day at 4:45 and sometimes they sleep until 8. Some days nap time is just not going to happen no matter how much you try. And some days are just rough.

Your weekend project might turn into a 3 week project. It’s happened to me many times. Try not to get discouraged. Keep looking for openings to use your creativity and just keep trucking along a little bit at a time.

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My Hobbies

There are obviously a million hobbies stay at home moms could take up. The hobbies listed below are ones that I actually do and have been able to fit into my life as a stay at home mom.


It’s not just for little old ladies, I swear!

I began learning embroidery only a few months ago and have really enjoyed it! I was inspired when I stumbled upon adorable embroidery hoops on Pinterest and thought it was definitely something I could learn. I’ve been using a few books, but this one is my favorite.

Why embroidery is an awesome hobby for stay at home moms

  • Can do while your kiddo is awake
  • Easy to stop mid-project
  • Small enough to carry around the house and easy to store
  • Inexpensive
  • Lots of free resources online
  • Easy to learn

I bought a beginner set like this to start. It’s great for just starting out because it includes a ton of thread, needs and multiple sizes of embroidery hoops. If you want to purchase a pattern, this one is really cute. And here’s another great one.


Yes, gardening is a creative hobby!

It may not seem like it on the surface, but there are many creative and stimulating aspects to gardening. designing a garden layout, choosing planters and pots (or making your own), picking out plants, finding solutions when they aren’t thriving, and just getting your hands dirty while you put everything together.

Why you should totally plant a garden

  • can involve your child
  • feel super satisfied when you see your plants grow & bloom
  • incorporate homegrown vegetables into your cooking
  • spend time outside
  • create a beautiful landscape for your home
  • make all your neighbors jealous

What if it’s not the right season for gardening, and you’re itching to get your hands dirty? Girl, I have the same problem. I have MANY houseplants to keep me busy in the cold months.

Here’s how I keep my kiddo busy outside while I tend to my garden.


Sewing is a great hobby for stay at home moms! I have been sewing for a few years and have a fabric stash that is begging me to spend more time with my sewing machine. I’ve made lots of pillow covers, curtains, baby gifts like burp cloths and blankets, bags and lots more.

Why sewing is a great creative outlet

  • make beautiful things
  • save money by creating items instead of buying
  • easy to start and stop projects
  • tons of free tutorials and patterns online
  • useful skill to have
  • so special to wrap your kiddo up in a blanket you made just for them

Here’s a super easy beginner sewing tutorial to get you started.


With a young child at home it’s easy to get cabin fever. My first thought when I’m bored is to go shopping. This is not exactly ideal for my bank account. So, instead of running to Target to accidentally spend $100, I browse my local thrift stores for hidden treasures. I go to my favorite thrift store about once a week and there are a couple others I visit less frequently.

Thrifting is totally a creative hobby. It’s all about seeing the potential in someone else’s junk. I have bought furniture to fix up, artwork to reframe, lots and lots of fabric for sewing, baskets, lamps, and basically most of the items in my house. I have even been able to purchase some items to resell on Ebay for a profit.

Check out my 5 Quick Tips for Thrift Shopping Success.

Why you should get thrifty

  • save money
  • possibly make money
  • recycle
  • get out of the house
  • feel inspired
  • stop spending $100 on nothing at Target


I hesitated putting woodworking on the list, because it has been really hard for me to continue while my son is young. But, I have built a few projects in the last couple years and look forward to continuing because it is truly what I love!

Woodworking is hard to do with a little one is difficult because you’re limited to nap times or when your child is in someone else’s care. This puts a real damper on things when your significant other is gone a lot (like my military husband).

But it’s not impossible!

You just have to get comfortable with working slow. Real, real slow. I’ve built benches that have taken me 6 weeks instead of the 1-2 days I could have completed them in prior to baby. BUT it is so worth it.

Why woodworking is really worth it

  • save money by building your own furniture and decor
  • using big power tools is really empowering
  • very rewarding to see handmade pieces in your home
  • create exactly what you want
  • your friends will be totally impressed

Looking to start woodworking? Check out the best woodworking blogs for beginners.

You can do it!

Mama, there is totally time for you in this new busy life. Find something that feeds your soul and let yourself do that thing! I promise you will feel happier, calmer and like a more complete person if you do.

If my hobbies aren’t your cup of tea, there are a million other things you could try. I’ve tried a lot of things that ended up not being for me like watercolor painting, drawing and macrame. Keep searching for that thing that gives you joy and hold on to it. You’ve totally got this!

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I want to hear from you!

What creative hobbies do you have? How do you make time for your interests?

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