5 Reasons Why Sewing Fills My Cup
5 Reasons Why Sewing Fills My Cup
By Erica Benn
There are some things that are just not my jam- like all things food related, aside from eating. Fortunately for me, and -let’s be honest- the rest of my family, earlier this year my hubby took on all things food: planning, shopping, prepping, cooking, and we’re about 50/50 on the cleaning. It’s been the better part of a year on this new plan and everyone is much happier!
There are other things that are totally my jam- like all things sewing related. While my current season of life has not afforded as much time for sewing as I would prefer, I still manage to find some time to devote to this, one of my favorite pastimes. In fact, I’m not even picky if it’s actually sewing because, unlike eating, I love everything that leads up to the actual sewing.
#1 - Researching Patterns
Friends, I actually have a Pinterest board (people still use those, right?) titled “Crafts I Don’t Have Time For”, at least I’m real about it, right? But I love digging around the internet and seeing the amazing creations other crafters have made. It always inspires me to create a replica or tweak the pattern just so to meet my needs and make it my own. Which brings me to the second thing I love about sewing.
#2 - Math
It’s true. I’m a total nerd. I love the math that goes along with the patterns. If I’m starting from scratch or modifying an existing pattern I LOVE making all the details perfect. Calculating for seam allowances, which vary depending on seam, pattern, the project. Ah- see! There’s so many variables! I love figuring out how much fabric I’ll actually need and often times I’ll actually draw out my pattern pieces on a rectangle so I know I’m maximizing my fabric and minimizing my waste. TOTAL NERD. Totally okay with it.
#3 - Fabric
Seriously what’s NOT to love about fabric?! I could browse fabric for hours. Alright, it happens- I do browse fabric for hours. In person or online, I’m equally as content. Did you ever find a fabric that you loved so much it actually inspired it’s own project? If you’re reading this blog you’re likely a sewer so the answer is probably yes. And isn’t it awesome? It’s magical how a textile can take on it’s own life. I mean, I didn’t go looking for a picnic blanket but the next thing you know I’ve got six yards in my cart. Again, if you’re a sewer, you get it. Gosh I could go on and on about fabric but that’s just another piece of the greater puzzle so let’s continue.
#4 - Pre-washing and Ironing
Okay we didn’t go far.. It’s still fabric related. I think we can all agree laundry has to be one of the most tedious tasks that exists. But fabric washing, now that’s a different story! Maybe it’s the anticipation that your project is so close to starting to take shape but pre-washing fabric is completely different from normal laundry. It’s the only time that unique fabric will ever be washed as it is, in its raw state, all subsequent washings will just become laundry. But that first trip through the washing machine just brings me excitement. And ironing! I iron about once or twice a year when it comes to laundry because I hate it and, like food, it’s not one of my strengths. Ironing fresh fabric is so rewarding. It’s that instant gratification of taking something wrinkly out of the dryer and pressing it so smooth, ready for it’s grand transformation. Alright, that might be a tad on the dramatic side but fabric and pre-washing and ironing are so my jam!
#5 - The Project
Finally, it’s time. All the research and prep is done and the real ‘work’ can begin. You’ve got everything you need: your cutting mat, your scissors, your rotary cutter, your straight edge, a tape measure, your pattern, your gloriously smooth and beautiful fabric, your sewing machine, an equally as fantastic thread -or threads. Maybe your project will come together in a hour or two, maybe it will last.. days, weeks, months... years? No shame, we’ve all been there. It’s part of the beauty that is sewing.
So there you have it, five reasons why sewing fills my cup. Take them individually or roll them all together, it doesn’t matter. Each piece is fantastic on it’s own, as a whole, they sound like a pretty amazing day. Certainly beats grocery shopping!
- Alexa Clauson