My friend Emily of Mommy’s Nap Time is starting a new linky party called Sew Thinky Thursday. The basic idea behind the series is to have a new topic every week which inspires sewing-related thinking. I thought it would be interesting to participate because I’m always so project-oriented, sometimes it’s good to stop and reflect. This week’s topic is:
When did you start sewing? Tell us a bit about your sewing history. When did you realize you were really hooked?
I first learned to sew when I was in the 3rd grade. My mom taught one of my friends and I to sew during weekly classes. We made a drawstring bag and also a top. After that, I didn’t sew again for a long time.
I had my first child when I was 25. I was always a quiet person, but having children changed a lot of things for me, in a really good way. I have 2 kids, and when they were babies I had to be with them round the clock. They only slept for 1 or 2 hours at a time, even at night, for a really long time (I’d say I was lucky when they were a year old and getting 4 hours of sleep at a time). So I needed to find something to occupy my time at night, waiting for the next time they would wake up. I tried watching movies and tv shows on my computer, and this went on for a long time, but you can only watch so much before it gets horribly repetitive. I made minky burb cloths to sell on Etsy, and I constructed them assembly-line style, but I didn’t really sell very many. I didn’t know how to read commercial sewing patterns (so incredibly confusing, even now), so I basically stuck to things with straight seams, like the burp cloths, lol.
I spent a lot of time on a forum called Diaperswappers, which is a cloth diapering forum, and participated in a few fabric buying co-ops. I wasn’t being very productive, but kept buying more and more fabric. I think my son was about 2 years old when I decided to sell off my fabric (tons of Heather Ross and other good things) because I realized I wasn’t actually sewing with it; it was more of a collection. A woman on there bought most of the fabric I sold, and at the time I have to admit I kind of thought she was crazy (she probably bought 3-4 flat rate boxes worth of fabric from me). This is the person who is now my best friend, Kim. It’s funny how things work out. I talked to her sporadically on the forums, but then sometime after she moved, we started talking again. I think we became Facebook friends after we both posted on a forum in Diaperswappers wanting to make Facebook friends, and that was that.
In the fall of 2010, she told me that her friend Amy of Amy Lou Who? liked to sew, and had a sewing blog. Amy had a weekly linky party to post finished projects every week, and I really got into finishing projects so I could post them every week. Being on a sewing schedule like that helped me become more and more confident working with sewing patterns, and I found that the pdf patterns I was finding on-line were much easier to follow than the commercial patterns that I had previously had trouble understanding.
I made this ruffle top for my daughter’s 1st birthday, which was September 13, 2010. It was the first finished project that I posted to my blog. It’s funny reading old blog posts and seeing the difference in me then and now.
The point that I realized that I was hooked was when I started making bags. I couldn’t stop sewing. I wanted to try more and more things, and soon after I started blogging, I asked Amy and Kim what supplies I would need to make a quilt. I was so concerned about buying the correct ruler…looking back now, it’s kind of laughable. Here is the first quilt that I made, in October of 2010 for the Blogger’s Quilt Festival over at Amy’s Creative Side.