5 Reasons Everyone Should Learn to Sew

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A few weeks back I taught an appliqué class at a local sewing store which is 30 miles from my house. While I was driving {a term I use loosely because of the awful Austin traffic} I was pondering this idea: Everyone Should Learn to Sew. Cosmo stated that to get a life, one must learn how to sew when you choose to become fashion designer.

1. Home Decor

Around the home, sewing can be a real door opener. With an inexpensive sewing machine from Walmart or Joann’s you can take a builder’s grade home and turn it into something magazine worthy. And it doesn’t take a lot of skill or time either. If you can cut fabric and sew a straight line then you can make throw pillows and curtains for every room in your house.

With a little practice you can make a fabric-covered headboard, recover dining room chairs, slipcover an occasional chair, or make some custom kitchen towels. The sky’s the limit here, too. Walk down the aisle of any fabric store and you will be amazed at the choices. If you love the cottage style, there’s a fabric for that. Is modern more your thing ~ well, there’s fabric for that. And there are tons of tutorials on the web to take you from total novice to complete expert.

Holiday decorating becomes a snap with limited sewing skills. If you can sew a straight line you can whip up a seasonal table runner and some kitchen towels. In no time at all you’ve got a new look.

Sewing skills can make your house a home by allowing your own personality to shine through ~ not to mention the money you will save.

2. Kids

Sewing for kids could be an entire blog post ~ I will try to break it into smaller bits here. First, there is the obvious: sewing kids clothes. There really isn’t much to making a simple gathered skirt for a little girl or a cute t-shirt for a boy. Both of these don’t require a lot of skill and your little one will really love them. Plus, they will be unique to your child and his/her interests {such as ninja’s around here}. Minimal sewing skills can allow you embellish ready-made garments making them personal and unique.

There are so many kid-themed fabrics it can almost be overwhelming. If your child loves trains or Disney there are fabrics you can choose from to satisfy their fascination. Sew something simple like a pillowcase and you can rock their little world.

Simple bags for little girls, hair bows, embellished t-shirts, repurposed dress-up clothes, matching Dolly & Me dresses ~ an unending list.

Fabric nunchucks for little {ninja-obsessed} boys, a play tent, super hero capes, pull on pants with really deep pockets {for all that hunting and gathering}, and soft things for throwing {if you’re around boys, you’ll get this one} ~ again, an unending list.

 

Of course, babies are the most fun to sew for. Think bedding, blankets, and burp cloths to name a few. If you’re a young mom with kids you are going to need baby gifts for your friends. Learn to sew in a straight line and you will always have affordable gifts to share with new moms.

3. It’s Green

If you’re concerned about the environment then sewing should definitely be your thing. Sewing allows you to repurpose almost anything made from fabric. Thrift stores and yard sales will net you the best selection of fabrics waiting to be transformed.

Upcycled thrift store curtains become throw pillows for a bed. A used duvet becomes a new shower curtain. A men’s dress shirt becomes a little girl’s dress. Add a piece of fabric to some repurposed curtains to personalize them for your home. Turn an old sweater into a beautiful throw pillow.

With minimal sewing skills anything can be cut apart and turned into something unique. #unlimitedresources

4. $ave $ome Ca$h

It’s no secret that sewing can save you money. Knowing how to sew allows you to make simple repairs to garments. Hem your own jeans, sew on a missing button, repair an open seam. All of these will extend a garment’s life and save you a little money.

I cannot tell you how many baby gifts I’ve made using leftover fabric scraps and a little imagination. Think about your holiday shopping list and imagine all of the gifts you can make. Aprons, bags, pillowcases, and quilts make beautiful handmade gifts that everyone will love.

5. Sense of Accomplishment

The best reason for learning to sew is the sense of accomplishment that comes from creating something handmade. Seeing your own hand-sewn creations ~ well if you’ve ever felt it you know what I’m talking about. Conquering sewing jeans gave me this sense of accomplishment. I now have the confidence to make my own custom-fit jeans anytime I want.


A piece of fabric, an hour or two of your time, and you can transform almost any room in your house. Then, for months afterwards, you can admire your handy work. That’s the real value of learning to sew.

Sewing gives you power over a limited decorating budget. It opens creativity when you sew a simple garment. Over time, sewing can save you money by providing a means for making gifts. And, it insures unlimited possibilities for repurposing almost anything made from fabric.