Motherhood, Art, Creative Play, and Finding Joy in Everyday Life

Why Can’t I Sew?


On a recent quest to the fabric shop for some wooden clothespins, I found myself steering the cart up and down the aisles of fabrics, dreaming of the different things I would love to make. I even picked up a pretty bundle of fat quarters and almost tossed it into my cart before reminding myself that I do not know how to sew, and reluctantly putting it back.

Sewing is something I have always wanted to learn how to do. I took a couple of classes in high school, but I didn’t have a machine at home to practice on, and I also never felt like I was very good at the work I was doing in class. Due to my lack of confidence, I always just wrote sewing off as something that was for other people, not me. I figured it was too technical for me, and that I would be better off sticking with painting and drawing. Every time a friend would show me a sewn project I would say things like: “I could never do that!” or “You are so lucky you can sew/knit/crochet/etc.

As my thirtieth birthday approaches me, I have begun to rethink some of the things that I had ruled out for myself. Why can’t I sew? Well, only because I haven’t let myself try. After high school, I just gave up.

Now I am un-giving up.

I have decided to start sewing. It will be slow going at first because I don’t own a machine and will have to borrow the use of my Mother’s, but perhaps that is best for me right now because it will get to be a special treat until I have a chance to get a better feel for it.
My first projects are going to be making curtains for our apartment with the help of my mother, making stockings for Hubby, Simon and I for this Christmas, and making a fabric advent calendar. I am so excited to begin!

Do you sew? When and how did you learn? Have any resources, advice or inspiration to suggest?


Author: thismummaslife

I am a Mumma, Wife and part-time Assistant Children's Librarian. I want this blog to be a collection of moments from daily life that may inspire or be relatable. Please feel free to leave me comments, thoughts, feedback or stories from your own life.

4 thoughts on “Why Can’t I Sew?

  1. i took a class at the local fabric store.. it wast very expensive and i learned the basics. its really not that hard… and you can pick up a new basic machine for about 100 bucks but ill bet you could pick up a secondhand machine for half that.

    • I was thinking about asking for a machine for Christmas 😉
      I think I will take a look to see if there are any local classes. We have 2 fabric stores in town I can try. Thanks for giving me the idea! I’d love to see some of the things you make!

  2. ha, i made a jumper and that was about it. ive basically used the machine to repair clothes and blankets.

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