Why Sewing Makes Me Happy

I am thrilled to be here at Somewhat Simple as the Sewing Contributor sharing tips, tricks, and tutorials the first Monday of every month.  Over the next few months I will be dispensing some of my favorite sewing secrets.  To see what I’m working on right now, visit my blog.

This post will be a little light on tips because I want to talk about why sewing can make you happy.  I have spent a lot of time with sewing newbies and this has reinforced my belief that sewing can lead to happiness.

Here are my reasons why.

Sewing Engages Your Creative Side:

I’m no expert on the human mind; I’m sure that there are professionals who can explain why sewing could make someone happy.  It probably has to do with self-esteem or self-sufficiency.

Nevertheless, I’m talking about something different, here.  I’m talking about the feeling you get when you pop into a neighborhood fabric shop and are surrounded by rows and rows of fabrics.

As you explore, you want to touch them all and create something with them.  Your mind is churning with ideas and you feel alive. It’s overwhelming and thrilling at the same time.

It’s that euphoric sensation that comes from engaging your creative side.  Even thinking about it makes me happy.

Sewing Creates Community:

I was at a birthday brunch for a friend a few months back and brought a handmade gift.  I was a little embarrassed by the simplicity of the gift, which was an appliqued kitchen towel I had made with scraps.

The conversation immediately shifted to sewing and ended with a question:  Could we get together and sew?

That simple act of embellishing a kitchen towel led to fellowship, friendship, and community.

And, that makes me happy.

Sewing Leads to Giving:

Birthday, holidays, weddings, baby showers, whatever the occasion, a hand sewn gift is always welcome.

There is so much joy in both creating and giving a hand sewn gift.  And, this can lead to double happiness.  Once, when you make the gift.  Once, when you give the gift.

Now, that’s a lot of happiness all over the place and all because of sewing.

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Comments

  1. 1

    so so cute!!! I LOVE the towels and the pillow :-) And welcome, fellow contributor!!!

  2. 2

    I love this post and totally agree! I just posted about sharing my love of sewing with some kids at my home. It was the most fun I have had all summer, seriously!! I understand the feeling of euphoria in a fabric store too. I have made the comment that I sometimes just want to go “roll around in the fabric” because it would make me happy!
    ~Gay~

  3. 3

    Well said!! Fabric stores can be overwhelming and inspiring!!!
    Your applique towels are adorable!

  4. 4

    I’ve sewn for over 50 years and cannot get past the sense of accomplishment and “feel good” that it brings. And I’ve never found a fabric store that I couldn’t find something I like! I’m a fabric-aholic instead of a choc-aholic.

  5. 5

    I agree, sewing makes me happy, too. As does that owl on the dish towel. I may have to steal him for my daughter’s 1st bday party outfit. Thanks for sharing!

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