Monday, April 1, 2013

How did Sew Spoiled learn to sew?

I often get this question, "How did you learn to sew?" and well, most of the time I tell people that my family taught me. Which is partly true, they inspired me. When I was younger I was surrounded by beautifully handmade things. We couldn't always afford the finer things and so my family would make them. My Great Grandmother made for me a Cabbage Patch doll from a sewing kit. My father built my first bicycle, mostly out of a Spiderman bike parts. :) I loved it! My mother would reupholster our couch when it needed a facelift. She also made my first concert black dress when I began to play the clarinet. I was enriched by the people around me. I loved the handmade treasures they made for me. Each handmade piece had a colorful story of how it was created.
It wasn't until I got older and had my first child that I realized I wanted to give my little ones handmade treasures. Gifts that were made by me and they could keep forever. Gifts that would have stories to share. That is why I started to sew. 
I looked online and to sewing books first. I borrow a beginner sewing machine and set to work. My mother excited about the idea of me creating would come over on the weekends to help. I started to take pictures of everything I made. My Flickr account is my sewing scrapbook. I fell in love with making one of a kind gifts for any one and everyone. Honestly that is where the name Sew Spoiled comes from. I was spoiled as a child with wonderful handmade gifts and now I hope my customers feel that way when they buy a Sew Spoiled product. 
This was my first sewing project only 6 years ago.
If you are thinking about starting to learn how to sew you should!! You will feel rewarded and be able to give a small piece of yourself each and every time you give a handmade gift to a family member or friend. It is easier to learn because of the internet. However sewing classes are fun too and you have the support of the class. 
Share how you learned to sew and post a comment.

1 comment:

twotoast said...

Both my mother and maternal grandmother used to sew - and knit, so my childhood consisted of making things. Absolute perfection! I made all my clothes during the late '80's/early 90's, then I had to wear a uniform for 8 years, and my free time was limited, so very little sewing then!

I got back into sewing last year, and boy - what a change! Now I know why patterns never fit me properly - despite buying similar designs from the big 4/5 companies. The online sewing community is fantastic and I am having a blast!

Happy sewing to you - and your bag is adorable!