There has been a recent revival in traditional crafts and activities such as knitting, home baking and growing your own food.
The latest craft to return to popularity is sewing. Whether it is making clothes, embroidery or fixing fabric items, more and more people are understanding why picking up a needle and thread is so worthwhile.
To find out what could have caused this recent surge in sewing, take a look at these five reasons to take up this creative craft.
How any times have you tried on items in the store only to find out the fit is not quite right for you?
You are either between sizes or your shape does not fit the “standard” dimensions.
By sewing your own clothes, you do not have that problem as you make each piece based on your exact measurements, so if you have broad shoulders, a large chest, a tiny waist or wide hips, your made-to-measure clothing will still fit like a glove.
The adaptability and versatility of sewing new clothes or adapting existing garments is endless.
If you are looking for a very specific item, you want a vintage look that is not currently in vogue, you covet a designer piece but you cannot afford the price tag or you just want clothes that represent your individual style, taking up sewing offers the ability to get around all these issues.
Once you have stocked up on sewing supplies the clothes-world is your oyster.
Websites such as GoldStar Tool can help you get your sewing projects off the ground selling everything from sewing machines to pins and needles.
Among those trying to make more eco-friendly choices, sewing is seen as an important skill to learn.
The possibility to repair items instead of buying new, upcycling and repurposing items to give them another life and even sourcing second-hand fabrics for projects are all helping to combat the throw-away culture that has become the norm.
Handmade items can also be made to a higher quality than the fast-fashion found in stores and if you have put your time and energy into a project it means you are more likely to look after it carefully and treasure it for a long time to come.
Sewing can have positive effects on your mental health too. It provides an opportunity to direct your thoughts away from daily stresses and offers you time to concentrate on the present, instead of worrying about things that have happened in the past or what might happen in the future – making it a great way to practice mindfulness.
Finishing a project also provides a great sense of achievement and can boost your self-confidence too.
Taking up a practical hobby can save you money too. Of course, most hobbies are going to cost money to do, but with sewing and other similar crafts, it means you will have something useable at the end of it.
So if all of that has persuaded you to have a go at some needlework yourself, there are plenty of video tutorials online and social media support groups to help you get started on your first project, whether that is fixing an old pair of jeans, embroidering a cushion or making yourself a brand new piece of unique clothing.