What was your first sewing project that you completed on your own?
Do you remember?
I do. I never wanted to sew or do anything even remotely related to anything domestic…you’ve all heard my stories…getting kicked out of junior high home ec…crying when my mom gave me a sewing machine for my first married Christmas…etc etc etc…so when my mom dragged me to a quilting class I figured the only redeeming part of the night would be the fact that the quilt shop shared a parking lot with Sonic and my night would end with a giant soda.
But that evening when I walked into the quilt shop and saw all the fabrics with their variety of colors and textures a light bulb went on in my brain and I’ve never looked back.
I still have my first quilt top that I made in that class. It was for my oldest child, Simon, who was still a newborn at the time. It’s funny now to look at it and think it was those colors, patterns, and textures that drew me into sewing…but that’s what happened…and for awhile there I turned into a total quilt junkie.
But then I had my first daughter, Grace, and quilt making quickly gave way to sewing for her.
I still have the first item of clothing I ever made for her. It was a simple elastic waist band skirt. And I was so proud of it. I remember dressing her in it for the first time and taking her over to a neighborhood gathering wearing it. I thought my heart would burst with joy seeing her wear it…which is still how I feel every time I make something for my girls that they like to wear.
During National Sewing Month this year we are excited about the idea of teaching others the skill that we all love so much but as we begin we thought it would be fun to look back at where we all started. So if you would like to share we would love to hear your sewing story…what was the first item that you made, and why did you make it?
(We really would love to hear about it if you have a minute to leave a comment telling us about it!)