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I still consider myself an amateur at sewing, especially since I haven't had any official training and I sew mostly just for fun and making gifts. I still make mistakes even though I've been at it for a few years, but that's all part of the process. I used to get so discouraged when I would mess up and my projects wouldn't turn out like the pretty pictures in the tutorials!
Having that in mind, I wanted to dedicate a post to all those who may be new at creative pursuits like sewing but sometimes feel like they want to give up. I went through a stage where I would avoid a project altogether because I knew it just wouldn't turn out like I hoped. At some point I began to realize that mistakes and all, the process is worth it.
Nowadays when I make a mistake, I take a deep breath and grab the seam ripper. If that doesn't work, or if it's too far gone, I chalk it up to a learning experience and remind myself of the times when things have turned out right, and that there will be successes despite the failures.
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I honestly prefer to buy my fabric and sewing supplies online for a few reasons:
I would say crafting is a huge part of my life (although a little less lately just due to being busier), but it wasn’t always. I had not one inch of space set aside for crafting and I honestly didn’t have a clue about sewing just a few short years ago.
But my life changed so much during the summer of 2014, when my dear mom patiently sat down with me to show me the basics of using a sewing machine. I realize most out there probably learned to sew growing up, but every time my mom tried to show me when I was younger, I was just not interested. Not until that summer did I ever want to really delve into the sewing world, so I was thankful she sat down with me again years later to teach me step by step.
Once I grasped the basics, I was nearly obsessed, and pretty determined to learn everything I could about every stitch, every function, every tool, every technique. It became a new little diversion of mine, and I actually began to give myself some hobby time for once. Sewing and crafting became a ray of sunshine in the dreary difficulties I had been facing. I noticed the doldrums were floating away and I was engrossed in a new adventure of design and creativity.
I started hanging out in our spare bedroom to press, cut, and stitch, and quickly realized I wanted to devote some space especially for my newfound hobby.
Part of the process of transforming that spare bedroom required a great deal of planning, because the room is pretty small. Hobby areas typically need a lot more space for all the desks, machines, fabric cutting, etc., so I had to really be intentional about which pieces of furniture I chose and how I laid it all out. But it IS possible to fit everything you need in a tiny space, and in this post, I hope to share with you some tips of how I went about it.
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Hi, I'm Tessa! I suppose I could sum myself up by confessing I am a crazy cat lady, amateur sewist, nature lover, bookworm, fabric fanatic, mental health advocate, craft enthusiast, tea addict, and an 'old soul.' Jesus is my all in all, and I'm so thankful that His love NEVER fails.