Who inspired you to sew? Read the post for Free Stuff Friday!

Friday is here and so is Free Stuff!

barij lgsz Who inspired you to sew? Read the post for Free Stuff Friday!Today we have a great book to giveaway, Inspired to Sew by Bari J.  Her book contains great projects for the beginner, advanced and the artisan sewist.  A little something for everyone.  There are home decor projects, craft projects and garment construction and embellishment.  Plus the photos alone are inspiring enough to give you that creative boost.

For today’s question answer in the comments section below.  One lucky reader will be picked on Monday May 6th.  So get your comments in before then!

Taking from the title of our giveaway what or who inspired you to sew? I was inspired by the actual act of creating something.  I was delirious the first time I realized I could actually make something and wear it.  I still get giddy just making a pillowcase.  So there you go, what or who inspires you to sew. Be sure to leave a comment!

Until Monday, Happy Sewing

Jill

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I write for the Sew News and Creative Machine Embroidery blogs. I love sewing, vintage and would love to get a comment from you!
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108 Responses to Who inspired you to sew? Read the post for Free Stuff Friday!

  1. Susan Vojtik says:

    My family inspires me to sew. I enjoy making things for them.

  2. Sandy Morgan says:

    My friend Ann inspired me to sew. She has taught me so much! We get together every week and sew together. I recntly completed my first quilt and am hooked :-D

  3. TanjaH says:

    I was inspired to sew by the birth if my children. I wanted to make cute stuff for them. I started by crocheting things for them and learned that I could sew faster and even combine the two. I still sew mostly for them.

  4. Lori Parker says:

    My stepmother taught me how to sew, it turned out to be a way we could share things that we loved and forget about the things that caused us grief.

  5. Karen Austin says:

    I had wonderful teachers in school who encouraged us all to sew. It worked as most of my high school friends sew now!

  6. Yvonne Masten says:

    my mother – I started sewing on old trendle machine making a skirt with gathers and waistbank (no zipper and no pattern) then in high school I took Home Ec and we learned to make an apron without a pattern. I always enjoyed making my girls clothes when they were in school. Now, I’m making things for a grandddaughter and a great granddaugher.

  7. Katherine Scoggins says:

    My mother taught me starting when I was 5. I took the scraps from the clothes she made me and made matching outfits for my doll. I made my first dress for me at age 8.

  8. Marilee Hawkins says:

    MY mother, who taught me to sew when I was very young. I remember standing by the table watching my older sister and mother sew when I was preschool. When I received a baby doll for Christmas, I wanted to make some clothes for my doll. Mom showed me how to make a pattern and cut and sew clothes for my doll. I was hooked from that moment on.

  9. Carol Krencik says:

    My mom encourage me to sew on her Singer Treadle machine about 65 years ago.I still find in fascinating to take a flat piece of fabric and turn it into a wearable item. Of course I now sew on a computerized sewing/embroidery. My mom would be amazed.

  10. Elaine Howe says:

    I can’t remember ever not wanting to sew…I was fascinated watching my grandmother sew on her treadle machine . My 1st machine was at the age of 13…once I was let loose in a fabric store ,I was so inspired by the fabrics & patterns ,that’s all I wanted to do ! I have branched out over the years to include knitting,crochet , & all things crafty !

  11. Donnely Barber says:

    My grandmother taught me to sew..I was 4 years old, she bought me a little chain stitch machine, I had a tiny ironing board, a little iron…I spent so many years with her, she was a strict teacher, I learned fancy French sewing and more. My grandfather on the other side taught me to sew horse harnesses on an old treadle..I value the lessons and the time I had with them both!

  12. Wendy Huddler says:

    My mother used to make all my clothes and I enjoyed having clothes that did not look like what every else wore. I started by making Barbie clothes by hand. As I got older, my body shape required home made clothes. So I started making my clothes myself.
    Sewing is now my therapy and saves me money.

  13. Barbra Peck says:

    I love to sew all the thanks goes to my grandmother Polly Hermann. She sewed us grandchildren out fits like she did for her children. We loved watching her make patterns then cut an sew them together. The joy of seeing the clothing take shape was so exciting and amazing it took our breath away! When we were old enough about 6 she started to let us help an I couldn’t get enough. She was so patient and encouraging when we would sew crooked that we would laugh an tare it apart to try again. As of today I have sewed for my three children an friends. Soon to be making baby clothes for my grandchildren with all my wonderful memories. I was very blessed!

  14. Amy says:

    what fun this book looks,

  15. Staci W says:

    The birth of my youngest daughter has inspired me to sew. My mom tried to teach me when I was younger and just wouldn’t take the time. I have dabbled over the years, but have taken off with it in the last four years. I LOVE to sew and create now.

  16. Pat Kichinko says:

    My grandmother got me hooked on sewing. She took a small piece of blue fabric, cut it up, and sewed a dress and headscarf for my little doll. I knew right then that she was Magic!! When I turned five, she taught me to hand sew, so I made my little troll an entire wardrobe of felt clothing. I had the best dressed troll on earth! My older sister, Barb continued to amaze me with her awesome sewing skills. Now, I’m a seamstress! My hope is to inspire others to sew!

  17. Lois Valentin says:

    My mom inspired me to sew when I was a young child decades ago. I learned on both treadle and electric sewing machines. In fact, I had a treadle machine in my bedroom so I could sew when I wanted to. Now, as a great grandmother, I am waiting for my great granddaughter to get a bit older so I can teach her.

  18. Josie says:

    My mother who I fought tooth and nail at the time she was trying to teach my girl scout troop, but when I started having babies, I started loving sewing and now it’s one of my favorite things to do…thank you Mom, you were right!

  19. Gretchen Jaspering says:

    My mother inspired me to sew in the third grade and then a visit from my grandmother a few years later. In high school, my home economics teacher, Mrs Halstead took me under her wing and taught me all kinds of wonderful things. I was a handful in high school and sewing helped me stay out of trouble.

  20. Mary says:

    I was inspired by the Barbie patterns that I ordered through the mail from a local newspaper. I would sew them together by hand before I even had a sewing machine.
    I also made a cloth doll this way, and still have the pattern.

  21. Janice says:

    My mom first taught me how to sew, and I had a wonderful Home Economics teacher that helped me in High School.

  22. Trudy L says:

    One of my older sisters; she used to make a lot of her clothes in high school and I thought that was the neatest thing in the world! I couldn’t wait to learn to sew and once I did I haven’t stopped!

  23. Terri says:

    I was inspired by my grandmother… she made a beautiful sewn by hand crazy quilt.. I would look at the perfection and intricacy of the stitches, the colors, the way it all worked in harmony – all from scraps she had…. It set my imagination soaring!

  24. Liz Simmons says:

    My dear mother, who passed away 11 years ago was my inspiration, teacher and mentor. I learned so much from her.

  25. Donna B says:

    My Mom inspires me to sew. She taught herself how to sew when I went off to a school where we were required to wear uniforms. Since then, she has sewed for all my major life events…..every Halloween costume, a Prom dress, MY WEDDING DRESS, my daughter & son’s dedication outfits!!

  26. emilie vangel says:

    I was inspired to sew from my 7th grade home-ec teacher.Was taught on a regular machine, but i really prefer a treadle machine.

  27. Sade Carter says:

    I am inspired to sew because of images that run through my head, also I am really big into fashion and would prefer to make clothes then to have to buy them. My mom was big on sewing and since I never could get the hang of the sewing machine I always sewed things by hand. I am still learning on the sewing machine as it is taking me sometime but I will sooner or later get the hang of it. Sewing is something I really want to do forever.

  28. Kathryn Garner says:

    My mother inspired me to start sewing. I don’t have her talent for it (she designs and makes costumes for a few different high school/children’s theater groups) but I love that I can make things for my family that they love (I make my kids pj’s every Christmas).

  29. Linda says:

    I was inspired by a quilt kit I bought from Walmart. That was 12 years ago. So I guess you could say I’m a self taught quilter. Last month I had the privilege of having one of my quilts chosen to hang at the quilt week contest in Paducah, KY.

  30. lynn says:

    i taught my oldest daughter to sew cus i was taught in high school so she got me going again and now i love sewing for my grandkids

  31. Judi S says:

    My mother. Who know how to sew but didn’t. She bought me sewing cards at age 3 and I fell in love instantly.

  32. Kathy Sall-Shivers says:

    When I started junior high school and HAD to take Home Economics. I thought at first, oh geez this is going to be way stupid. Then when I entered the sewing room and saw what I could actually do with my hands I was hooked! I made a simple decorated pillow for my mother at age 14. She had that pillow on every couch she ever owned throughout the years! When I graduated from simple sewing and made my first outfit, I was so proud that I wore it almost every week!! I couldn’t believe that I could create anything like it! I couldn’t wait to figure out what I could sew next. I have sewed many projects since then. When I had my first child, his entire nursery had sewing related projects throughout and his coming home outfit was my creation. Now I can’t wait until the day that I have grandchildren so that I can do it again for them!! I crazy about making everything I can get my hands on now. I am so happy I didn’t listen completely to my inner child that thought it would be a stupid class to take!

  33. Kathy Bates says:

    My mother encouraged me to learn how to sew saying one day I would thank her for this when I needed clothing mended. My father showed me that sewing wasn’t just for women when he would sit in front of the woodburning stove and quilt by hand. My oldest sister taught me that quilting was fun and a great stress buster. I enjoy all forms of sewing and try to set aside at least one hour aday to destress and of course run my fingers along my wonderful fabric.

  34. Kay Bachman says:

    my grandpa raised turkeys and the feed came in cloth sacks. he gave me some for clothes and at the age of 13 I started to sew my clothes from them. It has been a passion from that time onward. poor people can be well dressed if you make the best of a poor situation. I did.

  35. Paula Reese says:

    I am 63 years old and began sewing when I was about 5. My mother had a straight stitch Singer. I could not reach the knee pedal so I would turn the wheel with my hands and make doll clothes. Before I started Home Ec in high school, mother had cut out a red wool blazer for me but never started sewing on it. I finished it and, when I wore it to school, the Home Ec teacher asked me who made it. I told her that I did and, of course, she had to point out all my errors. I still sew and enjoy it very much. It is my relaxation.

  36. Kathy Sall-Shivers says:

    When I started junior high school and HAD to take Home Economics. When I entered the sewing room and saw what I could actually do with my hands I was hooked! I made a simple decorated pillow for my mother at age 14. She had that pillow on every couch she ever owned throughout the years! When I made my first outfit I was so proud, that I wore it almost every week!! I couldn’t believe that I could create anything like it! I couldn’t wait to figure out what I could sew next. I have sewed many projects since then. When I had my first child, his entire nursery had sewing related projects throughout and his coming home outfit was my creation. Now I can’t wait until the day that I have grandchildren so that I can do it again for them!!

  37. Sophia martin says:

    I was inspired to sew by various sewing bloggers on the internet. I have made a few stuff since.

  38. Savannagal says:

    I honestly don’t know if there was anyone who inspired me to sew. I can’t think of anyone. Halloween is my favorite holiday. I loved dressing up. I made my own costume every year, by hand, with a needle and thread. It took forever and was painstaking. I decided to buy a sewing machine so I could speed up my costume making. It never dawned on me I’d have to learn to sew. I guess I just assumed I’d figure it out. So, 15 years later I still consider myself a beginning sewist. I muddle through everything I do. It’s been slow going and I still hand stitch a lot. But I am getting better.

  39. Diane Jettinghoff says:

    My mom when I was in high school, and she hasn’t sewed in years now.

  40. rei says:

    We had just moved in with my grandmother since we couldn’t afford our apt. And I would hear the sewing machine next door. That lady was my grandmother’s friend and she was working at home making ties. I asked her to let me work with her so I could earn money. Luz (light in Spanish) taught me how to make ties.

  41. Janice Pike says:

    My Mother first to me to sew. She was a stay at home Mother and did sewing for other people as well as the two of us. Also, I took sewing classes in school. Since retiring I sew for fun as I am learning to machine embroidery.

  42. Penny says:

    Wanting desperately to make a blanket for each of my kids is what inspired me to get started, and now that I’ve started I just can’t stop.

  43. MelodyJ says:

    My mother and grandmother.

  44. Cathy says:

    My mother.

  45. Renee Cobb says:

    Fabric excites me with the beautiful colors. I love looking at it and touching it and dreaming of all things I can create from it

  46. Carol says:

    I learned to sew out of necessity, pants in the stores weren’t long enough.

  47. Clara Barden says:

    I grew up in a small town, with one clothing store (unless you traveled to the closest “big city”), and I was always in fear of running into somebody else wearing the same clothes I was wearing, specially when going to parties! So, I taught myself to make patterns and sew, copying what I saw celebrities wearing on my mom’s magazines. Some did not turn out, but some did; and I loved that what I sew myself was a perfect fit!!!

  48. Carol K E says:

    My great aunt was the drapery lady for Younkers’, and had the most wonderful scrap box. When she had a big or rush order, my mom helped her, so besides learning about sewing with her scraps, I also learned the finer points of custom draperies.

  49. Dee says:

    I started sewing back in the day when middle-schools had Home Ec classes. I made simple projects…apron, ironing board covers. I was so proud when I made my first smock….remember those? Good times.

  50. Beth B says:

    I guess the desire for Barbie clothes inspired me to sew when I was a kid. I made lots of clothing for myself and others also.

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