Hello lovely sewing fans,
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Pumpkins make me feel very autumnal and make me think of nice walks in nature, kicking autumn leaves, then getting cosy indoors to bake, craft and sew - and snuggle under my duvet.
It has been a busy month getting my new website up and running, and keeping on top of my commissions. I have learned a lot of new tech stuff but have still managed to make some 'me time' and escape to my sewing room.
A fun commission was these gorgeous pumpkins - an easy, quick project that requires very little sewing and can be done solely by hand if desired. These beauties and a few more are now in their new home at Fonmon Castle, in Wales, ready and waiting for the Halloween events coming soon.
I have created this easy-to-follow video tutorial on how to make your own squidgy, cute pumpkins by repurposing an old jumper. It's a fun one to do with kids.
You will need:
Fabric scissors; An old jumper or cardigan; Twine/gardening jute and a big-eyed needle; Embroidery thread; Stuffing
If you would like to devote some 'me time' to sewing your own projects then you may be interested to hear that I'm currently in the process of exploring ideas on the best way to inspire and help people to do just that.
My mission is to get more people taking pleasure from the mindful act of sewing and to increase skills and confidence. I want people to feel excited about new projects, supported throughout the making of it, and take pleasure from the finished item. They can then decide whether to keep their item or gift it to a family member or friend.
I have one idea about a subscription box - please complete my survey if this is something you are interested in and haven't already. Once I have decided on the contents, I will send out a box to be tested. I'm still not sure how many different level boxes I will create - if indeed I create one at all - the survey may show that people have enough fabric and patterns at home already and they just need me to support, encourage and coach them to get on with their planned dream project.
This coaching idea ties in with my other one of providing a paid-for membership where the members get online coaching, video tutorials, group question and answers sections, (possibly along with the option of the monthly sewing kit projects and video tutorials).
There will also be a monthly videoed or live upcycle project to attempt, which could be a sew-along or one you can watch when it suits you; and pdf work sheets for your monthly sewing goals, project tracker and fabric tracker.
This second idea of creating a supportive coaching membership - a sewing sisterhood - appeals more as it allows people to use up their own fabric or repurpose unwanted duvet covers, sheets, outgrown clothes or fabric from unwanted clothes in charity shops - and is not adding to the extra production of fabric, although some times, a new piece of beautiful fabric can't be beaten.
I'd love to hear from you if you have any thoughts about either of these - you can email email@example.com, as I really want to provide the best way to help you develop your sewing skills, confidence and enjoyment from sewing. Remember sewing is good for your mind and can stave off dementia! People with crafting hobbies like sewing are 45 per cent less likely to develop cognitive issues.
I'll leave you with that little nugget of info as I sign off to make myself a cup of tea to take to my sewing room for some more 'me time'.
Have a fab week - and keep sewing!