1. To save money
From basic alterations on new clothes to mending old clothes or even making your own clothes, sewing can save you a significant amount of money. For example, basic alterations like shortening trousers or a skirt can cost from $10 upwards, click here to see a sample list of clothing alteration costs I found online. I am a firm believer that anyone can sew - there are plenty of instruction on how to alter clothes online - google what you want to do, and you'll come up with lots of written or video how tos to help!
Making your own clothes can also save you money - again there are literally hundreds of free tutorials and patterns to get you started. You can use fabric from the clearance bin, or from a charity shop - or even alter bargain clothes from a charity shop to fit you.
Someone whose blog I found recently took this idea to a whole new level when she set out to make 365 items of clothing in 365 days on a budget of $365! Go and have a look at A New Dress A Day- I was super impressed, I know you will be too!
It's not just clothes you can make either - home furnishings, table linen, costumes, bags, just about anything. Here's one example - a pencil case I made for my daughter from an old pair of jeans and scrap fabric. Cost to make $0! A few days later I saw someone at school had a similar personalised pencil case they had bought online for $30!:
In the current economic climate, we're all looking for ways to save money. For a small initial outlay for basic sewing supplies - needles, thread, scissors or even a cheap basic sewing machine, you can save lots in the longer term, certainly a very worthwhile investment! I offer plenty of free tutorials here if you like, and I add new ones most Tuesdays so it's always worth coming back to see what's new. Or look around for ones that suit and inspire you, there are hundreds out there!
2. Environmentally friendly
You can use your sewing skills to recycle or upcycle things instead of throwing them away. We live in very much a throw-away society. More and more these days if something is broken it gets thrown away and a new one bought. Clothes are something that often gets discarded when it gets worn, the zip breaks, the fabric stretches or it no longer fits. Aside from mending broken clothing items so they can still be worn, there are endless possibilities for recycling or upcycling clothes, or even other materials which can be sewn. Here are some examples of my recycling and upcycling projects:
Insulated lunch bags made from an old silver car windscreen shade, an old dress, old car seatbelts, and old curtains:
A hanging hair tie/clip holder from a pair of kids jeans:
There are so many ways you can upcycle old clothes, rather than throwing them away. I've started up a long term linky list for people to add their own ideas and projects here on a dedicated page - go and take a look at all the fabulous ideas people are coming up with - and feel free to add any of you own too!
And another year I made lots of pencil and notebook folders:
Again, just have a look around the internet at all the fabulous ideas and tutorials for things you can sew and give as wonderful personal and unique gifts.
Using one of my tutorials you could make a beautiful jewellery bag:
Or perhaps a set of talking coasters for something a bit different!
There are thousands of wonderful, unique and creative ideas out there just waiting for you to try out!
So go on - get sewing!
What do you think? Do you sew? Have I convinced you to learn if you don't already?
Leave me a comment, I'd love to know what you think!