Sewing as practiced by our mothers and grandmothers was traditionally about self-reliance, ingenuity, and a smart use of resources. Today, sewing can recapture these qualities as well as foster creative expression, reduce stress, and create social bonds. Sustainable sewing, such as refashioning new clothes from old ones, encourages fashion independence and – as with past generations – the pleasure of owning fine clothes and linens made at home.
Interest in personal sewing and home décor has increased dramatically in the past few years. The Home Sewing Association estimates that the number of sewing enthusiasts in the U.S. has increased by 5 million since 2000, and annual sales of the leading brand of sewing machines has doubled since 1999.
Sewing classes and sewing clubs are growing in popularity among a broad demographic, giving even beginners a chance to be creative and learn new skills. With this resurgence in sewing come opportunities for promoting sustainability and healthier practices regarding reuse and waste reduction.
Free sewing patterns and tips by Better Homes and Gardens: How to Sew