Personalization is a key reason for someone to decide to learn how to sew. You are able to personalize everything associated with your item when you sew it yourself. Even if you use a commercial pattern as your project base, you will automatically make it personal by your choice of fabric and embellishments. Let’s examine this topic further.
The first aspect that you will make “personal” when starting a sewing project is the choice of project itself. The possibilities are vast, and you will be able to find a pattern for just about anything you decide you want to make whether it’s clothing, home decorator items such as throw pillows or curtains, or craft items, the variety of patterns is virtually endless. Something really exciting to note is, that with just a little experience and imagination, you can mix and match pieces of commercial patterns and create something truly unique. Handmade gifts are one of the best reasons to learn how to sew – everybody LOVES a gift made just for them.
The second personalized aspect of sewing is the choice of fabric for your project. This is the raw material that you will magically transform with your sewing skills. In today’s marketplace, the sky is the limit when it comes to choosing fabric. You aren’t restricted to fabric shops you can physically visit anymore. You can purchase virtually ANY kind of fabric right from your own home over the internet. The selection is endless, and finding a special fabric – whether a particular type or color – is actually easier with the internet than if you were shopping in a store.
The third personalized aspect of creating your own items (and the best, in my opinion) is embellishment. With just a little imagination and some simple supplies you can turn a clothing item into wearable art. There are many types of embellishments – here are just a few:
Threads of different colors, weights, and material content
Beads, crystals, sequins
Buttons of all shapes and sizes
Jewelry makings, charms
You can use embellishment to transform ready-made garments or dress up items you are making yourself. There is really no limit to what you can create if you unleash your imagination.
I hope this short look at how to use simple supplies to personalize your creations has gotten your creative juices flowing, and you will run to your sewing area to plan our next (or even first) project. Have fun while you learn how to sew!