I heard an amazing podcast on Love to Sew. It was Episode 25 with Caz Adams from Useful Box. She’s an Aussie sewist who nearly lost her life after the birth of her son. As she recovered from the trauma, sewing became a way to return to equilibrium.
I was totally relating. Sewing is therapy for me too. I love to sew. I’ve been sewing since I was in junior high. Once I became a mom my sewing was reduced to curtains, costumes, and Easter dresses. But now that my kids are adults I am finding solace and healing from life’s stressors in sewing.
This is what sewing does for me:
- It tickles my right brain’s desire for creativity.
- It releases endorphins that trigger such a sense of calm, satisfaction, and peace.
- It provides an outlet of escape from tension and stress.
- It makes me so happy and proud of my accomplishments.
Two recent therapy sessions produced these fun projects:
The first is a cat house from a free pattern from See Kate Sew. I used fabric from my scrap bin and just had to buy the 1/2 inch foam. I thought it would be complicated but I found the directions to be straight forward, clear, and correct. It came together pretty easily. I gave it to my daughter, Rachael, and her hubby, Tom, for their cat, Inara.
I think she likes it! SCORE!! (Yes the endorphins are flowing right now!!)
My second therapy project was a tote. I found this pattern at The Inspired Wren.
I found the directions a little complicated (certainly not for a beginner), but the pictures were helpful. I bought heavy cotton (from the remnant section at Joann’s) and used lining from my stash. The suggestion for the bottom panels was to use duck cloth but I used black vinyl that I had leftover from another project. I was so happy with the result. Here are pics from the process:
Ahhhhh. I feel sooooo good. Try it. It’s what the doctor ordered.