Whether you’re new to sewing or a seasoned crafter, there are always new skills and techniques to learn – that’s why we love it! Here a few of our favourite stitchers share their top sewing tips and words of wisdom to inspire your future projects. Let’s get sewing!
Great British Sewing Bee Sewing Producer, Claire-Louise Hardie: “Give it a go! Unlike cooking, you can almost always fix a sewing mistake with a little patience and an unpicker, so you’ve got nothing to lose by trying.”
Fabric designer Amy Butler: “If you’re going to spend some serious time creating, make sure you work with quality materials and fabrics you love!”
GBSB contestant and author Chinelo Bally: “Banish the fear and embrace mistakes. Sometimes they can be discoveries and lead you to create something really beautiful you hadn’t even thought of. Either that or they’re a lesson you learn not to repeat. So it’s win-win!”
Colette Patterns founder Sarai Mitnick: “Don’t give yourself artificial deadlines for finishing things. Just take your time. Whenever I decide that I must finish a project in a day, or by a certain time, something always goes wrong.”
Craft author Jane Bull: “Don’t worry if it’s not perfect. Just have a go, don’t rush it and be pleased with what you’ve achieved. You can always fine-tune it next time.”
Embroiderer Mollie Johanson: “My grandma told me that the back of your embroidery should be as pretty as the front, and I think that applies to all kinds of crafts. Don’t just make something that looks good enough when people take a quick glance. Instead, stitch something of quality that holds up to inspection. This is the kind of work that you’ll be proud of making.”
Fabric designer and quilter Malka Dubrawsky: “Really embrace colour – don’t let fear get in the way, and don’t second-guess your colour combinations – just trust your instincts and have fun!”
Photo credits: Claire-Louise Hardie photo cr. Katie Hyams; Amy Butler photo cr. David Butler; Sarai Mitnick photo cr. Sarai Mitnick of Colette Patterns; Jane Bull photo cr. Dorling Kindersley, Ant Jones and Jane Bull; Mollie Johanson photo cr Mollie Johanson; Malka Dubrawsky photo cr. Malka Dubrawsky.