I remember seeing posts on various Facebook groups about September being National Sewing Month, but didn’t think too much about it. I’ve been sewing more lately, so didn’t need additional reasons to do it. However, after a discussion at work, I decided to look into it a bit more.

 Internaional Sewing Month

Did you know that National Sewing Month started with a declaration by Ronald Reagan in 1982? I didn’t, until I found the site at www.nationalsewingmonth.org. Click on the link for “History of National Sewing Month” to find the previous years’ themes. There are a few free patterns and articles on this page, but there are many more at www.sewing.org. I plan on exploring their “Charitable Sewing Projects” section when I have more time.

Personally, I like this year’s theme, “Take your skills to a higher level,” as that is what I’ve been tackling in my own sewing life. I recently completed a machine applique wall hanging, with machine quilting and a totally-machine-sewn binding (well, except for the one little bit that got missed on the back and needed a needle and thread to attach), all learning projects for me. I have only done one applique before, a small dove for a small flag, so this multi-part fused applique was something new for me. The pattern was free from Fons & Porter’s website, and seemed appropriate after my experience with my own seam ripper a week ago. (I needed to take apart 24 blocks that had been put together in the wrong direction.) The Grim Ripper:



At work, circulation desk staff were looking for something “exciting” that they could use as a theme for a new display. Before they could reach for Chase’s Calendar of Events, I suggested the sewing theme, and they were thrilled. Off to find sewing books to display to our patrons! If you are trying to find new patterns, you might check your own local public library and see what they have to offer. You might be surprised!

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