I’ve always enjoyed sewing. When I was in junior high, girls had to take a sewing class. I think the first thing I made in that class was a gym bag (which I still have!). I also took a sewing class in high school, a class in college and my mom and Grandma Pitchforth taught me a few things too. When I was sixteen I received a small inheritance when my Grandma Patton passed away. I bought myself a Singer sewing machine; one of the best purchases I’ve made (it’s a workhorse and has never needed to be repaired)! I’ve made myself lots of skirts and dresses and one time made a dress pattern four different times because I loved the dress so much (I’m pretty sure no one noticed).
There was probably a decade that I didn’t touch my sewing machine at all. The last 15 years or so I’ve made a lot of things and I really think sewing has made a comeback. I make a lot of handmade gifts: cloth napkins, coin purses, stuffed animals, smocks, aprons, garlands, headbands, holiday decorations, and quilts. I get a lot of satisfaction from making things myself and I think people really appreciate receiving something thoughtful and homemade. My mom passed away last year and I made coin purses for family members and hot pads for my dad out of her jeans. After my friend’s husband passed away, I helped make a quilt for their little boy out of her husband’s dress shirts. I made sure that we included a few of the pockets from the shirts.
A girl from my stake was called to serve her mission in Thailand. I thought she needed a stuffed elephant so I made one and mailed it to her at the MTC. She wrote me a letter asking if I would make elephants for the six elders in her MTC group. She sent me their favorite colors and enough money to cover supplies and postage and I mailed a box of elephants a week later.
A few years ago I set up a sewing area in my living room and it’s been really great; whenever I want to sew, I sit down and sew. I always say I wish I could sew everyday and technically I guess I could. It’s nice to have a hobby that helps me focus on others and makes me SEW happy.