Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Sew Grateful: Chicago Social Sewing

Friends, I've been wanting to participate in the lovely Debi's Sew Grateful event for some time.  While I know it's still a week away, I wanted to share with you this fabulous sewing event I hosted this past weekend.

As you know from this post, I recently hosted a free sewing class in my apartment for anyone who wanted to learn how to sew buttons.  I am so grateful to have learned this incredible skill and I wanted to share my passion with anyone who wanted to learn. The response was astounding: 12 people showed up for an afternoon of food, laughter, and learning.  It was an honor to have them all in my home and be able to teach them something I love so dearly. 

Pictures by my darling friend, Mina, who was trying out her new camera lens.  I will definitely be framing some of these for my sewing room.

Our delightful spread of food.

My thread and scissors collection.

 Close up of my bobbins.

One of my favorites.

I used my flower bowls to hold the two-hole, four-hole, and shank buttons.

The finished cinnamon rolls.  They didn't last long after this photo was taken!

Homemade tamales from here

Needles!  Get 'em while they're hot!

My friends, both old and new, were all so focused and determined.  I could not have taught a more fabulous group.

This is your sampler, mmmkay?

Selecting demonstration buttons.

A back view of my thread holder - possibly one of my favorite things that Mama Grand passed onto me.

Fixing the random thread loops.

A close up of the pinking shears - these were much loved by all.

Mina's pristine and perfect sampler.  

Inspecting their handiwork - I've never seen such lovely stitching!

My friends were diligent and energetic and open-minded - everything I could ever ask for in a sewing group.  I don't need to tell you how excited I am about teaching them hem stitches and hooks & eyes!

How are you celebrating Sew Grateful Week, friends?  Let me know what you're planning in the comments below!



  1. I think this is great. You know I think there are quite a few of us sewing bloggers in the Chicago area. Perhaps we should all get together sometime and make something.
    It looks like you guys had a wonderful time.

  2. I wish I lived in Chicago! I want to do something like that! :)

    For Sew Grateful I am going to give away a reproduction pattern.

  3. shame it's simply too far for me to pop over any enjoy the next sewing class, looks like such fun!

  4. Love the photos! It was a wonderful time :)

  5. I cannot tell you how jealous of your thread holder I am. And of the mini-cinnamon rolls, oh yeah, AND of the homemade tamales!! :)

  6. This is such a lovely idea, it's always the first thing people say when I tell them I sew - "I can't even sew a button on!"

  7. Awww, looks like it was a lovely evening.

  8. How inspiring! Looks like you're a natural teacher, Meg.

  9. Very nice. To learn how to sew is also profitable. It can also be your business. You may start a boutique that offers altering servises; or make made to order clothes; or start your clothing line. It is a great investment especially in today’s economy.

  10. hold the phones... I see your scissors... please tell me you have a pair of ginghers in there!

  11. Awesome, Meg!!! What a fun day! I wish we lived closer to each other - I would have been there like a shot!!

  12. Wow, I'm so impressed and inspired! Everyone looks like they're having such a good time. What a great way to have a little get together and meet new people. Makes me want to host a "learn to sew" party for my friends.

  13. Hi Meg - I recently got in touch with a few sewing bloggers from the Chicago area and I'd love to organize an outing of some kind (I live just outside Chicago in Berwyn). Do you want to team up with me on this??