Slow Sewing - Mindfulness Crafting

In a world filled with fast fashion, disposable garments and accessories , designer bags and purses, the art of slow sewing offers a refreshing alternative. Slow sewing is about embracing a mindful approach to fabric creation, prioritising quality over quantity and savoring every step of the process. 

What is Slow Sewing?

At its core, slow sewing is about taking the time to create thoughtfully crafted pieces with attention to detail. It's about cherishing the journey of making, rather than rushing to the finish line. By slowing down and immersing ourselves in the act of sewing, we can create fabrics that are not only beautiful but also sustainable and meaningful.

Choosing the Right Fabrics

When it comes to slow sewing, the choice of fabric is crucial. Opting for high-quality, natural fibers is key to creating fabrics that stand the test of time. Also using fabrics already in your stash, incorporating loved ones old garments or scouring charity shops can bring you a sense of great achievement.  Here are some fabrics that are well-suited for slow sewing projects:

  • Cotton: Soft, breathable, and versatile, cotton is a classic choice for slow sewing projects. Whether you're making a cozy quilt or a lightweight blouse, cotton fabric lends itself well to a variety of techniques.

  • Linen: Known for its durability and timeless elegance, linen is a favorite among slow sewists. With its natural texture and beautiful drape, linen fabric adds a touch of sophistication to any garment.

  • Wool: Perfect for cooler weather garments, wool is a luxurious choice for slow sewing projects. From cozy sweaters to tailored coats, wool fabric provides warmth and comfort while exuding understated style.

  • Silk: For special occasion garments or delicate lingerie, silk is an exquisite choice. With its smooth texture and lustrous sheen, silk fabric adds a touch of luxury to any sewing project.
  •  Recycled: fabrics picked up from charity shops and destash markets.
  • Slow sewing fabric packs - colour cordinated packs of fabric, lace and cottons.

Get your Slow sewing fabric starter packs from The Feminine Touch Designs. Packs include colours that make sense and fabrics that work well together with embellishments to add. 

Techniques for Slow Sewing

In addition to choosing the right fabrics, incorporating certain sewing techniques can enhance the slow sewing experience. Here are a few techniques to consider:

  1. Hand Stitching: While sewing machines offer speed and efficiency, there's something special about hand stitching.  Running stitch, back stitch, rice stitch, blanket stitch and french knots can be used to create simple shapes, delicate embroidery or hand-finished seams.

  2. Mending and Darning: Instead of discarding garments with minor imperfections, embrace the art of mending and darning. By repairing and reinforcing worn areas, you can breathe new life into old favorites and reduce waste. Try your hand at intentional visible mending..For mending holes in knitting