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How DIY Sewing Became Our Go-To Hobby During The Pandemic

If anyone told us at the start of 2020 that we would spend most of the year going in-and-out of quarantines and lockdowns, we probably wouldn’t have believed you. Most of us thought that pandemics were something you read about in the history books, but the last ten months have seen us living through a global pandemic. While they forced us to stay at home and apart from each other, people turned to sewing to pass the time. What started as a hobby for some has now turned into small businesses, and the trend shows no sign of slowing down.

Thanks to social media channels like Pinterest and Instagram, it’s never been easier to learn how to sew and to share your newfound passion. The internet is full of tutorials on how to sew by hand or with a machine. Whatever your skills level is, a few hours on YouTube will quickly teach you the basics you need to get started. Whatever you’re interested in making, we can guarantee you that there’s a content creator out there who will show you the tricks of the trade.

For most people, sewing during lockdown began as a way to answer the calls for masks to protect against the virus. Thousands of amateur sewers bought up every fabric in sight and got to work creating masks. Many of these people turned to platforms like Etsy and Instagram to sell their sewing projects to people searching for reusable face masks. What started as a practical hobby for some, and a way of giving back has turned into a newfound passion.

Face masks are one of the easiest DIY sewing projects to work on, and they’ve acted as a gateway for thousands of people into the world of sewing.

With all the uncertainty surrounding the pandemic and the realities of adapting to a ‘new’ normal, it’s not surprising that people have turned to traditional crafts. There’s nothing more satisfying than seeing a DIY sewing project through from the first stitch to the finished item.

The pandemic has changed the world of sewing forever. Whether you’re looking to make blankets, pillowcases, dresses or headbands, it’s never been a better time to experiment with sewing.

There’s now a whole new generation of people who are sewing for the first time, who are shopping for fabrics and trying to wrap their head around the world of patterns and needles. Sewing is no longer an art form that you associate with your grandmother or an elderly relative. The idea of creating your own garments and accessories is once again in vogue, with sewing machines and fabrics in short supply.

If you’re getting started on your sewing journey, take some time to understand the importance of fabrics. Do your research to understand what types will work best for individual projects, and the practical care involved with particular fabrics. 

Now that there is light at the end of the tunnel, learning how to sew could be one practical skill that you take away from the whirlwind year of COVID-19. It’s not too late to jump on the trend.

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