Our lives are busier now more than ever, mentally and physically, and it’s important to find time to slow down. It becomes a challenge to prioritise stress relieving hobbies when there is so much going on. But if we purposefully create a space to be able to take up those hobbies, we have a constant reminder to take time to indulge in something that brings joy and calmness.
With that in mind, let’s look into how you can do this by creating a calming sewing space. A space to give you the opportunity to switch off from the world and fall deeply in love with the enchanting, repetitive process of hand sewing.
Crafting has long been known to provide therapeutic benefits. There are a variety of skills you can learn and, for me, one of the most rewarding is hand sewing. There is such a magical connection between your hands and your mind, which when hand sewing, gives you the ability to switch off from the world around you and creates a glorious bubble of calmness. Whether you’re an experienced hand sewer or a complete novice it’s very rewarding to be able to create something for yourself or a loved one. It is also such a portable technique; you can pretty much do it anywhere.
Setting up your sewing space is really just about surrounding yourself with things that make you feel calm, relaxed and happy. The most important thing is to find somewhere that you feel comfortable no matter where this may be in your home. Here are some examples of beautiful sewing space ideas to get you inspired...
To create this space there are a few things I would recommend. Firstly, and most importantly, choose somewhere that has good support for your back when sitting down. It’s not the most active of hobbies so it’s important to look after the health of your body as much as you can. This leads onto the second recommendation, good lighting, which is really important. This could either be sitting by the window during the day or investing in a good quality daylight bulb enabling you to really see what you’re doing in the evening. The next step would be to surround yourself with things that make you happy. Think about the sensory elements of what makes you feel calm; touch, sound and taste. It goes without saying that working with fabric, needle and thread gives you the ability to embrace the tactile element to this. This could range from making a warming cup of something comforting paired with your favourite cake on the side. A beautifully scented candle burning in the background whilst listening to some music, an audiobook, podcast or maybe even your favourite film.
Take time to think about and write down what you would like to have surrounding you as you begin a sewing project. Even 5 minutes a day can give you the opportunity to indulge in some sewing and enjoy the benefits.