Sewing Can Bridge Bonds and Friendships
By Mary Hindal
Sewing can build self-esteem, give a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment, build friendships and help the less fortunate.
While many of us feel that there are not enough hours in a day, month, or year to do everything on our list, it is important to carve out some time for ourselves to relax and help the less fortunate, elderly, vulnerable, under-employed, or those serving overseas. Sewing and crafting have been proven to provide individuals with a sense of relaxation and accomplishment, with sewing for charity being the most rewarding activity of all.
Sewing hats for hospitalized infants or premature babies, warm coats or blankets for the homeless, a stuffed animal for an orphanage, or a pretty Christmas dress for a young girl who may not otherwise have this opportunity available to her can bring joy and fulfillment to your life. The warm fuzzy feeling you get when you think of how your gift helps the infant who is struggling for his or her life will repay you a thousand fold for your time and money. Many volunteer sewers insist that they get more out of what they do for others than what they contribute-these small gestures give a sense of purpose, and that alone is priceless.
Sewing to create unique and special gifts is another opportunity of giving to others while still receiving a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction. Many find themselves longing for the old days when gifts were handmade, treasured, and passed down for generations. Perhaps sewing a quilt to be passed down from generation to generation will be a start to reinventing the art of sewing in your family. Create some beautiful gifts for the upcoming holiday and begin or reestablish a family tradition.
Sewing can reduce tension and also build meaningful friendships. There are many individuals who love the thought of using their geometry skills to cut and fit pieces together, some who are perfect for color coordinating, and others who excel at putting it all together. Join a local sewing club, take some classes to learn new skills or brush-up on some that have become dusty, or get together with some friends for a Friday Fun Night to form your own think-tank for upcoming projects or charity work. You may find women (or even men) ranging in age from their teens to their 80’s who may be teachers, homemakers, farmers, attorneys, engineers, or physicians, all coming together to make quilts for the needy, battered women and children, the developmentally disabled, or the elderly. Many take pleasure in being together, discussing things that are important to them in their own community or in the world, and creating a beautiful masterpiece-all while building friendships and doing goodwill. They may get together to work on their own projects or work as one to stitch and piece together a larger piece for a church, school, or charity while talking, laughing, sharing stories or simply lending an ear.
Times have changed in the sewing market. It used to be that stores carried a minimal amount of quilting books and patterns. Now most newsstands carry several magazines that cater to quilters, with several hundred different book titles published throughout the years. And then there’s the internet with just about everything one could imagine when it comes to sewing, fabrics and ideas.
So, if you are feeling the need for a project, consider sewing for a charity or to give as creative and personalized gifts. You may find that it will give you a sense of accomplishment, a rewarding experience, and bridge bonds and friendships.
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