Is a sewing blog still relevant? I think so!

July 22, 2018


Sewing blogs have been around for more than a decade now. When I discovered them, I immediately felt like I found my tribe! I’ve been sewing since my earliest memories, but I didn’t have anyone to share this passion with.  My grandmothers that sewed were not close by, my mom sews with a staple gun, and my friends never caught the bug like me. I was figuring it out on my own, and it could be really discouraging sometimes. The discovery of sewing blogs showed me that sewing belongs to everyone, and all kinds of people sew.

I remember when Gertie posted her first video tutorial from her apartment from behind her ironing board, and got me hooked on Swedish Tracing Paper. I remember when Maddie was still working with Urban Outfitters (doing patterning if I remember correctly), and was just starting to branch out her own brand. I remember Lauren’s turquoise sewing room that inspired me to paint my sewing room a similar color. Bloglovin’ became a thing, and I was stoked! I even had my own sewing blog under a different name for a while. I was so excited to share my passion with other makers.

Then, life happened. My life had some major events that stalled my creative passion for a long time. In a summarized version, I lost 3 grandmothers in less than 2 years, I got divorced, I had to sell my house and move, my son had some issues that we struggled to diagnose and support him through, and more. My world was affected, to say the least. Although I worked in a sewing shop, the tiny bit of creative energy I had left was going towards work. Sewing blogs faded from my line of vision for a long time.

By the time I was in a place where I could spark my creative energy again, it seemed like the sewing community moved almost entirely to Instagram. I abandoned my old blog, created this site, and eventually started my own IG as well. Fresh start. Selfish sewing is self care, and don’t you forget it! Well, the IG gets all the love, and this has been sitting here with no content because I wasn’t sure whether it was worth it to take on blogging anymore.

So, are sewing blogs still relevant in this new world of short attention spans and instant gratification?

YES! Absolutely! The sewing blogger world is alive, well, and shows no signs of stopping. It’s a landing place to expand on your makes. It’s a place to flesh out content that just isn’t suited for other social media platforms. It gives all your followers from your various social media outlets a landing zone for all that is you. It’s still very relevant to the sewing community.

The concept that is compelling me the most right now is something I found in this article, 8 Reasons Why You Still Need to Blog, reason number 6: “You can tell authentic stories on your blog”. That’s what I want. That’s what I look for when I read other sewing blogs. That’s not to say that you can’t be authentic with other platforms, but having your own space to do so will always be appealing for the blogger and the audience, in my opinion.

I want to see the details, the mistakes, the moments when you impressed yourself, or the moments when you almost gave up. I want to see people being their authentic selves, which is a rarity in this day and age of social media filters. I think that you want to see that, too. So, here I am. I’m here to show my authentic self, and I hope that never becomes irrelevant.

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  • Reply Gillian Whitcombe July 23, 2018 at 9:10 am

    Welcome back to blogging! I just wrote about a similar topic last month ( ) and I’m in full agreement with you – there is nothing quite like blogging! It’s such a lovely in-depth, permanent record of your sewing journey. <3

    • Reply Tessa July 23, 2018 at 8:35 pm

      Great post! I (obviously) agree wholeheartedly! One thing I didn’t mention in my post, but what your post brought to mind was how overwhelming trying to keep up with all the new content out there can be. On Instagram, I spend so much time just scrolling, scrolling, and scrolling. There’s a little bit of connection, but not as much as I get with a blog. With blogs, you stop scrolling, and you start engaging. I’ve missed it so much!

  • Reply Carrie July 24, 2018 at 9:04 am

    Man I can identify with a lot of what you say here. Fourteen years ago I was a new mom, living away from my family and feeling a bit discouraged and lonely. My sister back home introduced me to Amy Karol’s Angry Chicken blog and her new book at the time. Then shortly after I found Amanda Soule. They provided so much that I needed. Creative inspiration, validation at some of the issues I was experiencing as a mother, and also ways to connect with my child. I have thought many times upon reflecting on my life back then about how they saved me, giving something to look forward to. That next blog post! I began spending naps and evenings sewing and creating. Several years later the same thing happened to me when I lost my grandparents, and uncle in three years. The grief drained my creativity and it’s only been recently that I am getting back in a creative rhythm. Thanks for sharing your story! And looking forward to reading your blog:)

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