Using Unexpected Free Time for Hand Sewing

I woke up earlier than planned on a recent Saturday morning. It was the start to a gorgeous spring day, and the sun streaming from behind my shades drew me out of bed. But I wasn't quite ready to get started with the events of the day, so I took out some hand sewing.

At the Original Sewing & Quilt Expo.

In April, my colleague and I spent a morning at the Make It Center at the Original Sewing & Quilt Expo in Worcester, Mass. We helped expo-goers make a fun little fortune cookie bag, and I ended up with an almost-complete bag before I got too busy to finish it.

Then came that Saturday with some unexpected early-morning free time. I took out the unfinished bag, sat in a chair near the window, and hand stitched the edges of the bag handles under. I could have done the sewing by machine, but it was nice to sit and relax and start the day with some hand sewing.

I often use car rides or evening couch time as my hand sewing time, so it was a nice break from habit to do some early-morning sewing. It was a satisfying start to my day, too, to finish a project.

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What about you? Do you have any unique places or times you like to work on hand sewing? Have you ever found some unexpected time and used it to get some sewing done? I can't wait to hear. 

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Abby Kaufman

About Abby Kaufman

Abby Kaufman is assistant editor of Stitch magazine. When she's not scoping out new fabrics for her collection, Abby enjoys outdoor activities, and spending time with her husband and two dogs.