With so many DIY blogs out there, one can feel a little overwhelmed perusing through a Google search to find the perfect tutorial. Recently I’ve been trying to expand my sewing talents. Okay, who am I kidding- such talents do not exist. So let’s just say I’ve been on my fair share of do-it-yourself sewing blogs. Much of this time has been spent reading the steps out loud to myself and squinting at the pictures (if they are provided).
I realize I sound quite critical here, but I promise, it’s not all bad! I have found some fantastic blogs which I have bookmarked the heck out of. The reason I’m seemingly starting this post off on such a cynical note is because I wish to paint you a picture of my absolute excitement when I stumbled upon a DIY blog that I simply could not get enough of. Step-by-step, good quality photos? Clear instructions? Variety? Terms I can actually understand? Please, and thank-you.
So here’s a fantastic DIY blog which covers all the important criteria. Meet Erin, sewist, crafter, and creator of Sewbon. Erin’s blog features some beautiful and easy DIY projects and sewing inspiration to help you make your own unique clothing, accessories, and home décor items. I had the chance to catch up with Erin to discuss her inspirations, sewing tips and DIY insights.
If you’re a lover of fashion DIYs, make sure to check out her blog, Sewbon! It’s everything one could want from a DIY sewing blog, all wrapped up in a cute little package (and how adorable is that poodle?).
Erin, creator of Sewbon. Click for her Peplum top post, using TÉLIO’s Flamingo Peach Crepe de Chine fabric.
What is Sewbon all about, and how did you come up with that clever name?
Sewbon is the place where I share my love of sewing and crafting. It’s full of sewing tutorials, project recaps, and DIY inspiration for the modern crafter.
Sewbon, although not a real word, is a wordplay on my maiden name since it’s pronounced the same. If craftiness is an inheritable trait, I like to think I got mine from my grandmother. My grandmother was one of the craftiest ladies I’ve ever known. She was a seamstress, a knitter, a quilter, and a painter, among many other things. I have such fond memories of her knitting matching sweaters for my sister and me, working hard to create beautiful family quilts and spending quality time with me doing fun, small crafts. Every time I create something with my own two hands, I feel like I’m honoring my grandmother.
What inspired you to start blogging?
After becoming completely enamored with the world of DIY, I found myself spending hours reading sewing and crafting blogs. I felt like I found a whole group of people who had the same interests and passions as me. So, I decided to start my blog as a way to connect with other like-minded people and share my sewing adventures.
Where has blogging taken you creatively?
Blogging has allowed me to connect with folks all around the world who have the same appreciation for the handmade. I love that I’ve formed true friendships with people I’ve met on the Internet and it’s so nice talking with people who get just as excited as I do about a new pattern, creative project, or gorgeous fabric.
How were you first introduced to sewing, and what made you fall in love with it?
I took my first sewing class back in 2010 at a local sewing boutique and studio. After turning a pile of fabric into a cute tote bag, I was hooked. I loved the feeling of satisfaction that came with making something beautiful and useful from a pile of supplies. Soon after, I got my first sewing machine and haven’t stopped making since.
How do you find inspiration for your DIY projects and tutorials?
I love to find inspiration from beautiful fabrics. One of my favorite things to do is walk around the fabric store, petting the fabric and imagining all the things the fabric will become.
Also, like pretty much every other woman out there, I love to spend time cruising Pinterest. It’s the never-ending scroll of inspiration!
Who do you typically sew for?
I typically spend my time sewing things for myself, although I’m pretty sure my husband would appreciate it if I finally got around to sewing some buttons back on his pants and fixing the hems!
What are some of your favorite things to sew?
I love sewing anything pretty and useful! Apparel sewing is my favorite, and I love a good indie sewing pattern.
Knit tops and dresses have been my go to lately, but this fall I’d like to venture into outerwear and make some stylish new coats. I have a cape pattern that I can’t wait to make!
For those who are less sewing inclined and wish to improve their technique, what types of beginner projects would you suggest?
For folks who are brand new to sewing and have an interest in getting started, I highly recommend finding a local studio and taking their intro to sewing course or a beginner project. It’s so nice to have an expert walk you through threading the machine for the first time and they can explain any questions you may have. Plus, it’s a great way to try out sewing before investing in a machine and supplies to make sure you like it.
For people who don’t live near a studio or would rather learn on their own, the Internet is full of free beginner sewing tutorials and videos. For a very first project, I would recommend trying an easy project like a pillowcase or tote bag. For a first apparel project, I would suggest trying a beginner indie pattern since patterns by independent designs typically have clearer instructions than those from big companies. Plus, you could always email the pattern designer if you get stuck or don’t understand something.
What would you recommend to aspiring sewing DIYers wanting to create their own blogs?
Do it! I think blogging is such a great way to connect with other creative folks and to document your work. If it’s something that you’ll find enjoyment in, why not?!
We noticed that you made a lovely Peplum top with our flamingo printed Crepe de Chine fabric! Which other TÉLIO fabrics are you looking forward to working with in the future?
The flamingo Crepe de Chine is my all time favorite fabric! I bought quite a bit of it, so I’m probably going to end up with an entire flamingo wardrobe and I couldn’t be happier about it!
Telio really hit it out of the park with the Fall/Winter 2014-2015 and the Spring/Summer 2015 collections- there are so many fabrics that I’d like to get my hands on!
From the Fall/Winter 2014-2015 collection, I love Vanessa Chiffon Print (34625-01), Nirvana Plaid (64525-01), Twiggy Stripe (34501-06) and Sweden Quilt (34836-10). The Vanessa Chiffon Print and Nirvana Plaid remind me of my days of wearing a plaid jumper uniform to elementary school and I would love to make something modern and stylish (the opposite of my school uniform) that is a nod to my past. The graphic stripe on the Twiggy Stripe fabric is so on trend and reminds me of the gorgeous Dolce & Gabbana dress that Amal Alamuddin wore on her wedding weekend in Italy and I would love to have something similar in my closet. Finally, I think a winter jacket using the Sweden Quilt fabric would be amazing. I love the look of a tailored, quilted jacket and I think this fabric would be perfect for it.
The Spring/Summer 2015 line is gorgeous and already making me excited for spring sewing, even though we still have a long ways to go. I would love to use the Marni Laser Cut (35149-02) fabric as an accent or insert on an open back shirt or as a sleeve detail on a summery top. A pair of stylish shorts would be amazing in the Imperial Jacquard (65002-02) and would be perfect for a patio dinner date night.
Erin’s favourite TÉLIO fabrics!
And finally, from the Décor & Lifestyle section, I’m dreaming of using the Saint James Stripe (31498-01) to make stunning curtains for my bedroom. I think this fabric would really make the windows pop in that room and add so much depth.
Make sure to check out Sewbon for some sewing DIY inspiration!