Slow Sewing on Sew Mama Sew.


13_big stitch coasters_baste and big stitch_carolyn friedlander


I’m absolutely thrilled to be helping kick off a new series on slow sewing over at Sew Mama Sew. You can find the post here. I really enjoyed sharing my thoughts on why I slow sew, and it was super fun putting together a tutorial for these fun, big-stitch coasters.


8_big stitch coasters_finished coasters_carolyn friedlander


Head on over, check it out, and let me know what you think.

Why do you slow sew?



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3 Responses to Slow Sewing on Sew Mama Sew.

  1. Carmen August 14, 2014 at 10:04 am #

    Thank you for articulating my own thoughts on making and sewing, Carolyn!

    I find that making things for myself is an incredibly affirming process — I’ve purchased far less clothing over the past few years because I will now walk into clothing stores and think, “hey, I know how (or can figure out how) to do that.” Of course, we can’t learn to do everything, and we won’t have time to make all the things we want, but it’s empowering to be able to make even a few things that we can be proud of or give to others. In terms of sewing, I think it’s generally more expensive to make our own stuff, but I’m happy engaging with my hobbies rather than watching TV or something. (I have a degree in film studies, and it’s remarkable how my film spectatorship has completely plummeted. Nothing against the art at all, but I’m rarely in the mood to just sit back and watch!)

    I can also completely relate to “unplugging” via my sewing. I’ve always felt that sewing allows me to make every single decision in a project, and there’s really no risk! Something beautiful will emerge if I make the “right” choices, and I’ll learn something by making the “wrong” choices.

    Most of all, I wholeheartedly agree with you that we are so, so lucky that we can choose to create in our spare time. All the more reason to be mindful of the process!

    • carolynfriedlander August 18, 2014 at 11:11 am #

      I love hearing your thoughts, Carmen! I totally agree. I especially love that you mentioned the low-risk aspect. In the end, it is just fabric and if it doesn’t go perfectly, then you at least learn a ton that you will take with you to your next project–and the potential reward is totally worth it either way! Good stuff.


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