Sewing the seams of love

by Natasha Sligo in Morpeth, England, United Kingdom

Sewing the seams of love

Total raised £590

raised so far



Lockdown has encouraged many people to pick up a sewing to fill their time. I aim to provide workshops to help people develop their skills.

by Natasha Sligo in Morpeth, England, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 24th September 2020 we'd raised £590 with 20 supporters in 56 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

Lockdown has seen many people dig out their grannies sewing machine and try their hand at sewing. There was a huge outcry for scrubs for the NHS and PPE which saw people reusing textiles they had in their home as all shops were shut to protect people from the virus.

I have always had an interest in sewing and making things. I remember sitting with a family member as they taught me how to use a sewing machine and I made a bright yellow ra-ra skirt! It was awful! But I was so proud of what I had made. Since then I have dipped in and out of sewing, always testing my skills and developing techniques, all self taught.

During lockdown I have helped two people in particular develop their skills and I have seen their confidence grow as they realise they have this innate undeveloped skill. Many have been affected by lockdown mentally as they feel helpless in the national fight against coronavirus, which has only been exacerbated by the boredom of lockdown.

I want to be able to provide workshops (when all restrictions are lifted) to be able to teach people sewing skills either on a one-to one basis or as a small group. Most importantly I want to show people how to reuse textiles, either old clothes or home decor, in the fight against fast fashion. Pouring love into a project, either made from scratch or adjusting a garment from their wardrobe making people cherish that item of clothing more.

My aim is for people to come along to a workshop having all of the materials provided, and walking away with something that they are truly proud of. The mental health benefit of that is priceless.

With the funds raised I would buy rescources and materials including sewing machines and haberdashery equipment so that the workshops are accessible to everyone, even if they don’t own a machine.

The main aim of this project is to inspire people and maybe even provide a bit of therapy through arts and crafts


This project offered rewards

£5 or more

Hand stitched patch by Emma Boiston

An original piece of artwork to wear on your clothes made by the talented Emma Boiston.

£50 or more

Two hours sewing tuition

Pledge £50 today and I’ll reward you with two hours sewing tuition and goodies to take home!

£100 or more

A handmade garment made for you

Pledge £100 today and I’ll reward you with a handmade garment specifically made for you that we have designed together

£250 or more

12 months of sponsorship

For such a generous contribution I will promote you/your business in our marketing for workshops including regular shout outs on my social media platform.

£10 or more

A pack of fat quarters

Spare us a tenner and I will send you a pack of 4 fat quarters and an item of haberdashery equipment

£10 or more

Repurposed t-shirt bag

For generously pledging £10 I will send you a repurposed T-shirt bag as a massive thank you for supporting my campaign! Fold it up, put it in your pocket and never buy a plastic bag again!

£15 or more

Hand Embriodery Workshop

On Saturday 3rd October we will be hosting a Hand-Embriodery workshop! Venue TBC but it will be in Morpeth, Northumberland. All materials will be provided and you will create something to take home with you on the day. The talented Emma Boiston will be teaching you everything you need to know, no matter what your skill level. No need to bring anything along except a willingness to learn!

£20 or more

Basics Sewing Workshop

On Saturday 10th October I will be hosting a basics sewing workshop! Venue TBC but it will be in Morpeth, Northumberland. All materials will be provided and you will create something to take home with you on the day. I will be teaching you the basics of how to operate and maintain a sewing machine and some basic stitches. No need to have any specific skills or bring anything along except a willingness to learn! Only 4 spaces available!

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