My Early Sewing Days….

I was paging through my baby book and found this gem I thought I would share with you…When I say I’ve been sewing since I remember, it’s totally true.


I was 3 1/2 in the when the photo was taken.  Mom writes, “This is the 1st time Joey (yep, they called me Joey) took a needle and threaded it and some material and tried to sew and she ended up sewing it on to her pants, she is showing it to Judy here.”  Judy is my sister.  She would have been 20 at the time.

Here’s a closer view.


If you notice I have one sock on, one off….my clothes are dirty and I’m a mess.  Things haven’t changed.  I still care more about sewing than any of those things.

So how old were you when you started sewing?
I’m linking up with Vintage Thursday with The Colorado Lady and Time Travel Thursdays at the The Brambleberry Cottage..after all at 46, I’m starting to feel vintage.

23 thoughts on “My Early Sewing Days….”

  1. That is hysterical. I did see your sock and think… I thought only my children’s ‘white’ socks were that color! My mother did a lot of sewing when my sisters were small but not by the time I came along. She did buy me my first machine and show me how to use it when I was in graduate school and married already. I pretty much taught myself to sew clothing and then to quilt shortly after that and have been sewing ever since.

  2. Such a cute picture and those curtains…. I remember seeing them in my parents photo album! My first sewing was in home ec class in 7th grade. I think I made a pillow or teddy bear. I really started quilting in 1992 when I graduated from college and the first nephew arrived.

  3. I don’t remember when I started sewing. I started crocheting when I was eight. I always took home ec classes from 7th grade on and I sewed clothing for myself in high school, then went on to sew for my girls. I started quilting in June of 2011 and I am in love with it.

  4. What a fantastic photo to have!! I loved this so much!!! I don’t remember when I first started sewing…I remember doing some hand sewing maybe around 10 or so…..very cute post…and I too would rather sew that do most other things.!! Happy VTT…

  5. Oh what wonderful memories for you!!! You were quite cute as a 3-year-old =^..^=

    When I was small, my grandmother used to drive from Baltimore MD to Charlotte NC to get me every summer and take me home with her for 2 weeks. I looked forward to those 2 weeks all year long! The summer I was 12 she took me fabric shopping (hooked immediately!!!) and then sat me down at her Singer machine and taught me how to make pajamas. (I wore those pj’s down to bare threads!) When I got home, I raided my mom’s patterns and fabrics and began sewing everything I could get my hands on…. I think there is a picture – I must go see if I can find it!!!!

  6. What an absolutely wonderful photo! My mom taught me to use her sewing machine when I was 4. I don’t know when I began hand sewing – I know I was quite young. My mom truly gave me my love of sewing. ~Jeanne

  7. I hardly remember! Seems my grandmothers had me at their knee with needle and thread from about 4 on. They didn’t want to see their skills and work glad they didn’t. By the way..your bare foot is precious..I sew with a bare foot!

  8. LOL! How cute are you? …and I’m sure you still are! ;) My family didn’t sew, but I started sewing when our son arrived. Only discovered my passion for quilting 3 years ago and I’ve been sewing like wild woman since then.

  9. When I was six I got a toy sewing machine for Christmas that worked! I still have the doll clothes I made on that machine. Next my mom taught me to sew by hand and then when I was in 6th grade I got kicked off my mom’s machine and got my own.

  10. I am a “late bloomer”! I started quilting (no sewing experience) when I was 48! I love to quilt sooo much, I wish I had started sooner. But I was otherwise involved with working and raising two very special little boys. So everything worked out just the way it was supposed to! :)

  11. Only 46…just a baby. Not vintage at all. It’s great that you have a picture of your first sewing effort. My mom wasn’t a picture taker and there are hardly any pictures of my & my brother’s childhood. I suspect it was because she couldn’t afford the film & developing.

  12. I can’t remember not knowing how to sew, to be honest. I’m 47 and I know I learned to cross stitch and crochet very young, from my grandmothers’ of course.

  13. I think I started out sewing on those cardboard sewing cards. After that I learned to embroider, but I don’t remember how old I was or who taught me. Other than in home ec., I didn’t sew at all by machine until I bought one when I was pregnant with my first child and needed maternity clothes.

  14. I think it is neat that you have the picture and a hand written narrative from your mother. Makes me glad I do this for me kids, and I hope they appreciate it someday. I remember “helping” my grandmother sew, and also tie poly quilts with yarn. My first sewing was jr high home ec, and we made sweatpants and a duffle bag.

  15. I was a fabric fondler while I was still in diapers. I have a picture of myself at 13 months “inspecting” my grandmother’s feedsack collection that I’d pulled out of a cabinet. That picture is in a sewing machine shaped frame near my first embroidery sampler. I made it the summer I turned 9, also at my grandmother’s house in Louisiana. By 10 my paternal grandmother had me knitting and crocheting. Sadly for my husband, no one ever inspired a love of cooking in me.

  16. What a precious picture, Jo! How fun that you have the lowdown of exactly what was happening. Having sewn for so long, you must be able to sew in your sleep. Hmm! That would be a novel way to get more done, wouldn’t it? lol

    Thanks for linking to Time Travel Thursday. I hope to see you again this week. ;)

    Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

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