Guest Post|Why you should always give back to your community

Giving back to your community is one of the most pleasurable and wonderful act one human can do for another human being.Recently, I decided that I would have small workshops (2-3hrs) on sewing for the little girls and for women. I wanted to share my sewing skills with those who really wanted to learn to sew but could not afford classes. So I decided to hold FREE workshops twice a month.
The first workshop I really did not expect a lot of people to show up. However, I had like 20 people show up for the class all with their own machine. I had a variety of sewers. Some knew what they were doing and some never have sewn before. I was so excited and nervous at the same time! I always question myself, am I doing enough? Is this class good enough? Are the students learning something? Are they excited about sewing?
As I was helping the girls with they’re sewing machine and teaching them to thread their machine. For me the hardest part is to NOT take over and thread their machine. I really had to let them be hands on and I had to step back and let them make their mistakes. It was really hard, but after a few try’s the girls got the hang of it.
Other than sewing straight lines on pieces of papers. I showed them how to make a small quilt block from scraps of materials. It was the cuts thing ever. Basically we sewed 9 6×6 squares together to make 3 rows. I cut the BIG Square into fours. And turned each square a different way then sewed them back together. The girls were so excited about this.
The workshop was supposed to last 3-4 hours. We did not leave until 6 pm. After the girls finished their projects then the moms jumped in and started sewing scraps of material together. It turned out to be one big ol’ sewing bee workshop!
As I planned for my next workshop and began to invite people, one mom told me she was upset that she missed the second workshop. She felt as though she learned a lot from the first workshop.
That small affirmation made my day. As long as I feel my workshops are of benefit to people then I know I will continue to share my sewing skills and encourage others to keep sewing.To see the finished quilt square read about that and other projects on my blog.

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