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Welcome to our Holiday Giveaway: Day 28! Win BurdaStyle inspired BAGGU Bags! Comment on this blog article by 10AM (EST) Thursday, December 29th to be entered to win!

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Comment to Win: Have you ever inspired someone to start sewing?


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    Dec 28, 2011, 04.02 PMby obscurusmercury

    No. generally friends and family are more content to ask me to mend their clothing than learn how to hold a needle

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    Dec 28, 2011, 04.01 PMby jeweleddragon

    Hmm … I’m not sure if I’ve ever inspired anyone to actually start sewing, though I think my sewing reminds people that they want to start. It’s possible I just don’t know about the people I’ve inspired, though — that happens to me sometimes … ;)

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    Dec 28, 2011, 04.00 PMby Melody Maya Pollock

    Yes my friend Jessica and my friend Nicole, over Christmas another friend asked if I would teach her.

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    Dec 28, 2011, 03.59 PMby januacoeli

    My daughter and my friends and my sister, my mother…

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    Dec 28, 2011, 03.59 PMby januacoeli

    My daughter and my friends and my sister, my mother…

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    Dec 28, 2011, 03.58 PMby melody1234

    Sort of! My mother originally taught me to sew as a kid, but we both fell out of the habit. Now that I’ve rediscovered it, she’s shown more interest in it as well!

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    Dec 28, 2011, 03.51 PMby Mary P.

    Yes! My daughter and some of my student.

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    Dec 28, 2011, 03.46 PMby tobyjavin

    I do more repairs then new sewing but I helped my 5 yo do a kids craft with basic sewing stitches. It kept her interested for a whole day.

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    Dec 28, 2011, 03.32 PMby gracemyrtle

    I work as the costume mistress at a dance studio and many of the girls have talked to me about how I have influenced them. My own daughter is one whom I have influenced.

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    Dec 28, 2011, 03.29 PMby Savannagal

    These would make great knitting project bags. I’m only just learning to sew. I have few skills to pass on yet.

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    Dec 28, 2011, 03.21 PMby club

    my mum inspired me and now I teach others

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    Dec 28, 2011, 03.18 PMby goldilox

    Yes I have

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    Dec 28, 2011, 03.17 PMby cdrueh

    Even though I have never launched my younger daughters into sewing, my oldest daughter does dabble and I have high hopes that all 3 will eventually be accomplished seamstress’s one day. After going back to college at the age of 63 (majoring in Theatre with emphasis on costuming) I can proudly admit to influencing several young theatre majors into focusing on costuming as their endeavor.

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    Dec 28, 2011, 03.15 PMby cindy-in-montana

    Our 4 yr. old twin cousins expressed the desire to make their own dresses. SO, they made dresses for themselves and their dolls. When they say they made their own dresses, most folks smile thinking they had a small roll in the process, but I have pictures to prove they actually cut and sewed their dresses themselves. My assistance included covering their hands with mine while they sewed for protection from the needle, ironing their seams, holding the cutting ruler so they could cut their fabric. They worked hard and were determined to finish their dresses in 2 days so they could wear them to church! They also expressed all the things they wanted to make in the future.

    Also, I teach math privately to a 12 yr. old student who must complete math projects as part of her studies. She chose to make a quilt for her project and wanted to make it in a week so she could send it to her grandmother for Christmas. On completion, she asked if she could make a hot pad to give to her mother. She has already expressed wanting to make more items because she now loves to sew. Again, I have pictures.

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    Dec 28, 2011, 03.13 PMby Sewbig

    Yes, my daughter and my son and his wife.

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    Dec 28, 2011, 03.13 PMby isabelbk

    I’ve inspired some friends to think about starting to sew but alas no sewing yet.

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    Dec 28, 2011, 03.04 PMby AudioDisco

    My sister recently decided to start sewing because of me. I’m starting to wonder if she’s a hopeless case, but I’ll try as hard as I can to get her to be able to sew.

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    Dec 28, 2011, 03.04 PMby nostephot

    I have inspired and taught several friends to sew since I started again a few years ago. It is nice to show people how to create for themselves

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    Dec 28, 2011, 02.56 PMby bemidjirose

    I think so – I have sewed with my 15 yr old granddaughter since she was little and with nieces.

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    Dec 28, 2011, 02.53 PMby Sharongrand

    I’m teaching my ten year old granddaughter to sew. Since she loves the American Girl doll, it’s a perfect time to learn how to create her own fashions for it. So much enthusiasm.


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    Dec 28, 2011, 02.51 PMby lala86

    I hope so!!

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    Dec 28, 2011, 02.48 PMby sgevony

    I cant say I have just yet, as I have recently myself started to broaden my sewing skills. For years I had my grandmothers singer sewing machine at the back of the wardrobe, only to use it when altering trousser lengths. I’ve always been a creative person, and very hands on, often called upon by friends and family for help with diy jobs etc. I now find myself on the sewing machine weekly, trying to make clothes, in which my daughter is used as a gunipig. You never know, I might create something she likes and inspires her to create something herself. Thank you Burda. Your website has helped me leaps and bounds.

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    Dec 28, 2011, 02.45 PMby kdschafer

    The jury is still out on that. My daughter has been sewing for her 4-H projects and a couple of small items, but not on a regular basis.

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    Dec 28, 2011, 02.39 PMby Sippe

    Yes, I think I was the one who inspired my aunt to sew again, after a pause at more than 20 years. Now she is in her 80’es and is still sewing,

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    Dec 28, 2011, 02.38 PMby nani

    Yes i have! and i’m very proud of it! :D a friend of mine got very enthusiastic and made her own tutu thanks to a tutorial i made and i hope so more people that followed my blog.. but not sure :s

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    Dec 28, 2011, 02.34 PMby awil

    Me, probably not. I did influence someone to try paper crafting, though. My mom inspired me to sew and knit.

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    Dec 28, 2011, 02.30 PMby SewSunshine

    Yes, my daughter, her daughter and my daughter -in-law. I’m thrilled that they are interested. Also when my niece was a little girl she would come spend the summers with me and we would sew her clothes for the next school year. Being taller, we have to make many of our own clothes, her especially, she is 6’3". She is now 40 and still finds time to sew.

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    Dec 28, 2011, 02.05 PMby fayedoll

    I’m try my best! I gave free sewing lessons to a mother and daughter team several times in the past few months. I keep calling, but they haven’t been able to fit it into their schedules lately.

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    Dec 28, 2011, 01.59 PMby euma

    I’m afraid not, but I was inspired by my mother, when I was a child she sewed a lot, as she made her own clothes and the clothes of all her daughters.

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    Dec 28, 2011, 01.57 PMby nmbrumfield

    I have inspired ladies at my church to want to learn to sew. Next week I am starting to teach free sewing classes for these ladies.

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