It’s been nearly 18 months since I started making and selling handmade bags and other children’s accessories, and it’s been a lot of fun. Along the way I learned so many new things — not only how to make certain things, but how to source fabrics and how to manage a website. Also along the way I’ve met a lot of people, fellow stall holders at markets, crafty friends, and of course my wonderful customers. Most of whom are other moms of little ones.
One thing I often hear from these moms is, “I wish I knew how to sew….” Every time I hear this I say, “But you can! It’s easy.” And often I want to add “Why don’t you come over to my place and I’ll show you how to sew.” But I realize that for most mothers, learning a new skill while taking care of babies and toddlers is difficult, to say the least. I mean, it’s hard enough sometimes to even take a shower undisturbed.
But I began to think how fun it’ll be for me to teach sewing to complete beginners. Making things to sell online can be a little anti-social. Wouldn’t it be fun to get a group of people together at my house, from time to time, chat about how hard it is to be a mother etc., have a nice cup of coffee, and then help them learn to sew at the same time? Absolutely!
So I’m excited to tell you that I’ve set aside some time to do it. I don’t have many “clients” yet, but I believe they will turn up eventually.
Oh by the way, “zakka” just means various homewares, the sort of things I make for my shop – bags, washers and other accessories.