I Am A Teacher


I had a blast teaching at Britex this weekend. Any opportunity to talk about sewing is fun, but it was particularly rewarding to teach a group of folks who were excited and interested to learn from me so they could up their personal sewing game. I talked my way through a ton of sewing techniques, tips, and tricks and I showed a stack of garments that I have sewn so that I could point out where I used the various techniques that I was explaining. Seeing a confused face turn into a look of comprehension is an awesome experience and it felt so good to walk away knowing that I had excited and educated a group of sewists.

When talking to people about having taken a break from science, I realized that one of the things that I do miss is being a mentor and a teacher. I volunteered in science education quite a bit while in graduate school and taught science to kindergarteners through high schoolers as well as to their teachers. Sharing what I know, inspiring and encouraging others are such rewarding experiences.

One of the coolest things about teaching is how it helps you learn your own material even better. When I put together  a lecture or write a sewing tutorial, the act of organizing my knowledge and thoughts into a shareable manner really cements in my own head what I know. I also love getting questions because I get to see the problem from someone else’s perspective.

In thinking about being a teacher, I’m realizing that one of the most satisfying things for me as a blogger is when someone comments that they have found a tutorial I have written helpful. While it’s always thrilling to see someone having sewn from a pattern I have written, it’s particularly rewarding when that sewist tells me that they have learned something while sewing it.

(P.S. I totally forgot to get photos at Britex so you get a photo of me lecturing about my graduate research with this post instead. Oops!)

Are you a teacher (sewing or otherwise)? Do you find teaching rewarding? Do you like to teach sewing?


Each week this year I’m going to reflect on an aspect of myself and how it affects me as a sewist, crafter, or blogger. It may get deep, it may get emotional, it may get totally silly. It may be something I’m proud of, it may be something I cringe at, it may be something I aspire to. I may say a lot, I may say a little, I may ask questions, I may not answer them. I don’t quite know where the project will take me, but I’m excited about the journey. I’d be honored to have you join me on this journey. Chime in any time this year in my blog comments, on TwitterInstagram, or your own blog. Join me in my theme for the week or make up your own.

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  1. I’m a retired sixth grade teacher, but have found that I miss the interaction with kids. So I volunteer in a friend’s first grade classroom twice weekly during the school year. I love it! And I find there are lots of opportunities to teach friends and relatives about anything fabric or fiber related. Love your blog, your tutorials have been so helpful.

  2. Hi Erin,
    I just recently found your blog – NICE! I wish I could have caught your class at Britex. Must have been fun. I have a question if you are up to sharing. I am just starting my sewing blog and would like to have a page similar to your closet page. Can you share any tips on how to set this up? Your blog looks great.
    Thanks and keep posting!

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      Thanks! I built My Closet page using shortcode built into the theme I use on my website, so I’m afraid I can’t offer any specific help. Might I suggest asking other people who use wordpress.com for how they have done something similar? Good luck!

  3. I actually start my first week of teaching little kiddies (ok, they’re really tweens) how to sew in about an hour from now! They’re great because they’re not afraid of sewing like adults, they just do it. A bit tricky turning my brain onto that mode though, because with adults I always have to overcoddle and overexplain.

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      Oh how fun! Isn’t it interesting how kids often need less explaining because they are more willing to just go ahead and try something? I hope you had a blast teaching!

  4. Teaching is very fulfilling, and Britex is amaaaazing! Wish I could have been there to see you.

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