I’ve been teaching sewing classes at my home for little over a year now, a handful of times each month. With my husband’s busy work schedule, juggling two babies under 2, homeschooling, homemaking, and everything in between it’s difficult for me to find time to fit in any classes, but when I do, it brings me great joy. I think I have finally found my perfect fit, in terms of the career path I want to take. When I graduated from high school I was actually fully enrolled in a fashion design program, but pulled out at the last minute to study Early Childhood Education instead. It was such a confusing time for me, ECE wasn’t one of my choices, it was something others encouraged me to take. But it’s funny now, how I have come full circle back to sewing. I think it’s really important to follow your passions in life. However, I cannot say I have any regrets completing my diploma in ECE, because their is khair (good) in the knowledge I learned and have applied to raising my own children and the children who I now teach.
I do have dreams in the future of opening my own art studio and teaching full time, but for this season in my life, being fortunate to work with these children a few times a month fits just perfectly. This occasional work flow has allowed me to grow at a steady pace too. I am slowly building project ideas, making lesson plans, developing my own skills as a seamstress, and learning more and more about children- they never cease to amaze me. They are capable of so much more than we give them credit for, and when given a little bit of space with guidance, they can accomplish every task I set out for them independently. I hope inshaAllah to continue with the sewing classes for many years to come :).
Up until recently, my sewing classes involved mostly beginner sewing lessons, such as hand sewing and small basic machine sewn projects. Now with a few older girls coming to the classes, I have started teaching garment construction! So far I have taught them how to make skirts, leggings, and the last project I taught was how to sew a hijab complete with a rolled hem and embellishments! I’m looking forward to more classes in the future, and I will try and share the latest creations here too!
PS: In case you haven’t noticed, I changed my home sewing studio setup yet again! This setup just worked better for my classes 🙂