Yet another reason I love sewing: making handmade gifts! I just recently went to a baby shower for one of my sweet friends and of course I had to make her something. Making things for babies is so much fun! I love planning what I will make. I love envisioning what the mama’s style would be. I just love the whole process.
That is until doubt sets in. Have you ever been there? You are so excited about the project you are sewing…..until it is done. You look at it and think, well that was a lot of work. You begin wondering why not just go buy something somewhere?
I have this feeling randomly with sewing projects. I attribute it to the fact that when I create something handmade, I pour my heart into it.
“Creativity is how I share my soul with the world.” -Brene Brown
The above quote is so true. When I make something it’s not just about the final product . It is about the hours spent feeding the fabric through the machine. It is about the carefully placed custom tags. It is about the corrected mistakes. It is about the specific fabrics chosen and the details added. It isn’t something picked up on the shelf of the store (although you can totally get some killer things in stores). It’s about part of my heart leaving with that finished product. It isn’t just about the product, its personal and made with an insane amount of love.
So when I am done and I hold up my finished product and think, man, I could have just bought that, I remind myself of this simple fact:
I am not simply wishing I would have bought something ready made because I don’t think making it was worth it. I am most likely wishing I bought ready made because I worry my gift won’t be liked.
Now I know we all have different styles and just because someone poured lots of love in making a handmade gift doesn’t mean we will all like it, no not even close. But in some way the possibility of rejection of the handmade gift is not only rejection of a gift, it is a rejection of me. I know it sounds so silly because that is not the case at all. When you pour your heart into creating something, it feels like it is more than a gift, it is part of who you are.
Yes creating things puts your heart in a vulnerable place. That is ok. Don’t shy away from giving handmade because it can be scary. Rather embrace it and view it as you giving not only a gift, but also piece of your heart. That in itself is a huge gift.
Know vulnerability is a good thing: While it may be uncomfortable at times, it helps to shape and to build us as humans. We cannot grow in character, spirit, or anything else for that matter, without stepping outside our comfort zone. I encourage you, step outside your comfort zone this week.