Sewing and quilting are just a couple of hobbies that I really enjoy doing in my spare time. You may even remember my blog posts all about quilting and the Teddies for Tragedies I made. I have recently been inspired to get out my needle and thread again with the return of The Great British Sewing Bee. I briefly watched the Great British Sewing Bee last year when the first series started and it has now returned for a second series.
The Great British Sewing Bee has the same set-up as the Great British Bake Off; the contestants are amateurs and they are judged by industry experts each week on their three creations. Rather than creating decadent cakes and baked goodies, the contestants have to work with a range of materials to make clothing and alter items.
It really is a fascinating programme to watch as these people just sew in their spare time but have the same level of skill as a professional. They really are very talented and create alternative items of clothing out of skirts or old dresses.
Sewing and knitting are such peaceful and relaxing hobbies to have and they are quite handy too if you want to start making items for grandchildren or homemade gifts. If knitting is something you have never tried before but want to, there are lots of knitting groups you can join either online or at local community centres.
I have blogged before about the perfect hobbies to take up during retirement and crafts were included in that list. If sewing isn’t your thing, you could always try knitting, photography, drawing or painting. They are all lovely little ways to pass the time and can all be done on any budget.
You can catch up on The Great British Sewing Bee on the BBC iPlayer and the series is currently on BBC 2 at 8pm every Tuesday until 8th April 2014.