Sewing Inspired by the Sea

Sewing is such a versatile hobby, it allows you to express your creativity in so many different ways.  If you combine this with a theme as inspiring as the sea, well the world is your oyster, and the results can be beautiful, interesting or challenging.  Here’s an overview of some of the many types of sewing that have been inspired by the sea, I hope it helps capture your imagination as to just what is possible with needle and thread.

Sea Salt Cornwall is a women’s fashion company inspired by the creative and maritime heritage of Cornwall, UK.  Their clothing design, fabric patterns and colour schemes all draw inspiration from the coast, right down to their shop window display.  They also take ethical considerations into account as a company, being awarded the Soil Association certificate in 2005, as pioneers of organic cotton, and through fundraising for local charities.  If you were looking for ideas as to how your dressmaking could be influenced by the sea, this is a great place to draw inspiration in your research.

Sea Salt shop front

If you enjoy sewing for children, you might want to take a look at some of the sewing patterns and tutorials out there inspired by the sea.  For example, these sewing patterns for Sea Creature Felt Softies or this quirky Seagull Sewing Pattern on Etsy.  I also love this felt fishing game tutorial that can be made for (and with) children.

If sewing for the home is more your thing, check out some of the sea inspired handsewn items that are floating around Pinterest.  From beach hut pillowcases to lighthouse peg bags, a quick google search will reveal a whole host of starting points, be that product design, fabric patterns or applique details.

And for me, there is something particularly inspiring about the textile and quilt art that is being produced out there by some phenomenally talented artists.  For example, take a look at ‘Beds of Sand‘ or ‘Waterlines‘ by quilter Sheena Norquay, or these stunning works by textile artist Carol Walker.

Whatever your sewing preference(s), a theme like the sea provides you with an abundance of ideas and starting points for your sewing projects.  And this is one of the reasons I started my Creative Sewing Challenge.  I was looking for a way to keep myself inspired in my sewing, and set myself a theme each month to try and work to.  I’m inviting other sewers to take part too – its completely free, just sign up below and you’ll receive a creative prompt each month, along with some links to sewing patterns and tutorials that may help you along the way.

And if you’ve been inspired by this post, feel free to share my pin on Pinterest…