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The big list of sewing podcasts

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Let’s talk sewing podcasts! Personally I love them and also I love that there are so many crafty podcasts out there these days. I find hearing other people talking about their crafts really inspiring and makes me want do stuff even more. Plus it’s super interesting to get a behind-the-scenes look of the crafty world and the personalities that populates it. So I’ve compiled a list of crafty podcasts.

Sewing out Loud

What a fun podcast for us sewing super nerds! Hosted by a mother and daughter team they chat and banter about all things sewing related. This podcast is full of helpful tips and tricks,  with lots of machine talk (they used to run a sewing machine shop and are very big on Babylocks). They are strong in their opinions, but I find myself agreeing with a lot if stuff they say.  If you want to become sewing smarter in just 30 minutes, this is the podcast for you.

Maker Style

A podcast by sewing entusiast and blogger Rachel from Maker Style. The content is primarily geared towards the clothes sewing community (yay!) and includes interviews with prolific sewing folks mixed with episodes containing helpful sewing tips and other cool stuff. Also some sewing business talk.

Clothes making mavens

A somewhat irregular podcast hosted by sewists Lori Beckstead and Helena Ashbridge. Mixes interviews with prolific sewists with themed chats about sewing things. The format is really professional with good sound quality and they also has some nice listener interactions features. I highly recommend the interview with Madame Tifaine about her year-long-ready-to-wear-fast.

Crafty Planner

This podcast features interview with people from various creative pursuits, including garment sewing. In the archive there are interviews with both prolific sewists and indie pattern designers, including Peter Lappin from Male Bold Patterns, True Bias and Cashmerette. The interviews are through so a great way to learn more about the people and brands we encounter.

Thread Cult

A sewing podcast that is really geared towards us who loves to make clothes. Journalist Christine Cyr Clisset  interviews profiles in the sewing arena, such as Sarai Mitnick of Colette Patterns fame and sewing gurus like Claire Shaeffer and Angela Kane. Christine Cyr Clisset’s own sewing passion really shines through in the interviews, and the conversation style is very informal, like two friends chatting almost. Currently not updated much.

Seamwork Radio

Another crafty podcast entirely dedicated to sewing! From Colette Patterns headquarter, this podcast has an interesting angle as it approaches sewing from a transformative point of view where the guests share how sewing has shaped their life story. A lot of famous sewing community folks are interviewed and Colette founder Sarai Mitnick is the host. She has a a great narrative voice, but this podcast doesn’t use the traditional interview format. Instead it’s more of a guided monologue with the interviewee, intercepted with post-recorded comments by Sarai. Currently not updated much.

 

Craftsanity

The first ever crafty podcast and I’ve been listening to it since its inception in 2006. In fact this was the first podcast I ever listened to! Made by the journalist Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood, every episode features a long in-depth interview with a crafter. The audio quality isn’t always great, especially in the older episodes, but that comes with being a trailblazer!

 

While she naps

I really enjoy this crafty podcast because Abby Glassenberg is such a great interviewer that is not afraid to ask some prodding questions and doesn’t shy away from “touchy” topics like money and the more challenging sides to running crafty businesses. She isn’t as prone to gushing and saying things like “that’s fantastic” or “I love that” frequently, as some other podcast hosts have a habit of, and I appreciate that.  

That Sewing Blab

A weekly livestream about all things sewing. Each week features a guest from the sewing community that is interviewed by the hosts Dawn and Althea. Not technically a podcast as it livestreams on Crowdcast each Tuesday at 7:30 EST US time and then is uploaded to Youtube afterwards. But it has everything else you want, plus the livestream format allows for viewers interaction such as asking questions in the chat room and even showing up on the screen if you like. A very clever format and something I think will grow in the future.

Modern Sewciety

This podcast has been going since 2014, but is a new discovery for me. I’ve only listened to a few episodes so far, but it might end up in my regular circulation. Very quilt focused, but there are also interviews with sewing bloggers and clothes pattern designers.

 

Craft-Ish

A fairly new podcast by knitting profile Vicky Howell. I really like her interview style, it’s frank and to the point. I also appreciate that she gives her interview subjects room, even though she is a big crafty profile herself and I think it could be tempting to relate a lot of experiences to yourself when interviewing colleagues in the field.

Sy och sprätta

A Swedish sewing podcast that two of my online sewing mates have started. Sy och sprätta means Sew and rip in English. Will be all about garment sewing!

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  1. Reply
    Erin
    November 8, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    Johanna, great suggestions! I’m always on the lookout for good sewing/crafting podcasts.

    While not in the realm of sewing, I highly recommend The Unmistakeable Creative podcast. It’s interviews with people who’ve taken a creative angle on their business. It’s super inspiring and filled with deep thoughts about making stuff, challenging yourself, and challenging the status quo. I always feel smarter and fired up to DO SOMETHING when I listen!

    P.S. My middle name is Johanna! High five!

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      Johanna
      November 8, 2016 at 9:58 pm

      Yay for another Johanna! I seldom encounter people online that share my name 🙂 And talk about serendipity when you mention The Unmistakable Podcast, I just discovered it two weeks ago and now have a goldmine of interviews to go through! I really like his diverse selection of interview subjects and his humble approach. Some podcasters in the personal development field take up so much space, that they almost drown the person that they are featuring, but this guy knows how to do it right!

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    Rachel Felix
    November 8, 2016 at 11:09 pm

    Johanna! Thank you so much for mentioning Maker Style. I really appreciate you spreading the word and I’m so happy to hear that you’ve been enjoying the show so far.

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      Johanna
      November 9, 2016 at 11:15 am

      I really enjoy your podcast and have listned to episodes while bike commuting to work. I especially enjoyed the behind the scenes interviews like the ones with The Fold Line and Indie Sew. I appreciate them being so transparent about what a hustle it is to make a sewing community site profitable and I loved that you picked that angle. Looking forward to hear more from you!

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    Bits and bites | Lin3arossa
    November 25, 2016 at 10:10 pm

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    Wendy
    January 30, 2017 at 3:59 pm

    So is there an app that will link to all of these podcasts to make it easier to listen?

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