Tilly Walnes is re­ward­ing her­self with a hygge-style ap­proach to sewing this win­ter after a busy year – and en­cour­ages us to do the same.

Simply Sewing - - CONTENTS - By Tilly Walnes

“It’s about spend­ing time do­ing the things you love.”

Have you heard of hygge? I hadn’t un­til a friend men­tioned it re­cently, and since then I’m hear­ing the word ev­ery­where. Pro­nounced “heurgha”, hygge is a Dan­ish term that stands for the con­cept of liv­ing cosily, be­ing kind to your­self and en­joy­ing the sim­ple plea­sures in life. Think snug­gling on the sofa in your hand-knit­ted socks and warm­ing your hands on a mug of steam­ing chai while you en­joy qual­ity time with your copy of Sim­ply Sewing mag­a­zine, en­joy­ing a can­dlelit din­ner with loved ones, or spend­ing an hour in a bub­bly bath with a glass of mal­bec.


The hygge con­cept is fast be­com­ing a rev­o­lu­tion – ex­pect to spot the word ev­ery­where if you haven’t al­ready. It’s be­ing seen by many as a re­ac­tion against the re­cent on­line trend of ab­sti­nence and or­thorexia, where a plate of spi­ral­ized cour­gettes with a sprin­kling of cashews was con­sid­ered a meal. It’s back to the plea­sures of cheese on toast, the joy of cream cakes, and with it an ap­petite for life – hooray! The Dan­ish reg­u­larly top the United Na­tion’s World Hap­pi­ness list­ings, so they’re clearly to be trusted when it comes to life­style philoso­phies.

And, of course, sewing is to­tally hygge-ly – it’s about spend­ing time do­ing the things you love.

So, the next time you set­tle down with some stitching, be mind­ful of en­joy­ing mak­ing for mak­ing’s sake. Con­sider this per­mis­sion to spend the whole day in your slippers, sip­ping sherry as you lov­ingly stroke your favourite fab­rics and cat­a­logue your pat­tern stash. Make each snip and stitch with

this “Be kind to your­self fes­tive sea­son – slow down, sew mind­fully.”

in­ten­tion, cher­ish­ing the plea­sure of the sewing process it­self rather than feeling in a rush to fin­ish or the pres­sure of per­fec­tion.


I’ve no­ticed that my sewing projects them­selves are be­com­ing hygge-ly, too. I’ve moved away from struc­tured dresses and cinched-in waists, to­wards cosy fun­nel necks, snug­gly tops and easy-fit­ting dun­ga­ree dresses. “Com­fort” has be­come my mantra for get­ting dressed. After a busy year chas­ing goals and dead­lines, it’s es­sen­tial to take the time to recharge your bat­ter­ies – and to make time for mak­ing. Be kind to your­self this fes­tive sea­son – slow down, sew mind­fully and en­joy those mince pies with in­ten­tion. Have a hygge Christ­mas, one and all!

Cosy gar­ments like my Coco top and dress pat­tern are on my tosew list this win­ter.

Sew the hygge way with slow, mind­ful mak­ing. I’ve been bright­en­ing up Tilly and the But­tons HQ with colour­ful ac­ces­sories!

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