6 Podcasts for Makers

Podcasts for Makers

Confession: I am a podcast addict. I absolutely love listening to podcasts while I work, cook, drive, and of course, while I SEW! I listen to all kinds (true crime is my guilty pleasure), but today I’d love to share my favourite podcasts that I think will really appeal to creatives, sewists, and makers. I’ve included description from their website or iTunes page (that’s the about section in quotations), and my favourite episode to start you off!

#1: Seamwork Radio

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Seamwork Radio is produced by Sarai Mitnick and the team at Seamwork Magazine and Colette Patterns. I especially love the storytelling aspect of this sewing focused show. It’s smart, touching, personal, and the sound and editing is top notch.

Website: Seamwork Radio

About: 

Sewing your own clothing can change your perspective in surprising ways. Seamwork Radio brings you personal stories about all the ways designing, making, and wearing your own clothing can alter your life. We talk to artists, designers, and everyday creators about how the act of sewing has helped them slow down, get to know their bodies, discover their own identity, and take part in the growing movement to revive the art of sewing.

Start With:  Episode 1: A Radical Change in Confidence with Jenny Rushmore

#2: Thread Cult

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Thread Cult focuses on interviews with creatives, crafters, fashion industry professionals, authors, and more. You’ll hear from some familiar names like Sarai Mitnick of Colette Patterns and Liesel Gibson of Oliver + S. Sadly there have not been any new episodes for a little while, but there is a great archive of old episodes to listen through!

Website: Thread Cult

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Each episode, journalist and sewing blogger Christine Cyr Clisset (of Daughter Fish) interviews master craft people and creators in the home sewing, textile, and fashion communities. From independent pattern and textile designers to couture experts and curators, Christine brings you along on thought-provoking conversations sure to enlighten your own sewing or fibers practice—and give you something to listen to while you stitch, weave, dye, or work!

Start With: (It’s a tie!) Episode #4: The Story Behind Spoonflower or #29 Claire Shaeffer, Haute Couture Revealed

#3: Modern Sewciety

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This is much more of a quilting focused podcast, but it deserves a mention in my book. The host Stephanie is super friendly and it’s kind of like listening in on a conversation between good friends. I of course loved the episodes featuring some familiar names from the garment sewing community like Kelli of True Bias (episode here) and Jen of Grainline Studio (episode here)!

Website: Modern Sewciety

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Modern Sewciety features modern creative bloggers in many different industries such as sewing, crafting. I will chat with each guest about what really led them to blogging, why they blog, what inspires them, what blogging has brought them, for example book deals, designing fabric and patterns, working with other companies. We will also talk about their passions that fuel their blogs like sewing, crafting, cooking, home improvement, and parenting. It is a chance to get to know them a little more than what we read on their blogs and just have a great time chatting.

Start With: MS episode 047:: Jennifer Mathis & Tilly Walnes

#4: While She Naps

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I am a huge fan of Abby Glassenberg and her smart, honest perspective on creative business and our sewing industry. This podcast feels a lot like an extension of her blog and newsletter (I highly recommend both!). There are some excellent interviews with creative business owners and Abby is not afraid to ask all the questions we are dying to know the answers to.

Website: While She Naps

About: 

I talk with designers and makers about what it really takes to build a creative business. Then we recommend great stuff we’re loving right now.

Start With: Podcast Episode #68: Heather Lou

#5: Elise Gets Crafty

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Elise is a veteran blogger (she has been blogging for 10 years!). This podcast is not about sewing – it covers so many aspects of creative small business, including blogging, social media, running an online store, and growing/taking risks. This podcast is a bit more informal and which to me gives it an authentic and honest vibe – no heavy editing or fancy audio, but you won’t miss it. I really love Elise’s interview style and perspective!

Website: Elise Joy

About:

A weekly podcast that talks mostly about creative small business.

Start With: On Taking Creative Risks / Episode 82

#6: After the Jump

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After the Jump is an interior design podcast, but I feel it’s worth mentioning! This podcast covers some great topics including business, social media, blogging, design, and so many other things that I think any maker or creative small business owner would be interested in. This is another show that has not been updated in a while, but there are 100 episodes in their library!

Website: After the Jump

About: 

Design blogger Grace Bonney of Design*Sponge takes her love art and design from the web to radio. Through a series of interviews with designers, store owners and up-and-coming members of the creative community, Grace will delve deeper into the world of independent artists. From exploring the day-to-day lives of contemporary makers to discussing the challenges they face, After the Jump will take the conversation off the screen and into real life.

Start With: D*S Radio: The Cost of Independent Design 

Are you a podcast listener? Share your favourites in the comments! 

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16 Responses to 6 Podcasts for Makers

  1. Paige March 29, 2016 at 6:24 am #

    I love listening to podcasts, too, especially when I sew. A few of these are new to me – I’m looking forward to listening! Thank you!

  2. Sabrina March 29, 2016 at 11:20 am #

    I am a Podcast Junkie also. thanks for the list I have two new ones to add. You should American Fashion. And Crafty Planner.

    • Sandi (Crafty Planner) March 31, 2016 at 8:54 am #

      Thank you, Sabrina!

      Caroline, I hope you will give my podcast a listen. Sarai Mitnick, Christine Haynes, and Jaime Jennings have been guests (related to garment sewing) and Jen Beeman is scheduled for an upcoming episode.

      • Caroline Amanda March 31, 2016 at 8:56 am #

        Hi Sandi, I SO will! Looking forward to listening to a new podcast :)

  3. Sanna March 29, 2016 at 11:32 am #

    Really nice and useful tips, I only knew about Seamwork Radio before. Thank you! :)

  4. Janet March 29, 2016 at 1:27 pm #

    Thank you for this — I love listening to podcasts while I sew and there several here that are new to me. Looking forward to investigating them all.

  5. Sarah March 29, 2016 at 2:02 pm #

    Tara Swiger has a great podcast for creatives that are running their own small business. It’s called Explore Your Enthusiasm.

  6. Nicola March 29, 2016 at 2:16 pm #

    Yes podcasts when I cook . My guilty pleasure is the archers from bbc radio 4 something I’ve listened to in some form or other all my life . And it’s free

  7. Annette March 30, 2016 at 7:36 am #

    I love listening to Podcasts too, when I can anyway! And I also love Abby Glassenberg! I think she is “it”!

  8. Deb March 30, 2016 at 7:08 pm #

    Thank you for sharing…I love listening to podcasts to but my collection was small so this blog post is so great for me!

  9. Cora Mae Lengeman April 2, 2016 at 4:01 pm #

    Hi! I am really impressed with your Sewaholic site and patterns. Today, especially impressed with the 6 Podcasts listed on your site.
    I am the newsletter editor for my ASG West Oakland Michigan Chapter and would love to list these for those that want to listen while they sew or clean or cook or relax. I would, of course give full credit where I received the list from and to Carolina Amanda – is she the owner/creator of Sewaholic? I can’t remember right now!

    Do you mind if I add them to our page ‘From The Web Plus’?

    I have already twice mentioned Sewaholic as a great sewing blog and place for buying one of a kind patterns that are easy to make up and look great. From jackets, blouses and dresses!

  10. Michelle Rivera April 3, 2016 at 4:38 pm #

    Thank you so much for this! I just thinking how sad I am between seamwork episodes. I’ve been listening to a back log of While She Naps but it’s awesome to have this much podcast selection. Yay.

  11. Grace April 4, 2016 at 6:58 am #

    I love a good podcast recommendation! One I recently started listening to that isn’t mentioned here is Just Pop Fashion. It’s not DIY or craft related, but it’s interesting none the less.

  12. Erin B May 11, 2016 at 10:07 am #

    I never used to listen to podcasts but I guess I never realized that people were casting about sewing! Thank you for introducing me to them. I bookmarked this page the day it was posted and keep coming back to find the links to these great podcasts. I’m now officially addicted to them. Please share if you find more! Thank you!

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