Sewing Happiness: A Year of Simple Projects for Living Well (Sanae Ishida Sews)


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Create Pinterest-worthy clothing, accessories, and more with this how-to guide and memoir featuring 20 meditative sewing projects, plus inspiring stories that promote creativity, happiness, and fulfillment.
When Sanae Ishida was diagnosed with a chronic illness and lost her corporate job, she felt like her whole life was falling apart. Inspired to succeed at just one thing, Ishida vowed to sew all of her daughter’s clothes—and most of her own—for one full year. In Sewing Happiness, Ishida recounts her incredible journey, reflecting on how sewing helped her survive such a difficult time in her life.

Sewing Happiness features twenty simple sewing projects (with variations) organized by season and tied together with a thread of memoir that tells the story Ishida’s unexpected transformation and how sewing brought her profound happiness. Each seasonal project—from Japanese-inspired home goods to children’s and women’s clothing—is specially designed to promote health, creativity, and relationships and to provide gentle inspiration to live your best life. Complete with photos and easy-to-follow steps, Sewing Happiness is at once a guide to the craft of sewing and a guide to enjoying life in all its beautiful imperfections.

From the Publisher

sewing materialssewing materials

If I can sew, anyone can sew

if you take it one step at a time, one small task at a time, and just stick with it, you’ll be surprised by how quickly your skills improve and how beautiful your final creations will be.

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zip bagzip bag

Everything Bucket

These fabric buckets are just the kind of receptacles that spark my love of systematizing and structuring.

The Starter Dress

It was so far-fetched, this idea to sew all of KoKo’s clothes for one year, but the most logical starting point seemed like a simple dress.

Color-Block Zip Pouch

My friends have exquisite taste and widely varying interests. The zip pouch rescues me repeatedly since I’m a firm believer that there’s always a use for zip pouches.

tooth pillowstooth pillows

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Tooth Fairy Pillow

My original pillow was very simple but I wanted to add more origami flair to the pillows included here, complete with some Sashiko embellishment and a stealth pocket.

Sashiko Trivet

Even during the most hectic times, we’ve carved out time to get together, and this no-fuss trivet makes me think of our gatherings, of friendships and comforting rituals.

Dopp Kit

It’s tough to sew for my man. With the help of a friend, I’ve hit upon the ubiquitous yet universally appealing guy gift: the Dopp kit.

Animal Friends to Sew, Sewing Happiness, and Sewing LoveAnimal Friends to Sew, Sewing Happiness, and Sewing Love

Publisher ‏ : ‎ Sasquatch Books; Illustrated edition (April 19, 2016)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 240 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1570619956
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1570619953
Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.34 pounds
Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 7.29 x 0.78 x 8.5 inches


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