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Sewing Happiness by Sanae Ishida

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Sewing Happiness by Sanae Ishida My first encounter with Sewing Happiness by Sanae Ishida was as an ebook I stumbled upon through my library. I was searching for books about sewing, and people who sew (sewing lifestyle books? sewing memoir?) but wasn't coming up with what I wanted: heartfelt sewing stories and projects. Project books and how-to guides, yes. Quilting books, also yes. But not... real people writing about sewing. Then Sewing Happiness came up in my search. I borrowed the ebook, read it cover-to-cover, and was inspired to try a project (the origami bag). But sewing from an ebook is not easy, so I sent a purchase request to my library for the physical book. (Yes! Libraries will buy books based on your recommendations! Ask about it if you're not sure. Local libraries = 💜) Origami bag I borrowed the book when it came in, kept it forever (made the infinity scarf x 3), then decided to purchase my own copy because I didn't want to feel rushed for future projects.  A

Free Boxy Pouch Pattern (with lining!) from Stitch Sew Shop and Truly Myrtle

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It's been a while but with the changing of seasons I've been inspired to get back to the sewing table. Here's the first project that I'll be sharing, a boxy pouch! I've been on the lookout for a boxy pouch sewing pattern. I wanted one that included a lining, something simple and easy to replicate - because I think these would make great gifts. This pattern and tutorial didn't disappoint! It also gave me an excuse to use this beautiful watercolor "Indigo Rain" fabric I found on Spoonflower. I really like the texture of the Linen Cotton Canvas. It's sturdy enough to go without interfacing, although I did use a lightweight interfacing on the lining fabric (some thrifted cotton from my stash). More fabric details are below. Side note: I recently came across Emily Prescott and her Linen Closet Co blog, and I really like the way she sets up pattern reviews . So I'll be using a few ideas from her for organizing my thoughts - go ahead and take a look a

Greenstyle Creations Free Zipper Pouch Pattern

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A couple of posts ago, I mentioned that I downloaded several free patterns to try out different pattern designers. The first pattern I chose to try (read: the easiest) was the free zipper pouch pattern from Greenstyle Creations . I used some cotton ribbon fabric my mom gave me (also used on the linen apron - a gift that keeps on giving!) for the exterior and some thrifted fabric for the interior. It came together quickly and easily, and I really really really liked the flat-bottom style of the pouch. The first zipper pouches I made are great for putting things (perfect size for storing my Kindle!) but I prefer the box bottom style. I feel like it's easier to find things and see them in the bag. I've cut fabric for making more sizes, but I started with the large size. It's perfect for toting around my pens, pencil, headphones. And now I'm excited to try the other Greenstyle Patterns I downloaded! The rest are all athletic-wear, which is VERY daunting, b

Sewing a Simple Drawstring Pouch (Melly Sews drawstring pouch pattern & tutorial)

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Today I'm sharing a drawstring bag I made, but it's actually bag #5. Or #6. (Feels like #10019109219.) :) I started with Melly Sews free drawstring bag tutorial and pattern. That's what I used to make a bunch of tiny pouches for gifts (using thrifted fabric). After learning how to make a box bottomed zipper pouch , I decided to hack Melly Sews' drawstring bag pattern to make it flat-bottomed. And it worked!  These little bags are great. I used them for wild-harvesting nettle, and they were perfect. A great size, easy to pack and carry, and I can hang them at home until the nettle dries. Wonderful! Pattern name and link: Drawstring Bag Pattern creator: Melly Sews Fabric: Thrifted fabric, cotton Date made: 8/3/2019

Making an origami bag with a pattern from Mollie Makes Weekend Sewing magazine

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I hit a sewing slump. I'm not sure what happened, but I think it was a combination of things - lower energy, busy life stuff, and a little bit of overwhelm. After having success with a few easy projects , I was tempted by all the pretty garment patterns. I bought a few, and also picked up several free patterns from different designers as a way to see if their patterns might be a good fit for me. The whole "digital patterns" thing is new to me. I remember picking up patterns from JoAnn's when I was little, paging through the big binders to pick out patterns, then finding them in those huge metal racks/organizers... Does that still exist? But back to the digital patterns thing. I printed one large-format pattern at a local print shop, which cost about $6. (But yay for supporting a local business.) Then I discovered PDF Plotting in a blog post about printing patterns from Meg of Sew Liberated. So I decided to try it out for several large-format patterns,

Linen dress to apron refashion

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There's something about linen aprons. I'm pretty sure that when you put them on you automatically breathe more easily, make beautiful things, and just in general walk around with romantic lighting and dust motes hanging in the air. Blue and white aprons are even better. They're just so dreamy. I've been eyeing aprons for ages. We have one and my husband and I used to share it. Which is okayyyy, but ... Since we've started cooking together more often (heart eyes), having one apron isn't ideal. But what to do?  I came across a linen dress about a handful of sizes too small for me at the thrift store on a half-off clothing day and I'm pretty sure my little newbie-sewing heart swelled to epic proportions. I mean. It's fate! Meant to be! Fabric magic! So the little dress came home with me and I proceeded to make up the steps to turn it into an apron. It was something like this: Cut the dress up the back, following the back seam and r

Megan Nielsen's Acacia Underwear Pattern

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I'm not sure why it would be a good idea to sew underpants for my second sewing project. For one thing, they look tricky to make. Stretchy fabric. Elastic. Plus, they should probably fit? Do I really need to take my own measurements? I mean... Sounds like a lot of work. Let's just say it was a whole new world. But for whatever reason, I was really excited by the idea of sewing my own underpants. I mean, I loath buying underwear. It's usually overpriced, doesn't fit well, and the kind you find at box stores is likely not ethically made. I have a number of pairs of Patagonia's active underwear, which is great. But they changed the design and I don't love the new design as much as I used to. Plus, at $22 per pair they aren't cheap! Which brings me to my second foray into sewing. I found a free pattern for bikini underwear on Megan Nielsen's site . When I got stuck, I used Melly Sews tutorial for making a similar pair. And it actually went well