Sewing Happiness: A Year of Simple Projects for Living Well

Sewing Happiness: A Year of Simple Projects for Living Well

by Sanae Ishida


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This how-to guide and personal memoir features 20 meditative sewing projects and 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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781570619953
Publisher: Sasquatch Books
Publication date: 04/19/2016
Series: Sanae Ishida Sews
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 353,497
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

SANAE ISHIDA writes, sews, draws, and takes photos almost every day. She lives with her husband and daughter in Seattle. She is the author of a book of sewing projects and personal essays, Sewing Happiness, as well as three children's books in the Little Kunoichi the Ninja Girl series. Both she and her daughter have too many handmade clothes.

Table of Contents

Authors Note ix

Part I Essays + Lookbooks

Introduction 3

Summer: Health 9

Fall: Creativity 27

Winter: Relationships 45

Spring: Letting Go 63

Epilogue 81

Part II Instructions

Sewing Basics 87

The Mini Sashiko Primer and Templates 109


Origami Pillow 124

Tooth Fairy Pillow + variations 128

Triangle Eco Bag 136

Cross-Back Apron + variation 140

Yoga Pants 147


Journal/Book Cover 151

Quick DIY Sketchbook 155

Camera Strap 157

Felt Floral Crown 160

The Starter Dress + variation 164


Fortune Cookie Advent Calendar 173

Dopp Kit 175

Heating Pad + variations 179

Baby Kimono Top + Bloomers 181

Color-Block Zip Pouch 190


Infinity Scarf 194

Everything Bucket + variations 197

Sashiko Trivet 203

Versatile Knit Dress 207

Resources 215

Acknowledgments 217

Index 221

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