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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A how-to guide and personal memoir full of 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 thought her life was over. Suddenly faced with unexpected challenges, she was forced to take stock of her life. What was most important to her? What brought her joy? These reflections led her to rediscover her true passion: sewing.
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. Part memoir, part how-to guide, it features twenty sewing projects and variations (including Japanese-inspired home goods, children's and women's clothing), all organized by season and stitched together with Ishida’s charming anecdotes. Complete with photos and easy-to-follow steps, Sewing Happiness is at once a guide to the craft and a guide to enjoying life in all its beautiful imperfections.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781570619960
Publisher: Sasquatch Books
Publication date: 04/19/2016
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 33,674
File size: 162 MB
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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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