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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Twenty simple sewing projects are tied together with a thread of memoir that tells the story of how sewing brought Sanae Ishida profound happiness. Each seasonal project, specially designed to promote health, creativity, relationships and more, provides gentle inspiration to live your best life.

When Ishida was diagnosed with a chronic illness and lost her corporate job, she thought her life was over. But these challenges ended up being the best thing that ever happened to her because they forced her to take stock of her life and focus on the important things, and enabled her to rediscover sewing--her true passion.
Inspired to succeed at just one thing, Ishida vowed to sew all of her daughter's clothes (and most of her own) for one year. Sewing Happiness includes 20 projects plus variations (including Japanese-inspired home goods and children’s and women’s clothing) organized by season, and stitched together with Ishida’s charming personal story.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781570619953
Publisher: Sasquatch Books
Publication date: 04/19/2016
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 288,805
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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Sewing Happiness: A Year of Simple Projects for Living Well 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has inspiration for all those lost and struggling with what to do with one's time when work stresses you out, but want to make a change. Sewing is illuminated in the book and provides a respite to regain control of yourself as well as your destiny. Good patterns and back to basics skills to have one sewing in like time.
2KuteToSleepIn More than 1 year ago
This is not your typical sewing book. Sanae tells the story of her life and why she started sewing. It is similar to my life story and why I sew children's clothes. Because of this book, I learned how to make heating pads with essential oils.