Sewing Happiness + a Giveaway to Miss Matatabi (CLOSED)

Hello everyone!  I have stumbled out of blog hibernation to share this lovely new sewing book with you, and a chance to win a gift card to the Miss Matatabi fabric store, because who doesn’t love free fabric??bookThe book is called “Sewing Happiness” by the very talented Sanae Ishida– if you are not reading her blog yet I would encourage you to check it out, it is one of the few that I still make sure I read every post, and is full of her lovely sewing and watercolor illustrations.

Now, I should mention I am not a fan of sewing books in general.  I appreciate all of the hard work that goes into them, but for me I rarely end up making more than one project from the book and then they just sit upon my bookshelf gathering dust.  Not this one.  The day I received it I sat down and read it cover to cover!  Because it is not just a standard sewing book- it is also the story of how sewing soothed and healed the author after a stress filled corporate job and subsequent health crisis.  It is part memoir, part sewing book, and filled throughout with beautiful photography and illustrations.  It is a joy to read.pillows couch As for the projects- I want to make every one!  I have made three so far- pictured above are two origami pillows…we moved recently and I felt like our couch pillows were looking pretty ragged, so I was excited to make some new covers.  I used Nani Iro solid linen (dreamy) and it was fun sewing all the folds to make this design.  The instructions were great and easy to follow and I am super happy with how these turned out!scarfI received this floral Nani Iro linen fabric from Miss Matatabi, and my original plan was to make a bag but when it arrived I just knew I needed to wear it, so I made this infinity scarf instead.  There are lots of tutorials on the web for infinity scarves (and I’ve made quite a few!) but I felt like the instructions in the book made it super quick and easy.bag bookAgain here I used some Nani Iro linen (I have been obsessed with linen lately!!) to make this cool triangle eco bag.  I have been wanting to make a bag like this for a while and there are also lots of tutorials to be found but again- I was able to easily follow the instructions in the book, and now my bag is holding all of my sock yarn 🙂bag openThere are still quite a few things in here I want to make, including some fabric buckets for our new apartment, a cool cross back apron, notebooks for my girls…and lots of the projects are perfect for gifts.  They are all fairly simple and suitable for beginners, but interesting enough and fun projects for more experienced sewists.

Ok now for the giveaway!  We are offering a $45 gift card to the Miss Matatabi Esty shop, home to all the scrumptious Japanese fabrics of your dreams!  I want it all, haha.  Seriously, I can’t even look because I will be guaranteed to spend all of my fabric budget.  But you can go have a look, and come back here to tell me in the comments what you have dreamed up to sew!  I will randomly pick a winner a week from today, so the giveaway will end at 9:00 Pacific time on May 19th.  Good luck!! 

AND THE WINNER IS….LIZ GREEN!  Congrats Liz, send me your email address and I will get you hooked up with your gift card, yay!


I am also giving away a copy of the book over on my Instagram (@cutcutsew), where most of my crafty antics live these days…so head over there to check it out and enter to win your very own copy 🙂