We are super excited to announce that our May sewalong is with Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness. Sew along with us and make a set of Crimson & Clover train cases, perfect for summer travels or easy gifting. A fabric designer and the author of two books on bagmaking, Sara’s bag patterns run the gamut, from classic shapes to task-oriented cases, like her Ultimate Art Organizer, all with lots of details that make them the perfect canvas for special fabrics and prints. Her instructions are impeccable – and we see a lot of sewing instructions! Read on to learn more about Sara, her background and her passion for stunning bags. Then grab the pattern and your supplies and join us here next week for week one of the sew along.
How did you get your start?
I started my blog, Sew Sweetness, in September 2010; a year later, I started designing free bag patterns for Pellon, available on their website, Pellon Projects. I had two fabric lines with Art Gallery Fabrics, Jungle Ave. and Fantastia. My books, Big-City Bags and Windy City Bags came out in 2013 and 2015, respectively.
What is your sewing background?
I started my blog in September 2010; I needed a hobby that I could do at home, at night, while my children were sleeping, because they were waking up every couple of hours and I needed something that I could do in the meantime. I started out by sewing simple burp clothes for them. My friend had a weekly online linky party on her blog to link up completed projects, and I would push myself each week to finish a project to link up that Friday. Simple outfits for my kids, clothes, and bags. I especially loved working from indie sewing patterns because I felt that the instructions were easier to understand and they were often accompanied by step photos.
What’s your favorite thing about sewing?
I love that each project is a puzzle to figure out; the process of sewing gives me probably more joy than the actual finished project!
What do you love most about the sewing community (online or otherwise)?
I love that everyone that I have met has been so helpful and giving with their time. It is truly inspirational to see all of the works completed by so many talented men and women online. I think it’s great that so many tutorials and videos are available to learn new techniques.
Part 3 of the Crimson & Clover Sew Along
What’s next for you?
I’m constantly dreaming up ideas for new patterns!
Grab the pattern and join us next Tuesday as we get started with making and attaching piping.