This weekend Jude and I sewed up some sweet little cozy clouds. It was a really fun project that we could work on side by side, and it was inspired by Sanae Ishida's new book Sewing Happiness.
Sewing Happiness is a beautiful and touching book about the healing power of making. Part memoir, part craft book, and all gorgeous, you won't be able to put it down. I loved how Sanae shares her journey from burnt-out corporate ladder climber to peaceful self-taught sewist with such honesty and eloquence.
Beyond the beautiful words, there are the stunning projects. Each project is designed with simplicity in mind, making them great for adding your own adaptations or sewing with children. With so many great ideas it was hard to choose which project to try first. But then I realized I had Cotton and Steel Zephyr in my stash and I knew exactly where to start. We would make our own versions of the cloud heating pads.
For Jude's version he first drew a cloud on paper to create a pattern that we pinned it to one layer of quilting cotton and one layer of wool felt. Using his pattern as a guide he was able to cut out his cloud shape.
Then with a little help and a nice slow speed, he sewed around his cloud leaving a hole for adding the rice. Once it was full of rice I helped sew it shut. Jude then trimmed along the edges with pinking shears. (Note: we modified the project to avoid turning the work, simply sewing the wrong sides together and finishing with pinking shears.) This sweet little cloud can be heated in the microwave or chilled in the freezer, making it the perfect comfort companion, warming a bed or soothing a bump.
While Jude was working, I made a fluffy little cuddle pillow inspired by the same project. I find it helps if I have something to work on alongside Jude, it makes it so that we can spend time crafting together without me being tempted to take over his project. Mine was one side faux shearing and one side cute clouds, stuffed with polyfil and ready for lots of hugs.
If you haven't already, I highly recommend getting your hands on a copy of Sewing Happiness it is sure to bring joy to sewists of all ages and skill levels.
Please note, I received a copy of this book to review but all opinions and words are my own. Furthermore, this post contains affiliate links, if you make a purchase on Amazon after clicking that link I make a tiny commission, thanks so much for your support.