My lovely and talented friend Sanae just finished a new book! Cue the applause! It’s called Animal Friends to Sew : Simple Handmade Decor, Toys, and Gifts for Kids and in characteristic Sanae style it is stunningly beautiful! I don’t mean that casually, either. Like it is lusciously photographed and full of inspiring projects that will make your ovaries ache. I decided to make this fabulous beanie hat but I deliberated for a long time because I really want to make EVERYTHING.
I’m a huge fan of Sanae’s work. She is one of those multi-talented women who can do all the things. In addition to incredible watercolor skills, she can boast about her children’s books, translations of Japanese sewing books, sewing all her own clothes and her original sewing book, Sewing Happiness (the apron I made from Sewing Happiness, is still my favorite apron of all time). On top of that, reading her blog is like sitting with your most honest and vulnerable friend because she would actually never boast. She’s talent on legs.
I used my beautiful Loome tool to make the pom-poms for the beanie as well as some fleece from my stash. This was the first time I used the Loome tool after getting it in a swag bag and at a conference and it made pom-pom making SO EASY! I’m definitely going to use it again in the future. Pom-Poms are fun.
Look at this cute kid in his beanie!
I’m so lucky this tween will still let me stitch up a cute beanie hat for him.
That said, I definitely considered sewing some of the ‘little person’ projects from the book as a baby gift to friends. For example, how amazing are these rope bowls?!! Organization and swoon-worthy cuteness! Be still my heart.
I still have plans to sew up lots of projects from the book but the beanie won out for now!