Live Life Local: Animal Friends to Sew

Animal Friends to Sew Cover Photo

Welcome to “Live Life Local,” a new series from Sasquatch Books, your Seattle-based Northwest Publisher. These posts celebrate the books and authors who are rooted in our beautiful, diverse region, helping you connect with it in new and exciting ways. Each month, we’ll feature two books, either by a local author or on a topic that connects with the region. This could be literal—think travel guides or outdoors-focused books—or symbolic—books that capture the adventurous, independent, sustainable, DIY spirit that defines us. And to embrace our community even more, each “Live Life Local” book pick will also include a chance to win a copy of the book and a gift to a local business.

This month our first pick is Animal Friends to Sew: Simple Handmade Decor, Toys, and Gifts for Kids by Sanae Ishida because May is for moms and what mom wouldn’t love to sew a cute critter for her kiddos (or be gifted one)? Sanae is a local mom herself, with a design sensibility informed by the PNW’s Scandinavian culture as well as by her own Japanese heritage. Find out how this beautiful book came to be, as Sasquatch Senior Editor Hannah Elnan shares why she simply had to acquire it.

And to enter a giveaway to win a copy and a $50 gift card to Dry Goods Design (one of Sanae’s favorite places to shop in Seattle), head over to our Facebook or Instagram page @sasquatchbooks and tag a friend! Stay tuned for our second May “Live Life Local” feature in a couple of weeks. (Hint: It’s very green.)

Sasquatch Editor (and Mom) Hannah: Why I Needed Animal Friends to Sew and Helped Bring it to Life

Dear Reader,

I’m Hannah, your friendly local editor at Sasquatch Books! I had the pleasure of working on Animal Friends to Sew: Simple Handmade Decor, Toys, and Gifts for Kids by Sanae Ishida.

Readers always seem to be curious about the backstory for books, and this one is pretty simple. Sanae is a treasure, so creative, thoughtful, and charming, exactly the sort of person you want to call a friend, and I’ve been lucky enough to work with her for about 6 years. I was working with her on another project and noticed that she kept posting pictures of things that she was making for fun—and for crafting magazines. These projects were all animal-themed, but they weren’t all the same old stuffed toys I was used to seeing. And I thought, Who doesn’t want more cute animals in their life? This has to be a book!

I love Sanae’s aesthetic sensibility—comforting, forgiving, and very wabi-sabi (a Japanese phrase that loosely translates to beauty in imperfection). It also has a Scandinavian-inspired minimalism, and is neutral and elevated in a way that goes with any sort of décor. These are kids’ toys, décor items, and wearables that you are not going to hate when they end up strewn about your living room for the next three years! Kids’ stuff can be, frankly, hideous and that’s what I love about Sanae’s projects—they’re kid-friendly and totally adorable while still appealing to adults.

The projects in the book are all deceptively simple and beginner-friendly, the sort of thing that would totally “win” any baby shower.

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The book would be a great gift for anyone who loves to sew and has little ones in their lives (Mother’s Day is just around the corner, next Sunday May 10th!). It’s also great for anyone who suddenly finds themselves with a lot of time on their hands, which so many of us have these days.

I’ve been the lucky recipient of some incredibly sweet gifts as Sanae went through the testing process for the book: an adorable cat pillow and a darling bear clothes hamper (which didn’t quite make it into the book in their exact form, although variations did), as well as the amazing fishing game, which my son loves!

Animal Friends to Sew Blog Post Image Projects

There’s something about making that can be life-changing. Sanae discovered this years ago and it informs all of her work. I hope you enjoy the book, and that the littles in your life enjoy all the gifts they’ll get from it!

Here’s to the calming, centering, joyous process of making!

Hannah Elnan

Animal Friends to Sew Book + Dry Goods Design Gift Card Giveaway

to enter a giveaway to win a copy and a $50 gift card to Dry Goods Design in Seattle (one of Sanae’s favorite places to shop), head over to our Instagram or Facebook page @sasquatchbooks and tag a friend!


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