Today it’s my pleasure to introduce Kerry, a brand-new sewist and a talented member of the Interweave design team. A few weeks ago, Kerry started showing up in the office with the most wonderful sewn projects, each one more impressive than the last. She seemed to be having the kind of success and enjoyment of sewing that sometimes eludes beginners. I asked her if she would write about one of her projects and how she approached it. She shared this story of designing and making this cute bag (at right)–her second sewing project ever. I hope that Kerry will be back to share more of her projects (yesterday she arrived at work with a sensational wallet and card case). If you’re a new sewist, or even an experienced one, I hope Kerry’s success will encourage you to be confident, to challenge yourself with things that seem difficult, and to be persistent if things don’t turn out perfectly on the first try. While it’s always good to get your feet wet with a simple project, you don’t have to limit yourself. Use fabric that you love and that inspires you, don’t be afraid to ask for advice, and have fun.–E.L.
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