Podcast Episode #1: Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness


Sara Lawson Podcast with Crafty Planner

When I was brainstorming ideas for the bag making skill challenge for Learn More, Sew More, the first maker who came to mind was Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness.  Her bags also look “handmade” and not necessary “homemade”.  They are trendy and can be made from supplies you can normally find at a craft store.  Aside from her superb bags, her blog and instagram feed have always felt fun to me.  She inspires me with her sewing skills and productivity.  I am very fortunate to have her as my first guest on the podcast!

Listen to the podcast by using the player below, or you can subscribe to the podcast from iTunes or Stitcher.


Show notes:

– Sara’s fabric line, Jungle Avenue

Jungle Ave Fabric Line

– Sara’s bag book, Big City Bags

Big City Bags by Sara Lawson

–  Book recommendation:

Essentialism by Greg McKeown

– “Say yes to me”.  It may mean you have to say no to others a lot but you are always taking care of yourself.

GIVEAWAY!  Would you like to win a five pack of Sara’s newest printed patterns?  (Tudor, Rockstar, Crimson and Clover, Petrillo, and Locked and Loaded).  Post a comment here with your favorite snack when sewing for a chance to win.  **CLOSED!  The winner is Stephanie!**


Comments 28

  1. My favorite snack when sewing is carrot or celery sticks — my hands stay clean so I don’t have to worry about staining my fabrics.

  2. I don’t typically eat while I’m sewing for fear of getting it on my project accidentally. Occasionally a smoothie will be enjoyed during a longer project though because I know I won’t want to take breaks once I get started.

  3. Just listened to the podcast! It sounded great, loved hearing about Sara’s process! Can’t wait to listen to the next one. My favorite snack is either chocolate chips or fish crackers.

  4. I don’t snack anywhere around my quilting/sewing projects. It’s actually one of the things that I like about sewing (easy to avoid temptation). 🙂

  5. I am also not much of a snacker when sewing… Just something yummy to drink! Great interview, love Sara’s patterns.

  6. Hmmmm. I love when I get special treats in swaps, like timtams or red licorice from Australia. But I usually don’t have food in my sewing room. I also love pretzels.

  7. I’m in the no eating while sewing camp. Too scared of ruinin pretty fabrics or projects that I’ve put so much work into. I love that it’s a no-eating hobby for me; helps keep my natural tendency towards over-snacking under control. 🙂

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  10. I discovered this podcast when Chawne was on and linked from her blog. Now I’m LOVING catching up on all the other episodes. I have one teeny weeny beef with this interview. At one point you asked Sara if teaching has made her more extroverted. Introversion and Extroversion is a spectrum, and individuals can not change where they fall on that spectrum. Shyness is actually a separate issue and can be present in extroverts. As an introvert myself, I spent many years with people telling me I “should be more extroverted” as though I could actually change that. What I needed, actually, was to work through being shy. Now I’m much more confident and less shy than when I was a child, though I am still introverted and always will be. I am also a piano teacher and performer and have no problem standing in front of a classroom or working with groups of students; that helped me work through shyness and build confidence.

    Sorry to be all nitpicky here, but I feel like it’s a common misconception that introversion is the same as shyness (it’s not – my son is very extroverted but he can be shy) and introverted people are often made to feel like there is something wrong with them for not being more outgoing. Being introverted is not a flaw. It is simply a trait. You can overcome shyness, but you can’t overcome a trait you’re born with.

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      Susan, thank you for your comment! I hadn’t considered the idea of shyness versus introversion in that way. I am glad you made the distinction and shared it with me. I definitely don’t see being introverted as a flaw and consider myself to be a very social introvert. I appreciate what you wrote and will be conscientious of that distinction in the future. Thank you again!

      1. Hi Sandi, I learned a lot from reading Susan Cain’s book “Quiet: the power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking” several years ago. And from the interview I didn’t assume you consider being introverted a flaw. Like I said, it’s such a nit picky thing. One of the things I think makes your podcast stand out is that you ask pointed questions about diversity and work-life balance and politics and other challenges of the craft industry, all things that are overlooked or glossed over, and I appreciate the depth and perspective you bring to this conversation. It just happens to be one of my pet peeves that a lot of people don’t make a good distinction between shyness and introversion, and as a result introverts are often seen as less able to function socially, when that’s really not the case. We just need a little more quiet time 🙂

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