Short on sewing time? Fill it with *This and That* 😉 (+ giveaway!)

Love to sew, but feel like you’re always watching the clock? We feel the same. Sometimes it seems like there’s never enough time to start a sewing project, let alone finish it!

That’s exactly why popular designer Sherri K. Falls wrote her new book, Sew This and That!—because she knows what it’s like to be busy too. And she understands that’s when we need to spend our precious sewing time on projects that are small, simple, and fast to finish. And Sherri’s fun little projects just happen to be irresistibly sweet too!

In Sew This and That!, Sherri explains what inspires her patterns:

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You’ll find instant success (and instant gratification) in Sherri’s collection of little quilts, pillows, pouches, and more. Plus, many projects pair up perfectly with 5″ precut charm packs.

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Projects from
Sew This and That!

Don’t you love her happy color choices?

We’re excited to welcome Sherri as a guest writer today, here to tell us more about what’s inside Sew This and That!


Sew This and That!I’m so excited to announce my first book with Martingale! Sew This and That! is filled with quick-and-easy projects that you can accomplish in a weekend, or even in a day.

I’ve always enjoyed designing smaller projects, as life can be very busy, but it’s important to find a little time for yourself to sew. Smaller projects make great gifts, and they often use precut fabrics that give your project a fun, scrappy look without having to buy yardage. I love having precuts on my shelf, ready to use anytime. Plus they are so cute!

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Button Bliss pouch, made from a charm pack.

A fun variety of projects includes pillows, bags, and table runners, to name a few. Projects rely on traditional piecing and even some embroidery. A tip I like to give when stitchers want to do an embroidery project in different colors (and you should if you’d like to—make it your own!) is to start with the main fabric they’ll be using, and add accent fabrics to that. When you’re done choosing your fabrics, pick the colors of floss from the colors in your fabrics and your project will come together.

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Bird-Watching Pillow

You’ll find several bag patterns in Sew This and That!, in a variety of sizes. I’m a huge lover of bags. I don’t think I can ever have enough bags! And please don’t be scared of the zippers—the methods I use in the book are easy to learn. Just give zippers a try.

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All Squared Up Tote

Another thing I like about smaller projects, besides the fact that I feel very accomplished in a short time, is that I can make quick but beautiful gifts for friends. The embroidery projects are great for taking on the go and the Sew Organized Clutch can help you stay organized. I love projects that not only keep my stuff together, but they look cute while doing it.

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Sew Organized Clutch

I hope you enjoy making the projects as much as I enjoyed designing them for you. I would love to see what you make! You can find me on Instagram at @sherfalls and on Facebook at This & That Patterns.


Thanks for giving us a peek into your beautiful book, Sherri!

When it comes to your precious sewing time, do you:

a) Sew almost every day.

b) Sew at least once a week.

c) Become sew, sew sad when you realize it’s been too long? 😥

Tell us your answer in the comments and you could win a copy of the Sew This and That! eBook! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win.

Want to whip up a small and speedy project with Sherri today? Order Sew This and That! at our website and instantly download the eBook for free.

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing. The winner is Diane, who says:

“b) I try to sew at least once a week but it doesn’t always happen!”

We’ll email you about your prize, Diane—congratulations!

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