We’ve heard from Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness, Mandy Leins of Mandalei Quilts and Jenny Rushmore of Cashmerette in our 2015 Reflections + 2016 Predictions. Sandi Sawa Hazlewood of Crafty Planner has already been mentioned in the series as an inspiration to other industry leaders. Her Crafty Planner podcast is BIG! Learn all about her thoughts on 2015 and what’s new for the year ahead…

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  • Looking back on the sewing scene in 2015, what trends stand out?
  • Who knocked your socks off and why?
  • Favorite things? (fabric collections, patterns, books, thread, tools, podcasts, classes, websites, events, etc.- Whatever you would recommend to others.)
  • What do you think 2016 has in store?
  • Who do you think are rising stars in the industry?
  • What did you do this year that you’re most proud of? (It could be a make, a book, a business decision, etc.)
  • What can we expect from you in 2016? Any big projects, life changes or goals you can share?


Sew Mama Sew: Looking back on the sewing scene in 2015, what trends stand out?
Sandi: Three trends come to mind when I think about 2015. First, bring on the hexagons! For me, it started with Modern Handcraft’s quilt in QuiltCon. Since she graciously provided a tutorial, I have seen several people make and credit her for their inspiration. She made the process of making and quilting hexagons easy and fun.

Secondly, sewists are exploring different fiber arts like weaving and cross stitch. Between appealing modern cross stitch designs and the fun of creating personalized woven creations in weaving, these are the two latest examples of a growing fiber art interest.

Lastly, it has been the year of the coloring book. Although not specifically about sewing itself, the trend of adult coloring books designed by sewing industry professionals has been on the rise. Between the The Tula Pink Coloring Book, Samarra Khaja’s Off the Bookshelf Coloring Book and now the Cotton + Steel Coloring Book, many sewists are turning to coloring books for a quick and portable creative exercise.

SMS: Favorite things? (fabric collections, patterns, books, thread, tools, podcasts, classes, websites, events, etc.)
Sandi: There is no way I could make a list of all of favorite things. Instead, I decided to close my eyes, reach down on my desk and write about the first five things I pick up. First, my red Clover clips. I really love these things! They are perfect for preparing binding, keeping my curtains in place and as hair holders for toddlers. I need to add the rainbow set to my Christmas list. Next, I have my Sew Together Bag made for me by a dear friend (thanks, Megan!). I have been hand quilting/piecing a lot and it holds everything I need and more. My third thing is a plastic wrapped grape Jolly Rancher. I love hard candy when I’m sewing. Fourth, my purple Olfa Splash rotary cutter. (Thankfully, I closed the blade!) And last but not least, my bluetooth headphones. (I’m surprised it wasn’t my phone but when I opened my eyes; I realized I missed my phone by a couple inches!) My headphones keep me going when I’m working. I’m either listening to podcasts, music or my current obsession, The West Wing.

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SMS: What do you think 2016 has in store?
Sandi: It seems that the already-emerging theme is about collaboration. First, you have organizations like Craft Industry Alliance and conventions like Sew Pro, focused on providing resources for people within the industry. With shared information and resources, I feel there will be added focus on the subject of art versus craft and how we can support each other in our work.

We also have new artistic collaborations. The announcement of Anna Bond of Rifle Paper Company creating for Cotton and Steel Fabrics has the potential to introduce people to new genres. The collaboration of Pfaff, Singer and Husqvarna/Viking with The Sewing Party brought together eight contributors who shared fun tutorials from different sewing genres.

I can not wait to see what happens next in the sewing world!

What did you do this year that you’re most proud of?
Sandi: I’m most proud of my decision to start the podcast and talk about the issues and questions near and dear to my heart. In retrospect, it has been a natural fit for my curious nature, love of research and desire to foster and inspire community. However, when I first decided to start podcasting, I was discouraged from pursuing it because there were already existing podcasts in the modern quilting/sewing/maker niche. Luckily, I felt I had something to contribute and pushed ahead. It is an important lesson in working really hard and pursuing your passion.

Sandi Podcasting

SMS: What can we expect from you in 2016? Any big projects, life changes, or goals you can share?
Sandi: I am really excited about my upcoming podcast collaboration with the Mighty Lucky Quilting Club. I will be interviewing teachers of the Club and sharing more about their work and creative process. Also, I will be developing my sewing portfolio. Each month I am challenging myself to produce at least two pieces of work. In the middle of the year, I will be collaborating with another quilter on a fun project. I am so excited!