Sew on the Go: a maker's journey
By Mary Jane Baxter
An inspiring road trip and a practical guide to crafting wherever you find yourself
About the book
Last year, Mary Jane Baxter did what many people dream of: she quit her job at the BBC, rented out her flat and headed for the hills. Her home for the next few months was an upcycled 1986 Bedford Bambi campervan with a top speed of 60mph. She raided skips for vintage wallpaper and scoured second-hand emporiums to source stylish vintage accessories, creating her own travelling craft studio, packed with everything necessary for crafting on the road.
She then set off around Europe searching for inspiration, travelling from Belgium right down to the Cinque Terre in Italy then around France and up to Scotland. Armed with her trusty hand-cranked Singer, she spent a summer sewing on the go, foraging in flea markets, meeting artists and hosting pop-up events to help fund her trip. Like creatives the world over she decided to see where her travels would lead her and returned with a head full of new creative projects.
Fortunately, there’s no need for you to give up your job, wave goodbye to your family and rent out your house in order to re-ignite your own creativity; Mary Jane has done all the hard work for you. Sew on the Go is her guide to carving out more creative space in your life. From decorating your own budget-conscious bolthole (no matter how small) to achievable projects including clothes and fashion accessories, beautiful gift ideas and child-friendly makes, this book is the ideal companion for those who dream of devoting more time to their craft.
Sew on the Go is packed with craft projects, and is also a fascinating travel journal. It will open up a new creative way of looking at the world around you while showing how it’s possible to carve out your own artistic space on a budget. By using found and preloved materials you’ll be able to weave in your own memories, creating new heirlooms to treasure. Including delightful paper decorations crafted from vintage books, a simple-to-sew dress and top (inspired by thrifted French pillowcases), and a wonderfully kitsch cushion (made from a souvenir tea-towel), each project is clearly illustrated and accompanied by straightforward instructions enabling both beginners and experts to have a go.
Whether you're a maker yourself or an armchair traveller, you’ll enjoy the process, add your own twists and create memorable makes that will be appreciated by everyone.