As Tina recently noted, I have a new sewing book (my first!) coming out next week called Sew Darn Cute: 30 Sweet & Simple Projects to Sew & Embellish. The newest issue of CRAFT features an excerpt from the book–a felted and recycled Silly Snake toy–but I thought I’d also whip up a project exclusively for Craftzine blog readers. I hope you enjoy it! The Happy Acorn Pouch is a fun way to experiment with appliqué and embroidery while creating a useful and cute accessory. The embroidered accents are done with super simple running stitch, but you can get as fancy as you like (or add the details with fabric paint if you’re not confident with your stitching skills. You could dress it up even further by adding a charm to the zipper pull when you’re done–just use a bit of ribbon or a jump ring to attach it. Download the Pattern PDF | Subscribe in iTunes Also! One lucky Craftzine reader will win a signed copy Sew Darn Cute! Just leave a comment on this post by 11am PST on Saturday, January 31 telling us why you need this book. Please make sure your e-mail address is included in your profile so we can contact you if you win.