Melissa Q. is a self-taught sewist, pattern designer and sewing instructor originally from the woods of Northern Minnesota and currently living in Central New Jersey. She went to graduate school in public policy research and anti-poverty studies before answering the long-ignored call to make all the things. Now she balances parenting two wild, nature-loving boys with teaching sewing classes and sewing something every day. Recently, Melissa has launched the Nothing New Project, which combines her passion for social justice with sewing. She is building a wardrobe made up entirely handmade or thrifted clothing in order to raise awareness of the ecological and human cost of fast fashion. Catch up with Melissa and her Nothing New Project on her blog, A Happy Stitch.

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