I think I told you that my very first quilt lesson was almost 15 years ago at my local quilt shop. I learned how to make a four patch, how to hide a knot and how to make heart applique all by hand sewing. For about two months, I have made small zakka style handmade projects so I didn’t even go close to bigger sized quilts  that I see every day on social media now. I have got to know about actual quilt through my quilty friend Kristin down the street not that long ago. I loved how her old quilts layed in a bigRead More →

I received this beautiful book by Simone Gooding from Tuva Publishing weeks ago. This book was love at first sight before I even started reading! Little Traveller is full of amazing detailed projects. I mean it. And you would stop and pause on each page because all the little attention to detail is pleasing by looking at. I have to tell you though, if you are a first time doll maker, it would bet a little hard to follow the steps. Hand-drawn instructions are good for a experienced doll maker, like me 😉 But don’t be scared because everybody is a beginner at any newRead More →

I have enjoyed making all kinds of round shaped bags lately. After making countless bags and pouches, I wanted to try something NOT square or rectangle. This is how I came up with this Rollcake bag and I am very excited about it. My daughter Claire said it looked like a cake so I named it “Rollcake bag”. I would like to make more bags with different fabric combinations. My Rollcake bag pattern is on my patternshop SewingIllustration.com.         Sources: Liberty fabric from Ava and Neve Fusible fleece from Dailylike Canada Strapping for handle from ByAnnie.com      Read More →

  Hello friends, I made this quick lunch bag last night. Super easy tutorial will be shown soon so please keep watching my feed!   Sunnyside Ave collection by Amy Smart for Riley Blake was my inspiration. What will you make when you have apples and ginghams and daisies? Picnic and picnic and more pickic for me. haha You can order cutom engraved leather tags here. I used Insul-Bright for the batting. I met my Riley Blake team at QuiltCon last week. Meeting and hugging friends that you only knew through online or emails feels so great! From left: Amy Smart, Cindy Cloward, me andRead More →

Boxy Zipper Pouch pattern at SewingIllustration.com       Fabric and notions: Bunnies and Blossoms collection by Lauren Nash for Riley Blake Designs Soft and Stable by Annie Wool Felt from Taylored Expressions Scissors and red stripe ribbon from Studio Carta Custom Leather Tag      Read More →

Beautiful Polymer Clay buttons and pins are made by Suhobi Instagram @suhobiart Find my Needle Case pattern at my book Sew Illustrated. (co-authored by Kristin Esser) Fabric used: Dear Diary collection 100% Wool Felt from Taylored Expressions        Read More →

My new Roud Travel Bag pattern is available on my pattern shop here.   Fabric and notions used: Tild LemonTree Collection Soft and Stable from ByAnnie.com Aurifil 50wt cotton threads    Read More →

Hello friends, I am happy to show you my new Boxy Sewing Bag! The pattern is available on my pattern shop, SewingIllustration.com.      Fabric and notions used: Tilda LemonTree Collection. Soft and Stable from By Annie Aurifil 50wt cotton threads zipper from By Annie    Read More →

I began for myself but as the steps added up, I started thinking of my mom. I don’t remember when was the last time I bought her a bag, a scarf or clothes… My mom always said that she didn’t need anything and I was silly enough to believe that. There are very few things I’ve given my mom in the past decade. I wish I knew that I would live abroad and I wouldn’t be able to meet her often. Now I am a mother of three girls and whenever my girls ask me what I want for Christmas, for birthday or for anniversary,Read More →

Hello friends, I am so excited to share my new Stitched Felt block pouch! The instruction is as same as my Chubby Pouch. You can purchase my pouch pattern here.       When Claire asked me what chubby meant long ago, I said it meant cute. I still think everything chubby is cute. 🙂   Here’s a short video that shows how to use Sizzix Big Shot machine and Die.   After cutting the desired shapes, arrange them on the quilted pouch front. Using a fabric glue or a school glue stick, attach the cutout shapes in place.   Hand stitch each element using embroideryRead More →

*Pincushion pattern available  here.   Hello friends, I had been given many nice Christmas gifts but there’s a particular gift that I can’t forget. It is a mini felt teddy bear handmade for me by my high school friend. At the time neither one of us really knew anything about sewing. Her first teddy bear wasn’t perfect, it had uneven stitches and crooked neck. However I was so thrilled to get such a special gift, and I loved it so much because of the time she spent making on little bear just for me! I have kept her little felt bear in a special drawer forRead More →

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