Hello friends, With Back-to-School just around the corner, I have gathered my back to school project tutorials for WeAllSew, Bernina blog. You can find my instructions with step-by-step pictures by clicking the link. I hope it’s helpful for your last minute back to school sewing!   Back to School Mini Purse   Hexie Block Zip Pouch   Back to school DIY -Stationary pouch   You can find more bag and pouch patterns at my shop sewingillustration.com. My new book Zakka from the Heart will be out this October from Stash Books. I can’t wait to put it in your hands and hope to share more when it’s theRead 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, Thank you for stopping by. Let’s have a girls day at the park with Five and Dime, Heidi Staples  Debut collection for Penny Rose Fabrics.   As soon as I received this fresh new fabric, I knew I would make a bag. I made a big fat tote bag without thinking hard and I love how it came out. How about you? What project do you have in mind?   Claire and I packed the bag with toys and snacks,  went to the park, found a pretty spot and started to play.       This is my trusty bag for anyRead More →

August already? I can’t beleive summer is almost over. Soon I have to start worrying about kids’ lunch menu… ;( At least my little girl is ready for the school.  I made this little pouch for her itty bitty school supplies but she says “Pack my snack here!” I think it’s good idea too!   My friends use it as their glasses case. I didn’t know my pouch has so many possiblities! This pouch tutorial is up on WeAllSew, Bernina blog today. There’s free downloadable pattern too. Don’t miss the chance to win a pair of scissors sponsored by Warm Crochet. Leave a comment onRead More →

Today I share how to make this darling MINI BASKET Tutorial on Bernina’s blog, WeAllSew. We can never have enough storage and when it comes Christmas season, a handmade storage basket makes the best gift. Add personal charm with sewing machine embroidery faster than ever. I hope you enjoy making a one of a kind DIY fabric basket today. Find out easy step-by-step instructions and my hand drawn rose pattern + Enter a chance to win a autographed copy of my book(c0-authored with Kristin Esser), Sew Illustrated, 35 Charming Fabric & Thread Designs on WeAllSew.                    Read More →

  I can’t stop making tote bags lately. With my Sewing Illustraion, they are so much fun and so many uses. I spent quite good amount of time to write this step-by-step tutorial. I hope you can make your own tote bag today. If you are scared of Sewing Illustraion, just use your favourite cotton prints or illustrated fabric. Or recycle your little one’s old cloth! Kids’ clothes always emboridered cute illustraions. I wonder why they don’t make same design for mama. 🙂     Again, I used my vey old sewing illustraion for the other side pocket. My 11year Caylin prefer this side. What’sRead More →

Block zipper pouch is one of my favorite project and I guess it’s many people’s favorite too. I see over 1200people pinned my pouch  on Pinterest. Horay! If you are not so scared of sewing a zipper, this pouch is just too cute not to make. I hope you enjoy making as I did.         Decorate with button, yoyos, doilies or felt. Anything you can find around home but it is still  just as cute as it is.   You need: linen, floral cotton, lining, fusible batting(4oz), fusible interfacing, zipper, cotton or leather label, button, felt, embroidery thread Measurement: add 1/4″seam toRead More →

All of my three daughters love to draw.  Whenever I go out, I would usually toss into my bag pieces of coloring paper, crayons, and something to write with for my kids to keep busy.  When I’m in hurry, I would forget to bring crayons or pencils.  So often I find myself sheepishly asking the waiter to borrow pens for my kids to doodle on napkins.  But that’s a thing of the past.  I am determined to be more organized! I finally made my own portable drawing kit!  I no longer have to bother those busy waiters for pens.   This 5×6.5 inch portable kit keepsRead More →

        Wrap your notebook with fabric and measure. I made 1/8inch bigger than the notebook size and add 1/4inch seams.   Iron fusible batting on the wrong side of the cover.   I usually draw directly on the fabric but if you are not comfortable, I recommend drawing on the paper first and then trace them on the fabric. That way, you can create multiful images for future use.   Cut colorful fabrics as in the picture if you want to add some colors as I did. Glue the fabric pieces with all purpose glue or fabric glue if you have it.Read More →

  I finally finished 12th Christmas tag making. This is sneak peek of my advent calender. As soon as my hubby finish the board, I will hang them nicely and brag about it. 🙂   size is approx 2.5inch x 4inch. Draw a snowman on white felt. Draw a hat and a scar on red felt. Cut out  them and arrange on the tag fabric.   Hand stitch snowman, a hat and a scarf too.   Put the other fabric on top, a quit batting on the bottom, sew them together. Trim the seam.  Through the hole, reverse and close the hole by hand stitch.Read More →

                                    This wee mouse is going to be my Christmas gift  for my little girls. Shhhh….!  😉 It is already the end of October, the most beautiful month hard to say good bye. Well, November is my wedding anniversary and December has Christmas. I think I will be O.K.   Thank you for visiting me, my friends, I haven’t met yet. Minki  Read More →

Another beautiful day to sew. 🙂 I’d like to introduce you my hair accessories that I made for my three daughters. (It’s amazing that kids lose mommy made with love products so easily!)           This is twist version of YoYo.  Make yoyo and fill in battings and stitch all the way. I will introduce you step-by-step photo tutorial next time.   For this simple hair pin, I cut the batting and wrap with a fabric piece.   Instead of using hot glue gun, I hand sewed every detail. That way, you don’t need to worry about getting wet and pulling apart.Read More →

Are you a saver like me? I save almost every fabric scraps no matter how small they are. I also keep itty bitty scrapbook paper pieces. Washi tape, bakers twine, all kinds of ribbon and oh, don’t forget the buttons. I am in love with anything colorful and shinny. Therefore, organize is alway my number one mission. I will talk about craft room organization next time. I have so many sorting ideas yet hardly find time to keep on. 🙂 Today’s tutorial is fabric envelop using Pellon fusible interfacing.     Step1. I used the regular card envelop as a template. Cut Pellon fusible interfacingRead More →

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