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 →

  Today I want to share my mini pin cushion tutorial with you. I spent almost three days to make these babies. Do I still have  them? Nah….they were sent to my blog friends. These tiny pin cushions are good to have and even better to share. I should make them again for myself and must not  give anybody this time! (I doubt it though *wink*)                            Read More →

        I am a scissors addict. As I care them a lot, if one gets dull or lose sharpness, it makes me unhappy (even mad!). As I care my scissors  so much, I decided to make a “house” to protect them. Whenever I open my “scissor drawer”, I say to myself, ‘it was the brilliant idea!’  If you are a crafter, you would totally agree with me.   Grab a piece of paper and wrap your scissors. Measure and make a template. This is crazy quilt, my quilter friend told me, and I think it is the perfect name toRead More →

Yesterday I and my three girls walked to the park. We have two beautiful parks close from our house. I am always grateful for that. Sometimes we pack PB&J sandwiches, a box of fruits and a bottle of water. And sometimes we just walk to the next grocery store and spend quite long time to select which ice cream to eat. For my 10, 8, 4 years daughters, choosing one ice cream seems the most difficult decision to make. On the way home I found a nice looking dandelion and showed my 4 years old Claire to pick. As she blow it, some seeds cameRead More →

Today I want to show you how to draw a takeout cup and a cheese cake slice. This simple tutorial is only for the people who are afraid of drawing. I have a fine art degree which I haven’t used since the graduation, by the way.   Put your drawing under the fabric and trace it with water erasable or heat erasable pen.   Cut out color fabric as the shape of cup sleeve, napkin, cake and a strawberry. Glue them on the background fabric.   With sewing machine, sew the out line just like you draw with a pencil.   With white thread,Read More →

School is just around the corner. I wanted to share my school supply pouch idea with you today. When my daughter Chloe was in first grade, she had a Japanese classmate, Ruby. Ruby seemed to has all the cutest things in her backpack.  Her grandma sent her a pretty pencil case, lunch bag, tiny tissue case with cute cartoon on and so on. As a mother, I was jealous that my Chloe has a boring store bought pencil case. That night I made this supply pouch and grinned with a triumphant smile next morning.                    Read More →

  These handmade fabric flowers are magical.  When you finish making one, you’ll want to make a second one, and a third…… until you run out of pretty buttons to embellish. I gave these corsages to my girl’s teacher. She loved them so much that my daughter told me her teacher wore it three days straight. Linen or muslin gives elegant feeling but you can use any fabric you like.   Machine stitch 6 flower petals and hand sew to attach each other.   Add a cover button or any pretty button on the center. Arrange the prepared two leaves and cotton ribbon and pin them.Read More →

        Once I got my camera, I spent hours of hours on the computer to find perfect camera bag. When countless number of clicks and scrolls didn’t reword me with satisfying results, I decided to make my own pouch. This camera bag is exactly what I was looking for: light, simple, easy to take the camera out and put it back and most of all, this is not made in China.     *numbers are centimeter. This bas is designed for Canon EOS M. So if you have similar size camera this measurement would work. Other wise, you have adjust theRead More →

    My next door neighbor grandma, Dorothia brought these dolls to me the other day. She said that her mother gave these dolls to her when she was 8 years old. Grandma Dorothia is in her 70s now. I was amazed that someone save little plastic toys over decades! She asked me if I could dress up her dolls so she would give them to her two grand daughters.  I kept the dolls  in my drawers and couple of days passed by doing nothing. It was not an easy job to be done simply. To tell you the truth, I was already regretting forRead More →

  My girls eat cafeteria lunch however, they still need to pack their snack. Kids are always busy playing during recess, so heavy snacks remain half uneaten most of the time. I made this mini snack bag for my “eat less play more” daughter. The size is approx. 9 x 5 x 2 inch that can hold one apple and two homemade cookies(one for a friend to share) and that’s all. Not only because of the size, but because of the look, mommy’s handmade snack bag was a hit! For the inside, I used some water resistant fabric, so cold yogurt or bottle ofRead More →

My first time trying the sewing illustration was to draw a house. It looked like my 4 year old Claire’s house drawing.  It was a simple little house with one window and a door but I was so thrilled at that moment. Then I tried a teacup and a teapot. After I got more skills, I was wondering why shouldn’t I write something with my sewing machine. First I wrote my girls name on linen scraps and made couple of name tags for their backpack. The picture you see is quite long sentences but I really enjoyed the process. I made 3 of “calligraphy bags” andRead More →

I have made so many pouches so far. The first expression when my daughter Caylin saw this pouch was, “Wow! it is the prettiest bag I’ve ever seen!”  I agree with her.  That doesn’t mean other pouches are less charming, I insist. I want to show you my other bags and ask your opinion. If you remember my “you are sew nice” card, you can draw sewing machine on your pouch too! Next steps are pretty much same as my other pouches. If you want to see more step-by-step pictures, click here.   Happy sewing! Love always, MinkiRead More →

There are certain images you never get tired of. A type writer, canvas shoes, air balloons, rain boots and cameras…… I already drew quite of many images but still enjoy creating more. Today’s model is my 8year old daughter, Chloe. I promised her that she could have mommy’s pouch. Again, my card was the inspiration(read more about camera card) for today’s sewing project. 1.finished size: 7x4inch. If you don’t have Pellon fusible bedding, use iron-adhesive. I used regular quilting bedding. 2.cut out camera shape. don’t be afraid to draw a camera. they are just couple of rectangles and circles that my 8 year old canRead More →

  I had to beg my 4 year old daughter to take this picture. To make something is quite enjoyable, yet taking pictures of my creation is rather “work” to me. After a very important mission well done, she is enjoying her lollypop now. Couple of months ago I made this card. I wanted to recreate similar image on this pouch. (read more about this card) Below is step by step pictures to help you understand how to make this “air balloon” pouch. Finished size is approx. 5 1/2inch x 7inch With sewing machine, trace air balloon and then hand stitch the clouds. (howRead More →

I love to draw with my sewing machine and I named my work, Sewing Illustration. If you are a sewer, why don’t you try to draw simple design such as a yellow boat “with a sewing machine?!?!”It is not that difficult as it seems to be, actually it is kind of addictive.Once you try, you would find yourself enjoying this new way of machine embroidery art. That was how I started in the beginning and I want to keep doing this for rest of my life.   1.Cut the fabric in 2 pieces of a long rectangular shape. (I used 3x5inch size white linen)Read More →

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