Hello friends! Today I had a tea time with my friend down the street. Then I realized that I didn’t have any cute mats for my hot tea pot. Is it only me? I have made so many bags but there’re certain sizes I don’t have and after making countless number of mats – snack mats, tea mats, table mats… I still don’t have a kettle mat!! I grabbed one of my old drawings and made this Strawberry  mat. I am going to invite my friend soon again. haha You can download my strawberry drawing on my patternshop SewingIllustration.com for free. 🙂 I used myRead More →

Make It Yourself magazine spring/summer issue is out and my projects are inside! 🙂   Simple strawberry zipper pouch   And a set of four coasters. *Used with permission from Make It Yourselfâ„¢ magazine. ©2017 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved.   Fabric and notions: Lecien fabrics Aurifil threads, 28wt and 12wt Warm and Natural Cotton quilt batting Fusible cotton batting: Daily like Canada          Read More →

The other day I received a surprise package from my Instagram friend, Faith. I took several pictures not to forget how they made me happy and her friendship. I often call her, “Faith, you are so faith.” 🙂 Visit her blog, SaranaAve and make a good friend.    Read More →

  My co-author friend Kristin and I posted our book on the C&T Blog today:   The concept for this book goes bak almost three years, when at the start of a new school year, Kristin was walking her son to school and noticed that a new family had moved in down the street. She also noticed that right there, in the front window, was a sewing machine!……   Click on over to find out the rest of the story behind how Sew Illustrated came to be.     Oh, don’t miss how to video tutorial , a Tea Mat project from the book, SewRead More →

From today’s photo shoot – this is what I would call a “beautiful mess”. My friend and co-author Kristin and I got together to take photo shoot for the book launch in this morning. I set up the table and even ironed the table cover which I do once in a blue moon!! I boiled the kettle and my Chloe brought some Korean chocolate sweets from the fridge. One hour flew so fast while I was taking pretty good amount of same pictures and obviously, the tea (it was Blueberry Merlot tea from Tea Forte) got cold and we took a quick sip. And we didn’t evenRead More →

  Lecien:  1000Color Collection, L’s Mordern 2015 Spring, Retro 30’s Aurifil: Dark brown 40wt, Ivory 12wt Warm quilt batting DMC embroidery thread Sewing machine: Brother with Applique foot            Read More →

Printable PDF pattern download: SewingIllustration.com Step by step photo tutorial: Tea time table mat Lecien Flower Sugar, Retro30’s Child Smile Aurifil, 40wt, 50wt Warm quilt batting              Read More →

DOWNLOAD Patterns: SewingIllustration.com           Drawing with sewing machine using Aurifil wool thread.   Lecein flower sugar: fat quarter shop quilt batting: Warm cotton labels: Etsy thread: Aurifil    Read More →

I have a couple of bags of fabric scraps from the previous projects. They are too small to make something and too pretty to throw away. Whenever I have a time to sit down, I arrange all the little pieces as a big puzzle. I would like to share how to upcyle your tiny fabric scraps into “crazy quilt” kind all purpose mats.           I try to use neutral color lining so I can use both way depends on the ocassion.     HOW TO MAKE: You need: fusible interfacing, fabric scraps, lining Cut the fusible interfacing size of you desire.Read More →

                    Hi, my crafty friends! I am a big fan of coasters, tea mats, dessert mats……they add  homey feeling to any ordinary tea table. Last a couple of weeks were the busiest time for me to host guests from my country, Korea. She seemed to be really enjoying different environment- a big backyard, two story house, quiet neighborhood and of course, the food. For I  was a city girl like her, I had the feeling when I came to the United States a decade ago. Now I often call myself a “country” homemaker. 😉 What sheRead More →

        Beautiful Friday morning here. I hope you are enjoying the last two months of the year wherever you are. I want to share my tea mat idea today. I have made over hundreds of tea mats or mug rugs so far but still love making this little project.     First draw a simple cupcake shape on the paper and trace it on the fabric you like. Cut out each fabric pieces by hand.     finished size is 8inch x 5 1/2inch. cotton: 3inch x 5 1/2 inch (+seam) , linen: 5inch x 5 1/2inch(+seam) ,  back fabric 8inch xRead More →

            Hello! I made a cute snack mat last night. I just love the way it looks and want to share the tutorial with you. I tried to shoot every steps and even draw pattern. I hope you can make your version of snack mat that you can use over and over.     size: 11inch x 11inch print out the pattern and trace it on linen. cut out fabric pieces  and glue them on the linen.  you can skip this part and embroidery with colorful thread. I sew them with white thread first to secure.   Then with darkRead More →

Do you have a little artist like my Claire? She is 4 years old and her drawing amazes me. I have been saving all my three girls’ drawings and paintings since they grabbed a pencil. When I am run out of ideas, their art inspire me. Today, I want to share my kid’s art tea mat idea with you.     *finished size is 5inch x 5inch. 1.Cut 3 white linen, allow 0.5inch seams. Copy your kid’s drawing with erasable pen. (Use window. ^^) 2.By hand or sewing machine, stitch the drawing. 3.Put remain 2 pieces of linen on top of 2. 4.Sew all theRead More →

We are all of us stars and we deserve to twinkle. -Marilyn Monroe-               *finished size is 8.5inch x 6inch, all seams are 1/4inches. Step1. Gather your fabric scraps and put batting under neath the fabrics.   Step2. With your sewing machine, sew all the fabrics together. Do it multiple times so fabric can stay together.   Step3.Write your favorite message with erasable  pen or Sharpie on the fabric.   Step4.Trace your messages with your sewing machine.   Step5. After finishing all the process, flip it over, close the opening by hand sewing. Decorate as your heart may desire.Read More →

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