With all my hearts patchwork zipper pouch pattern

This is a zipper pouch I made last week out of frustration for handsewing all week long. I thought it looks kawaii (cute). Great for stationery and small sewing stuff. And just in time for Valentine's day too!



It has six hearts in all different colors. Like a rainbow. All my favourite reproduction fabrics. And the white background fabric (by Suzuko Koseiki) just arrived that day and it looked perfect together with the colourful fabrics.




It did not take long to sew this pouch. Just one morning and it was completely just the way I imagined. I was very happy!

This is my first time writing a pattern. For the past few days I have been trying very hard to draw with touchdraw app and photoshop. But all was futile. Sigh. So I gave up pulling my hair out sitting in front of the computer, whipped out my pen and a piece of blank paper and started drawing. And hey, I did it.

Well, it's may not a perfect piece of work but I still hope everyone can understand the pattern and sew this pouch for your loved ones.

Before you start sewing, remember this is a pattern and not a tutorial. You need to have basic bag making experience or at least, zipper sewing experience. If you don't, you may wish to read this zipper pouch tutorial post I did years back to learn about how to sew a zipper pouch.

This pouch is machine-sewn. All seam allowance is 1/4". Pattern features making of three patchwork hearts for the front of the pouch only. The back of pouch is plain with quilting details. If you wish to make six hearts (three for front and three for back like me), double quantity for all cutting but omit cutting 4.25"x9" rectangle from background fabric.

You can choose to use one fabric design per color. I used three different fabrics for each color and alternate my cutting. It's patchwork so you can use all different fabrics!

With all my hearts patchwork zipper pouch pattern

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Have fun!xxx

#handsewpatchwork Block 16: Pot

The long holiday season is finally over and I'm back trying to catch up with this sew-a-long! Is everyone still handsewing with me or thinking if you should start hand sewing for this new year? Well, there's no better time to continue or start right now!^_^

This block is the 16th. If you have all 16 blocks unused for any other sewing, you can start piecing them together to make a 4x4 blocks mini quilt for the wall. I have yet to work out my dimensions but I'll post soon once I figure the numbers out. There will be two bonus blocks 17 and 18 for people like me who has used two of my previous blocks to make a zipper pouch and single-block wall quilt. So don't worry.


For this block, I chose to make a pot because it feels like it should be part of the quilt for hanging in the house! The pot is really easy to sew. The only tricky part is appliquéing the handle.

Download template block 16 Pot here..


Cut out both paper and fabric templates. Be sure to take note that you have to flip the paper templates which are not symmetrical before tracing on fabric. Trace the rectangle number 8 first before cutting out the handle. Leave a narrower seam allowance of 0.5cm for the handle.


Arrange the fabric templates in groups. All sewing are from end-to-end for this block. Sew them in groups before joining them.



For the handle, use needle-turn technique for both sides. I always make creases along the traced line on the template that needs to be appliquéd. Then pin the template in place and use your fingers to fold the seams in while you sew. Read more about needle-turn technique here.




Lastly, sew the spout and handle to the pot body before joining all the groups together.


Here you go, pretty pot for your tea!xxx

^^For cross referencing if you have the book, this patchwork block is at page 173.

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#handsewpatchwork Block 15: Peter's Paintbox

Hello there! I hope everyone is enjoying the cool and merry season. Sorry there was a long break to this #handsewpatchwork sew-a-long. After we came back from a short holiday in Taiwan, my kids took turns to fall sick. Two weeks of sleepless nights is no fun at all! While I stayed up to take temperature, sponge and feed my kids, I worked on this block under the dim lights.


I just wished to get it done so I did not bother to take pictures of the sewing steps. So rather, for this block, I'll post the page taken from the book. The pictures are pretty easy to understand even though the instructions are in Japanese.


This Peter's Paintbox block is not difficult to sew. No appliqué, Y-seams or curves. Just sewing from end to end. A few more templates to cut so be mindful during cutting and arranging!

Download Template 15 Peters Paint Box. (Click on picture to enlarge it for clearer image).

**note: for templates 1 and 2, remember to flip before tracing on fabric.*

^^For cross referencing if you have the book, this patchwork block is at page 165.

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Key Ring Pouch Tutorial

I have forgotten when I started making key ring pouches. When I first saw a picture of it in a Japanese magazine, I scampered to search online for the circular key ring. It fascinated me because I wanted to try hand sewing something new. So I grabbed a recycled paper and drew my own template (I folded an A4 paper into quarters then drew a side of it then cut it out) with the image in my mind. And I just handsew for fun.


Well, I really loved how every pouch turned out. They are really pretty and functional.

Thanks to many mails asking for a tutorial on this pouch. I have intended to write a tutorial on this a long while back but couldn't find any inspiration to pen it. Because I don't know how to use photoshop or any other program to draw the template. And I didn't have a printer that could scan. I felt so sorry. But a kind friend said recently that she will wait for me to write something about it and suddenly I was motivated. So that day I rummaged through my cupboard and found the crumpled template and started tracing on a fresh sheet of paper ready to be scanned with my new printer.

I hope the template is clear enough to be seen and understood.

It's not a difficult pouch to handsew. But if you are not keen to handsew, you can use the machine. Either way is ok. For this tutorial, I machine sew the first part of the binding.

EDIT: You can get the key ring here.

So here is the Download ZakkaArt Key Ring Pouch. Download and print it at A4 printer settings.


Cut out the template. If you are planning to reuse it a couple of times, it would be good to glue it on a cardboard like what I did.

*There are many ways to handsew this pouch. What i'm writing here is purely my own method. You are free to use whatever way that makes you feel comfortable.*


**The most important thing to note when making this pouch is to learn to hide all the knots. To hide a knot, return the needle to the same hole where you just tie the knot. Then give it a little tug so the knot disappears under the fabric. Then snip the thread close to the fabric.**


Find a fabric (I usually use cheater fabric because it saves time and effort) or a ready-completed patchwork.

If you are using ready-completed-patchwork, you should have done the quilting part with batting sandwiched between the patchwork and lining fabric. So just trace and cut out the shape.



If you are using cheater fabric, trace the template and cut out the shape. Then, place the fabric template on top of batting/fleece (I used a thin batting this time and not entirely pleased with it. I would suggest you use medium thickness) and a lining fabric as the bottom layer. Pin in place and either hand or machine quilt. Then do a little stitching close to the edges to better secure it. Trim the template shape.


You can choose not to trace and cut out the fabric template first but to hand/machine quilt the three layers (fabric, batting, fabric) then cut out the shape. It's entirely your choice. Whichever way works just fine.


Next, cut a 2" width bias binding. I prefer using bias binding because there are curves to deal with for the pouch. If it's for quilts, I always use straight binding. And I also always use single fold binding to save on the fabrics.





Hand or machine sew the binding, taking care of the points. I do a little folding of binding at the points to make sewing easier.


This is how I sew the ends of the binding. It's the laziest way ever!




Now fix the zipper. You can place the zipper anywhere along the pouch as you preferred. I like to sew it on the right because I'm right handed. First, fold the pouch into half and mark the centre. Then, position the zipper teeth along the edges of the pouch and pin in place, leaving a space wide enough for the key ring hoop to go through. For the zipper ends, just tilt a little downwards so they don't show when you stitch up the edges later.

Read here on how to handsew zippers.





Handsew the other side of zipper as well.

***There are two ways to incorporate the key ring hoop. The most direct way is to position it properly with wrong sides of the pouch facing, then handsew the edges of the binding. However, you will see the stitches on the outside edges of the pouch. I prefer to hide my stitches so I sew the binding edges from the inside. And I like to put my hoop first so I can sew very close to the hoop for a better finishing. You can leave a space (width of hoop) then position the hoop after sewing the the edges of binding. Below is my personal method for making this pouch.***






When you are done with the zipper, turn the pouch inside out. Unhook the key ring and position it in place: the hook opening facing the front (right sides) of the pouch. Remember to keep the zipper unzipped. Use tiny stitches to sew together the edges of the pouch. Remember to keep the zipper unzipped.





Now all you need is to flip over the pouch!


Ta-daa! A very useful pouch for your keys and zipper compartment for your coins or small things like lippy or sweets or cards (if it fits the zipper length).

Hope everyone enjoyed the tutorial!xxx

Huggy Basket

A few more pictures of this huggy basket other than those I showed on IG...














I thought I was crazy to decide to sew this entirely (from patchwork to quilting to binding) by hand given only three days to complete it. But when I finished the last stitch, I was so overwhelmed with satisfaction. It's not a perfect piece of sewing. But I really love it a lot. Every stitch was filled with gratitude and appreciation for the loving and caring teacher who deserved this heart-felt present.

She dropped me a message that night, saying she was very touched because it's the first time she received a handsewn present.

It made my day so much brighter that my fingers didn't feel sore anymore.xxx