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Book Flip Through Review – Pouch Making Classroom

January 11, 2019

Happy 2019! A little late into the year but I must confess I have been taking a nice relaxing time off. I took 2 weeks off in December, and when I came back everything was a mess at home and there was so much laundry to catch up. It is also a few weeks more the Chinese New Year which means more frantic sewing trying to get everyone’s new clothes ready. Anyway, I really wanted to review this book because I think this is one of the more useful Pouch making books I have bought so far. I realize the cover is not that attractive, and maybe many of you might skip it while browsing through online shops. But I saw the sneak preview and one of the set of instructions on the different ways to deal with zip ends caught my attention. So I just had to buy it to take a look. And then there was a pouch with 3 compartments that I’ve always wanted to know how to make, and it’s in there too!


You know a book is really useful if the first thing you do when you buy it is not to make 1, but 2 pouches using the patterns 😛 This book is published by Nihon-Vogue and there are 35 different projects you can make. The lessons include how to install zippers (adjusting length / end of zips / sewing), attaching lining to your pouches, attaching different types of interfacing, sewing with special materials, and how to attach metal purse frames. With this book you can literally make any pouch you want!

This was the first one – a little cosmetic case with elastic pockets inside for small items like eyeshadows or tweezers..


and the second pouch I made was this – This is actually a twin pouch sewn together, and the section in between the two pouches makes a 3rd compartment. It’s really useful for sorting things out and even my daughter has asked for one for her school devices!




And here’s the book flip-through video, you can find lots of other pouch designs in the video.

The lessons are very clear and easy to follow, so I would really recommend this book even though the cover looks rather plain! I hope you like it and make lots of useful pouches out of it!

Tanoshiku Manaberu! Porch No Kyoshitsu / VOGUE Japan

Title :ポーチの教室  (Pouch Making Classroom)
Publisher : Nihon Vogue
ISBN No. :978-4529058438

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Free Japanese Sewing Pattern –

October 23, 2012

Sorry for the late post. Today’s free pattern is from るんるんソーイング (Run Run sewing) and it contains free patterns for babies, kids, adults, accessories, bags and even zakka! The homepage contains the list of projects and even though there are very few pictures on the homepage, you can use a browser translation tool to view the projects. There is also an English page,, and the projects linked from the English page also have translations in English!

Anybody needs a mermaid tail for Halloween? This is a rea life size tail – 180cm long. Scales are sewn on individually!

Most of the patterns are made out of simple geometric shapes (this one above is for a sweater – the one on the top right of the first picture)

Most of the instructions come with step by step pictures like this.

The website may not look like much at first glance because the home page is mainly text and very few pictures., but dig around and you can find lots of cute projects here. Happy Sewing! 🙂

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Free Japanese Sewing Patterns – Sew.Co World by Brother

August 20, 2012

Today’s free pattern comes from Sew.Co World, which is a website by Brother, and Sew Co. World is a site set up for Brother users to share their sewing projects. There are also some free patterns available for download on the website. Here are some of the projects you can make using the free patterns. A easy-to-make dress (using a large rectangular piece of fabric, no pattern tracing needed! :P), an after bath dress, coverall for baby, pouches, totes, cushions etc.

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Book Review – Making small goods with excess fabric

August 17, 2012

What do you do with the excess fabric leftover from your sewing projects? I keep my small pieces usually for doing test runs before actual sewing or serging, and at other times I make dresses for my kids’ dolls. But I always seem to be accumulating bags and bags of scrap fabrics. Faster than I can think of what to do with them.

I’ve had this book for a couple of years now, recently re-discovered it while looking for a pattern for a mobile phone case. The title of today’s book review is 余り布で作れるこもの which means Small things you can make with excess fabric. There are 110 projects packed in this book!

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Free Japanese Sewing Patterns – Dress Towels

August 6, 2012

I have been struggling with my kids yanking the hand towels off the towel rings for a long time. Most of the time they will end up on the floor or on the wet counter, and no amount of nagging or reminders have helped. I decided that I had to do something about it. I guess I could just sew a loop or attach some velcro to it to secure it but of course I needed it to be more kawaii. 🙂  So I started looking for free patterns to transform a plain looking towel to something cute!

I didn’t know the exact term for hanging hand towels, so it took me some trial and error and thanks to searching by images, I finally found that these are called ドレスタオル. Literally dress towels.

I found quite a number of tutorials, all pretty easy to follow with step by step photographs.

Here are the links –

  1. Dress towel with lace trim –
  2. Elephant dress towel –
  3. Dress towel with sleeves –
  4. Shirt towels –

Have fun making them!