How to make a Zipper Pouch with Round Fish Embroidery – Part 1

This is an exciting week for me because I am going to start my first sewing project for World Axiom. As a crafter, I have so many different kinds of accessories and gadgets. Although I use all these pegboard jars helping me organizing my working corner, I need pouches to organize my threads and pencils too.

I am going to show you step by step on how to make a zipper pouch with a pair of Round Fish embroidery on it. This is a satisfying project for a beginner to start. This week, I will show you how to make patterns and get started.

The pouch I am going to make is 9.5”(L) x 4” (W), you can download my patterns (Pattern1 and Pattern2). If you want a bigger pouch, make the pattern per your own preferred dimension. Make sure to get a zipper that fits your pouch. I chose blue as my color theme, you can always choose the color you like.

 I finished this pouch by hand stitching entirely. You can always finish the straight line stitching with your sewing machine if you have one at home.

P.S. I will show you how to embroider the Round Fish next week.

How to do a Spider Web Rose

How do you mix up your embroidery look? You can use ribbon instead of thread! I am going to show you how to use ribbon to do a Spider Web Rose. The Spider Web Rose is sometimes called a Spider Web Stitch, Woven Rose, Woven Wheel and Woven Spoke. This dimensional rose is woven by ribbon through a framework of a 5 point star. The most interesting part of this stitch is that you can use different materials, such as woolen thread, satin ribbon, pear cotton etc.

A small hint on ribbon embroidery, use a needle with a large eye to make it easy to thread the ribbon. This will help the ribbon pass through the fabric easily and minimize fraying.

It will be an interesting week for me as I am preparing a 3-week project for my embroidery followers. I will show you how to make your own pouch with pretty embroidery starting next week.

How to do Shading on Petals using Long & Short Stitch

Flower petals have lots of shadings. You may find that it is a bit boring using single color thread to embroider them. I am going to show you using different shading of color threads to embroider flower petals by using Long & Short Stitch. It looks difficult, I guarantee that your practice and effort will pay off at the end!

There are 2 major ways to approach the Long & Short stitch – completing one petal at a time or stitch each layer of color of all the petals at one time. I prefer the later approach because it saves me time by not having to change different colors of threads from time to time.


How To Sew The Puffy Satin Stitch

Last time I'd demonstrated how to do the Bullion Stitch. You might notice that I used Fishbone Stitch to do the leaves. Although you might find the leaves looked pretty, you may think that they are too flat to go with the Bullion Rose.

So now I am going to show you how to do a puffy leaf using the Satin Stitch. A regular Satin Stitch is used to fill in a pattern and using a little trick you can make a Satin Stitch have life-like depth.

I will show you how to use a Long and Short Stitch to give shadings to your flower petals next week.

Use a Bullion Knot Rose and Add Depth to Your Design

Although it looks a little bit advanced, after  a little bit of practice, you can easily make a very beautiful and dimensional flower with the bullion knot.

A quick tip, if you want the petal to be curled up a little bit, make sure the wrapping is longer than the distance of the stitch.

How to Sew The Bullion Knot Stitch

Have you seen how a lot of flower embroidery is flat and boring?  This week, I am going to show you how to do a Bullion Knot Stitch which gives a three-dimensional feeling to an embroidered flower.  You can use this stitch on every single petal.  It is pretty straight forward, just follow my video shown below.

Next week we will apply this stitch to sew a beautiful rose.

How to Sew The Split Stitch

Hi everyone, it's about time to learn another stitching method.  Today I am going to show you how to do a Split Stitch.  Split stitch creates more decorative look if you want to do a fine line. After you complete the line, it will look like tiny chain stitch, but a lot more delicate.

The Split Stitch is suitable for fine line or embroider pattern which is small in size. I am going to show you how to embroider a string of berries by using split stitch and French knots.

For how to do the French knots , click here to check it out our previous tutorials.

That's it for now, and I see you again next week!

How To Personalize A Wedding Gift

Looking for a perfect wedding gift for your best friend is a tough job. Recently I am looking for a wedding gift for my best friend and I came up with an idea to make it special!

I designed a monogram for the bride and groom and embroidered it on a valance, and I sewed a nice little curtain to go with the gift.

Let me show you how to turn an ordinary gift to a special one by adding some personalized elements.

As you can see, it's not that hard and won't take long.  You can actually do the same to your clothes too. Give it a try!

Click here to check out our previous tutorials on how to use different types of stitches on the monogram.

How to Sew The Fishbone Stitch

Let's use the Fishbone Stitch to fill leaf shapes, as the stitch creates a "vein" down the center of the leaf.  It's not difficult at all. Try it!

The advantage of fish bone stitch is the “vein” is obvious at the center after you complete it and you don’t have to do anything about it afterwards! Once you master the technique, you can play around with the stitching for different shapes of leaves.

For how to use Fly Stitch to make the stem and flower, click here to check out our last week tutorial.  It's easy too!

How to Sew The Fly Stitch

Today, I would like to demonstrate how to use the Fly Stitch to embroider the leaf and stem. Continuing from the Daisy pattern I started last week, I will finish it up by embroidering the stems and leaf. 

Things you need:

  1. Fabric
  2. Matching color thread
  3. Needle
  4. Embroidery bracket
  5. Scissors

Fly Stitch is a very easy way to embroider simple stem and leaf patterns. You can also modify its shape and sizes to give different patterns.

Next week, I will show you how to embroider the leaves and stem by using the Fly Stitch.