Sew Illustrated Blog Tour & Giveaway

It’s a miracle – I sewed something! This summer has been crazy busy for me and my family and it seems like forever since I sat down at my machine to make anything. Thank goodness I was asked to create something from the fabulous new book, Sew Illustrated, by the talented duo Minki Kim and Kristin Esser for C&T Publishing.SE_Book_BP“Drawing” with your sewing machine can seem quite intimidating, but it really isn’t as hard as one might think. And, it’s super fun and addicting! Minki and Kristin provide all the information you need to create a beautifully illustrated sewing project of your own. When I discovered Minki’s work on Instagram, I was in awe. Everything that she creates in nothing less than jaw-dropping. I am always amazed at how she works with such tiny pieces of fabric and illustrates such beautiful works of art. Sew Illustrated is filled with so many adorable and versatile designs. If you ever needed justification for saving tiny fabric scraps, this book is it!

I decided to start out making this lovely framed art piece for my sewing room. I’ve made other projects using this technique, but never this elaborate. I usually am just sewing around a simple object like a heart, but Minki’s designs show you how you can add more detail like in the basket or the sewing machine. I prefer to attach the fabric scraps using fusible web, but the book shows you several different methods. For the piece below, I then stitched once around each object with dark brown thread and then added in the details. I just love how it turned out!Remember I said this was addicting, so I decided to make a padded pouch for my sewing scissors. You know how we sewing people protect the good ones with our lives. The pouch itself is not actually a pattern in the book –  I just made it up to fit my scissors. The scissors graphic that I appliquéd to the top of the pouch can be found in the book, however, and is the same scissors graphic as in the framed piece pictured above – I just enlarged it.ScissorsPouch_Closed_BP I stitched around the scissors twice on this one since it was fairly large without too many fine details. ScissorsPouch_Open_BPThere is no doubt in my mind that I’ll making more goodies from Minki and Kristin’s book. Perhaps, I will venture off and create some of my own sewing illustrations as well. Make sure to follow along with the Sew Illustrated Blog Tour. Below is a list of all the talented makers with links to their blogs.Banner_BP

August 15:   C&T Publishing

August 16:   Amy at nanaCompany

August 17:   Wynn at zakkaArt

August 18:   Sedef at Down Grapevine Lane

August 19:   Lisa at A Spoonful of Sugar

August 20:   Amy at chick chick sewing

August 21:   Stacy  at Stacy Olson (you’re here!)

August 22:   Debbie at Happy Little Cottage

August 23:   Generation Q Magazine

August 24:   Faith at Sarana Ave

August 25:   Ayda at cafenohut

August 26:   Melissa at Oh, How Sweet

August 27:   Jemima at Tied with a Ribbon

August 28:   Veronica at Vivid Felicity

August 29:   Sharon at Lilabelle Lane Creations

August 30:   Nadra at Ellis & Higgs

August 31:   Kristyne at Pretty by Hand

September 1:   Elnora on Instagram

September 2:   Jennie at Clover and Violet

September 3:   Auribuzz

September 4:   Minki at Minki’s Work Table / Kristin at They Grow Up Too Fast


Would you like to win a copy of this book? C & T Publishing is generously giving away a copy of Sew Illustrated. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post.  A winner will be chosen and announced on August 26th. A USA winner will receive a hard copy of the book and an international winner will receive an eBook. The winner will be notified by email from me. Good luck!


82 thoughts on “Sew Illustrated Blog Tour & Giveaway”

    1. Hi Michele – I wanted to let you know that the pouch is not a pattern in the book, just the scissors graphic used for the appliqué. I’ve updated the post to state that so there isn’t any confusion.

  1. I can totally understand how you could get addicted to these techniques and projects! The raw-edge applique and outlines are so sweet with home-spun look. I want to give it a try too!

  2. Oh my goodness everything is so beautiful! The framed picture is just so beautiful and a work of art! Great job Stacey!!!

  3. I would love to have this beautiful book full of lovely projects!!! In the process of moving to my new home & will have my very first sewing room!!!!! I’m so excited!!! Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. I love that little case that you made for your scissors. I think I’d like to try my had at that illustration, too.

  5. I have been intimidated to try this type of sewing also. It is so darling, though, and I love the picture scene for your sewing room. Just what my sewing room has been needing and I even have a frame waiting for it! I have to but this book. Thank you for the encouragement to get out of my little safe box.❤

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    Love, love, love the illustrated sewing!! So adorable!! I would LOVE to win the book!! Thanks for the wonderful chance! !! Fingers crossed!! ?

  7. “It’s all in the details.” Boy, that certainly is true with that framed picture. The details in the sewing machine are amazing. It looks so intricate and yet you did a fabulous job. Great SEW ILLUSTRATED!

  8. Sorely tempted to try the illustration sewing, wish I could be assured of the same result as yourself! Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  9. This appliqué technique sounds very interesting. My favorite pattern so far is the coasters pattern. Thanks for the chance to win.

  10. Small gifts for sewing friends is the best gift ever. A pin cushion, a case for our ‘nice’ scissors….just love it and it means so much being handmade!

  11. The sewing scene you created is so charming! It’s not that often I see something I am completely enamored with and yet think I could actually figure out how to make! It looks like it might be a really fun group project–one person cutting out the scissors, one person cutting out the sewing machine…in the end, the little tableaux would be a reminder of a group of quilty friends.

  12. Your projects turned out adorable and inspiring! I definitely want this book for all the cute ideas. Thanks for the opportunity!

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