I learnt to hand stitch when I was 7. It was the blanket stitch. I was tasked with sewing blanket stitches on a dog applique. When it was completed my teacher, Miss Read brought the fabric with the completed applique home. At the end of the year before school ended, Miss Read gave a beautiful bag to me. When I looked at it and saw my dog applique, I realised she had turned my work into a bag! It was my first handmade bag.
Many years later, I bought my first sewing machine and attended a dressmaking course at a Dressmaking Institute. I was taught by a teacher, Miss Lim who believed in drafting and sewing from scratch. Everything had to be done the hard way.
I sewed everything from blankets, bedsheets to clothes for my niece. When I had my own kids, I sewed dolls outfits for my girl's Barbie. One day, I made a bag for Barbie and there was no turning back. My love for bag-making grew from there.
Now I teach others to make bags.
I use techniques which are easy to pick up yet result in completely lined bags. All pdf sewing patterns have detailed step-by-step photo instructions.