Do you want to learn how to sew? Start with a pillow!

An easy way to learn how to sew is to start with a pillow. When my daughter was 11 years old, she wanted to learn how to sew. She even received a sewing machine as a gift! She took a class at Joann’s and learned how to make a pillow. It was a cute little pink pillow and she was so proud of it.

Sewing a pillow is an easy sewing project which make it great for a beginner. Here’s a link you can go to for some step by step instructions:

I used these instructions last Christmas to make a pillow for my son. He was excited because he got to pick out the fabric he wanted for his pillow.

Cool Santa pillow

Here’s how you do it:
-Find the measurements of your pillow
-Cut 2 pieces of fabric the same measurements as your pillow making a 5/8 seam allowance
-With right sides together, sew using a 5/8 inch seam allowance along three sides of the pillow, leaving an opening to place the pillow inside
-Snip the corners
-turn right side out
-Fold in the last side of the pillow using a 5/8 inch seam allowance and iron it down to prepare it for sewing.
-Place your pillow inside.
-Sew the last side down and voila, your finished pillow!

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On my baking bucket list: Buchi (sesame seed balls)

Buchi balls (or sesame seed balls) are glutinous rice balls filled with sweetened red bean paste and covered in sesame seeds. They are delicious deep fried goodness.

I’ve had these treats at Chow King, which is a Filipino fast food restaurant. You can definitely find them at Chinese restaurants where they are served as a dessert, especially when you go for dim sum.

Dim sum is a style of Chinese cuisine or brunch. Bite-sized portions of food are served on small plates. Dim sum dishes are usually served with tea.

These treats are served as a dessert but they are so rich and filling that they can also be a snack.

I found a couple of Filipino recipes for buchi or sesame seed balls at and also at  If you would like to try the Chinese sesame seed ball recipe, you can try this recipe I found at The recipes are pretty similar.

They all include ingredients of water, brown sugar, glutinous rice flour, sweetened red bean paste, sesame seeds and sesame seed soil for deep frying.

Someday I will try to make these delicious treats. Until then, dim sum!

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