Thursday, October 16, 2014

Etsy Updates : Wallets and Pouches

Hi!

Listing items in Etsy can be exhaustive.

Make item, Take photos of item. Edit photos. Upload. Make listing , details descriptions and waiting.

But hey, I made a promise that I will try and upload at least three items per week. This seems more achievable than trying to stock up as much as possible. I will let the shop grow slowly as making items I sell is fun and I can't have too many of them so selling them would be the best choice. I would love to find new homes for the items I made.

If you are interested in buying any of these items, head on to my etsy shop here!

If you buy from me, please know that you are supporting my creative life and I really appreciate that from the bottom of my heart. In fact, even your visit here to my blog is a pleasure for me and is a great support from you! Thank you.. Thank you thank you!!!


Wallet  3 - view 1

Wallet  3 - view 2

Wallet  1 - view 3

Wallet  1 - view 1

Wallet  1 - patchwork liberty - view 4

Wallet  1 - patchwork liberty - view 2

Pouch 4 view 2

Pouch 3 - view 1

Pouch 2 and 3

Pouch 2 - view 2

Pouch 1 - view 2

Pouch 1

This quilt is also for sale!!! 
Quilt view 1

Well, thank you and wish me luck!!!

XOXO

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Funky Lunch Bag

Hi!

Just to share my latest addition to our handmade life. "The lunch bag". I love lunch bags. So practical and funny how much fun it can bring to lunch hours at school.

I made these two lunch bags last two weekends but I have just got the time to blog, so some may have already seen it popped in my Instagram a week back.

Lunch bag - geeky and spring

Anyway, one is for my DH and one for me. I took the inspiration spring to make mine as it is gorgeously spring here down under when I made these.

They are still prototype. I still don't like a few things about them. Well for one, I think the closure could be better. Maybe not a fixed button instead a tie or something. I need to figure what could be best. Any ideas? Am planning to do a tutorial for these bags but have to figure out how to make the closure better. I don't feel like this button closure is practical enough.

no more brown bag- lunch bag

lunch bag

The lunch bag resemble the brown paper bag. I purposely make it like that. I love that it can open wide, fits a wide lunch box or bento box. However, I think a handle wouldn't hurt.. it should make the bag easy to carry. Well, we'll see.

spring lunch bag

lunch anyone


I will try and put together a tutorial soon, so if you have and idea of how to make a closure for this bag, do drop your comment, I'd love to hear it!

Till then,
Have a lovely week!


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Very Cherry Swap : Very Cherry Indeed

Hi!

Today I am going to share with you a wonderful swap package I receive from Lynda , my swap partner assigned for this Very Cherry Swap.  Tina (emilyannkloset) started the swap over on instagram with hashtag #verycherryswap.

I am amira_littlemushroomcap in Instagram by the way.

On a lovely Monday holiday, I receive this bundle of package full of cherry goodness! I love all of them, especially the lip balm (I am a sucker for lip balm) and the pouch! oh and the cute socks! Truely, I love all of them, can't really pick a favourite. Look at that cute pom pom ric rac on the pillow case. Just perfect.

I am very thankful to have such a lovely partner, Lynda and the efforts she puts in all the things she made here. It was all very lovely indeed.

All goodies in one pic. Lucky Me

Cherry Swap received

So much of happy cherries!

all goodies in one

The coasters are perfectly cherry too!

cherry coasters


In return, this is the package I sent her. I love this swap as this swap embraces that we have each other as swap partners.

All packed in a cherry bag I had saved from my last trip cherry picking last year. Another fun thing about this swap is that I squeal everytime I see anything cherry, knowing that I could include it in the swap package. So this bag was definitely one squeal!

very cherry packaged in a reusable cherry bag

Here are the things in the package:

all in one sent

A pin cushion made with fussy cut 1/2 inch hexies and super cute cherry tag I found when I was back in Malaysia :

 Very Cherry Pin cushion

very cherry tag on on pincushion

A sweet charm with a cherry on top! (printables available for free here). So easy to customize your gift with a certain theme with free printables!

  Sweet as Icecream with cherry on top charm

Another customized with the same printable.

packaging in a very cherry package

 She loves lady bug, so I bought lady bug button and stuck them onto the printable too. Made a diary so cherry with the same printable.

I print and cut out cupcake wrappers with the free printable available here.

Deco with printables

Made simple stickers from them too.

Cupcake wrapper

Made the quilt label with a bit of embroidery. Can you spot some cherries in the free motion quilting I did on this quilt?

mini quilt label

The very cherry pouch, embelished with a cute lady bug zipper I found at the recent quilt & craft show.

ladybug charm zipper pull

The open wide pouch has a cherry tag to cover the end of the zipper. Fussy cut.

end of zipper - fussy cut cherry

Overall, I really enjoyed making all of them and have enjoyed the surprise I got from the lovely package Lynda sent me.

Have you been in a swap lately? I am joining another very soon or maybe even start one. Are you interested?

Well, till next time, Have a gorgeous time sewing, quilting or enjoying life!

XX

    

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Tutorial : Simple Tote from fabric selvedges (selvage edges)

Hi!

Header

Today I would love to share you a tutorial on how to make a simple tote. A tote with an exterior made of selvedges. Throwing out bits of fabrics has always been hard for me. Even the littlest or the tiniest let alone the selvedges, long strips of fun text with a bit of the fabric itself. Some have really cute colour codes which make it even harder to throw out. So I decided to keep them, hoping some day I will get to use them in a string quilt like this,this or this.

bundle of selvedge

But in the meantime, I just like to see them used in a simple quick project. So I made a tote out of some of them.

I have them in different sizes, mainly because they are left overs and sometime I need to use the fabric as much as near the edge but I still keep the selvedge because of the texts.

selvedge pressed

Here is the tutorial for the selvedge tote, so you can go make one too!

You can make any size you want, but here I will give out the size I use for mine.

Requirements:

  • A pile of selvedges. It will be easier to have long ones, longer than the width of the tote. Otherwise, you may patch them beforehand
  • quilt batting, slightly larger than the size of your tote (I use 2 pieces of 15 x 18")
  • half yard of lining fabric
  • a fat quarter for the interior pocket
  • a pair of straps, (I use an old overall straps for mine) 
    • you can also make one using 4 strips of 2 x 40" fabric -  place two strip right sides together, sew all around leaving a 3" gap for turning right side, Turn right side out, press and top sticth all around the sides. Make a pair.  
For the tote:

  • First, you will need to piece and quilt as you go the exterior pieces. Sew the selvedges onto the batting covering the raw edges with the neighboring non-fraying edge.

sew

  • If the selvedge finish edge is one of those fray finish, you may put the selvedge right side together and sew rough edges together and flip open.
more sewing

  • Continue until the batting is filled. Do the same for the other piece.
  • Trim the piece to size, 14" x17" with a curvy bottom corners.
  • Cut the same 2 piece for the lining from the lining fabrics

trim to size
  • Remove about a 1/4" of batting from the top side of the piece. I like to do this to avoid bulk later on when sewing the top side.
  • Cut out 15 x 10" out of the pocket fabric. Fold in half with right sides facing, so that it now measures 7.5 x 10". Sew all the way around and leave a small opening for turning right side out. Press and top stitch the edges.
  •  Place onto one of the lining piece. Center it out. I put mine about 7" away the top edge. Sew onto the lining piece on the 3 sides leaving the top side open so that this will become the pocket. You can also stitch the middle down, so that you can have two smaller pocket instead
lining and pocket
  • Place the strap 3" away from the sides, and the end of the strap should be 7" from the top. Mark a line 1 1/2" and 2 1/2" away from the top. This is where I make the square with an X.  
  • Pin and sew the strap onto the exterior piece.


sew the strap

  • Place the two lining piece right side together and sew the sides and the bottom leaving the top side open. Turn right side out. Clip the corners carefully not to snip the stitches
  • Place the exterior piece right sides together and sew the sides and the base leaving the top side open.


put lining in

  • Now place the lining piece inside the exterior piece right sides together. make sure the straps is put inside too.
  • Pin and sew the top edge, leaving a gap for turning right side out.

sew to edge

  • Turn right side out. Press well and top stitch the top seam, closing the gap as you go. Press well.


It's done. Enjoy!

selvedge tote
frinish tote frinish tote 2 daily tote

Hope you enjoy the tutorial!



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