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sashiko stitching zipper pouches

Sashiko Stitching Multiple Zipper Pouches

Since I work on our dining table, from time to time, that whole space needs to cleared up to serve its original purpose. I did the exercise this past weekend. Overtime, I've moved bits of sewing supplies here and there to the table, before I knew it, the table had become quite clustered. While I was tidying up, I looked at my big fabric stash and sewing supplies and realized wow, I've really spent a lot of money on this hobby. Probably not as much as a woodworking hobby drains the bank…

zipper pouches with cloud sashiko pattern

Zipper Pouches with Sashiko Stitching and Blockprinting Experiment

I have a confession to make... I might have picked up a new hobby, or two... And like always, they are time consuming ones. I'm fallen in love with Sashiko Stitching. I could do it all day long, if I was allowed. It's more theraputic than washing dishes. And once you've done your stitching, why not making a zipper pouch out of it? I used fabric tracing paper to trace a pattern onto a piece of dark fabric. With light color fabric, I stuck both the pattern and fabric on a window and used a…

Purl Soho Railroad Tote bags

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Who says domestic sewing machine struggles with webbing? My entry level Elna eXplore 240 can prove you wrong. I'm no expert at sewing webbings. Should I have used a specific needle, or foot? I'm pretty sure that's one way of DIYing ballpoint needles from sharp needles.... Why have I made 3 bags? There is a teeny weeny chance that I get a market space in three months' time, if I can put together a range of items, which is really quite unlikely. Anyway, my idea of production is to not to…

Mini Felt Animals inspired by Jane Bull's Crafty Creatures.

Mini Felt Creatures

I'm losing it. Needlepoint work? I had never thought I would tackle handstitching for a whole bunch of little animals. These guys were supposed to be part of our school holiday projects between C and I. However, as I mentioned in the previous post, we didn't manage to do a lot of planned activities. This task has inevitably fallen on my shoulders, now that C's back at school. And to be honest, as much as it is great to involve a child when crafting, doing it solo does speed up the process…

denim cloche hat, pattern from Cotton Friend magazine

Denim Cloche Hat -- A Scrap Fabric Project

C likes to ask me these days when I fetch her from school, "What's new since this morning?" To that, with the new hat in my hand, I replied "A new hat?". "Oh mom, this is so cute." OK, let's be honest here. How this hat is cute looking to a 6-year-old is beyond me, but that excitement from her totally shovelled the words "This is actually for me" to my stomach. There and then, she put the hat on her head. It actually doesn't look ginormous on a child. First thing's first, I am doing quite…

denim cloche hat, pattern from Cotton Friend magazine
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Denim Cloche Hat -- A Scrap Fabric Project

C likes to ask me these days when I fetch her from school, "What's new since this morning?" To that, with the new hat in my hand, I replied "A new hat?". "Oh mom, this is so cute." OK, let's be honest here. How this hat is cute looking to a 6-year-old is beyond me, but that excitement from her totally shovelled the words "This is actually for me" to my stomach. There and then, she put the hat on her head. It actually doesn't look ginormous on a child. First thing's first, I am doing quite…

color blocking lunch bag with bull denim and Skinny laMinx Palmetto range

Skinny laMinx Scraps and DIY Squares and a Little Pocket Tutorial

You know, I mentioned it before that I'm not a big fan of fabric cutting. But I'm a big fan of these Skinny laMinx DIY Squares, because they are pre-cut! They all have great pocket potentials. I love pockets. I wouldn't know what to do with myself if I had to wear something without a pocket. For example, where do I put my hands? Even my gym leggings have to have a pocket, at least a small one for the locker key. I'm going to show you how very easy it is to make a pocket. Zigzag stitch or…

Denim lunch bag with Skinny laMinx DIY Square pocket

Skinny laMinx Scraps and DIY Squares and a Little Pocket Tutorial

You know, I mentioned it before that I'm not a big fan of fabric cutting. But I'm a big fan of these Skinny laMinx DIY Squares, because they are pre-cut! They all have great pocket potentials. I love pockets. I wouldn't know what to do with myself if I had to wear something without a pocket. For example, where do I put my hands? Even my gym leggings have to have a pocket, at least a small one for the locker key. I'm going to show you how very easy it is to make a pocket. Zigzag stitch or…

zipper pouches made from Skinny laMinx DIY squares

Zipper Pouches with Skinny laMinx DIY Fabric Squares and a Tutorial

I love these DIY squares from Skinny laMinx. They are ideal for zipper pouch making. It's always the first idea that comes to me when I have a load of scrap fabric. It's so simple that no brain cell is harmed. The best thing with these fabric sqaures is they are all pre-cut. All you need to do is to trace the same square on the lining fabric. You will be ready to go. Let's get straight to it. Things you need to make one zipper pouch: two DIY fabric squares from Skinny laMinx, or any other…

coasters with pom poms made from Skinny laMinx's DIY fabric squares

Skinny laMinx DIY Squares Coasters and Tutorial

Hello there, I'm back with another tutorial using Skinny laMinx DIY Squares. It hit me one morning while making pom poms. OK the truth is the night before that I started watching a Taiwanese movie called First of May. I enjoyed it but had to switch off the TV to go to bed. One of the benefits of a SAHM is you are always in a relaxed environment. So to finish off the movie, I grabbed my pom pom maker and a cup of tea. I don't spend a lot of time in front of TV, and when I do, I make sure I…

coasters with pom poms made from Skinny laMinx's DIY fabric squares

Skinny laMinx DIY Squares Coasters and Tutorial

Hello there, I'm back with another tutorial using Skinny laMinx DIY Squares. It hit me one morning while making pom poms. OK the truth is the night before that I started watching a Taiwanese movie called First of May. I enjoyed it but had to switch off the TV to go to bed. One of the benefits of a SAHM is you are always in a relaxed environment. So to finish off the movie, I grabbed my pom pom maker and a cup of tea. I don't spend a lot of time in front of TV, and when I do, I make sure I…

fabric headband made from Skinny laMinx DIY squares

Kids Headband Made from Skinny laMinx DIY Squares and a Brief Tutorial

Have you seen Skinny laMinx's DIY Supplies range? You really need to check it out. Such cute fabric squares. The very kind and genius mind Heather behind Skinny laMinx offered me some fabric to try it out. First of all, I want to say when you are offered fabric from her, you should never say no. These are locally produced top quality upholstery fabric we are talking about. Even though I'm not covering any couches right now, there are still endless possibilities to play with here. Remember I…

Teddy's Clothes

A Wardrobe for Nounours

When C was one year's old, she started watching this French cartoon called L'ane Trotro. It's a 3-minute short mini series, in French. We were looking at opportunities of moving to Quebec so some French would be handy. Anyway, there's this teddy bear called nounours (which means teddy bear in English) that belongs to the donkey, the main character. C had (still has) a teddy bear that looked just like the one in the cartoon, then she started to call it nounours. At that age, your brain…

Zipper Pouches with Pom Poms

Zipper Pouches with Pom Poms

I'd say big social developments come with Grade 1. Kids have more freedom to bring small items to school and hide in their gigantic school bags. They have their own break-time show-and-tell. Tuck shop is open to them on Fridays. I usually give R20 for tuck-shop day and I tell C that she can choose to buy or not buy anything. It's her money. She always comes home pennyless. Last Friday, one friend forgot to bring money, so C bought a bottle of water the friend, and some ice bites for other…