10/30/2011

Frame Pouch Along - Let's join in the Fun!

I just stumbled upon Rebecca's Pouch Along (PAL) through Kelli @ Seriously I think it needs stitches..** Thanks Kelli! :) ** and asked if I could join in.

It would be my first sew-along project ever..so I am VERY excited!

PAL Timeline
Monday October 31st - Drafting a Pouch Design
Tuesday November 1st/Wednesday November 2nd - Cutting and Sewing Fabric
Thursday November 3rd - Attaching the Frame
Friday November 4th - Finished Friday! Linky to Admire Our Work!!!

If you are interested, please check it out by clicking on a button below:


It would be fun to see many creative ideas!

I'm off to get ready now.


Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you again soon :)


10/28/2011

Kawaii Facial Tissue Pouch - Tutorial

I would like to share with you how to make a facial tissue pouch with a pocket in the back. :)

It's very easy to make and will make a great gift I think.


The size of this pouch is about 9 cm x 12 cm. - depending on your seam allowance (If you would like to know the scale in inches, please use the conversion calculator on my sidebar :))

Materials you will need:


- Two pieces of coordinating or contrasting fabrics
(in this project: 15 cm. x 28 cm. patchwork fabric and 15 cm. x 22 cm. natural linen)

- One piece of lining fabric (15 cm. x 22 cm. red flowers fabric)

- One piece of cotton label (optional)


- Cotton lace (approximately 17 cm.)


Note: seam allowance (0.7 cm. or 1/4") is already included in the pattern pieces.

Let's begin!

1. Fold the longer focus fabric in half lengthwise - right side together, pin in place and topstitch across the top.
Then turn the right side out, press and topstitch across on the other side (0.3 cm. or 1/8" seam allowance).


2. Sew a cotton label onto the shorter focus fabric (2 cm. or 4/5" from the edge)- this step is optional.

3. Place the lining fabric and the shorter focus fabric right side together, then topstitch both ends
4.Turn the right side out and press. Next, sew a cotton lace (optional) on one end (close to the cotton label, press and topstitch across both ends(0.3 cm. or 1/8" seam allowance).
5. Place the patchwork piece and natural linen piece together as shown, topstitch across the top (0.3 cm. or 1/8" seam allowance).


6. With the lining side facing down, bring one side of the finished seam up toward the center. Pin in place approximately 0.5 cm (or 1/5") over the center mark. Fold the other side to the center, overlapping 1.5 cm (or 3/5")over the center mark.
Next, sew a 0.7 cm (or
1/4")seam from raw edge on both sides then switch to a zig-zag stitch and sew both sides again.

7. Sew all four corners of the pouch (1.5 cm across @ each corner)


8. Turn the right side of the pouch out...and you are done! :)


This post is linked with:

"Too Cute Tuesday" @ Funky Polkadot Giraffe
"Made by Me! Wednesdays" @ JAQS Stuido
"Handmade Tuesdays" @ Ladybug Blessings
"Sew Cute Tuesday" @ Creative Itch
"Tuesday Time Out" @ Reasons to Skip the Housework
"Show and Tell Friday" @ My Romantic Home
"Crafty, Scrappy, Happy Me Thursday" @ Crafty, Scrappy Happy Me
"Show off Your Stuff Party" @ Fireflies and Jellybeans
"Weekend Showoff Party" @ Ladybird Ln
"Sew and Tell Fridays" @ amylouwho
"Think Pink Sundays" @ Flamingo Toes
"Manic Monday" @ Sew Happy Geek
"Made by You Mondays" @ Skip to my Lou
"Sew Modern Mondays" @ Canoe Ridge Creations
"Craftastic Monday" @ Sew Can Do
"Creative Me Monday" @ The Southern Institute
"Fabric Tuesday" @ Quilt Story

If you have any question, please feel free to ask.
Enjoy!
:)

10/26/2011

Crafty Christmas Club

Thanks to Pam @ Threading My Way..after reading her post I sent an email asking to join the Crafty Christmas Club and now I'm in...Woo Hoo!! I am so excited :)

What is the "Crafty Christmas Club"? (I copied this from the blog)

A group blog for people making their own Christmas prezzies. A hub to discuss your crafty plans with likeminded people, gain inspiration from other craftsters, share tips and tutorials, and show off your finished goodies without spoiling the surprise to family and friends who might be reading your own blog.


What kinds of crafts does it cover?


Sewing, knitting, paper crafts, crafty food gifts, jewellery, decorations, fancy wrapping, cards... and lots of other craftiness.
Sounds fun, isn't it? If you are interested, please check it out by clicking on the button below:



You might wonder that if you do not celebrate Christmas..can you join?

But of course! If you're making Hanukkah prezzies, Winter Solstice prezzies, or any other winter season prezzies.


I have been reading many posts on that blog...there are some links to great tutorials as well. It's a fabulous way to motivate yourself to finish the Christmas gifts projects you have planned, don't you think?


I'm off to make my list now. Hope to see you there! :)
Take care,


10/24/2011

A Giveaway at "Sewingly Along" and My "Dream Land" Curvy Clutch

Cherise from "Sewingly Along" is having a giveaway on her blog.

The giveaway is for
either a "Halloween" or "Thanksgiving" block of your choice.

Head on over so you can see how beautiful they are. :)

The giveaway is opened until midnight Tuesday, October 25th. So hurry up and check it out!


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Yesterday I decided to pick a project from my To-do list. I bought this "curvy clutch" pattern from Keyka Lou a while ago but did not get around to do it yet. Finally, I overcame the mental block and finished the project.

Here it is..my "Dream Land" Curvy Clutch:



I used part of the fabric to decorate the front - "flowery stripe".

Here is the back:


I used the quilt batting to add structure to the clutch. I've made some mistakes along the way but actually that's a good way to learn, isn't it?

So what do you think of my "Dream Land" clutch? :)


I hope you have a great day. Thanks for stopping by. I sure hope to see you again. :))








This post is linked with:
"{Sew} Modern Monday" @ Canoe Ridge Creations

"Sew Cute Tuesday" @ Creative Itch
"Fabric Tuesday" @ Quilt Story
"Tip Junkie's Tip Me Tuesday" @ Tip Junkie
"Link Party No. 73" @ Tea Rose Home
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10/23/2011

"Friday Night Sew-In": First Class to My Heart - A Pouch for A Cause

Here is what I got from my first "Friday Night Sew-in".



I call this pouch "First Class to My Heart". And it was mostly sewn by hand and hand quilted.

I wanted to make this small pouch for the auction that will raise money to help those who suffer from flooding in many areas in my country (Thailand) right now.

This pouch had been on my "To-do" list for a long time and "FNS" really helped motivated me to finish the project.


Thanks Hedi and Bobbi for hosting this fun activity! I am looking forward to joining in the next one. :)
And thank you everyone for stopping by. I hope to see you again soon.


Take care,


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This post is linked with:
"Weekend Showoff Party" @ Ladybird Ln.
"Manic Monday" @ Sew Happy Geek
"Made with Love Monday" @ Sew Chatty
"Craftastic Monday" @ Sew Can Do
"Creative Me Monday" @ The Southern Institute
"Made by You Mondays" @ Skip to My Lou
"Linkin' with Lil' Luna Every Wednesday" @Lil' Luna All Things Good

10/19/2011

"Friday Night Sew-in"

I just signed up for "Friday Night Sew-in" @ Crafty Vegas Mom.

I have so many projects I want to do, so I hope this will help motivate me to actually start working on them.

I am so excited! I can't wait to see what others will do.
If you would like to join the fun, you can click on a button below:

Handmade by Heidi


By the way, I would like to thank Pam @ Threading My Way for introducing me to this fun activity. :)

Now, I'm off to see what I should pick for my first "Friday Night Sew-in" project.

Thank you for stopping by and hope to see you again soon. :)


10/18/2011

Star in Hexagon Purse - A Friendship Sewing Project

I have made so many good friends through sewing.
My sewing group decided to do a bag project together and decided to make a "Star in Hexagon" purse -- which we found the idea from a web.

We had about a month and a half to finish the project. My sewing speed is very slow..so it was quite stressful trying to finish the project in time but I am one of those who need deadline! ;)

Here is my "Star in Hexagon" purse:

And this is the other side:

This is the layout of this purse:
I learned so much doing this project..especially color matching which is still not an easy task for me.
What do you think about my "Star in Hexagon" purse? :)
Thank you for stopping by my blog. I would love to hear from you.








This post is linked with:
"Manic Monday Linky Party" @ SewHappyGeek
"Made by you Monday" @ Skip to my Lou
"Creative Me Monday" @ The Southern Institute
"Tip Junkie's Tip Me Tuesday" @ Tip Junkie
"Linkin' with Lil' Luna Every Wednesday" @ Lil' Luna



10/15/2011

Gussy Sew's Inspiration Workshop! : RED

I just ran into "Gussy Sew" Blog a couple days ago and really like the fun and lively vibes.

She hosts a weekly inspiration workshop which you can join by clicking on the button below.

Gussy Sews Inspiration Workshop!

The Theme for this week is "Red-the color!"
So I can't miss this fun opportunity to show off my "RED" handmade items.


"Mixed Berry" Boston Bag


Matryoshka Keycover


"Cupcake" Mini Purse

"Abby" the country girl

Strawberry Shortcake Mini Coin Purse


Thanks for stopping by! Hope to see you again soon.








This post is also linked with:

"Show off Your Stuff Party" @ Fireflies and Jellybeans
"Crafty, Scrappy, Happy Me Thursday" @ Crafty, Scrappy Happy Me
"Whatever goes Wednesday" @ Someday Crafts
"Show and Tell Friday" @ My Romantic Home

10/13/2011

Giveaway at Lily's Quilts + [Showcase] "Owl" Purse

There is a fun activity going on at Lily's Quilts right now --- The giveaway for Aurifil Threads which is available for the international entries as well! (The giveaway will close on October 19th).

Here is the list of the giveaway:

1. two Designer Collections;
2. two Ultra Collections; and
3. four boxes of six spools of 50wt thread,

half for international readers and half for UK readers.

Have fun!

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I would like to end this post with a picture of a gift I got from a friend whom I met through a local sewing meeting.
We have become great friends for over two years now.




Isn't he a darling? I am planning to make another one and will be happy to post a tutorial if you like. :)

Thank you for visiting my blog ! You have made my day. :)


10/12/2011

Mini Coin Purse "I Heart Paris" Tutorial


This is the first time I try to make a tutorial, so please bear with me.

I have linked this tutorial to "Link Party No. 71", "Show off your stuff party" at Fireflies,
"Craftastic Monday" @ Sew Can Do, "Sew Cute Tuesday" @ Creative Itch, and Jelly Beans, "Whatever goes Wednesday" at Someday Crafts, "Made with Love Monday" at Sew Chatty, "Weekend Showoff Party" at Ladybird Ln, "Show and Tell Friday" at My Romantic Home, and "Friday Favs Party" at Nap Time Crafters. Please visit the buttons on my side bar to look at some other talented projects! I have really enjoyed all these linky parties.


Materials you will need:


Cotton Fabrics for body and lining
Fleece or quilt batting
3.5" (or 8.5 cm) metal clasp
Cotton lace (optional)
Pattern or tracing paper
Chopstick or stuffing fork
Sewing pins

Seam allowance: 1/4" (or 0.7 cm.)

Sewing Body and Lining:

1. Place fleece, right side of the main fabric and the lining together (make sure that the pattern on the main fabric and lining fabric match up)




2. Sew along the pattern line, leave about 1 1/2" opening






3. Trim off excess fleece/ quilt batting and then clip along the curve of the purse




4. Turn right side out by using a chopstick and then use a crochet hook or stiletto to push the corner of the purse body to get sharp corners






5. Hand-sew to close the opening using a ladder stitch



Repeat Step 1-5 then you will get 2 pieces of the purse body (or you can work on two pieces from the beginning). I also hand-quilted the pieces (optional).

6. Before we sew the purse bodies together, turn to the liner side then fold each piece in half and put a mark on the bottom (red circles) -- this is where you will use as a starting point to sew



7. Align the mark areas and then pinned two pieces together



We will sew from the mark area (1) to the other corner of purse body (2)



8. Sew two pieces together using a ladder stitch from center to (1), then from center to (2)

Tip: make sure that you only sew on the edges of the outer bodies (grey fabrics in red circle) -- this will give you neat looking stitches (you can check by turning over to see the stitches from the outer body side)






9. After you finish attaching the body pieces, you can decorate the purse as you like. Here I sewed cotton lace on one side of the purse.



10.Next fold the purse in half and make a mark; then align the mark with the middle hole of the purse frame (work on one side at a time)


11. Use pins to lock the marked position and the two ends, make sure that the lining is well tucked inside the frame (Tip: using stilletto or crochet hook to insert the lining inside the frame)


12. Roughly sew the frame with the purse body to lock the aligned positions


13. Using double threads, starting from one end, insert the needle under the frame to pass through the 1st hole of the frame then move to the 2nd hole

14. Once the needle pass through the liner (about 45 degree angle) in the back (Tip: make sure that it comes out just right next to the frame), insert the needle back through the liner close to the point where the needle first came out as much as possible -- then pass the needle (about 45 degree angle) through the second hole again to the front -- this will make your liner looks neat without seeing the stitches



15. Repeating the same steps but now move from the 2nd hole to the 3rd hole and so on ^-^




16. Work on the other side -- then You are DONE...Hooray!!

Please leave me any question or comment you might have. I will be happy to answer.

Thank you for visiting my blog!













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