Solids-only Tote Challenge - Final Result!

Finally I finished the tote for the Solids-only Tote Challenge...just a few days before the deadline..Yeah!

Here is the detail about this challenge:

PROJECT: Tote bag
THE KICKER: You must use solid colors only, no prints!
TECHNIQUES: Use at least one of the following: Applique, Reverse Applique, or Patchwork.
VOTING: A Polldaddy poll will be set up to determine the winner.
PRIZES: Winner(s) will receive bragging rights and a snazzy button!

START: November 1st, 2011
LAST DAY FOR SUBMISSION: November 30th, 2011
VOTING: December 1-31, 2011
(I copied the information about this challenge from Rikka @ Ricochet and Away's page ^-^)

I have to thank Rikka and Keren for hosting this wonderful challenge and also to my fellow solids-only tote challenge participants for the inspiration and encouragement.

I sewed the Hawaiian applique girl on to the denim used as the tote body.

Then, on the other side, I was inspired by Pam @ Threading My Way who showed a great applique tutorial on her blog.

This is the first time I tried machine applique and I'm glad I did...I got to try different stitches that are available on my sewing machine and I like the result I got.
I went with curvy flowers so they would fit with the Hawaiian girl design.

O.K. here is the picture of what I call "Hawaiian Chic Drawstring Tote".

And this is how it looks on the other side.

Actually, when I first planned to make this tote..I thought of a more box-like/rectangular shape. But I'm glad I changed to this drawstring style instead..it gives the casual look which fits with the applique designs. For the drawstring part, I used cloth webbing that is normally used for the tote handles and cover the ends with denims.

This is the first time I used only solid fabrics and I am quite proud that I used everything I already have on hand to make this tote (Yes, even the handle..I bought it ages ago and did not think it would become so handy ^-^)

What do you think of the tote? I would love to hear your comment or suggestion.
and Thank you very much for stopping by my blog. :)

This post is linked up with:
"Ta-da Tuesday Link Party" @ Mommy by day Crafter by night

"Think Pink Sundays No. 38" @ Flamingo Toes
"Delicately Constructed Fridays" @ Delicate Construction
"Manic Monday Link Party" @ Sew Happy Geek
"Fabric Tuesday" @ Quilt Story
"Link Party No. 76" @ Tea Rose Home


Featured on "Sew Can Do" -- A Friday Night Sew-in Result and a gift for my swap partner

Cheryl sent me an email to let me know that my Christmas Pillow cover is being featured on "Craftastic Monday" @ Sew Can Do -- Thank you very much Cheryl! :)

Cheryl hosts a wonderful link party every Monday. I have really enjoyed browsing through many great projects for inspiration. Please check it out!

Last Friday I signed up for the Friday Night Sew-in but have been busy and did not get to post what I did so here it is:

Nope..it's not just another frame purse...It's a needle case :)

And this last item..I made for my swap partner:

What is it? A Matryoshka Christmas Ornament?

Well..yes or you can use her as a key cover :)

Well..I will let her show her back a bit ;)

I really hope that my swap partner will like her as much as I do.

If anyone is interested in a tutorial or would like to get a pattern to make this key cover..I can post a tutorial in a couple days. :)

That's all from me for today. Thank you very much for visiting my blog!

This post is linked up with:
"Manic Monday Link Party" @ Sew Happy Geek
"Craftastic Monday" @ Sew Can Do
"Creative Me Monday" @ The Southern Institute
"Tip Me Tuesday" @ Tip Junkie
"Too Cute Tuesday" @ Funky Polkadot Giraffe
"What Goes Every Wednesday" @ Someday Crafts
"Handmade Holidays Link Up" @ Originate and Renovate
"More the Merrier Monday" @ D.I.Y. Home Sweet Home


The Versatile Blogger Award

Last week, Amy @ A Home Made sent me an email to let me know that she has awarded me the Versatile Blogger Award. This means so much to me since I am a newbie to the blogging world and to know that someone like my blog...I am very grateful. Thank you so much, Amy!

Like me, Amy is also new to blogging. I love visiting her blog where she shares wonderful ideas from home decorating, sewing, computer tips, etc. Check it out, I think you will really like her blog too. :)

There are some rules for the award recipient to follow...and here they are:
1. Thank the award-giver and link back to them in your post.
2. Share 7 things about yourself.

3. Pass this award along to 15 recently discovered blogs you enjoy reading.
4. Contact your chosen bloggers to let them know about the award.

O.K. so 7 things that you might not know about me -- this could be boring ;) :

1. My full-time job is a university instructor (I'm an assistant professor) in Polymer Science and Engineering in Bangkok, Thailand. I teach graduate students and help them with their research projects. What I love the most about my job is knowing that I can help someone to achieve what they want in their lives (career wise). And my students think of me as their friend. :)

2. I used to hate sewing and never thought I would enjoy it as much as I do now.

3. I went to school in the U.S. and stayed there for 8 years. I have learned so much while I was there, not only academic-wise but many great life experiences. I wish I would be interested in sewing/quilting back then though.

4. I love spending time with my graduate students, rather than hanging out with my colleagues. Not that I do not like my colleagues..but I guess I just love being around younger kids. They make me laugh...they love teasing me but at the same time they also respect me.

5. I like fabrics, crafts books, and plush toys (yeah I know I am too old for those toys but I can't help it).

(a room in my doll house)

6. On my Birthday in September, my student surprised me with a rabbit from Build-a-bear. It was my favorite birthday present ever...I always want to get plush toys from Build-a-Bear but since I do not have any kid..I did not have any excuse to go there and make one.

7. I am quite sensitive..I cried when I watched Toy Story 3 because I thought it was very touching...I had to try to wipe my tear during the show so persons next to me at the theater would not think that I was crazy *LOL*

Next, I would like to pass the award on to the following bloggers ( Their blogs have inspired me in so many ways. Each one has their own unique and creative styles that I have learned and appreciated. I list them in no particular order):

Threading My Way
Making Rebecca Lynne
Pleasant Home
Lydias Treasures
Ricochet and Away
Sew Happy Geek
Rags to Bags
Sew La Vie
Sana Saroti
Made During Quiet Time
Why Not Sew?
Blue Robbin Cottage
Liesl Made
Very Kerry Berry
Lovely Little Handmades

Please check out this blogs...I think you will enjoy reading them! They are all very talented ladies. :)



Solids-only Tote Challenge Progress and One Flower Wednesday Garden Party

I just would like to post an update on my Solids-only Tote Challenge project:

I finally finished the "Hawaiian Girl" applique part. I think the most time-consuming process was sewing those curvy flowers. So on the other side of the tote, I might change to different style of flowers...we will see ^-^

Last week, I read
Kim C. @ Kim C's This and That posted about her hexie garden. I decided to join the One Flower Wednesday garden party hosted by Karen @ Journey of a Quilter. I only have one flower so far and already have a plan to use it for the swap project...so I think my garden will grow at a very slow rate..hehe.

If you would like to know more about this party and how you can join in the fun, please click the button on my sidebar to check it out. :)

Thanks for stopping by my blog....Cheers!



Savvy Seasons Swap and a BIG THANKS to Jenna @ Sew Happy Geek

First of all, I would like to thank Jenna @ Sew Happy Geek for featuring my vintage rose frame purse.


Jenna's Manic Monday Link Party was the first link party I joined so I was very excited when Jenna told me that I was featured. There are many inspiring sewing projects linked up every monday. I love Jenna's sewing and Blog/HTML tutorials as well.

I did not write any post for almost a week because I was trying to catch up with my Savvy Seasons Swap project. This is what I have done so far, a Christmas pillow cover:

I still have to add the white borders for the pillow top. My swap partner likes red/white. What do you think of this? Any suggestion is welcome and very appreciated.

I am also working on other things for the swap and will post my progress here soon.

Thank you very much for visiting my blog. I hope to see you again soon.

This post is linked up with:

"Manic Monday Link Party" @ Sew Happy Geek

"Creative Me Monday" @ The Southern Institute

"Craftastic Monday" @ Sew Can Do

"Craft and Tell" @ Cherished Bliss

"Fabric Tuesday" @ Quilt Story

"Sew Cute Tuesday" @ Creative Itch

"Handmade Tuesdays" @ Ladybug Blessings

"Too Cute Tuesday" @ Funky Polkadot Giraffe

"Wednesday Link Party" @ Tea Rose Home

"W.I.P. Wednesday" @ Freshly Pieced


Thursday Think Tank - November 10th,2011 and Solids-only Tote Challenge Check-in

Thursday Think Tank

I'm combining Thursday Think Tank and Solids-only Tote Challenge check-in together in one post.

I have been working on the Solids-only Tote challenge for the past few days. If you are interested, please check it out.
The challenge is still opened. It's a great way to challenge yourself, make new friends, and learn so many great ideas.

Here is my progress so far:

I finished part of the front applique design...the theme is "Hawaiian Girl".

I still have to decorate her hair with flowers and hand-stitch her face. I will use denim as a main fabric. For the back, I will applique some flowers and hand-stitch the word "Aloha".

In the meantime, I'm working on designing a Christmas pillow for the Savvy Season {A Modern Swap} as well. I have a theme on my mind. I also think about adding extra gifts for my swap partner - a pincushion or a pouch...but will have to make a decision soon cuz I am running out of time. I will post more about the swap soon. :)

Thank you very much for stopping by ^-^


Tutorial and Pattern for Vintage Rose Frame Purse

I am so excited -- my Kawaii Facial Tissue Pouch has been featured on Creative Itch:

Creative Itch

Misty @ Creative Itch hosts "Sew Cute Tuesday" link party for sewing projects every week. It's a wonderful place to find great inspiration so please check it out.

To celebrate this, I am posting a tutorial for the vintage rose frame purse as promised :).

Materials you will need:
Cotton Fabrics for body and lining

Fleece or quilt batting
3.5" (or 8.5 cm) metal clasp

Pattern or tracing paper
Sewing pins

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

Note: when you print out the pattern; please make sure that in your print properties, the scaling is set to "None".
The pattern is in a pdf format. So, the acrobat reader is required.

Sewing Body and Lining:

1. Trace the pattern on to the fabrics and cut main fabrics, lining fabrics, and batting according to the pattern guideline. Sew the batting onto the main fabrics (in this case, I use the sew-in type but if you use another type, just follow the manufacturer guideline).

2. We will start with the main fabrics, sew pattern A with B, then sew another piece of A followed by another piece of B: A+B+A+B

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

4. Repeat step 2 and 3 for the lining fabrics

5. Insert the main focus fabric bag into the lining bag, right side together as shown in picture, then sew across the top but leave one side open6. Then turn the right side out, press and topstitch across the opening(0.3 cm. or 1/8" seam allowance).
Sewing frame and purse:

I use pictures and instructions from the mini-coin purse tutorial.

7. 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)

8. 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)

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

10. 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

11. 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

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

13. Work on the other side -- then You are DONE...Yeah!!

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

Thank you for visiting my blog and hope to see you again soon!

Note: I also used this pattern for the strawberry shortcake mini-coin purse.

This post is linked up with:

"Sew Cute Tuesday" @ Creative Itch

"Too Cute Tuesday" @ Funky Polkadot Giraffe
"Fabric Tuesday" @ Quilt Story
"Tip Me Tuesday" @ Tip Junkies
"Made by Me Wednesdays" @ JAQS Studio
"Wednesday Link Party" @ Tea Rose Home
"Whatever goes Wednesday" @ Someday Crafts
"Linkin' with Lil' Luna Every Wednesday" @ Lil' Luna
"Friday Favs" @ Naptime Crafters
"Craft & Tell" with Cherished Bliss
"Weekend Showoff Party" @ Ladybird Ln.
"Show and Tell Friday" @ My Romantic Home


Frame Pouch Along - Mission Accomplished and My Finished Projects in October

Yeah! I finished my first sew-along project -- the "Frame Pouch Along".

It was a great fun trying to choose the theme, fabric, design..and finish the project in time. I actually finished this pouch two days ago..got the pictures taken yesterday but did not get around to post.

So here it is -- my "Vintage Rose" frame purse

Just to give you the idea - how big this pouch is -- it's about a palm-size ^-^.

And it has quite roomy space --

You can find great tutorials on frame purse @ making rebecca lynne.

I am in the process of making a tutorial for this frame pouch and will post it along with the pattern as soon as it done.

And to wrap up, here is a mosaic of my finished projects in October:

I think having a blog has really motivated me to finish some projects on my To-do list.

This month, I will be busy with the Solids-only Tote Challenge and making things for the Savvy {Seasons} - a Modern Swap I signed up @Flickr but I am not complaining since I have so much fun \(^-^)/.

Thank you for stopping by and I am looking forward to seeing you again. :)


This post is linked up with:

"Fresh Sewing Day" and "Small Blog Meet" at Lilly's Quilts
"{Inspiration Workshop! - FLOWERS}" @ Gussy Sews
"Weekend Showoff Party" @ Ladybird Ln.
"Think Pink Sundays" @ Flamingo Toes
"Friday Favs" @ Naptime Crafters
"Made with Love Monday" @ Sew Chatty
"Manic Monday Link Party" @ Sew Happy Geek
"{Sew} Modern Monday" @ Canoe Ridge Creations
"Creative Me Monday" @ The Southern Institute
"Craftastic Monday" @ Sew Can Do

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