Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to all my blogging friends!

Thank you for all your comments and your visits over the year. I also would like to thank you for the advice when I've needed it. :)

I hope you have a wonderful holiday season and enjoy spending time with your family and loved ones.



2-in-1 Easy Peasy Apple Mug Rug + Pot Holder: Tutorial & Free Pattern

Sorry that I had not posted or updated my blog for the last couple days..things just have been so crazy at work. :(

I would like to post a tutorial for a gift idea that is very easy to make and quite practical -
a mug rug that also can be used as a pot holder :)
You can even use fabric scraps for this project.

(Please excuse my make-do picture on the right ;))

Materials you will need:
Cotton Fabrics

Fleece or quilt batting
Ribbon and a button

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.

Let's begin!
1. Trace the pattern and cut main fabrics, and batting according to the pattern guideline (I put the letter codes on the fabrics and batting in the picture matching the pattern pieces.)

2. Fold the fabric piece B in half, press and top-stitch across on the straight line side (0.3 cm. or 1/8" seam allowance), then repeat this step for another fabric piece B
3. Sandwich a batting between two focus fabrics and quilt as desired, then place fabric pieces B on top, line up with the raw edge of fabric piece A and pin these pieces together4. Pin the bias binding and sew along the raw edge, then fold the binding over the fabric edge to the wrong side and slip-stitch the folded edge of the binding

5. Sew a piece of ribbon and a button on the top and then you are done!
isn't that simple?

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!

This post is linked up with
Manic Monday Link Party @ Sew Happy Geek

A Round Tuit @ Creating My Way to Success


Savvy Seasons Swap - Gifts Received!

When I saw a package in my mailbox at work yesterday, I was so excited. I did not think that I would get the gifts from my swap partner so early. And as soon as I opened the package..I was simply over the moon. Look at what Fiona @ Poppy Makes made for me:

Beautiful Christmas Pillow Cover

Also a matching wall hanging/ table topper and two little house ornaments

Here is a close-up shot of the embroidery

isn't he just adorable?
Thank you so much Fiona! You've made my day :)

I also have to thank Kerrie @ Lovely Little Handmade for organizing this wonderful swap and other Savvy Seasons Swap participants for such a joyful and exciting vibes. I could not have asked for a better swap experience -- especially this one being my first :).

Thank you very much for stopping by to read my post! I'm planning to post a quick gift project very soon.



FNSI Result and TTT - Pick Your Favorite Cup! - Laptop Sleeve

This is what I got from Friday Night Sew-in -- actually I only finished part of the project on Friday night ..cut out all the fabrics and ingredients according to the pattern and finished it off yesterday.

This laptop sleeve is a gift to my student. We like to hang out at Starbucks so when I saw this fabric I had to get it just for her. :) She is not the lace and bow kind of gal so I think a classic, trendy style will fit her better.

I used a
13" Laptop Sleeve pattern from Keykay Lou with a slight modification, instead of using VELCRO tape to secure the sleeve, I used the natural linen stripe instead. The pattern comes with a great detailed instruction.

I think next time I make the laptop sleeve again, I will try to either use a rigid cardboard box or a foam cushion as a stabilizer for a firmer structure ----but then it might be more difficult to sew -- any other suggestion? :)

Well, I have an appointment with my friends to go shopping for yarns..so I have to sign off now.

Thank you very much for stopping by!


The Naughty Notions Challenge and Some Random Stuff

Whew! What a busy week I had at work..luckily that I have Monday off..it's a Constitution day - a holiday here in Thailand. I am glad I will have some time to catch up with some of my sewing projects. :)

Remember the Solids-only Tote Challenge I posted about recently? Keren @ Sew La Vie and Rikka @ Richochet and Away are co-hosting another challenge called "The Naughty Notions Challenge" which will officially begin on January the 1st of 2012!

This time the participants will get to make a clutch bag or a small handbag with lots and lots of notions!! The notions include buttons, beads, snaps, ribbon, cord, eyelets, hooks and eyes, zippers, lace trim..or anything you can think of :)

Please click on the link button to read more details about this challenge and join us!

On another note, recently I just learned to knit...my friends and I are going to the north eastern part of Thailand and then will cross the boarder to Laos. It will be a bit chilly where we are going so my friends convinced me that I should knit a scarf for myself. Here is what I got so far:

I had to re-knit many times...I hope I will finish this before Christmas..in time for the trip!

When my friends and I went to the mall to pick up some yarns for our projects..there was a fundraising event for the flood victims in Thailand..I took some pictures that I would like to share with you:

Granny Squares Scooter Cover

How about the Granny Squares on a VW van?? Cute, aren't they? :)

and a cover for a classic VW Beetle

Also, I mailed out the package for my Savvy Seasons Swap Partner..Yeah!! I hope the package will get to her in time before she leaves for her vacation.

Well, that's all I have for now..I am planning to make a laptop cover for my student. I will post about it soon.

Thanks for visiting my blog! :) Hope to see you again soon.


Surprise Pay It Forward!

After reading about a Surprise Pay It Forward on my friend, Kim's blog @ Kim C.'s this and that.


I could not pass up a great opportunity. How nice it will be if I could surprise someone with a gift made by me..and in return, I would get a surprise gift from Kim too :) Fun Fun Fun! Please check her blog out...there still might be a spot available for you to sign up to receive a surprise gift from her as well.

Well..there are some rules (I copied these from Kim's blog) that you will have to follow though. Here they are:

1. I will make a little something for the first 3 people that comment on this post. It will be a surprise and may arrive at any time in the next 365 days (yes, a year Good things come to those who wait!).

2. To sign up to receive a gift from me you
must play along too. Share the giving love on your blog by promising to send a handmade goodie to the first three people that comment on your blog post.

3. You must have a blog.

4. After commenting on my post, you have to post this (or similar) on
your blog to spread the love. If you haven't posted in 48 hours then the next commenter will be chosen. (So, even if your not 1.2.or #3 commenter you can still win!)

What do you think? Would you like to make someone's day by sending them a surprise gift? I know I'd love to. :)

Thank you very much for stopping by. I really appreciate you taking time to visit my blog.


I did it..I made a cushion cover!

I finally finished making a pillow cover for my Savvy Seasons Swap Partner.

I used the fabric with the patchwork pattern ..hehe..yeah I know I cheated a little here ;)

It was my first attempt trying to make a pillow cover. I have to thank my swap partner because if she did not put this on her wishlist..I would never learned how to make one.

I just found a great tutorial that Keren @ Sew La Vie put together showing how to insert an invisible zipper on a cushion cover. I definitely will have to try this next time.

Well, I feel quite relieved finishing this major task for my swap partner. I am planning to make a couple more extra things and then I can mail the package off to her by Friday which is the deadline.

Also, if you can remember I posted about the Solids-only Tote Challenge. The voting has begun and will end on December the 31st. Please stop by @ Sew La Vie to cast your vote and take a look at all the inspiring totes!
Thanks to Rikka @ Ricochet and Away and Keren @ Sew La Vie for a fun and creative challenge. I am looking forward to participating in a new challenge!

Thank you very much for stopping by..until next time :)

This post is linked up with:
"Manic Monday Link Party" @ Sew Happy Geek

"More the Merrier Monday" @ D.I.Y. Home Sweet Home
"Let's Party! on Blissful & Domestic"


Matryoshka Ornament + Key Cover: Tutorial and Free Pattern

I'm sorry that I have not posted for a while. I have been very busy with my work and also not feeling well the last couple days.
I promised to myself that I could not post until I finished a certain task for my job...I just did it today so now I can post a tutorial for the Matryoshka Ornament + Key cover :)

Materials you will need:
Cotton Fabrics for body and lining

Fleece or quilt batting
Ribbon and Key ring

Cotton Lace (optional)
Pattern or tracing paper
Sewing pins

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

Note: when you print out the pattern and pattern detail; 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.

Let's start!
1. Trace the pattern on to the fabrics and cut main fabrics, lining fabrics, and batting according to the pattern guideline. Cut out the focus and lining fabrics and batting (I put the letter codes on the fabrics in the picture matching the pattern pieces).

Note: for the face and hair patterns, if you use felt, you can use the pattern pieces as given. But if you use fabrics like mine, please add 1/4" or 0.7 cm. seam allowance.

2. Start by sewing pattern A and B together
Then clip the curved area

3. 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)
Trace pattern C on the wrong side of the lining fabric, sew along the pattern line but do not forget to leave about 1 1/2" opening
Trim off excess fleece/ quilt batting and then clip along the curve (the arrow shows the opening)
5. Repeat step 3 and 4 but using the focus fabric - C instead..then turn the right side out and slip stitch across the opening ( I hand sewed using the ladder stitch and added cotton lace here)

6. For the front body piece, trace the face pattern and then applique the face piece followed by the hair pieces

7. Draw the face detail(eyes, cheeks, and mouth) and then practice your hand embroidery skill :)

8. Turn to the lining side and mark the bodies according to the pattern guideline (white arrows)

9. Align the mark areas and then pinned two pieces together..sew two pieces together using ladder stitches (I sewed from the lining sides and then turned right side out)

10. Insert the ribbon through the opening at the top before tying the ribbon with a key ring..then you are done!

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!

This post is linked up with:
"Tip Me Tuesday" @ Tip Junkie
"Ta-Da Tuesday Link Party" @ Mommy by day Crafter by night
"Round Tuit Link Party" @ Creating my Way to Success
"Whatever goes Wednesday" @ Someday Crafts

"Made by Me Wednesdays" @ JAQS studio
"Friday Favs on Naptime Crafters"
"Delicately Constructed Friday" @ Delicate Construction
"Show and Tell Friday" @ My Romantic Home
"Let's Party! on Blissful & Domestic"
"Once Upon a Weekend" @ Family Ever After
"Handmade with Love" - a holiday tutorial @ Pink Chalk Studio

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