Saturday, November 21, 2015

30's reproduction Casual Patchwork Weekend Bag

Last month, I chanced upon a fabric detashing sale at Instagram. Even though the images of each fabric is too small for my eyes to see, overall, they looked pretty and I fell in love with the 30's reproduction fabrics. It is not easy to find them in Singapore shops and I have to look elsewhere online. Reproduction fabrics give me a vintage and cottage feel. I just love it and definitely will be searching for more to stock up.

I began to fuzzy cut the fabrics I bought intro trapezium sizes. I hand sewed them in pairs after arranging by colours.

Pairing up the trapeziums
Then I stitched them in rows and sewed them up together into one big piece of patchwork.

Arranged in rows
Next step, I batted and topstitched with Gutermann threads. Then I trimmed into the size I needed.

They looked pretty together.
I added a leather label at the bottom of the bag that I am going to make. It looked pretty with the label.

Added the leather label
Subsequently, I sewed up into a casual patchwork weekend bag.





From the top
I love this retro bag and have listed it up for sale in my Etsy shop here if you are interested. :)

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Christmas owls zipper pouches up for sale!

Christmas is just around the corner without knowing. Especially for mummies with children as most of your time is spent with them and their activities. (You know what I mean....)

Here are some of the Christmas items I have handmade and listed up in my Etsy shop. They are limited pieces. So buy them early before they are sold out.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Baby Quilt/Blanket for Sale

This baby quilt/blanket is handmade and design by me. Great piece as a gift or for your baby boy or girl to use. Unique and one piece only. 100% cotton designer and branded cloth and cotton threads are used to sew this.

Size : approx 87cm width x 117cm height (approx 34" x 46")
Using Warm and Natural cotton batting which is suitable for use in Summer/Singapore's weather. It uses no chemicals, glues, or resins, which is gentle enough for baby or young children.

Unique piece and no duplicate.

More details at my Etsy shop. :)

Friday, October 23, 2015

NHK Sutekini Handmade - Atsuko Matsuyama Monthly quilt "Fruit Fantasy" Sew A-Long Block 2 - Cherry Applique (NHKテレビテキスト すてきにハンドメイド 松山敦子のマンスリーキルト「フルーツ・ファンタジー」)

Today, I will be sharing with you the Block 2 of the recent Atsuko Matsuyama Monthly quilt sew-a-long which is the Cherry Applique. I have not done a single applique before as I also feel scared to sew one. To me, it takes a lot of handsewing skills to sew up a applique on a cloth. In fact, I have never use a machine to sew up one too.

The sew a-long is from the magazine on the right called Sutekini Handmade.

This time, I took up a personal challenge to try on one.

I traced all the parts onto a freezer paper which I bought one box at Cold Storage at Kallang Leisure mall (next to Stadium MRT station). I cut them up and ironed on the right side of the fabrics that I am going to use. I cut the fabric about 3cm from the border of the freezer paper template before I sew. I used the same coloured thread as the fabric used so that it will look neat on the side.

My first applique part!
Applique done.
To be frank, my hands were shaky but then I could always unstitched if it was done poorly. With more practises, I managed to overcome the fear and finished all the parts before I embroider. I used 2 strands of DMC threads to sew.

Using DMC threads

My applique block is completed. I am satisfied that I can complete applique block with big resistant at first. I guess there is nothing that I could not handsew already. Goal achievement!

Block 2 completed!

Close up of the flower lace motif
This is the closeup of the flower motif which I sewed up with yellow DMC threads in the middle.

I saw a glimpse of the November blocks via instagram. I am still waiting for Issue 11 to arrive at our local Kinokuniya store. There will be more applique blocks and patchwork.

Have a great weekend!

If you are keen to follow me on my process, you can add me at or simply search for hashtag #松山敦子マンスリーキルト to look at other pieces of work.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

NHK Sutekini Handmade - Atsuko Matsuyama Monthly quilt "Fruit Fantasy" Sew A-Long (NHKテレビテキスト すてきにハンドメイド 松山敦子のマンスリーキルト「フルーツ・ファンタジー」)

Instagram is my most frequently used mobile apps that I love to use during my free time. I like to take a snapshot of my current and finished projects and uploaded there, in addition to searching interesting patchwork hashtags to get inspirations and knew like-minded sewists. Sadly, nowadays, there are sponsored posts appearing in Instagram which I do not really like especially not related to my interest.

Recently, I chanced upon a Japanese magazine monthly handsew-along activity (SAL) in Instagram. I tried to ask but I could not communicate in Japanese. Luckily one Instagram user can speak English and she has directed me to this magazine for the SAL. I was so happy that my local Kinokuniya main store sells this monthly magazine.

The magazine on the right.
Actually, there isn't much patchwork or quilting as compared to the magazine on the left. There are more crocheting and dress making. There is an enclosed actual size of the templates of the tutorials in the magazine. I like it so much!

This Atsuko Matsuyama Monthly quilt "Fruit Fantasy" Sew A-Long 松山敦子のマンスリーキルト「フルーツ・ファンタジー」 began in this October issue all the way till March 2016. There are two blocks to sew in this issue - a patchwork and an applique (I will be sharing this in the next post.) All are done 100% by handsewing which are my favorite mode of patchwork. :)

Fabric selection
First, I traced the templates on the cardboard and gave an allowance of 1cm all round. Then I traced the template on the fabrics and cut them out.

Inner section
It has been a long while since I handsewed any block piece. I am happy of the outcome and continue sewing till late at night.

Flying Geese
Block 1 finished
I like Block 1 very much as you can see from the photograph. If you are keen to follow me on my process, you can add me at or simply search for hashtag #松山敦子マンスリーキルト to look at other pieces of work.

In the next post, I will be sharing Block 2 which is an applique. I have never tried sewing applique before but glad that I made the plunge of trying out.

Happy sewing!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Cinderberry Stitches Saltwater Series - Cushion Covers

My daughter likes mermaids. Me too, especially cute ones.

When Cinderberry Stitches came out with their latest collection called Saltwater, I loved it instantly. A pity that I did not buy their fat quarter bundle in my local sewist. Due to budget, I bought the 10inch layer cake instead.

I planned to do 2 projects with this collection. One will be hexies mini quilt and the other is the cushion cover which I will be sharing with you in this post.

I cut the fabrics into 2.5 inch squares.

Trimmed the squares
Arranged them diagonally before sewing up into granny squares arrangement.

Quilt top completed
After adding the batting, I did top stitch with my Perle Cotton Size 8. I love sewing with them as the threads gave another dimensional feel of the whole cushion cover.

Here is the completed cushion cover.

Cushion cover
I can't wait to do more patchwork stuff for the house. My work log always get longer and longer. :)

Thursday, September 24, 2015

How to organise tiny squares for patchwork - Daiso storage

Squares are my recent love as they are easy to cut and sew up fast. I used to think that they are boring but I was wrong. I like tiny squares - 1", 1.5" and 2.5" and have problem storing them by colours. I could not find a storage box that can fit my requirement - either too expensive or the size is just not right.

Until I chanced upon these small chilled lunchboxes from Daiso the other day. The intended usage is for food storage in the fridge - 3 and 4 compartments. It comes with a cover too.

Chilled lunchbox trays
Placed the squares
The trays could be stacked up to save space.

Stacked up
My problem is solved. Now I need to buy more from Daiso. The green tray is just nice for 1.5" squares while the orange is for 1" squares.

So how do you store your squares? Share with us if you have. :)