Wednesday, June 29, 2011

My first handmade tote bag

I have been fasinated with bags. I mean on how to make one myself, not those designer bags that can be bought over the counter. I hardly buy bags, most of the times are from friends.

I borrowed and bought books on how to make one myself. Never had the courage till Sylvia gave me an order. ;) It took me a few weeks, deciding on the fabrics and type. Oh gosh, there are no instructions available out there. Again, I procrastinated a few more days and finally decided on the design. It was tough without instructions. But at the same time, fun and exciting.

I wanted to use batting at first. But then, I realised it made the bag too thick and unappealing. I exchanged with a thicker material for the lining. I bought the pink handle at Daiso, cloth at Spotlight. I also added a stripe ribbon on top.

There is different owl on each side.

Front view
Back view
So which side do you like? I prefer this side.

Off you go, Sylvia, and bring to your lessons!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Powerpuff Gals - Buttercup with Singer

My ex-colleague, Diana gave me Buttercup. Maybe I look a bit like her. Short hair, even the hairstyle is the same. ;) Where are my best pals? Bubble and Blossom?

Decided to take a photograph of Buttercup with Singer, in a vintage style feel. Using a Andrioid app. Nowadays, I must admit the apps are getting better and better.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Teddy Bear Pillowcase

I think I am in love with sewing pillowcases. Maybe they are more practical and we are seriously in need of smaller cushion or long pillowcase for the living room.

I bought this fabric from a neighbourhood stall at Woodlands Checkpoint. Lovely bears on a light blue background. ;) This is for the Ikea's Lusy Blom.

Maybe I should sell pillowcases. Any takers?

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Bridemaids' Gifts

My sister wanted a gift that is something special to thank her bridemaids for helping her on her wedding day. She knew that I am into sewing nowadays and has seen my work and irresistable fabrics (yes yes!) that I collected. She decided to engage me to sew a set of pillowcase for them.

I went to Spotlight to buy 2 bolts of white and pink fabric for the front and back, while the stripes are from my own online collection.

Selected fabrics
Some of the fabric are selected from the Moda series - Sugar Pop, which I have blogged earlier.

Pillowcase Design
My sewing machine gave me a scare at one point in time when I sewed the last two pieces. I panicked and asked my father to check for me. After discussion and investigation, I concluded that it was due to the new thread that I used. Strangely, the one I bought at Spotlight gave me problem. But the cheaper thread that I bought at convenient store worked!

Next, I worked on the "Thank You" tag. I used a clear stamp on acrylic block. Then stamped on the purple metalic artcard.

"Thank you" Clear Stamp

Thank You Tag
I coloured the tag with red on the hearts.
After completion, my sister used a yellow heart-design ribbon to tie them together.

"Thank You" Tag tied to the Ribbon

Hope they like it. ;) 

Monday, June 13, 2011

Sister's wedding day

Finally I have the time to update my blog. Lots of things happened. My child was sick and now I am sick. To be a SAHM is certainly not easy. On top of that, I have to do a full time maid, full time mum, full time daughter, full time wife and full time seamstress. Hopefully in a few months time, I can be a full time student. I will love to hit the books again. But certainly not MBA. :)

I was the unofficial photography for the day, using my Sony Nex 3 camera. Not bad I must say my skills. Ha!

The wedding lunch was held at Crowne Plaza Hotel, Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 3. Nowadays, lots of wedding couples will chose lunch over dinner. I like this arrangement as we can all rest after 5pm. ;)

Side decoration at Crowne Plaza Hotel

VIP Table Top Decoration

The Wedding Cake on Stage

Family Shot with Tiring Edna

Roast Pig
This was the roast pig that was delivered on the wedding day. Too bad, I don't get a chance to eat it myself. What a pity! For those who does not know, the bride's family will return the head and back portion back to the groom's family by including a pair of trousers. The bride's family will then distribute the body portion to the relatives.

Time for my medicine now. Join me at Twitter if you have not. ;)

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Blue Owl Ikea Pillowcase

Owls! Owls!

I sewed this on my third day of SAHM. =^_^=

This time round, I mixed and matched two Kokka fabrics together, owls and solid blue, and sewed them up. This is for a longish pillow from Ikea. It came without a pillowcase. Sylvia wanted a pillowcase so that it will not be easily dirtied. 

Close shot of the fabrics

Front side

Back side
Upcoming, I will be revealing my sister's bridemaids' gifts. Do watch out. 0-0

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Kokka and Pimatex Cushion Covers

Cushion covers
It was my second day of SAHM. Mixed feeling. But growing to like it.

These are my newly sewed cushion covers. I cut the fabric last night. Did the sewing this morning. What I lacked was a format or design. This came out late last night while I was busy packing the room.

One side, I used the Kokka Japan fabric. Medium weight. But very nice design. The back is Robert Kaufmann's Pimatec Basic - Green dot.

Connie said that the design looks like Christmas. Heh! Maybe because of the green.

My owl project is upcoming next. ;)