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Valentine’s Day is the perfect occasion to express your love and to show how much you care. It is not just for lovers but for family members and best pals too… So besides buying a gift or an exquisite dinner… consider a handmade gift that will warm any heart. Here are some valentine-inspired crafts and treats I gathered. As I put them together, my mind was imaging how I can use fabrics in place of paper or other material in place of fabrics.

Be creative and shower your valentine with lotsa hearts…

{1} Valentine’s Cookies (I love how they convert an otherwise unromantic archetype of a Fortune Cookie to a romantic one. Make many and insert them with a different love message.). I’d like to see one made with patterned fabric!
{2}  All you need is love (Made with heart-shaped fabric. I think this is such a heart-warming valentine gift.)
{3} Hug me (Pillow with a love message – this one has a tutorial! Click on link.)
{4} iPad cover (I really like the modern hearts design)
{5) Puffed heart (a wall art piece – a display of love)
{6} More cookies (These are too pretty to be consumed! – Step-by-step guide for those who want to bake cookies for your valentine)
{7} Fluttering hearts (Say it with love… maybe it’s a love confession? ;>)
{8} Love Garland (I like the use of different fabrics here. Try it with paper or other material. This link comes with a tutorial but not in English so you may have to guess a bit.)


I have a new mission. As I start looking for inspiration, I find myself stumbling upon many beautiful and useful sites. And instead of just putting them on Delicious. I thought I should share it. So look out for new links under my Blogroll. If you have any good suggestions, drop me a note to suggest!

GOOOD sewing blogs/sites… here I come!

Typography is beautiful, each typeface carries a personality and tells its own story. I never get tired of classic typefaces, and what better way to integrate them into part of your living. Here are what I thought are some great applications of typography into our living. Enjoy…

{1} Cushions {2} Stuffed stones and elephant (I really adore these and how they look together in the box) {3} Type cloths (I want some!) {4} Type on armchair *drool* {5} Type furniture {6} Rattan chair (oh-so-unique…) {7} Tea towels

*UPDATE 7 Feb 2011* Unfortunately I didn’t get any time to get any sewing done! Looks like I have to wait another 2 weeks before I can sew (withdrawal!).

Chinese New Year is just round the corner, the following weekends before that will be occupied with spring-cleaning and festive baking. Just today, I was busy packing and painting my room wall (just one side). It went from a bright lime green to a pastel blue green. I really like the new colour. The previous colour has been there for more than 5 years now and I just felt like a change.

My new wall colour

I think I took about 2 hours. My next step, maybe next month, would be to give the rest of the walls a fresh coat too.

I bought some new fabrics and already have an idea to sew myself a new blouse for the Chinese New Year. I do hope I find some time next weekend to do that… that is if we managed to get all the cookies done in one day. *fingers crossed*

For now, back to packing and cleaning.

This isn’t exactly a sewing project because there wasn’t any sewing involved at all. But it’s about how I made use of fabrics to build something so I think it deserves a place under ‘Sewing Projects’. (:

I finally got my hands on the lampshade materials so I could work on this long-planned lampshade I had in mind months ago!

I bought the bunny base from Australia (I thought of sis when I saw the bunny and thought it’ll make a great lamp for her! Coincidentally, it is the Year of the Rabbit.), lampshade material from USA and the rest of the parts were procured in Singapore. And that is why it took so long for me to eventually put all of them together.

So I started with the drum lampshade, because I can’t wait to see how the fabric would look on the shade. Hah!

Sticking the styrene sheet onto the fabric

Lining the edge with glue to stick to the frame

Holding the frame and the styrene sheet with wooden pegs

Here, you want to be careful with lining the edge properly with the frame. Otherwise, when you do the same for the bottom, the lampshade might not line up properly. The last thing you want is a crooked shade. ):

Hah... really kiasu with the pegs.

Both the top and bottom can be held together with the pegs at the same time. Leave to dry for about 20mins.

Wrapping the edges with a bias tape to hide the ugly metal

Overlaying with a purple ribbon

I overlay and stick with glue.

Adding another layer of patterned ribbon

Again leaving to dry for 20mins.

Then I started working on the electrical parts of the lamp. Sorry no pictures because I got too intent and it didn’t work! *_*

A picture of the lamp in daylight without the electrical parts yet.

Electrical parts not fixed!

Side note: Those wooden photo frames are pictures of me. Dad had them made. I was tempted to throw them out years ago but so glad I didn’t. They are so vintage looking now. Love them!

I brought the parts to the office today and asked a male colleague to help instead. Finally my wire connection was wrong. So viola! I brought it home and fixed all the parts together. Here it is!

Final outcome


What do you think? It turned out exactly the way I imagined! But sis said it’s a tad too flowery for her taste… but but… there really isn’t any flower on the fabric! Anyway… I really enjoyed making it. My very first handmade lamp. You should try it too.

Moustaches are the rage. They are listed as trendy symbols in 2011! I find them pretty charming myself. Make them as the item itself or as an add-on to an existing item. Be creative!

I must say I didn’t find too many great inspirations around. Perhaps it’s time to make some?


{1} Moustache Pin {2} Cross stitch {3} Pillows! (lurve the chairs too!) {4} Stuffed toy {5} Necklaces (these are hot)

I was really looking forward to this weekend which is almost over now. I had a sewing project in mind and yes, stuffed owl. The word in Japanese for owl is fukuro, and it contains the word fuku, luck. So the owl is a symbol for luck. These are great gifts you can give your friends for luck. And they look so adorable anyway. You can use them as pin cushions too.

I used the template from this website. However, I found myself tweaking the template just a tad bit to get a look I want. I like fat owls. 😀 Also I used different fabrics so I must apologise first for the different fabrics you see in the pictures.

I initially planned to make 10 owls but I tweaked the design after the first one so I ended up with 9. I don’t know what to do with them yet. But my sis already said she wanted one. 🙂

Btw this is real fun exercise. Difficulty level is about 1 to 2 out of 5. So if you don’t have much sewing experience, do not fret. This is easy enough! Another tip; I was being ambitious when I found a stack of fabric squares at home but cutting 10 sets of owl templates actually took 3 hours! So, maybe it’s more manageable to cut just 2 or 3 sets. Have fun…

Cut the fabric according to template

Cut fabric. You also need to cut a round cardboard for the bottom.

Here I would suggest sewing the ends 2 or 3 times over to secure the joint. I didn't from the picture here so when I turned the sewn piece inside out, the stitches came loose.


Sew the last but which makes the head portion

Sewn piece is turned inside out

Sewing the beak

Stuffing the body

Closing the body

Making the base. I used craft glue instead of light fusible web.

Sew the cardboard base to the bottom of the stuffed owl

Family of 9 owls!




There’s something mysteriously attractive about owls. I won’t say they are beautiful in a typical sense. But I’m intrigued visually by all these beautiful creations of them. And I have decided on my next sewing project too… Stuffed owls. Now just how many do you think I will make? Take a guess… 😉

Fever Series: Owlicious

{1} Stuffed Owls {2} More Stuffed Owls {3} Aviator Owl {4} Lampshade {5} Owl Book Ends {6} Waterproof Wet Bag
{7} Gift Tags {8} Wall Decal {9} Garland/Pendant {10} More Wall Decal

I’ve recently had a bicycle fever. It’s not over yet. I can’t seem to get my mind off vintage bicycle. I started looking for all things bicycle to see how I can apply them to crafts or sewing ideas. Here are some I came across that grabbed my attention.

bicycle crafts

{1} Fabric basket {2} Vintage bicycle necklace {3} Bicycle baby fabric block {4} Vintage bicycle fridge magnets

I adore Anthropologie! They stock the most amazing stuff from fashion to kitchen to home decor… they never fail to inspire me. Love the way the fabrics bounce off each other’s energy to create a harmonious clash and blend of colour palette, and style. Here are some which I can’t take my eyes off…

**KITCHEN HELPERS** All images taken from

Thanks for dropping by... I will share my sewing journey with you. I do hope you leave me some comments or feedback or just say hi! (: