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Hi peeps! With the sample I made two weeks ago, I realised that I simply could not use the fabric pen as the lines were not clean and it made the toy looks really raw and unfinished. So I decided to make a screen print of the design instead.

It was an inaugural screen printing session in my studio and I was looking forward to it all week! 🙂 So yesterday, I spent an afternoon printing and getting the fabric ready for our ‘Sew for GOOOD’ session the 29 June, Sat.

I forgot my clamps so I was a lil’ apprehensive since I had to do it alone but it all turned out fine. I am really happy with the results and here are some of the pics I took of the process.

Our next session will be held at Campers Corner at 56 Waterloo Street on the 29th June, 2-5pm. Do join us! And if you can, drop me a note at our FB page.

Spreading the ink on top.

Spreading the ink on top.

Screen getting all dirty with the black ink already...

Screen getting all dirty with the black ink already…

Printing's all done... yay!

Printing’s all done… yay!

Heat setting the prints.

Heat setting the prints.

:) Done! For those who are joining us, we'll cut them out for sewing for the upcoming session.

🙂 Done! For those who are joining us, we’ll cut them out for sewing for the upcoming session.

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Our 2nd ‘Sew for GOOOD’ session has been fixed on the 29th June, Sat, 2-5pm. The venue has yet to be finalized  I will update everyone again via our FB. I’ve been thinking about what we can do for the coming session… An unfortunate diagnosis of breast cancer was made of my bestie few months ago, and we have been learning about the illness and coping with it. Besides lending her support and spending some time with her whenever I can, I was wondering how else I can help.

I contacted Breast Cancer Foundation (BCF) Singapore weeks back to let them know about ‘Sew for GOOOD’ sessions and if we can sew to raise fund for them. They turned out to be one of the most open people I have spoke with and hence our next session would be to raise fund for BCF. In fact, I would like to commit the rest of 2013 ‘Sew for GOOOD’ sessions to raise fund for BCF.

GOOOD Pet Collars will be setting up a booth with the Cats of the World (COTW) Photo Exhibition / Purrzaar in the first three Saturdays of Aug 2013, that can be our channel to sell these stuff toy/pillow. Otherwise we will hand our handmade gooodies to BCF as they are holding their own bazaar in October this year to raise fund too. I’ll keep you guys posted here or on our FB page.

Sticking to our usual animal theme, we will be making stuffed toy/pillow which is slightly bigger than what we had made before and they can be used as pet pillows too. I started with a sketch and transferred the image onto our fabric with a fabric marker. I will likely make a silkscreen print out of it eventually, so you won’t be sketching, in case you are nervous about that! There will be a total of 4 different versions of this cat eventually, WIP still…

As usual, there’s no need to bring anything unless you have your own personal sewing kit you wanna bring along. These projects are designed with simple hand sewing in mind so do not worry if you are worried about not being able to sew too well. There are a few regulars here whom you can always ask. Our sessions are super casual and really, there’s no pressure to sew well at all!

Oh… Do bring a friend or family member if you want. All are welcome! The more we sew the more we can help raise fund for BCF to raise awareness and many other ways that they help the community. You can read more about their non-profit efforts on their website. I visited their office and am very impressed by the energy and work they have done.

PS: All material are sponsored by GOOOD Fabrics.

Sketch for stuff toy to raise fund for BCF.

It all started with a sketch…

Cut out the general shape on a fabric.

Cut out the general shape on a fabric.

Using a fabric pen...

Using a fabric pen…

Sew about 0.5cm from the fabric edge and flip it over, leaving the bottom open for stuffing.

Sew about 0.5cm from the fabric edge and flip it over, leaving the bottom open for stuffing.

Filling the toy with stuffing.

Filling the toy with stuffing.

Time to close the hole up.

Time to close the hole up.

Almost done...

Almost done…

Breast Cancer Foundation Edition, with a hot pink ribbon :)

Breast Cancer Foundation Edition, with a hot pink ribbon 🙂

I owe a 1.5 year old girl a skirt for weeks. Told her papa I’ll make her a skirt at least a month ago… In my defense… or rather an excuse… It took me some time to find a 3/4in elastic band. Finally found it this week… then I realized I needed a overlocking sewing machine because I’ve been using mom’s and have been dying to get one of my own, which I finally did! That acquisition deserves a blog entry on it’s own cos I simply love that machine and must tell you all about it! ;P

Coming back to the skirt… As it is my first attempt at skirt making, I had to make sure it is ‘Level 1’ enough for me. Googled around and found Oliver + S ‘Lazy Days Skirt’ for girls. It was perfect! Oh so easy… and oh soooooo cute! So for all you peeps who want to make a skirt for your lil’ girl, try this. You can download the instructions here. The only thing I wish the instructions had was giving some guide on the sizing. For e.g. the girl I sewn for had a waistline of 20in. I had to kinda guessed the length and the width of the entire skirt so that it won’t impede her walking/running. *fingers crossed!* On hindsight, I would have given the skirt more width, because in this case, more is better than less.

I chose Michael Miller Forest Life Retro, cos the colours are so vivid and happy, and the fabric pattern so pretty. I thought she is gonna look so cute in it! Oh I also added a small pocket to the skirt, for a bit of design detail. I think you can be creative about this and add either iron-on motifs or sew a little flower or any other of her favourite embellishments or cartoon character to the skirt… oh, as I am typing this… I thought a small stuffed bear would look quite cute on the skirt. Hmm…

Time taken: 2 hours (pretty decent timing ain’t it?!)

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I just checked our last post on our ‘Sew for GOOOD’ session and it was more than a year ago!!! :O Where did all the time go?! Really, I am rather appalled at my loss of timing and didn’t organize any sewing session in 2012 at all. To make up for this, GOOOD Fabrics will organize 4 sewing sessions this year; one every quarter. For an update of our sewing sessions, Like Us on FB.

We had our first 2013 sewing session yesterday. We all gathered at 51 Waterloo Street, Campers Corner. The kind boss allocated a space for us to sew there. Coincidentally, YMCA was also running their event there to promote their adventure trips. Before we started sewing, we had a chance to test our balance on the Elephant Slacklines. I tell ya… it’s a good thing I don’t need to save my life with my balancing skill (or lack of). We moved on to the next booth and had the challenge of balancing on one leg for 1 min on this rubber ball (half). Sounds easy huh… NOT! I lasted 11secs. Sad… But that can’t be said about my friend, Xiao Hong. She beat the 1min and walked away with a tshirt! *thumbs up!*

Finally, the sewing started at 2pm. As usual, we had lotsa fun sewing. Thanks Leonie for helping out with the design of the finger puppets. They are so adorable! I also love the spontaneous crowd; we had two ladies contributing to the sewing (Thanks Tsalina and Vivian). Tsalina runs a travel agency with a difference. Check out her website! Vivian is in charge of YMCA ‘Fitness and Dance’. I must say Viv can sell… or “share” as she puts it. My friends and I were convinced to sign up for the YMCA Batu Maloi trek in that 30mins she spent with us sewing at the table. ;P

The afternoon was quickly spent chatting, drinking, sewing, laughing. We eventually finished with 22 lovingly handmade finger puppets, all of which we will hand over to Animal Lovers League. These finger puppets will be available alongside with their other merchandise at Jurong Point on the 6 April. Do drop by their stall to help raise funds for the animals! Parents should definitely get these to help tell stories for their kids.

A big kudos to all the ladies who generously donated their saturday afternoon to help with making these absolutely adorable finger puppets. Thank you from the bottom of my heart… Til June… 🙂 ‘Sew for GOOOD’ sewing sessions are open to all volunteers who would like to help out, if you are keen to join us next time or have any questions, do drop us a note at info@gooodfabrics.com or leave a comment on our FB.

* All materials were donated by GOOOD Fabrics.

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Oven mitts are a must-have for the kitchen if you are one who uses the oven. But besides the obvious uses of oven mitts, there are other uses for them. 🙂

Cleaning car or motorcycle
A great way to reuse old mitts! Keep one in your car boot or motorbike box. They come in handy when you just need to do abit of polishing or cleaning here or there. And if the engine is piping hot, use it to protect your hand.

Dusting and polishing
I find them really great when I want to apply oil or some varnish to my furniture, then the clean side can be use for buffing them.

Hand protection
Sometimes we need to screw some loose screws or the like but the parts could be sharp or irregularly-shaped so it is uncomfortable to hold. Having a mitt helps to protect your hands so you can get the job done comfortably!

Durian lovers!
C’mon… as much as those of us who love the fruit, the thorny fruit does get us at times. The mitt would definitely help shield our delicate fingers against its thorns. No fear!

Hah… now that I got the not-so-obvious uses of an oven mitt out of the way.

I love it that like cushion covers, oven mitts help to add ‘life’ into the kitchen. And when you tire of it, you can always make new ones to change the mood again. Before I attempted this sewing project, I had the idea that it is sooooo simple and quick to make.  Err… as much as it appears to be some simple, I still spent about 3-4 hours. I’m sure I took that long because I’m doing this for the first time.

I started googling for some inspiration and tutorials. There is a plethora of online tutorials out there so just google. But to start you off, here’s one which I worked off but modified slightly. Here’s a document of how I made mine.

Material needed: Inner and outer lining fabric, Insul-Bright and Natural Cotton batting. I bought the latter two from Spotlight.

Material needed: Inner and outer lining fabric, Insul-Bright and Natural Cotton batting. I bought the latter two from Spotlight. First two patterned fabrics on picture are available from www.gooodfabrics.com

Fabric all cut into shape.

Fabric all cut into shape.

Sew along dotted lines. This helps to keep all the fabric in place. You can create any kind of sewing lines here.

Sew along dotted lines. This helps to keep all the fabric in place. You can create any kind of sewing lines here, so u can get creative.

Outer lining facing each other before I start sewing along the edge of the template.

Outer lining facing each other before I start sewing along the edge of the template.

Sewing the loop for attaching to the oven mitt so I can hang it in the kitchen.

Sewing the loop for attaching to the oven mitt so I can hang it in the kitchen.

Prepping the edge where it lines the opening of the mitt.

Prepping the edge where it lines the opening of the mitt.

Cut the edges on the rounded corners to ease the folding over and reduce bunching up of fabric.

Cut the edges on the rounded corners to ease the folding over and reduce bunching up of fabric.

FInished product!

FInished product! I wasn’t most skilled and not too happy with the sewing of the polka dot fabric. Oh well, I’ll practice more! But for now, I get smiley whenever I walk past my kitchen and see the oven mitt hanging there. It does add a splash of life to my otherwise really white kitchen.

I have been living without curtains in my room for 2 months now. Why? Well, I wanted to live in the space and then decide what would work best for me. So every morning, for 2 months, I’ve been waking up between the hours of 6.30-7.30am simply because I get woken up by the natural light. Yes, no alarm! Given that I am a night person and that I do not sleep til past 1230mn, but mostly after 1am, waking up this early zombifies me…

However, this is also the 2 months where I got alot done in the morning. I could be washing the toilet one morning, and brushing some cabinets on another, make coffee, read the papers, sometimes I got for a ride, all before I hit the office. So I must say that I do enjoy getting so much done before the day starts.

I also happen to insist on a clear glass window so I get maximum light, but that also meant privacy may be compromised.

So 2 months later, it was decided… day curtains. I get to keep the light in, but create a shield for privacy when I needed it. I went to IKEA and found these Ninni Trad day curtains to be quite suitable. I wanted to keep my window clean so I opted for a tencel wire ones (Dignitet), also from IKEA. I could use clips as options to hang the curtains or sew on loops instead. I decided on fabric ones so that they can be made more interesting visually. Also, I’ve been looking for an excuse to use those vintage buttons we inherited from my auntie. Here’s a perfect opportunity!

Ninni Trad day curtains from IKEA

Strips of 3x5in width fabric strips and vintage buttons. Oh, I used velcro too which isn’t in the picture.

Sewing the sides up to make 1.5in strips as loops for the wire curtain.

I shifted the sewn line to the centre so the strip will be balanced.

I made a V-shape on one side and trimmed some fabric off so it doesn’t bunch up too much when flipped over.

After I turned the fabric inside out, I made some stitches along the edges before sewing the velcro on.

Hand sewn the buttons on.

Sewing the strips onto the curtains. I double sew it for reinforcement.

My empty window.

These curtains produces a translucent effect which helps to soften a room, giving it a romantic feeling.

Closeup of the loops I sewn on

I sure hope the wire don’t start sinking in the middle!

 

I bought these potted plants about two months ago. I initially wanted to re-pot them into something prettier but finding what I like in the correct size prove to be in vain after 2 long months. :S So, can’t have them looking like this forever… I’ve got tons of fabrics lying around so fabric buckets make alot of sense. What’s great is I can always make new ones when I tire of these.

There are plenty of ‘fabric bucket sewing tutorials’ online, so just google and you should find lots. So, I won’t be posting a step-by-step guide here. Here’s one to start you off though.

Surely something can be done to these pots!

Looking raw…

Material needed; not much is needed really.

Pinning the trimming on the upper edge.

Checked edges done!

Pinning the pieces together.

This sewing step is the most challenging for me; had to pause to turn the fabric umpteen times!

Making slits so that they fabric is not bunched up when I flip them around.

Finished product! Yaysies… they are finally naked no more.

Closeup –  Feel free to add embellishments to make your fabric buckets more interesting. I got these buttons when I was in Sydney, been wanting to use them.

Before and after

I’m happy I finally got these done! 🙂 They are so simple and quick to make and it really makes a difference to how the pots look now. Ideally I would love to make them with laminated fabric so they are waterproof. Oh well… maybe the next ones I make.

Hope this inspires you to make something pretty for your pots. But if not for pots, fabric buckets are great for everything else; toiletries, knick knacks, cloth pegs, etc. Til next time… happy sewing!

It all started with this silk screen printing class I went, where I designed and hand printed some bunny fabrics. Since then, I’ve been wanting to make something out of it but I wasn’t exactly inspired to.

I had a trip recently and took a red-eye flight. I was so ill-prepared because my Flying Survival Kit was all over the place. I was complaining to a friend and he threw me a “Just put them all into a bag!” look. So that’s how I got inspired this weekend. I love the rollup tool bag look, which can be seen in makeup pouches as well. I decided to then use that style for my kit.

This is really simple to make. I decided to make two, one for a friend, yes lucky friend isn’t it?! ;P

The fabric I printed on was an organic medium-weight cotton fabric. It was perfect for making a small pouch. It took about 30minutes for the sewing, and trust me, I was taking my time, enjoying every sewing moment.

I’m especially proud of this piece… there is something satisfying about designing the motifs, to transferring it onto the fabric, to planning the pouch for a purpose, to making it myself for me, and in this case for my friend too. What a way to spend a Sunday morning…

Material needed for the pouch

Fray stop!

Closeup view

I used zig-zag stitching detail across the top, to add some interest.

Closeup view of how I attach the leather cord to the pouch

Flat out, opened view

I made two!

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Some simple instructions to help you along

How is it that sewing buns bring luck? Well it all started when Sulis mentioned that they were really lucky in getting a table in about 5 minutes at lunch, prior to the sewing session, which started at 12.30pm. Then after the sewing session, we went to an extremely crowded steamboat dinner place and shortly after we were seated, a long train of queue started. And too-much-food later, we still wanted dessert and managed to get a table for 6 in under 3 minutes! People who know Ah Chew Desserts at Liang Seah Street, would know that that is one popular and crowded dessert joint. Anyway, that was the ‘luck’ story… 😉

Anyway, all 12 of us gathered at Station 51 at Campers’ Corner (51 Waterloo Street). Calvin, da boss, was very generous to loan us the space. *Thanks Calvin!* So, we occupied the alfresco dining area outside the store. With some good caffeine and yummy food inside us, we started our sewing session.

I always get a good fuzz inside me when I see like-minded chumps/sistas gathering just for fun, food, chats, working with our hands and for a good cause too. One of my friends brought her 11-year old daughter along too. And she started sewing after warming up a bit.

We also had a visitor who came along to ‘kaypoh’, *cough* I mean, egg us on… or maybe just there for the beer and cracker! But a good companion nonetheless… oh and he HAD to buy a bunny in the end since they were so cute. ;P

As with the earlier sewing sessions, I would bring the sewing templates and sponsor all fabrics (courtesy of GOOOD Fabrics) and materials. But most friends came with their own embellishments to add on to the stuffed bunnies. I love to see the creativity flows and always curious how each piece would turn out really adorable and unique, reflecting the personality of the ‘sew-er’. We usually end around 3-4pm but with the rain blasting away, it gave us more time to continue sewing.

At the end of the day, 26 stuffed bunnies were born, all lovingly and earnestly handmade. They are made into charms, keychains and brooches. We will be packaging them up and sending them off to HRSS. HRSS will be holding an event on the 4th Dec, selling the hand-made stuffed bunnies along with other merchandise. I do not have the details at this point. I’ll post details of the event on FB when I get it. Do visit!

Thanks again to all those who generously donated their time and effort by turning up on a Saturday and contributing in your own special way… I thank you on behalf of HRSS and the bunnies who will benefit from the funds they will raise during their event.

PS: I apologise again that the templates were a challenge for some. I will try to give more instructions or tips on Dos and Don’ts and it’ll be easier next time!


1| All smiles! From left: Sanz, Li Eng, Iris, Pat, Cornelia
2| Peace! From left: JiaJin, Peng Hong (Rainbow), Sulis, Leonie


3| Sewing template
4| Which fabric should go with what??? Decisions… decisions…
5| Yup, we were at Station 51, Campers’ Corner at 51 Waterloo Street. Lovely wraps and pizza… Great caffeine pit-stop too!
6| Intently sewing away…


7&8| No-nonsense!
8&9| Breaking for a Kodak moment 🙂


11| The pile of finished stuffed buns growing as the day progresses
12&13| Posing with the bun-stars
14|All 25 of them 

I’ve been busy sketching and planning for an upcoming ‘Sew for HRSS (House Rabbit Society of Singapore)’ event. The basic requirement is to be able to hand sew the stuffed toy. As we will eventually be handing the stuff rabbits to HRSS to sell them during their fund-raising roadshows, I had to make sure that the stuff toys aren’t too time-consuming to make or we won’t get too many completed during our 4-5hour sewing session this coming sat.

I’ve also had some sewing inquiries, people are keen but also apprehensive on whether they can sew or not. Well, I thought I should document how it’s done for everyone’s benefit so they aren’t too nervous. I started sewing yesterday and I think I got abit hooked on making them. Really, it’s not that hard! Just come and we’ll help each other along!

Place the template onto the fabric (right sides facing each other), using pins to hold the template and fabric. You can choose to cut out the fabric now or use a pencil to trace the outline. I prefer tracing then removing the template so I can cut the shape out properly.

Fabric cut into shape.

Using either running stitch or back stitch to sew the pieces together. I used running stitches and sew the pieces from start to end point and back to start point again. Running stitch is not as secure, hence I doit twice. Remember to leave a small gap for stuffing!

Back and running stitches

Flip the sewn fabric inside out, making sure to push the edges out before you start stuffing.I used a pair of forceps to stuff the rabbit.

Closing the hole once you are happy with the amount of stuffing.

I sewn one of the ear down, just for fun… 😉

Next, cut a small oval felt. I then used embroidery thread to sew the eyes.

Using the same thread, I stitched the face onto the body.

The front is done!

I found some teeny poms poms and decided to sew one on as the tail.

Pom pom tail… adorable!

Bunny friends – Front view

Bunny friends – Front view

Using the same steps, I made a few more. It got really fun when I started playing with different colours and eyes.

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! (: