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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 🙂

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I’m ashamed… it’s been months since my last blog and one of the main reasons is because I have been busy with moving. Now that I got my own pad, it’s been weeks of organizing, packing, unpacking, and way too much cleaning for my liking, I can finally settle down a little to focus on decorating and adding some personal touches. I’m not in a hurry from this point on, I believe in planning the space when I live in it. So over the next weeks and months, I will blog more about my decorating journey.

One of my main areas of focus is the living room. With my small space, I hunted high and low for the ‘perfect’ couch. For the longest time, the smallest couch I could find on the market is still too big. So I was gonna place my order at Ikea until I decided to drop by Franc Franc just to see if there was anything appropriate as my final attempt. There it was… the perfect couch! With a width of 1600mm, it was a perfect fit. My joy was indescribable. This may sound a tad too dramatic but if you were to be as concerned as I am about space, then you will know exactly what I mean.

With the couch in place, it looks a bit cold as is. So I embarked on shopping for a throw, a simple rug and some cushions to make the couch look inviting. I also picked 16x16in cushions on purpose because the couch size is not big and 20 inches cushions will overbear the couch visually.

Here are the BEFORE and AFTER shots.

You can see how cheap and simple it is to add layers and warmth to the area. Best thing about cushions is that you can always prepare two to three sets, so that when one is in the laundry, the living space can be easily transformed into another feel when you swapped the covers. You can custom-make cushion covers at GOOOD Fabrics.

I am happy with the results of how it looks now. If I get another set of cushion covers, I will post a new photo then.

Hope this helps if you are in the midst of refreshing your living space! Have fun… Go crazy!

In anticipation of the upcoming festive hols… GOOOD Fabrics is rewarding all with an extra 10% discount. For members, you will enjoy a 10% discount and then another 5% members’ discount on top of that. Isn’t it time to feel a little jolly?! Hohohooo…

Oh do tell your friends and family about the discount too… All goood things need to be shared.
Note that discount only applies to items available online and on sewing services.
Holly cheers!
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Carpenters: Close To You
“Why do birds 
suddenly appear?
Everytime you are near
Just like me
They long to be
Close to you…”

I don’t know why but when I chanced upon this series of fabrics by Alexander Henry, the song ‘Close to You’ by Carpenters came ringing in my mind 🙂 Yes, feeling abit of an ‘oldie’ here…

As I was preparing the launch of this series, I looked around my home and found objects that made me feel inspired and free… like a bird would fly free. Hope you like the collection.

Here’s a link of Carpenters Close to You music clip on YouTube:

After a 2-week travel, I am finally able to settle down to sew last night! I didn’t really have a project in mind but all I wanted to do was to give myself a sewing therapy session. 🙂

I recently bought a pair of flight socks, my third! First pair which were really good, and I forgot the brand, decided to go into hiding. I searched every nook and cranny in the apartment but it was no where to be found. I felt kinda heart pain since it worked well. So I went and bought a 3M pair as replacement. These ones aren’t too good, I think they aren’t as ‘supportive’ hence after a flight my legs feel very swollen still. And so I got a third pair. I got these OPPO Medical ones from Guardian Pharmacy. Err… not advertising for them but for the interest of those who are looking to buy a pair. I think these are quite good. Better than the 3M ones.

Anyway, they usually don’t come with any pouch and since I’ve already misplaced/lost a first good pair, I didn’t want to lose these again. So I decided to make a ‘striking’ pouch so I can see and find them easily.

I used this gorgeous Alexander Henry Kleo fabric and a pink polka dot fabric (from Spotlight) for the drawstring. I didn’t even draw any template! I thought it was gonna be so simple anyway. And it was! But for those who would like a template, just drop me a note, I will do a quick sketch and email it to you ok?! I’m thinking of adding some embroidery details or something to it. Hmm… waiting to be inspired. Any suggestions?

Difficulty Level: 0.5 out of 5
Time taken: 1hour (fabric cutting and sewing)

Although it was a quick one-hour project, I actually felt relieved. ;D I’m meeting a few friends this sat for a sewing get-together over gelato and cakes. Now what should I sew?

Just two pieces of cloth needed

I did the double wrapping to seal the frays. Sewing one side first, then flip over, and sew again to tuck the frays in.

Measure the top where your drawstring area is and leave that unsewn.

Fold the edges making sure the frays are tucked inside.

Sew a rectangle to secure the 'hole'.

Do the same for the other side. As I chose to draw the string from one side only, I did not leave any gap on this side.

Similarly, double sew to hide the frays.

Fold the top towards the inside of the pouch, hiding the frays inside. Sew two lines across the top. You don't really need to sew the top line nearer to the opening, but I wanted this look.

Pouch is almost done. We need the 'string' now.

Sewing the 'string'. Fold the fabric and use needles to hold it together.

Sewn 'string'.

I used a paper clip to guide the 'string' through.

Useful tool!

There... my flight socks sits safely in it.

My latest favourite tote bag’s strap gave way whilst we were holidaying in Taipei last week! *sob* It came loose on the second last day…

Loose strap - Probably from my 'abuse' *_*

I was just browsing some books on bag-making in one of the bookshops in Taipei and saw this bag that I really like. Then by chance, the strap came loose. So I decided to make one to replace this one. I wanted the same canvas look but used Alexander Henry’s fabric for the pocket and the interior fabric. Simply cannot do without a pretty fabric!

It took me almost 45mins to sketch out the pattern and the size I want. Then another 2 hours sewing the pieces together. I did this last night. It was real fun! If you want the template, drop me a note… I can email it to you. 🙂

Difficulty Level: 1 out of 5
Time taken: 2.5 –  3hours (including pattern sketching, fabric cutting and sewing)

Cut fabrics

Sewing the exterior - top canvas and bottom orange peach fabric

Closeup of the joint pieces

Prepping the exterior pockets - I made two, one for each side

Sewn pocket

I sewn both the sides (1cm) before making a bottom depth of 10cm

Cut the corners off

Sew the sides of the interior fabric

Do the same with the bottom. Cut the corner too.

Sewn the shoulder strap

Sewing the interior to the exterior body

Tada! Bag shot flat on table.

Prefer this shot 🙂

My friend commissioned me to restore her lampshade. She loves the Alexander Henry Mocca fabric and wanted to replace her current ceiling grey lampshade. I’m so happy I got a chance to work on this. It’s really fun! What is great is that we were able to restore an existing lampshade instead of simply throwing this one away and buying a new one. I’m glad we managed to reduce ‘stuff’ by recycling. So green… I like.

There was alot of stretching and pulling involved because we were also trying to preserve the plastic sheet around the lampshade. It was a good thing that sis was around to help me. I wouldn’t be able to pull it off alone.

Try it if you have been thinking of replacing that tired-looking lampshade at home!

Time taken: 2hours (waiting time included)

Original lampshade

Original lampshade

Another view

Restoring lampshade in progress

Removing the original fabric and cleaning everything. You won't believe how much dust can gather on a lampshade!

The naked lampshade with its original plastic sheet

The naked lampshade with its original plastic sheet.

Alexander Henry mocca fabric for a lampshade

Cutting and preparing the fabric. Remember to iron out any creases.

After we stuck each side, pegs were used to hold the fabric and lampshade together.

After we stuck each side, pegs were used to hold the fabric and lampshade together. The more pegs, the better!

Closeup view of glue being applied to the frame.

Closeup view of glue being applied to the frame.

All sides glued. A 20 mins wait to make sure the fabric adheres properly to the lampshade.

All sides glued. A 20 mins wait to make sure the fabric adheres properly to the lampshade.

Concealing the ugly ends with a fabric tape.

Concealing the ugly ends with a fabric tape.

Trimming for the finishing touches.

Trimming for the finishing touches.

I chose to layer up for an added detail.

I chose to layer up for an added detail.

lampshade using alexander henry mocca fabric

Finished product! Delivering this sunday...

In between some pretty decent Japanese fusion food, conversations that ranged from fabrics to sewing to the government to grants to taipei traveling tips to concerts to… Ok there were alot more covered.

Three hours and our tummies all filled up later, I must say that I met and made some great new friends last night.

I truly felt engaged at ease and inspired and laughing from the bottom of my heart. Yes it’s one of those rare nights.

My friend, Choi Yin, gave me a notebook made with our fabrics. It’s a lovely handmade notebook using Alexander Henry fabric. I really dig vintage stuff and this fabric design is a tad vintage looking. Love it! The workmanship on the cover is impeccable. I’m really touched. Thanks…

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! (: