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I met up with Noriko, organizer of the Popin Craft Tea Party I attended in March, for lunch last week, just to get acquainted with each other on what we do and how we can perhaps organize a sewing event together.

I learnt that she was making Hinomaru Badges to raise fund for Japan and gladly offered some time to help her with some sewing.

They are priced at SGD5 and are stocked at the following locations and will be until end of Apr. All proceeds will be donated through Singapore Red Cross.

  1. 15-minutes
    Blk D #01-01 McNally Street LASALLE College of the Arts Tel: 6333 5915
  2. Studio Miu Art
    391 Orchard Road #04-20V Takashimaya Shopping Centre Ngee Ann City Tel: 6733 0917
  3. Scoop of Art
    Marine Parade Community Club 278 Marine Parade Road #01-03 Tel: 6345 6563

Here are some pics of the sewing process… It was rather therapeutic for me over the long weekend. I was quite slow though… I only managed to sew 11 of them. The finished badges have been handed back to Noriko this morning. If you come across them, do consider giving your support.

Noriko passed me a bag of sewing materials.

Sewing the circular red felt first

Using blanket stitch to sew the white felt together.

Filling them with batting.

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Cheep cheep little bird

Cheep cheep little bird
You are upset I have heard
Is that because you can’t fly?
Is not hard, you have to try

Don’t just wonder in your nest
Be brave and try your best
Flap your wings fast in the air
The wind will help you to make it fair

Cheep cheep little bird
You are happy I have heard
You can fly and sing so loud
You made yourself really proud

– Marinela Reka


all about birds

{1} Lampshade (What a beautiful lampshade! I think my next fever series will be on lampshades.)
{2} Stuffed birds (Cheep! Cheep! Cheep!)
{3} Brooch (I have to include a brooch, my all-time fav accessory)
{4} Apron (The vintage style apron using a bird fabric is adorable.)
{5} Lunch Bag (I want one, but bigger please!)
{6} Bird Wall Decal (I might just be happier doing the dishes if I can look at this pretty decal.)

I love brooches! I have a collection of handmade felt ones, handmade fabric ones, vintage ones, acrylic ones, all kinds of them. I’ve always wanted to try to make one but wanted to create something that means alot to me. Something I will hold dear.

Chaco, my big black cat, came into my life 6 years ago. He has since taken over the couch, the bed, my pillow, to name a few. He is also an inspiration in my very first brooch project. You can read more about Chaco here.

After I was done with the first one, I posted the picture on FB and quite a number of my friends ask where they could buy one. So I decided to refine the design a little and here’s how it went. I must say that the smaller the stuffed toy, the harder it is to make. So do take note of that when you are sewing your own. I started with machine sewing one, thinking it’ll be alot faster. But the size made the sewing very difficult and in the end, hand-sewing produced the best result.

You can purchase *Chaco* brooch and keychain at Goood Fabrics website.

Stuffed cat brooch

Cutting the template and hand-sewing a bunch of them

Stuffed cat brooch

Flipping them over

Stuffed cat keychain

All stuffed up!

Chaco, the big black cat

I was sewing intently and suddenly found Chaco sitting in the chair next to me.

Felt faces

Preparing the felt pieces for his face.

Illustration on packaging

Illustration on packaging - Chaco's HDB dwelling

All printed and ready for cutting into size

Pin sewn onto back of *Chaco* to be pin onto the packaging.

Final packaging. Yay!

This was a quick and dirty inspirational exercise. You see… I love brooches, especially if they are animal-shaped. I suddenly wanted to make a brooch tonight just an hour ago, so I did this.

It started with a few sketches and then translating that into a stuffed brooch. I used felt for the cat’s face. It’s a tad smaller than what I imagined. Definitely needs touching up, especially the legs. Maybe I’ll make another this weekend so I hope it’ll be closer to what I imagined.

Fun nonetheless!

Stuffed cat brooch

Side-by-side: Brooch vs. sketch

Stuffed cat brooch

Closeup view

Stuff cat brooch

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