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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 received an email from a recent customer with a picture showing how she has used the fabrics she bought from GOOOD Fabrics.

It brought a big smile on my face! Sooooo pretty and what a great way to add colours and life to an otherwise plain-looking piece of furniture at home.

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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:

My girlfriend delivered a baby girl last month. Of course I had 9 months to prepare the nursing cover but I just had to wait til her baby girl is born before it got me moving! Tsk tsk… Anyway one of the reasons why I took so long was also cos I was trying to figure out to create the ‘peep’ effect on the collar area so mommy can still maintain eye contact with the baby whilst feeding.

I googled for ‘how to make nursing cover’ and a whole list came up. Unfortunately I lost the link which I followed 😦 But here’s a great link too.

You would need the following:

  • 1-1.5M fabric (I chose a very light premium cotton fabric type, Chalky Silhouette by Patricia Bravo, due to our tropical climate)
  • 1 pair of D ring
  • 12″ plastic strip/boning

I will not go into too much detail on the steps since the link above has a pretty comprehensive step-by-step instructions.

Difficulty level: 3 out of 5 (because of the boning)

Prepping the neck strap and holding them in place with pins

Sewing the D rings on

Inserting the plastic strip/boning, centered on the body piece

Stitching the neck straps left and right of the centered boning piece

Flipping the neck straps upwards and sewing them so they stay upwards

Completed work - Closeup view

Completed work. Yay!

This project is inspired by a craft project on Martha Stewart’s website but I preferred a simpler leaf shape. Also I wanted a ‘raw’ look of hand-sewing stitches instead of machine stitching.

I’ve always like the look of felt. Rather than the suggested tweed on the site, I’m using felt!

This project is extremely easy to do except that you will need to get the double-sided fusible webbing.
Difficulty level: 1 out of 5

If you would like the template, feel free to drop me a note. In the meantime, I will try to get it ready for download here.

Materials for leaf bowl

Material: A. Fusible webbing (double side) B. Felt C. Cotton fabric D. Leaf template

Fusing the cotton fabric first, then the felt (picture missing for felt!)

Cotton fabric on one side and felt on the other

Leaf bowl templates

Cutout ready for sewing

Closeup of my hand-stitching

Finished bowl (small size)

I made a total of 3 bowls but just not captured in this shot.

Yes, ‘UFO – Unfinished Objects’ Sewing Day has arrived. We all agreed to meet at 12nn at Parkway Parade Shopping Centre for lunch before heading to the event. I must say that it didn’t start very well. First it was raining, so I couldn’t ride there. So, sis and I decided to take a bus and when we got to the bus terminal, we realised that it will take about an hour and it was already 1130am by then. Since we’ll be so late, we thought it’s best to catch a cab instead. We walked to the main road only to find too many cab-competitors. We waited for 10mins and decided that we should go back for the scooter since the rain has stopped by then. So it was back to square 1 after all that… Anyway I felt really relieved that we are finally moving nearer toward our destination. Felt really bad to keep my friends waiting though.

We finally arrived at Scoop of Art, Marine Parade Community Club, after our lunch at 1.30pm. Scoop of Art is a really cool looking cafe that supports the arts. They encourage patrons to work on their own art pieces over gelato and coffee. I love the illustrations in the cafe. They even paint the floor! You have to go there to have a look.

We found that Popin members were already busy sewing away.. 🙂

Popin members already sewing away when we got there...

For this event, the intention was to bring unfinished projects to sew but since I didn’t have any and I really wanted to do something for the dolphins hence we continued the concept of ‘SEW FOR GOOOD’. We had ‘SEW FOR JAPAN’ the last time so we ‘SEW FOR DOLPHINS’ today. I pre-cut the dolphins using felt and sis helped with the fabric strips prior to today so everyone could all maximise our time just sewing. It was really fun and relaxing just sewing for a good cause, laughing over silly things and catching up with my friends. It was a well-spent afternoon. I hope the rest feel the same!

Everyone looking very fresh and excited!

With the generous help and time offered by them (pictured above), it was a successful sewing day! These dolphin ribbon badges will be sold at SGD10 at some venues (TBC) around the island. And 100% of the proceeds will go to ACRES for their campaign (saddestdolphins) and awareness programs for the dolphins. We’ll be meeting again 2 weeks later (likely to be a Saturday again) to make more of them. If you know of any retail shops that may be willing to place them at their shop or you would like to join us to contribute, do drop me a message.

Here are some pictures capturing what we did today…

Click on image for a larger view!

Hang them, hook them, sew a safety pin on them and use as badge!

Our finished work today...

The crafters who helped 'Sew for Dolphins'. From left: Leonie, Sulis, Chin, Sanz, Jenny, Hong

Note: Some of the fabrics used are sponsored and may be purchased at GOOOD Fabrics.

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 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...

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!

Sew for Japan

We ‘Sew for Japan’ today

As Japan begins its journey to rescue and restore its nation, people, homes… and more. The rest of the world is praying and hoping for them. And there are those who has generously donated, unselfishly volunteered and freely caring. I thought I should also play a part albeit small in contributing to render some help.

Popin organized a public crafting event Lasalle Singapore today from 10am – 4pm. So I thought we could sew to raise funds for Japan. I emailed some friends to gather some interest. 3 made it today, including myself, so that makes 4. 🙂 I used Chaco (my cat) as one of the stuffed toy and created Kibou the Owl as the other. Kibou means ‘hope’ in Japan. Owl is a symbol of luck in Japan too, so we thought the owl is very apt. All fabrics and materials used were donated by Goood Fabrics. My friends brought items like beads to accessorize the stuffies too.

We managed to make 12 in all, one of which we already sold at the event. So there are 11 left, all of which are placed on Goood Fabrics Facebook Album. Please bid generously. Tell your friends about it!

  • Each stuff toy starts with a minimum bid of $20.
  • Bidding starts tonight and will end on Wed, 23rd Mar, 11.59pm.
  • Shipping within Singapore is FREE. International shipping charges apply.
  • Stuff toy (softie) is lovingly handmade and ~7cm in height.
  • Winner will be provided with payment details after auction ends.
  • Please go to Goood Fabrics FB Album page to start bidding.

We started sewing around 11am today til 4.30pm. It was an intensive but fun day. We were beat at the end of the day although all we did was just sit down and sew. This is the first sewing get-together for Goood Fabrics. I think we will have another one next month again! I hate to sound abit auntie here but the sew-together was really fun and a great bonding time with my friends and sis. We were chatting, laughing, latte-ing, eating, sewing… all for a good cause. What a great way to spend a Saturday!

Sew for Japan

Setting up at Lasalle

Sewing template for owl and cat

I created these sewing templates specially for ‘Sew For Japan’.

Sis sewing intently... all focused to 'Sew for Japan'

Sis sewing intently… all focused to ‘Sew for Japan’

Jenny getting started…

First stuffie made for Japan Disaster Fund 2011

First stuffie made for Japan Disaster Fund 2011

Peng Hong - All eyes and hands on 'Sewing for Japan'

Peng Hong – All eyes and hands on ‘Sewing for Japan’

Sew… sew… sew little time!

Tired and happy sewing away...

Tired and happy…

Stuffed cat and owl

Stuffed cat and owl… all 11 of them. 1 already sold at the event.