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It’s been a while since I last blogged… that’s cos we are busy prepping for ‘The Fair’ that will happen this coming Wed and Thurs. And yes, this is the first time we are setting up ‘shop’ outside of our online store. We are pretty exhausted, I mean, excited! šŸ˜‰ At The Fair, we will be selling finished products instead of fabrics by metre instead.

Hence, it has been 2 weeks of non-stop sewing, or rather, whenever we can find pockets of time. I’ve never sewn this much in my life before and I must say, it is really a back-breaking business. Goood thing I wasn’t turned off but rather had fun planning the products, choosing the fabrics fromĀ GOOOD Fabrics, cutting them up, tacking the pieces, sewing and finally seeing the finished product. Ahhh… all proudly handmade!

Just today, I found myself walking around the apartment with the sewing tape measure around my neck the whole time. It is becoming part of my getup?! ;P

I will post more details of the event in the next day or two.

I found my mom's reading glass atop her unfinished sewing šŸ™‚

Having a bit of fun with the elastic cords amidst the sewing madness!

Glimpse of some finished products.

Yay! All ready to be packaged.

They are turning out quite well... I love these.

Yup, printed cards that double up as namecard and the product label.

Printing and cutting...

Taking care of the POS material too.

I took a short break from sewing, after dinner, to bake some chewy cashew raisin cookies for my dear, dear pal, Jenny. We had these in our recent trip to Bali and I promised her I will make some for her. Hope she likes them...

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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 –Ā Unfinished Objects’ Sewing DayĀ 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 atĀ 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.. šŸ™‚

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 atĀ GOOOD Fabrics.

I gathered a few friends and we are going to ‘UFO-Unfinished Objects’ sewing event this Saturday organised by POPIN, a group of very creative people from a varied background, to sew over gelato. Again, I felt an urge to make this a sewing session to raise fund to help our animal friends who don’t have a voice of their own and are suffering in silence.

It was very timely that Resort Worlds Singapore have 25 dolphins being kept in theĀ PhilippinesĀ now waiting to be transported to Singapore. I’m sorry I get very emotional about this so I shall not dwell on this topic for too long but for more information, you can watch The Cove, or The Cove FB page orĀ visit www.saddestdolphins.com. Anyway I wanted to take the opportunity on Saturday to sew something to help the dolphins. Our last sewing-charity event was a success, at least to ourselves. And I think it makes alot of sense to continue the effort. I then asked my friends if they are keen to join me to SEW FOR DOLPHINS, they all agreed immediately!

I thought I’d make a prototype as this is my first time handling thick felt and I wasn’t sure if I can get the shape I wanted. There were some learnings from our previous session and I thought this time, it has to be something fairly quick, fun and easy to make. It allows for a certain degree of creativity so it’s up to how the crafters want to add their personal touch.

Here it is… I will be updating this blog again on Saturday on how our sewing went.

Please… free the dolphins.

Dolphin Ribbon Badge - made with stud closure so you can hang it on your bag or car rear mirror or ANYWHERE!

I met up with Noriko,Ā organizerĀ of the Popin Craft Tea PartyĀ I attended in March, for lunch last week, just to get acquainted with each other on what we do and how we can perhapsĀ organizeĀ 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 CentreĀ Ngee Ann City Tel: 6733 0917
  3. Scoop of Art
    Marine Parade Community ClubĀ 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.

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

Back view

I’m looking for creative inspiration on what I can do with my fabric remnants. Since I did the owl the last time, I’ve been itching to explore something else. Typically, stuffed toys are rather colourful. So for me, the more muted black & white ones are starting to stand out. These caught my eyes… hope they inspire you too.

black & white stuffed toys

{1} MIAU (This just reminded me of my cat, Chaco. Now that I’m in Sydney, I miss him more! *Sniff*)
{2} Pony (The button and lace adds a different detail to a stuffed toy)
{3} Doll (Unique!)
{4} Cat (So adorable…)
{5} Reindeer (So japanese-looking!)
{6} Elephant (The combi fabric on the ears makes it so endearing!)