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I first want to shout out a BBBIIIIIGGGG THANK YOU to everyone who, despite the haze, generously turned up to spend their precious Saturday afternoon to help us with the sewing!!! We had nine new ‘sew-ers’ (for lack of better word!) joined us… WELCOME! Two of them arrived earlier than I! *paiseh* Thanks for the enthusiasm… So altogether, we had 16 keen and kind ‘sew-ers’. It is our biggest turnout so far! I also want to thank those who swung by to show their support… It was very encouraging to see so many new faces and the regular ones who never fail to come whenever we have a ‘Sew for GOOOD’ session. I wish I can thank all of you more…

We gathered at a friend’s shop like the last time. Calvin, the ‘lao ban’ of Campers Corner (51 Waterloo Street), has always given us great support by providing a space to sew. Every single time I ask him, he only say yes… When I told him there may be 13 turning up and in the end 16 did, he somehow found a way to fit us in. What can I say…? *GRATEFUL*

I’m not sure about the rest but yes, it’s already been three months since our last Sew for GOOOD session. My my… where has the time gone?? :O

From our previous sessions, we have never sewn more than 35 pieces of ‘GOOODies’, so this time I prepped 40 pieces thinking we would have a surplus. Our session started from 2pm and at around 4.30pm, we  finished all our sewing! We must be blessed by some sewing fairy 🙂 My boo boo was I didn’t bring enough stuffing! But still, the ladies sewn all the pieces and I just need to buy more stuffing and closed them all up. I think we were all pretty impressed with ourselves. Hehe…

At the end of the day, I always end up feeling abit warm and fuzzy inside. Seeing friends and strangers-to-friends turning up to use our hands to make things for good cause. Watching them fervently and intently sewing away and at the same time, exchanging conversations and laughter, makes me feel that I can keep on doing this 🙂

To all of you who turned up: Once again, my deepest thank you… and I also want to apologize if I didn’t get to spend enough time chatting with everyone of you. I was hoping to catch up with some of you more and know some of you better. It was a great afternoon for me. I hope you all had fun too. Our next session will be in September. Do join us again if you can!

For those who are curious about what we did, here are some details:
WHAT
1. We got together and sewed the afternoon away yesterday to make stuffed toy (Chaco & Friends in spectacle frames) to raise fund for BCF on behalf of my bestie who recently was diagnosed with breast cancer.
2. 100% of the sales will go straight to BCF.

WHERE & WHEN
These toys will be on sale for $13 each during the Purrzaar held over three Saturdays in Aug (3, 10, 17) at the Arts House.

PS: All materials and fabrics are kindly sponsored by GOOOD Fabrics.

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1| The sewing gang… Some missing from pic
2| Silkscreen printed fabrics for our stuff toys

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3| You can tell real work has started when the work table is messy 🙂
4, 5, 6| All hard at work

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7| Panoramic view of the group
8| All lovingly handmade!
9| You should be able to find this resident at Campers Corner

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 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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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 

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.

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 the Philippines 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 or 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, 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.

*UPDATE* Total fund upped from S$510 to S$557.20.

We were exhilarated by the results! It was more than double of what we expected and we want to thank all who have bid generously to contribute to the Japan Disaster 2011 fund.

Here are the auction results. Total fund raised: S$557.20
*ALL (100%) proceeds go to Red Cross Singapore for the Japan Disaster 2011 fund.

Chaco 1 – Eric Chng S$50 + S$39.10
Chaco 2 – Lai You Shen Cedric S$36.90 +S$8.10
Kibou 3 – Jenny Lim S$60.90
Kibou 4 – Eric Chng S$50
Chaco 5 – Pauline Neo S$25
Chaco 6 – Eric Chng S$50
Kibou 7 – Nie Yiqin S$20
Kibou 8 – Jackie Fang S$30
Chaco 9 – Risa Ng S$20
Chaco 10 – Lai You Shen Cedric S$35
Chaco 11 – Shirley See S$30 + S$20 (Shirley topped up another $20)
Kibou 12 – Wan Morday S$22.20
Chaco 13 – Noriko S$10 (Sold at the sewing event)

My cousin has also donated an extra $50 on top of the total above. I’m now waiting to collect all donations from all winners and will go on to make a cheque to Red Cross Singapore (for Japan Disaster 2011 fund) immediately.

Stuffed cat, Chaco 1

Winner: Eric Chng S$50

Stuffed cat, Chaco 2

Winner: Lai You Shen Cedric S$36.90

Stuffed owl, kibou 3

Winner: Jenny Lim S$60.90

Stuffed owl, Kibou 4

Winner: Eric Chng S$50

Stuffed cat, Chaco 5

Winner: Pauline Neo S$25

Stuffed cat, Chaco 6

Winner: Eric Chng S$50

Stuffed owl, Kibou 7

Winner: Nie Yiqin S$20

Stuffed owl, Kibou 8

Winner: Jackie Fang S$30

Stuffed cat, Chaco 9

Winner: Risa Ng S$20

Stuffed cat, chaco 10

Winner: Lai You Shen Cedric S$35

Stuffed Cat, Chaco 11

Winner: Shirley See S$30 + S$20

Stuffed owl, Kibou 12

Winner: Wan Morday S$22.20

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.