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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 wanted one of those French doorbells; vintagey, cute, old. But I ran out of luck bagging one when my contractor said he needs to install it that day. I settled for a good plain one from Home Fix so I can at least add my own touch.

A sweet colleague gave me a rabbit head pencil just for fun and I thought it’ll be a great idea to stick it on my doorbell when I’m done with the pencil.

I added a scarf to this fella and here it is… Like it?!

*holding my breath* I hope no one nicks it… 😐

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It all started with this silk screen printing class I went, where I designed and hand printed some bunny fabrics. Since then, I’ve been wanting to make something out of it but I wasn’t exactly inspired to.

I had a trip recently and took a red-eye flight. I was so ill-prepared because my Flying Survival Kit was all over the place. I was complaining to a friend and he threw me a “Just put them all into a bag!” look. So that’s how I got inspired this weekend. I love the rollup tool bag look, which can be seen in makeup pouches as well. I decided to then use that style for my kit.

This is really simple to make. I decided to make two, one for a friend, yes lucky friend isn’t it?! ;P

The fabric I printed on was an organic medium-weight cotton fabric. It was perfect for making a small pouch. It took about 30minutes for the sewing, and trust me, I was taking my time, enjoying every sewing moment.

I’m especially proud of this piece… there is something satisfying about designing the motifs, to transferring it onto the fabric, to planning the pouch for a purpose, to making it myself for me, and in this case for my friend too. What a way to spend a Sunday morning…

Material needed for the pouch

Fray stop!

Closeup view

I used zig-zag stitching detail across the top, to add some interest.

Closeup view of how I attach the leather cord to the pouch

Flat out, opened view

I made two!

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Some simple instructions to help you along

I haven’t blogged for the longest time. And yes I’m back! 🙂

With the festivities now almost all behind us, I had way too much to eat, drink and be merry. All good, time to exercise now…

I didn’t get to do much crafting or sewing for the past months but I plan to do more from now! Before that, I bought a couple of bunnies at this 2nd hand shop near home. They were adorable but I wanted to ‘modernize’ them so I painted them. I tried spraying painting first but it won’t get into the nooks and crannies of the figurines. So I bought a can of matte white paint which made them look porcelain. I didn’t expect it but I like how they turned out.

Now what do I do with them? 😉

In its original colour

Halfway done

Another view

Bottom half painted white

Dripping with white paint

Aren't they adorable?!

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 

I’ve been busy sketching and planning for an upcoming ‘Sew for HRSS (House Rabbit Society of Singapore)’ event. The basic requirement is to be able to hand sew the stuffed toy. As we will eventually be handing the stuff rabbits to HRSS to sell them during their fund-raising roadshows, I had to make sure that the stuff toys aren’t too time-consuming to make or we won’t get too many completed during our 4-5hour sewing session this coming sat.

I’ve also had some sewing inquiries, people are keen but also apprehensive on whether they can sew or not. Well, I thought I should document how it’s done for everyone’s benefit so they aren’t too nervous. I started sewing yesterday and I think I got abit hooked on making them. Really, it’s not that hard! Just come and we’ll help each other along!

Place the template onto the fabric (right sides facing each other), using pins to hold the template and fabric. You can choose to cut out the fabric now or use a pencil to trace the outline. I prefer tracing then removing the template so I can cut the shape out properly.

Fabric cut into shape.

Using either running stitch or back stitch to sew the pieces together. I used running stitches and sew the pieces from start to end point and back to start point again. Running stitch is not as secure, hence I doit twice. Remember to leave a small gap for stuffing!

Back and running stitches

Flip the sewn fabric inside out, making sure to push the edges out before you start stuffing.I used a pair of forceps to stuff the rabbit.

Closing the hole once you are happy with the amount of stuffing.

I sewn one of the ear down, just for fun… 😉

Next, cut a small oval felt. I then used embroidery thread to sew the eyes.

Using the same thread, I stitched the face onto the body.

The front is done!

I found some teeny poms poms and decided to sew one on as the tail.

Pom pom tail… adorable!

Bunny friends – Front view

Bunny friends – Front view

Using the same steps, I made a few more. It got really fun when I started playing with different colours and eyes.

Our latest collection of fabrics by Michael Miller.  The Forest Life in Retro colours is perfect for making any crafty projects like a fabric wall art, cushion covers, makeup pouch, etc. I’m tempted to make a tote bag out of this myself. Hmm… maybe I would.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s the Year of the Rabbit! And this is for all those born in the year of the rabbit and those who just simply love ’em. They are so adorable, how can you resist them?!

I made a search and found so many stuffed rabbits. Here are some, in their own unique style… Maybe you’ll be inspired to make one yourself? 😉

Stuffed rabbit toys

{1} Round round bunny (one of my fav)
{2} French rabbit (so lady-like…)
{3}  Long-eared rabbit
{4} Checked rabbit (Don’t forget the tail detail)
{5} Long-limbed buns (Quirky!)
{5} Grey rabbit (I don’t know why, but I am really drawn to this one. It’s so full of life, like it’s really looking at me.)

I went shopping 2 days ago… yea… fabric shopping. Heaps and heaps of gorgeous fabrics all neatly lined up in front of me. I had to resist myself and even after I made my purchases, my eyes were still progressively scanning for more. ARGH… walk out NOW!

Anyway, I was abit cleverer this time. I zoomed in on the special deals and got these. (;

Trimmings

Trimmings *not on sale though*

Fabrics

Yay!

Details of the B&W piece

So cute... they printed the bunny outside the usable area as well!

Can’t wait to get home and start sewing! I’ll post pictures of my creations once they are completed.

Fabric shopping keeps me smiling… (:

Note: Pardon the crappy lighting on the pictures. Next time I will try to use better camera instead of the camera on my phone.

This isn’t exactly a sewing project because there wasn’t any sewing involved at all. But it’s about how I made use of fabrics to build something so I think it deserves a place under ‘Sewing Projects’. (:

I finally got my hands on the lampshade materials so I could work on this long-planned lampshade I had in mind months ago!

I bought the bunny base from Australia (I thought of sis when I saw the bunny and thought it’ll make a great lamp for her! Coincidentally, it is the Year of the Rabbit.), lampshade material from USA and the rest of the parts were procured in Singapore. And that is why it took so long for me to eventually put all of them together.

So I started with the drum lampshade, because I can’t wait to see how the fabric would look on the shade. Hah!

Sticking the styrene sheet onto the fabric

Lining the edge with glue to stick to the frame

Holding the frame and the styrene sheet with wooden pegs

Here, you want to be careful with lining the edge properly with the frame. Otherwise, when you do the same for the bottom, the lampshade might not line up properly. The last thing you want is a crooked shade. ):

Hah... really kiasu with the pegs.

Both the top and bottom can be held together with the pegs at the same time. Leave to dry for about 20mins.

Wrapping the edges with a bias tape to hide the ugly metal

Overlaying with a purple ribbon

I overlay and stick with glue.

Adding another layer of patterned ribbon

Again leaving to dry for 20mins.

Then I started working on the electrical parts of the lamp. Sorry no pictures because I got too intent and it didn’t work! *_*

A picture of the lamp in daylight without the electrical parts yet.

Electrical parts not fixed!

Side note: Those wooden photo frames are pictures of me. Dad had them made. I was tempted to throw them out years ago but so glad I didn’t. They are so vintage looking now. Love them!

I brought the parts to the office today and asked a male colleague to help instead. Finally my wire connection was wrong. So viola! I brought it home and fixed all the parts together. Here it is!

Final outcome

Closeup

What do you think? It turned out exactly the way I imagined! But sis said it’s a tad too flowery for her taste… but but… there really isn’t any flower on the fabric! Anyway… I really enjoyed making it. My very first handmade lamp. You should try it too.

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! (: