Decorative Pillow Cover – Red Riding Hood

I’m soooooo in love with the Little Red Riding Hood collection by Riley Blake Designs.  There are just so many wonderful projects I can make with them!  Last weekend, I completed a quilted decorative pillow cover using this collection of beautiful fabrics.  The decorative pillow cover measures 14″ x 14″ when completed.  It’s a perfect decor item for a nursery, child’s room…in fact, anywhere at home!

The middle block is made of up 16 pieced 3-inch squares, followed by 2 1/2-inch borders sewn in a log cabin style.  I stitched in the ditch to quilt the top, batting and backing together.  For the back, I chose baby pink dotted minky fabric sewn into an envelope enclosure for easy insertion of the pillow form.  Love the use of minky fabrics which made the decorative pillow cover so soft and plush!

Sharing some behind the scenes photos of my sewing process.  I intend to create a free tutorial for this sometime soon!

Little Red Riding Hood Quilted Decorative Pillow Cover

Pieced middle block of cushion

Little Red Riding Hood Quilted Decorative Pillow Cover

Working on the pieced top of cushion

Little Red Riding Hood Quilted Decorative Pillow Cover

Top of cushion is completed with white flora borders

Little Red Riding Hood Quilted Decorative Pillow Cover

Cushion top is basted, really for quilting

Little Red Riding Hood Quilted Decorative Pillow Cover

Sewing in the ditch of cushion top

Little Red Riding Hood Quilted Decorative Pillow Cover

A closer look at the quilting of top

Little Red Riding Hood Quilted Decorative Pillow Cover

Envelope enclosures cut from dotted minky fabric

Little Red Riding Hood Quilted Decorative Pillow Cover

Sewing on the two backing pieces of dotted minky fabrics

Little Red Riding Hood Quilted Decorative Pillow Cover

A good look at the completed cushion cover top

Little Red Riding Hood Quilted Decorative Pillow Cover

Here’s how the dotted minky backing looks

Little Red Riding Hood Quilted Decorative Pillow Cover

The Little Red Riding hood quilted cushion cover is completed!

I will be listing this on my Etsy store soon.  Do watch out for it!

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During my recent trip to Melbourne, I bought some craft kits from the Quilt and Craft Fair.  They are from Ric Rac and Melly and Me.  There are so many to choose from that I’m spoilt for choices!  However I knew I had to buy some as the kids love sewing plushies and it’ll be a great opportunity for them to improve their sewing skills.

Craft kits from Melbourne, Australia

Craft kits from Melbourne, Australia

Eponine wanted to start with the “Two Little Tweets” project.  However, she had difficulty understanding some of the instructions and I had to help.  It so happened that Eponine did all the cutting while I did all the sewing.  It didn’t seem too difficult to start with.  The most difficult part was getting the skeleton of the plushie done which may not be an easy task for a beginner as we need to ensure that the curves of the bird are stitched together seamlessly for a nice finish.  Once that hurdle was overcome, everything else came easy.

However I felt that the instructions are not clear and they are incomplete.  They left the most important part out, and that is how to do the stuffing for the bird!  As I had experience sewing plushies, I managed to figure this out pretty quickly.  I just didn’t quite comprehend what is a leather stitch, so I improvised with my own invisible stitches to give the plushie a clean finishing.

So here it is, a cute little darling that can be done in 1 – 2 hours on a weekend.  Sharing some WIP photos too for a better understanding of what to expect while working on the project.  The boo boo is that Eponine has cut the fabrics the opposite way!  LOL!  Nonetheless, it’s still a cute little darling!

Plush with wings attached

Plush with wings attached

The plushie is near completion with beak attached

The plushie is near completion with beak attached

The completed little tweet!

The completed little tweet!

Side view of  the completed plushie

Side view of the completed plushie

My Melbourne Escape

It’s been a long while since I updated my blog as I’ve been busy preparing my well-deserved trip to Melbourne, Australia. I was there from 26 June to 6 July and just got back a few days ago. It was a wonderful trip and it has been ages since I had such a great time!  Not only did I get the chance to catch up with old friends, I also had the opportunity to visit the Craft & Quilt Fair at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre on my first day of arrival. I’m just so blessed the event coincided with my trip! This is the first time I attended a quilt show and it was truly an eye opener. Well, we are talking about hundreds of professional quilters and crafters from across Australia and overseas who  exhibited their products! Everywhere I went, there were beautiful quilts and craft creations being displayed, and I’ve never seen such an extensive range of products on show!  Anything from quilts, bags and fashion to plush toys, notions and patterns. You name it, you have it! There were also talks and workshops conducted by esteemed crafters at regular intervals. Over at a corner, there were gorgeous quilts on display for the annual quilt competition. What I saw left me in awe as I’ve never seen such beautiful quilts before!  Not just that, I’m amazed by the creativity of these Aussie quilters as it didn’t occur to me that some quilts could be done in a certain way!

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Besides the the craft show, I also took the effort to visit craft markets in the city, just to check out what the local crafters are doing, in the hope it could give me fresh inspirations for my craft business. I visited the Rose Street Artists Market and St Kilda Esplanade over the two weekends I was there.

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Again, I’m fascinated by the creativity of the Aussie crafters. There’s such a huge buzz and vibrant arts & crafts scene in Melbourne which I think Singapore crafters can learn from.  No wonder there are so many talented crafters there, owing to the space and culture there to encourage people to do so.

For more exciting updates of my Melbourne trip, check out my travel blog at http://vivientraveljournal.blogspot.sg/.

Etsy Craft Party 2014

Etsy organised a global craft event last Friday, 6 June, where crafters from all over the world came together to organise craft parties in their respective countries.  The theme of the party for 2014 is RECAPTURE, Bring New Meaning to Your Photographs, where the hosts are given the freedom to inject their creativity on how their respective parties should be organised.

The hosts for Singapore are Salinah and Nuraisah Zailani, two talented sisters who founded Simply-4-Love on Etsy.  Together with these talented duo sisters, other Singapore crafters such as Sidetrack Project, Rhinestic’s Knick Knacks, Lovesprouts, Izoned, Not Just Coffee and Blissful-Studios also chipped in to help make the event a successful one!  The Cotton Shoppe is also proud to be part of the team!

There was a great turnout of over 40 people at Goodman Arts Centre despite the heavy downpour.  Heard from the hosts that this year’s turnout was double of last year’s!  Based on this year’s theme, we had all participants craft up a storm using mod podge, embroidery floss, rubber stamps and acrylic paint.  Everyone present, adults and kids alike, had a fabulous time getting their hands dirty creating fabulous works of art.

This craft party means a lot to me as it’s the first time that I’m participating in such a large-scale Etsy event.  It also allowed me to network with fellow Etsy sellers and build relationships.  Singapore’s craft market, being so small, needs a bigger platform for crafters to get together, to synergise and tap on each other’s talents to grow the craft market.  It’s really all about working together to achieve a bigger public buy-in and letting Singaporeans know that the handmade movement is here to stay.  This is no easy feat but definitely something achievable, and combined efforts from more local crafters can really make a difference!

I’m definitely looking forward to the next Etsy Craft Party and more exciting collaborations with local crafters!  Yes, we need more support of “Made in Singapore” products!

Group photo of participants and crafters

Group photo of participants and crafters

Group shot of crafters involved in the craft party

Group shot of crafters involved in the craft party

Pop up display of crafters' creations

Pop up display of crafters’ creations

Pop up display of The Cotton Shoppe's products

Pop up display of The Cotton Shoppe’s products

Fun shots taken at the photo booth

Fun shots taken at the photo booth

Some of Edith, Eponine and my creations during the Etsy Craft Party

Some of Edith, Eponine and my creations during the Etsy Craft Party

For more highlights of the craft party, check out https://www.flickr.com/photos/97925929@N02/sets/72157644640268169/ or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uu4g3oti_VU.

Little Red Riding Hood Tote Bags

I’m in love with Riley Blake’s fabrics and couldn’t take my eyes off these beautiful fabrics from the Little Red Riding Hood collection.  Don’t you agree they are so pretty?  :)

Latest shipment of Little Red Riding Hood fabrics from Riley Blakes

Latest shipment of Little Red Riding Hood fabrics from Riley Blake

The first thing that comes to my mind is to sew tote bags using these pretty fabrics.  Found an interesting tutorial at The Fabric Mill Blog which I had used as a good reference while creating my totes.

Some behind the scenes photos during my creation process:

Front and back panels of tote are all trimmed, ready to be sewn!

Front and back panels of tote are all trimmed, ready to be sewn!

Sewing the seams for the front and back of tote

Sewing the seams for the front and back of tote

Reverse of tote with batting attached and corners sewn

Reverse of tote with batting attached and corners sewn

Reverse of tote with corners sewn and trimmed

Reverse of tote with corners sewn and trimmed

Turning the tote and lining right side out after sewing the seams

Turning the tote and lining right side out after trimming the corners

A closer look at the main body of the tote

A closer look at the main body of the tote after pushing in the lining

Top view of the interior of tote

Top view of the interior of tote

The main body of the bag is completed, with straps ready to be attached

The main body of the bag is completed, with straps ready to be attached

Taadaa!  A sweet Little Red Riding tote, ready to be loved and carried!

Taadaa! A sweet Little Red Riding tote, ready to be loved and carried!

I’ve since sewn three Little Red Riding Hood totes, in shades of red, pink and aqua which are available for purchase in my Etsy store at https://www.etsy.com/sg-en/listing/191713479/little-red-riding-hood-girls-small-tote.  I love this pretty collection so much that I’ve shipped more fabrics over from USA yesterday to make similar awesome products!  Stay tuned to my blog as I share my works in progress of more Little Red Riding Hood products.  😀

Little Red Riding Hood totes, in shades of red, pink and aqua

Little Red Riding Hood totes, in shades of red, pink and aqua

Mug Rugs from Pam

I received the beautiful mug rugs from my swap partner Pam a few days ago, which made their way safely to Singapore from USA!  It was so exciting to receive the mug rugs, and boy was I amazed when I opened the package to see loads of other goodies which Pam sent over!  There were two packs of Hannah Montana fabric squares, one pack of charm squares from my favourite Figtree Quilts collection “Gypsy Rose” and a notepad with a pen.  It was so sweet and thoughtful of her.  God does wonderful things connecting two people from miles away.  It’s just so amazing how Pam even knows I’m a fan of Figtree Quilts!

I love the colour combinations, so pastel and very suitable for spring.  Pam’s workmanship and quilting skills are just excellent, from the way little details like the small butterfly and lines on the basket are sewn.

Mug rugs and goodies from Pam

Mug rugs and goodies from Pam

Springtime mug rugs from Pam

Springtime mug rugs from Pam

Growing flowers mug rug

Growing flowers mug rug

Flower basket mug rug

Flower basket mug rug

I love how she used embroidery to sew the quilt label, so professionally and uniquely done!

Quilt Labels

Quilt Labels

This is my best swap so far, as the previous two didn’t turn out very well.  Very glad to know a new friend from this swap!  I hope she receives my mug rugs soon, and will like what I’ve made for her.

Springtime Mug Rugs are Completed

After working on the mug rugs for a few weeks, they are finally completed!  I hope I had more time to work on them though and improve on the colour combinations.  It’s a pity I was really ill over the past few weeks and had to cope with the children’s exams at the same time, and could not dedicate more time and efforts into making better ones.  In addition, I had to meet the deadline of shipping the mug rugs over by 13 May.

Check out the mug rugs which I sent to my swap partner Pam from USA early this week.  I’ve just received the beautiful mug rugs she made for me with loads of goodies, which I’ll share in my next blog post.  Hope she’ll receive my mug rugs soon.

The Springtime Mug Rugs are completed

The Springtime Mug Rugs are completed

Growing Flowers Mug Rug

Growing Flowers Mug Rug

Flower Basket Mug Rug

Flower Basket Mug Rug

Quilt label for Growing Flowers Mug Rug

Quilt label for Growing Flowers Mug Rug

Quilt label for Flower Basket Mug Rug

Quilt label for Flower Basket Mug Rug

I also spent some time to sew a cardholder for Pam.  I hope she likes it!

A little goodie for Pam - namecard holder

A little goodie for Pam – namecard holder