Quilted Tote Bag

It’s been a long while since I last updated my blog with my crafts and projects.  Yes, I’m still sewing and crafting!  It’s just such a crazy period since Christmas, preparing for my craft markets and preparing my girls for a new school year!  Now that things have started to settle down around here, I reckon it’s also high time i start blogging again!
Over the past few months, I’ve had such a crazy time sewing items for sale in the craft markets, that I had no time to dedicate to projects I love.  Kind of depressing at times!

Nonetheless, I’ve started to work on my existing projects again.  Just quilted a tote bag over the long Chinese New Year holidays.  It’s something I’ve been wanting to do and own and how best to achieve this than sewing it myself!  The bag was pieced together from the Lily & Will jelly roll, one of the prettiest fabric collection I own!  I was just so glad I’ve managed to find a free pattern from Modabakeshop which seemed easy enough for my first tote bag.

The process was not totally smooth-sailing though.  It all went well until the final steps where I had to sew borders for the inner seams.  Due to thickness of the wadding, it caused a bulk at the four corners, making it difficult to turn inside out.  I eventually snipped off all corners and sewed the binding 1/4″ from each end, rather than sew all the way to the end.  I also tried to prevent overlapping the corners where the seams meet when I sewed on the bindings.  These measures seemed to help alleviate the problems!

Though the completed project was not 100% perfect and flawless, it didn’t look too bad for a first-timer!  :)

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Black Friday Sale

The Cotton Shoppe is having our first ever Black Friday sale from 28 November to 6 December.  Everything in our Etsy store is now at 10% off!  Great time to stock up on your Christmas essentials and gifts for loved ones!  Shop from our great variety of one-of-a-kind handmade gifts ranging from mini quilts, stuffed toys and accessories.  Stocks are limited, so grab them before they are gone!

http://www.etsyonsale.com/shop/TheCottonShoppe

Our first flea market

Public Garden will be organising a series of Christmas flea markets in November & December and I’ve just made my booking for a booth. The details are as follows:

Date: 7, 8, 14 & 15 Dec
Time: 1 – 7pm
Venue: TripleOne Somerset Level 16

This is really exciting for me as it’s my first time participating in a flea market! In fact, I’ve been busy preparing for the flea market over the past few weeks, sewing & crafting items for sale. Some items I’m creating include mug rugs, stuffed toys & fabric accessories.

It’s lots of hard work but great fun too! Good way to motivate myself to create more handmade items for my new Etsy store too. My girls are helping me with the handmade accessories and packaging, while I focus on items which require quilting & sewing. It’s also a good way to exercise their creativity and inject some entrepreneurship into them!

Watch this space for our updates & progress!

First Etsy Sale

I made my first Etsy sale tonight…woohoo!!! Besides, it’s not just one, but two sales! :) I finally see some light at the end of the tunnel after a month of hard work, which goes to show that perseverance works.

I’ve put up two sets of pretty fabric buttons made using the 12 Days of Christmas fabric collection by Anni Downs of Hatched and Patched. There are a total of 12 buttons in each set, each representing the 12 Days of Christmas such as “A partridge in a pear tree”, “Two turtle doves”, “Three French hens” etc. Really cute! I love these buttons to bits as they are made using my favourite Christmas collection.

Now that I’ve sold all my 12 Days of Christmas sets, it’s time to make more for listing! I’ve however used up most of the collection, so it’s also time to purchase more! LOL

There are lots of things that I’ve yet to iron out in my store, such as packaging, marketing, photography etc. However, I know it’s important to take things at a time, because this is a new journey for me and lots of self-discovery along the way. It’s also a process where we as sellers need to know what works and what not, and to refine the processes along the way.

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My Little Quilter

Over the past two weeks, I’ve been imparting my sewing and quilting skills to Edith, who has lots of time on her hands after the school exams.  I thought a mug rug would be something interesting and easy to start with and she jumped at this idea.  She chose the mistletoe mug rug design which I purchased from Etsy recently.  There’s reasonable piecing involved and appliqued design didn’t seem too tedious for a beginner.

The sewing lessons were seamless and much easier than I imagined!  She didn’t gawk or withdraw in fear at the machine, but picked things up pretty quickly!

This is what she had completed last Sunday afternoon.

Mug rug top

Mug rug top

Mug rug with applique

Mug rug with applique

She’s working on the mistletoe appliques right now, and very soon, we’ll be working on the quilting and binding, which I hope will not prove to be too challenging!

This is such a nice item to make for Christmas, don’t you agree?  :)

Progress for Joys of Christmas Quilt

I’ve been working hard on the Joys of Christmas Quilt and finally finished the quilt top this evening.  This is such a beautiful and fun project to do and definitely one that brings me lots of joy!  I’m surprised how easy it is to put the top all together and how gorgeous it looks when completed.

I’ll be basting it over the next few days.  I may not have time to work on it over the next two weeks due to Ponine’s school exams but will target to have everything completed by end November to be in time for Christmas.

Can’t wait to get it hung up on the wall for Christmas!  :)

Step 1 involves sewing the red diamonds inner borders to the quilt panel
Top and bottom borders pieced to quilt panel consisting of 5 blocks each
The completed quilt top with four strips of borders in various prints

My Etsy Store is Finally Live!

I’ve been terribly busy setting up my long awaited Etsy Store.  This venture has been constantly on my mind since 2 years ago and I finally decided that there’s no reason for procrastination…just do it!  The name of my new store is “The Cotton Shoppe”. 

The basic setup has been completed but there’s lots more to do.  Things like listing more items for sale, photography of my craft items and sorting out my crafts for sale etc.  Guess it would take a while before everything can be sorted out.

I think I’m getting disorganised here as I’ve not even figured out how I’m going to package my items.  I’m starting with small items first, and hope to add on other handmade crafts over the next few weeks.  Some products I expect to sell include the following:

1. Fabric buttons
2. Bags
3. Stuffed toys
4. Mug Rugs
5. Small quilt items eg coasters, cushion covers
6. Craft supplies

My Etsy store and Facebook page can be found as follows.  Pls favourite and like my pages as I’m just starting out and need lots of support!  :)

http://www.etsy.com/shop/thecottonshoppe
https://www.facebook.com/madewithcotton

I’m also in the process of transferring my blogspot account to WordPress for more flexibility.  Have just registered for a new domain at www.madewithcotton.com.  Having some technical issues now which I really do hope to sort out in the next few days.

Some items I have for sale currently:

22mm (0.87 inch) Fabric Buttons / Covered Buttons (Set of 6)
 18mm (0.71 inch) Fabric Buttons / Covered Buttons (Set of 6)
22mm (0.87 inch) Fabric Buttons / Covered Buttons (Set of 6)
38mm (1.5 inch) Fabric Buttons / Covered Buttons (Set of 5)
Hand Quilted Square Coasters 4 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ (set of 4)