Craft Workshops in Singapore

Hope everyone had a blessed and joyful Christmas!  It has been a crazy two months for me fulfilling Christmas orders, participating in craft markets, conducting craft workshops in Singapore and more!  Not forgetting that it is also the December school holidays and I need to find activities to entertain the kids too!  I’ve been wanting to update my blog with the craft workshops in Singapore that I’ve been conducting but it has been such a mad house I couldn’t find the time to do so.  Since I’m taking my well-deserved break now, it’s time I update everyone on what I have been up to.

Becoming a sewing and craft instructor was not something in my agenda, but something that’s God sent!  :)  Over the past year, I’ve been getting queries on whether I am conducting sewing and craft workshops in Singapore.  Gradually, it started to dawn on me that this could be my calling, apart from selling my handmade creations.  In addition, I have always enjoyed teaching and sharing my knowledge with people around me.  Starting sewing and craft workshops in Singapore thus looked like the next natural thing to do.

It all started in June this year when friends from a Facebook sewing group asked if I could conduct applique classes.  I had wanted to start a class for four or five people but it ended up over-subscribed with more than 50 people on the waiting list!  This really kick-started a whole string of craft workshops in Singapore, with my first class in July.  Since then, there were requests for other sewing and craft classes such as plush toy making, patchwork, basic sewing, tote bag making and more, which kept me busy for the past few months!

So far, I’ve been conducting classes at home, students’ homes, Spotlight and other craft events.  Both private and small group classes are available.  I’ve been conducting craft workshops in Singapore for the past six months and I wanted to share that the journey has been wonderful and most enriching!  It has made my crafting journey more meaningful and fulfilling, as it allowed me to be more engaged with like-minded people in the crafting community.  In a nutshell, it has raised my self-esteem and confidence as a “professional” crafter whom students look up to.  I enjoy every single moment in a class, whether it’s for one or ten students, and always look forward to the next one.  I guess the most fulfilling part of being an instructor is seeing my students grow from strength to strength and knowing how my sharing has made them progress in their crafting journey.

Check out some photos of the craft workshops in Singapore I had conducted over the past few months:

  1. Owl Applique Pillow Workshop
    Craft Workshops in Singapore

    Owl applique pillow class in session

    Craft Workshops in Singapore

    Hand applique of owl pillow

    Craft Workshops in Singapore

    Even the gentlemen are having fun sewing!

    Craft Workshops in Singapore

    We have kids joining us too

    Craft Workshops in Singapore

    Completed applique pillow by student

  2. Owl Plush Toy Workshop
    Craft Workshops in Singapore

    Owl plush class in session

    Craft Workshops in Singapore

    Hand applique of owl’s body

    Craft Workshops in Singapore

    Stuffing the owl plush toy

    Craft Workshops in Singapore

    Final stitching of owl plush toy

    Craft Workshops in Singapore

    Completed owl plush toys by students

  3. Tote Bag Workshop
    Craft Workshops in Singapore

    Tote bag workshop in session

    Craft Workshops in Singapore

    Completed Star Wars tote bag by student

  4. Patchwork Pillow Workshop
    Craft Workshops in Singapore

    Student at work on pillow top

    Craft Workshops in Singapore

    Patchwork pillow class in session

    Craft Workshops in Singapore

    Pressing of pillow top

    Craft Workshops in Singapore

    Piecing of patchwork pillow top

    Craft Workshops in Singapore

    Students busy at work on their patchwork pillows

    Craft Workshops in Singapore

    Completed patchwork pillow by student

  5. Christmas Ornaments Workshop
    Craft Workshops in Singapore

    Putting Mr Snowman together

    Craft Workshops in Singapore

    Christmas ornaments workshop in session

    Craft Workshops in Singapore

    Sewing of snowman ornament

    Craft Workshops in Singapore

    Completed Christmas ornaments

  6. Christmas Tree Pillow Workshop

    Craft Workshops in Singapore

    Applique is done and ready for final assembly

Craft Workshops in Singapore

Assembly of Christmas applique pillow

Craft Workshops in Singapore

Completed Christmas applique pillow by student

In 2016, I will be introducing a series of new craft workshops in Singapore such as basic quilting, drawstring bag, felt ornaments, mug rugs and more . These are what I will be teaching in January 2016:

1. Owl Plush Toy Workshop
Date: 3 & 17 January 2016 (Sunday)
Time: 10am to 1pm
Venue: Spotlight@Plaza Singapura
Fee: $70 (2 sessions)

2. Basic Sewing Workshop
Date: 5 January 2016 (Tuesday)
Time: 10am to 1pm
Venue: Spotlight@Plaza Singapura
Fee: $50

3. Owl Applique Pillow Workshop
Date: 12 January 2016 (Tuesday)
Time: 10am to 2pm
Venue: Spotlight@Plaza Singapura
Fee: $50

Date: 18 January 2016 (Monday)
Time: 10am to 2pm
Venue: Tanglin Halt (near Commonwealth MRT)
Fee: $50

4. Flowers Mug Rug Workshop
Date: 15 January 2016 (Friday)
Time: 2pm to 7pm
Venue: Spotlight@Plaza Singapura
Fee: $60

5. Felt Animal Keychains/Brooches Workshop
Date: 16 January 2016 (Saturday)
Time: 10am to 1pm
Venue: The Art Faculty@Enabling Village (near Redhill MRT)
Fee: $35

Date: 20 January 2016 (Wednesday)
Time: 7pm to 9pm
Venue: The Art Faculty@Enabling Village (near Redhill MRT)
Fee: $35

Date: 30 January 2016 (Saturday) – CNY-themed
Time: 10am to 1pm
Venue: The Art Faculty@Enabling Village (near Redhill MRT)
Fee: $35

6. CNY Pineapple Coaster Workshop
Date: 27 January 2016 (Wednesday)
Time: 7pm to 9pm
Venue: The Art Faculty@Enabling Village (near Redhill MRT)
Fee: $35

7. Owl Mug Rug Workshop
Date: 29 January 2016 (Friday)
Time: 2pm to 7pm
Venue: Spotlight@Plaza Singapura
Fee: $60

8. Patchwork Pillow Workshop
Date: 31 January 2016 (Sunday)
Time: 10am to 2pm
Venue: Spotlight@Plaza Singapura
Fee: $60

For more details, visit my Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/madewithcotton/ or https://lessonsgowhere.com.sg/lesson-providers/the-cotton-shoppe.  Visit http://madewithcotton.com/sewing-classes-in-singapore/ for more information on my workshops.  If you are interested to join my craft workshops in Singapore, email me at vivien@thecottonshoppe.com or SMS/Whatsapp 9337-7872.  My workshops size is kept small for better interaction, and spots tend to be filled up rather quickly.  Register early to avoid disappointment! Hope to see you in class in 2016! :)

Very Hungry Caterpillar Drawstring Backpack

I was asked to customize a Very Hungry Caterpillar Drawstring Backpack by a valued customer.  She needed a bag that’s huge enough to hold her baby carrier.  Although this is my first attempt, I readily agreed as it looked pretty easy to sew.  Most importantly, I think this is going to be a fun project and will look really cute using my favourite fabrics from the Very Hungry Caterpillar collection by Andover Fabrics!

The finished drawstring backpack measures 17″ x 12″ and is very roomy for a baby carrier, diapers and other small baby essentials.  In fact, it’s so versatile it can also be used as a beach bag, a book bag for your trip to the library, gym bag and so on.  The Very Hungry Caterpillar Drawstring Backpack features lots of cheery caterpillars, butterflies, cupcakes, colourful dots and will be an absolute delight to own for all die hard Hungry Caterpillar fans (just like me)!

Very Hungry Caterpillar Drawstring Backpack

Very Hungry Caterpillar Drawstring Backpack

Very Hungry Caterpillar Drawstring Backpack

Very Hungry Caterpillar Drawstring Backpack

Made of 100% cotton fabrics, the Very Hungry Caterpillar Drawstring Backpack is so comfortable and lightweight to carry around.  The interior is lined with a dark green fabric and can easily fit some books, lunch box, water bottle and clothes.  I string an off-white cording for the drawstring, through loops attached to the bottom of the bag.  The length of the cording is adjustable according to the height of the user.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Drawstring Backpack is now available for customization in my Etsy store at https://www.etsy.com/sg-en/listing/234980421/the-very-hungry-caterpillar-drawstring.  Please check it out soon as quantities are limited!  Please note that this item is made to order and will take 2 – 3 weeks for production.

I can’t get enough of all the fun bags that I’m making out of the Very Hungry Caterpillar fabric collection.  Hmm….what shall I sew next?  😉

Hungry Caterpillar Bag

I’ve sold the Very Hungry Caterpillar Bag in Etsy and have since then received queries on whether more are available in my store.  This Very Hungry Caterpillar Bag is a lunch tote produced from leftover fabrics from Eponine’s quilt.  It’s really the cutest fabric collection ever!  What a wonderful collection for all fans of the Very Hungry Caterpillar classic by Eric Carle!

So, when my BFF ranted about how the Very Hungry Caterpillar Bag was sold in such a short period of time and how she missed the opportunity to own one, I decided to come up with a new design for her using patchwork squares from the Very Hungry Caterpillar fabric collection instead.

Oh, how I love the colours on this new tote bag!

Sharing some photos from my sewing process.  I enjoyed every moment of my creation!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Bag

Patchwork panel for front and back of bag

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Bag

Patchwork panels are attached to the base of the tote bag

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Bag

Front and back panels are basted, ready for quilting

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Bag

Front and back panels are quilted and trimmed

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Bag

The exterior of bag, with front and back panels all sewn together

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Bag

Lining of bag is completed

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Bag

Turning the Very Hungry Caterpillar Bag inside out

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Bag

Top view of interior of the tote bag

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Bag

Top stitching the tote bag after attaching handles

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Bag

The completed Very Hungry Caterpillar Bag

The design of this Very Hungry Caterpillar Bag looks complicated but it’s really quite an easy weekend project and can be whipped up in a couple of hours.  I really should be putting together some tutorials soon to share with all my readers.  But first, need to find time and prioritise in the midst of my crafting, blogging, juggling a full time job and coaching Eponine for her PSLE all at the same time!  LOL

I’ve in the meantime shipped over some Very Hungry Caterpillar fabrics from the USA to make more tote bags and other products.  If you are interested, they are available for pre-order now in my Etsy store at https://www.etsy.com/sg-en/listing/198821993/the-very-hungry-caterpillar-small-cotton.  Delivery is likely to be end September.

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

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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Handphone Cover – Completed!

I’ve completed the “Cell Phone Cuties” today, after working on it for a few weekends. As easy as it seemed, it’s by no means an easy feat for me! This is the first time I attempted a rounded bias binding, took me quite a while to figure that out. But I was really glad it turned out pretty good!
Tried out a pintuck for the first time too, didn’t turn out perfect. But I sort of figured out where it went wrong…will try harder the next time. Other firsts included my attempt in making fabric buttons. I was quite annoyed at first as I couldn’t find the fabric button kit in local craft stores like Spotlight. However, I bought a whole box of 24 buttons at Daiso for $2! Good deal! I envisioned there must be a way to get them done without the kit & finally found some instructions online.  Made a few extras for use in other sewing & craft projects. 
I had wanted to sew buttonholes for the cover strap with the buttons but it was a failure! Just couldn’t sew the buttonholes for some reason. I think it was because the strap was too thick & my machine couldn’t handle that. Well, will try to figure that out & try harder the next time!
But overall, I’m happy with what I’ve got! It’s a tad too huge for my iphone 5 though, think it would fit an S3 or S4 better. Hope to be able to make a few more as gifts for friends & to sell in my newly set up Etsy store. 
What do u think?

Handphone Cuties!

I’m working on small projects, in between sewing of the hungry caterpillar quilt, to take the stress off this huge project.

Bought a pattern for “Handphone Cuties” from fatquartershop.com plus other books recently, to make use of their 40% shipping discount. This is a sweet pattern from my favourite quilt designer Figtree Quilts. And I’m using the honey bun from Figtree’s Fig & Plum collection, which happened to be the same one used in the pattern!

This quilted handphone cover seems quite simple to piece together & I hope to complete it this weekend. I’ve finished piecing the body & will start to cut out the templates, once I buy my freezer paper today.