Quilted Cushion Cover

My boss bought me some cute fabrics from Riley Blake for sewing.  As a gesture to thank her for the gift, I thought it’ll be nice to sew her something in return.  Saw a tutorial for quilted cushion cover from Modabakeshop and thought it’s something that’s very appropriate and easy to create.

http://www.modabakeshop.com/2014/03/quilt-as-you-go-improv-pillows.html

It’s made from a 10-inch square (layer cake friendly!), then pieced with simple borders.  The top is then quilted using free motion quilting in a meandering design, which gives the cushion a nice texture.  The cushion finishes at 14″ x 14″.

Took just a couple of hours to put this sweetie all together!  Great gift idea for your family and friends over the weekend!

Front view of quilted cushion

Front view of quilted cushion

Back view of quilted cushion

Back view of quilted cushion

Envelope closure for backing

Envelope closure for backing

Free motion quilting on the top

Free motion quilting on the top

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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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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Birth Announcement – Melly

After a long labour of 8 hours, Melly was finally born to Mummy Vivien, to the delight of all present!  Here’s her birth announcement:

Date of birth: 29 August 2013
Time of birth: 0115 hrs
Height: 20cm
Weight: 128g
Waist: 11″

Welcome to the world, my darling Melly!  :)

What the Hoot!

I’m always fascinated with owls, especially cute stuffed owls. How best to satisfy this owl-craze of mine than making one myself!  I recently bought a quilting book which comes with an owl toy pattern, with easy to follow instructions. Seems manageable as it’s my first attempt making a stuffed toy. 

The pattern uses the applique method & some simple sewing. I’ve finished cutting up the shapes and piecing the appliqués together using the fusible web method. 
This is Melly the Owl and it says “Hi”! :)

Notions Caddy

I started on this notions caddy some months back and didn’t have the time to complete it until recently.  This is a pretty neat item that allows me to keep all my craft or quilt notions wherever I go.  I had signed up for the “Sweet Sue’s Sewing Club” with Shabby Fabrics in 2011 and this kit was one of the pretty projects that came with it. 

The completed caddy looks like this:

Front view of notions caddy
This is how the inside looks like, with pockets for quilting/craft tools
This useful caddy keeps anything and everything u need when on the go
A closer look at what the caddy can hold

What I really love is how I could roll up the notions caddy when on the go, so items are neatly tucked away!  So neat and compact.  Makes a wonderful weekend project or last minute gift for a friend.

Neat and compact when rolled up

More Quilting Projects in the Making

Besides Project Hungry Caterpillar, I have intention to complete some small projects this year, to take the stress off my mind of quilting big and complex projects.  For this purpose, I signed up the Sweet Sue’s Sewing Club with Shabby Fabrics in Sept last year.  This is a five-month club with pretty little projects such as sewing machine cover, ironing board cover, roll-up notions case, tote bag and tabletop caddy.  

Starting January 2012, a kit consisting of all fabrics and notions for the project would be mailed to me every month.  So far, I’ve received kits for the sewing machine cover, ironing board cover and roll-up notions case.  However, I’ve not started on any of them!  :(  I must really make it a commitment to get started pretty soon, so my money doesn’t go to waste!

Here’s the fabrics for these pretty projects:

Pattern book for January – sewing machine cover & other pretty projects  
Fabrics for sewing machine cover
Pattern for ironing board cover – February

Fabrics for the ironing board cover
Pattern and fabrics for roll-up notions case – March