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! :)

Christmas Crafts Workshops

It’s November now and Christmas is fast approaching!  Have you started your Christmas shopping or lugged those decor out of your storeroom to doll up your home for this beautiful season?  Perhaps you may even want to consider doing Christmas crafts as gifts for your loved ones, or using them as decor at home.  This would add a nice handmade feel and warmth to your home this Christmas!

There are so many Christmas crafts you could work on, such as Christmas cards, Christmas ornaments, paper wreaths, wall hangings and more.  You really don’t need to be an expert crafter to create them.  If you are an experienced crafter or quilter, you can of course work on more advanced Christmas crafts projects such as Christmas stockings, wall quilts, table runners etc.

When I was approached by my organisation to conduct an interest group activity for my colleagues last week, the first idea that came to my mind was to organise a Christmas crafts workshop.  For this, I designed a Christmas ornaments workshop, which is so appropriate for the season!  Not just that, doing craft work is really an excellent idea to bond with colleagues, friends and family members.  It is also a great means of therapy to drive all the work stress away! Everyone had fun and it was amazing seeing my colleagues putting their creativity to good use.

Christmas crafts workshop

Christmas crafts workshop

Christmas crafts workshop

Christmas crafts workshop

Christmas crafts workshop

Christmas crafts workshop

Christmas crafts workshop

In addition, I was also invited by The Playtent to conduct a similar Christmas crafts workshop last Saturday.  Although it was not a great turnout, the workshop turned out really well.  Guess having small groups can be a perk as there are more opportunities to interact with participants.  This is my first attempt at conducting workshops and I hope it will not be the last.  It was great sharing with everyone my skills and experience.  I will be working out some plans with The Playtent to conduct more regular craft and sewing workshops next year.  Looking forward!

Christmas crafts workshop

Christmas crafts workshop

Christmas crafts workshop

Christmas crafts workshop

Christmas crafts workshop

 

Christmas crafts workshop

The Playtent has more $10 Art Rojak! workshops planned for the whole of November.  Check them out now at http://www.theplaytent.com/art-rojak-10-workshops/!

Craft Workshop in Singapore

If you are looking for an affordable craft workshop in Singapore, check out the Art Rojak! workshops organised by The Playtent at http://www.theplaytent.com/art-rojak-10-workshops/.  These 1-hour workshops cost only $10 each, inclusive of all materials.  There are lots of workshops in November ranging from jewellery making, finger painting and Christmas ornaments making to Christmas origami, scrapbooking and manga drawing.  At just $10 and so many to choose from, you’ll be spoilt for choices!

It’s sometimes not easy to find a good craft workshop in Singapore as there are not many studios or crafters out there conducting such classes.  If you are interested to pick up a new arts and crafts skill, or you are looking for a weekend or school holiday activity for your children, then these Art Rojak! workshops are perfect as they cater to all ages and skill levels and won’t burn a hole in your pocket!

Craft Workshop in Singapore

I’ve been invited by The Playtent to conduct the Christmas ornaments making workshop.  In this workshop, you’ll learn pattern transfer and the basics of sewing such as running stitches and edging stitches.  I would then show you how to sew simple Christmas ornaments using felt and embroidery floss.  There are three patterns available for the craft workshop – snowman, Christmas stocking and Christmas tree.  They are so cute and will add lots of warmth and cheer to your home this Christmas!  Great as stocking stuffers or simply as a decor on your mantle or Christmas tree.  Join me to find out how simple it is to put them together, they are really not as complicated as they look!  To register for my workshop, visit http://www.theplaytent.com/product/make-your-own-felt-christmas-ornament/.

 

Craft Workshop in SingaporeCraft Workshop in Singapore

For more details of the Art Rojak! series of craft workshop in Singapore, check out http://www.theplaytent.com/art-rojak-10-workshops/.  Do register early as places are limited and on a first-come-first-served basis.  Grab your kids or friends for more crafting fun.  See you there!

Covered Buttons Accessories

Covered buttons are so awesome and versatile for creating crafts and accessories, something which i discovered by chance while searching for pretty buttons for my tote bags and brainstorming for quick project ideas for my craft markets.  They are also easy to make on a weekend and can be used in a wide variety of crafts such as hair accessories, earrings, garments, bags, toys and more.  Making these buttons is also an excellent way to use up my fabric scraps, which really helps to clear junk off my craft room!  LOL

Assorted Covered Buttons Ponytail Holders

Assorted Ponytail Holders

Assorted Covered Buttons Bobby Pins

Assorted Bobby Pins

Assorted Covered Buttons Hair Clips

Assorted Hair Clips

Assorted Covered Buttons Badges

Assorted Badges

I’ve since created and sold hundreds of accessories using fabric buttons, some of my favourite items being earrings, hair accessories and badges. Fabric buttons are created using merely metal button kits, which sell at $2 a pack from Daiso.  They come in a variety of sizes such as 12mm, 15mm, 18mm, 22mm, 27mm and 38mm.  There are about 10 – 20 metal buttons in each kit, depending on sizes.  Each kit comes with metal buttons with shank backs, template and tools.

Covered Buttons Kit

Covered Buttons Kit

Some of my most popular items include Christmas-themed items made using fabric buttons.  My favourite is the 12 Days of Christmas fabric buttons, which is available in three different colours.  They are available in my Etsy store at https://www.etsy.com/sg-en/listing/166489462/27mm-106-inch-christmas-buttons-fabric.

Christmas-themed Covered Buttons Ponytail Holders

Christmas-themed Ponytail Holders

Gingerbreadman Covered Buttons Earrings

Gingerbreadman Earrings

12 Days of Christmas Covered Buttons

12 Days of Christmas Fabric Buttons

Primitive Christmas-themed Covered Buttons

Primitive Christmas-themed Fabric Buttons

These gorgeous button earrings come in different sizes and designs.

Black Cat Covered Black Cat Covered Buttons Earrings

Black Cats Earrings

Cupcakes Covered Buttons Earrings

Cupcakes Earrings

Rabbits Covered Buttons Earrings

Rabbits Earrings

Hedgehogs Covered Buttons Earrings

Hedgehogs Earrings

Look at how pretty these accessories look when worn!

Black Cat Covered Buttons Ponytail Holder

Black Cat Ponytail Holder

Covered Buttons Hair Accessories

Christmas-themed Ponytail Holder

Check out my Etsy store for more accessories made using fabric buttons:

https://www.etsy.com/sg-en/shop/TheCottonShoppe?section_id=14559684

https://www.etsy.com/sg-en/shop/TheCottonShoppe?section_id=14555883

https://www.etsy.com/sg-en/shop/TheCottonShoppe?section_id=14244100

https://www.etsy.com/sg-en/shop/TheCottonShoppe?section_id=14898565

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

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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