I made this fabric pumpkin basket yesterday. A piece of unwanted CD is used for the base.
I think this basket is a failure. I am totally angry with myself because I did not stuff the binding on the top while hand stitching it. I thought it will be alright without stuffing but it isn't. The result is just not satisfactory , yet when my hubby saw it, he said it is just too cute. I think one day
( when I am very free and in very good mood ), I will unpick the binding and restitch.
I plan to sew another one. Next time I am going to add handles for the basket, and may be a lid too if
I think my hubby may be right. This pumpkin basket is just too cute. I think I have fall in love with it. It is lovely and yet so practical. You can use it for keeping sewing notions , little accessories, or whatever little things you like. And what I am most happy with is that it can be used as pincushion as well ! How nice !!!
I never buy any cell phone. The cell phone I used is an old phone of my hubby.Sometimes my hubby insisted that I must carry it along when I go out .You know, I do believe in the hazard of cell phone use. I always try my very best to reduce my cell phone use or turn it off when not in use.
I made a patchwork cell phone case for my old cell phone yesterday. I sewed a zipper for this case.
Pull the zipper open and put my phone inside.
Now pull the zipper again to close it up.
The cell phone is inside the padded case now , hope it can help to reduce a bit of the radiation. :)
The lining of the inner part
It is fun to make this little case. I really enjoyed sewing it ! :)
Yesterday afternoon , I made a small drawstring bag with batting . My hubby thought it is for holding a cell phone, but it is not. It is quite small, only measuring 5 " x 2.75 ".
I made this small bag for holding my thread clipper. The dark blue fabric is medium weight linen cotton blend . The inner lining fabric is white and dark green gingham check flannel. I simply used some different colour cotton fabric to cut out a little house pattern for the machine applique` . The applique` turned out quite cute. I love this little house on the green ground with cloud above !
I have been using this thread clipper for more than 20 years ! This 4 inches long thread clipper was imported from China . It is a bit rusty now, but the blades of this handy tool are still very sharp. I used to do some stitching work whenever I have long distance travelling. Now with this little bag, I can always keep my thread clipper as well as other small sewing notions such as seam ripper and small scissor inside my handbag for convinence. :)
Just finished sewing a garment for myself . I forgot to charge my camera battery so no photos taken yet.
I bought some more cotton fabric last Sunday. I decided to use them for making patchwork and dresses for little girls.
In fact this morning I managed to cut out some squares to make a zipper pouch for myself. I was inspired by Pink Peguin . Ayumi is so creative and all her crafts are all so beautiful and neatly sewn ! Do check it out here .
The size of the pouch is 6.5 " x 5 ". All the fabric are from the same type of cotton fabric but with different prints.
I made another patchwork floor seat cushion a few weeks back. It was made from 91 pieces of 2.5" square fabric scraps.
This week is a stressful week. I love my job but sometimes teaching life is tiring and stressful too. Just imagine that there are more than 40 teenegers in some of the classes ! Actually in some of the Chinese primary schools, the number of students are around 50 or more per class! Sometimes we are disappointed with the education system here but sad to say that we could not change anything …...Oh ! this is not a nice topic to talk about , so stop here.
Anyway, nobody can completely eliminate stress from his or her life. For me, sewing activities always brings me a state of restfulness and a boost in my feelings of joy and serenity. I just could not stop sewing every now and then !
My hubby bought these craft books for me from a Chinese book fair in my hometown yesterday. The one at the top left is translated from Japanese edition published by BOUTIQUE-SHA. The Chinese publisher got the Chinese translation rights arranged with BOUTIQUE-SHA.
These books are actually for beginners and project listed are very simple. I told him I can sew those stuffs without refering to the books. According to him, no harm of buying since the books are inexpensive .( I do not think so because all the books are actually 100 % more expensive than what you can get from China.) . Any way , he made my day because it is really fun to look at those beautiful pictures inside the book.! !
I had went to China at least five times in the past , but only had bought a sewing pattern book for " Qi pao" there. Well, I was not so crazy about crafting in those days... :).
I think next time I visit China , I will sure to grap more craft books .......! There are many creative people in China. Every time I visited China , I was thrilled to look at their architectures, sculptures, handicrafts, .....and most of all , the amazing , fantastic beautiful scenery of this country ! My hubby never get tire of visiting this wonderful country.
Here comes the man who enjoys buying little gifts for me. The picture was taken in Tibet, China in the year 2005. I am happy this man always knows what I want and likes to give me little surprises every now and then . :)
Last night I made this little drawstring bag using the lovely girls cotton fabric. I was inspired by this bag my hubby bought for me. The size of the bag is 7" x 5 1/2 " .
I used satin fabric for the inner lining. The fun part is when both of the strings are being pulled , a flower is formed in the centre!
I went to the fabric store again this afternoon. I did buy some more. I am so happy because I love those cotton fabric so much . My nephew borrowed my camera just now. I will take some photos of the fabric when I get back my camera.
Oh, I would like to share with you a photo taken by my hubby using his cell phone. He went to a traditional coffee shop one afternoon and ....., he saw this lovely cat sat on the staircase at the side door of the shop. The cat ignored the noisy crowd and was enjoying sun-bathing ! Sooo cute !
Thanks for reading and hope you have a peaceful weekend !
Last Friday evening, I dropped by a fabric store I used to visit while driving home from work. I saw many new arrivals . More than thirty different floral prints and polka dot 100 % cotton fabrics.
I just love those pure cotton fabric. I told myself that I will sure to regret if I did not grap some. Further more the prices are reasonable and affordable. They are perfect for making little dresses, skirts, patchwork and .....( See how I am trying to find as many excuses as posssible whenever I am buying fabric...)
I managed to control myself to buy eight pieces only. But the other beautiful floral fabric in the store keep on dancing in my mind, asking me to go back for them next Sunday ........ :) .
I would like to show you what I had bought. I love all of them. What do you think of them ? Let me know !
Should I go back for some more ? I do not mind collecting all the nice fabric and turn them into beautiful craftwork or clothing one day . Don't laugh at me ! I am sure you are just like me, fabric addict ! right ? :)
Recently my fabric scraps accumulated from sewing clothings are put into good use . Last night I used one of the red floral cotton scraps to make another patchwork coin purse . It is very smal1, measuring 2 3/4 " x 4".
The other side of the purse
I used a plain red cotton fabric for the inner lining.
I am going to give this purse to a niece of mine. I made a Chinese New Year dress for her using this floral fabric a couple of years back. She loves that dress very much. I am sure she will love to have this purse too.
Yesterday we did not have cocuriculum activities in school . I spent the whole day on cleaning up my home, cooking and watching an old Japanese drama " Love Generation ". The drama was acted by Kimura Takuya( 木村拓哉) and Matsu Takako (松たか子 ) . Fun to watch ！
Today morning I continued watching the drama. In the afternoon, I sat down cutting square patches from my fabric scraps . I found some cotton fabrics scraps from sewing this little dress. I looked at the beautiful purple flowers and an idea crossed my mind. I wanted to use them for sewing a little purse. So that is how it came about.
The other side of the purse
This little zipper purse measuring approximately 2 3/4" x 4 " . The inner lining purple fabric is 100 % cotton too.
I will give this little purse to a lovely hardworking Malay girl tomorrow . She scored A+ for her Mathematics in the school mid- year examination and I promised to give her a special gift. Her favourite colour is purple and I hope she will love this little purse. It will be great for her to carry some coins or small notes. It is also small enough for her to put inside her pocket.
Thanks for reading. I hope you have a great weekend !