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Sew obsessed!!

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I’ve been possessed by the sewing angels 😀 and sew I’m sew sew obsessed :p
Small projects, nothing fancy. I spend so much time making lists of projects that catch my fancy on Pinterest that I have little time to do much else :/
But I did manage to make a few things off the list. And first up is the fabric flower gift pouch from this tutorial.
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Since DS arrived, we’ve been planning on taking him on a little family holiday. He turned one earlier this month. It’s been a long wait but November is the month. We’ll need a passport wallet and so I followed this tutorial and made one for a cousin. Ofcourse it took on a life of it’s own and went in a different direction with a broad strap closure and a magnetic snap.
I will make more but I’ve run out of the polka dot fabric and cannot find it anywhere. So, if any of you spot it, could you please leave me a note with the name and address of the store? Please? Pretty please?

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I also made an iPad case. Inspired by a pin someone sent me. It was supposed to fit a regular iPad but, since there wasn’t any tutorial and I had to figure it on my own, the final case wouldn’t fit the iPad. And so a visiting cousin claimed it, to be used as a notebook case. The second one I made though, fit like a glove. And that on special request, was sent to a dear friend.
DS needs one for his iPad mini. I’m working on it 🙂 maybe a different style this time.

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If you like what I sew, please visit my Facebook page. You can place orders for custom made soaps, salves, lip balms, clutches, pouches, wallets etc or simply like the page to show some support.
Thank you for taking the time to read my blog.
See you soon 😊😊

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Cupcake and cupcake stand template (DIY)

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I started to quilt, or rather shop for my quilts when I arrived back home in Feb’ 13. And oh boy! Did I shop!!

I think the owner of that little cloth store waits for me each week with a secret stash of the cutest prints I will ever find around town. He just makes me so happy!

I promised photos of my quilts but, truth be told I’m such a lazy soul (I haven’t finished all four as yet) and my span of attention is almost the same as that of a toddler. I start one thing and I move onto another so fast I probably wouldn’t even remember I started the first thing. So I got home, went shopping, bought out the store, started quilting and then the cross stitch bug bit me. It bit me so hard I decided to make tea towels. Notice how that was in plural?? I told you it bit me HARD.

So I got onto Pinterest and started looking for free cross stitch patterns (which I’ve pinned here) and then I think the whole swarm descended upon me.

Though I must warn you, I’m not entirely sure if all the patterns are free as I’ve only repinned them and haven’t actually visited the sites. Also, most phones have the option of saving the image to your camera roll and that’s exactly what I did since it was only for personal use and then I didn’t copy the exact pattern.

I’m no pro at cross stitch, so if the experienced lot does get into the nitty gritties of it, there are a bunch of goof ups to be discovered. But I did put a lot of effort into making these for my sister, so I guess I’m happy.

It’s not a great picture and the background has been photoshopped. And the reason for all of that? I was in a tearing hurry to present them to her.

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The bottom of the purple teapot isn’t exactly pretty but I’m not the one who can take it all off n start over. So I just let it be.

And then, I wanted to make a third one for a visiting cousin but didn’t have as much time so I decided to try some appliqué work. Now, I tried to machine embroider it to the towel and it was such a disaster!! I mean if you zoom in and look at it, that stitch is going in all directions (I would like to remind you this was my first attempt ever!).

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I looked online for a template but since I’ve been blessed with inkscape and some little knowledge on how to work it, I decided to make my own template.

Of course I wanted a pretty stand with 3 cupcakes and the works but, like I explained earlier, this was my first and I realized something simple would be best. So I made up a template and this is what it actually looked like.

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The whole thing measures approximately 9 inches in width and 5 inches in height. And if you want to only piece the cupcakes together from the template like I did, then the cupcake should measure approximately 3 inches in width and 2.5 inches in height.

The template is in PDF format and needs to be printed in actual size and not scaled to the paper source. Click here for the template.

Since I had extra time on my hands, I turned the template into a coloring page for kids.

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Click here for the coloring page.

Hope to see you again soon…

 

 

DIY Draw-string pouches

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I’ve been away too long.

I wanted to share much of all the journeys I’ve been on but I just couldn’t do it. Maybe a little later.

So here I am, trying my luck at writing again. Here to share my excitement with you and oh! has it been an exciting time or what!!

A very close friend of mine recently started up her jewellery page on Facebook and let me do a small shoot of some of her jewellery. It was a lot of fun and learning. I’m glad and so grateful for such an opportunity.

This is one of my favorite shots!!


And I know I didn’t do a completely professional job but hey, I tried!

So anyway, a month or so later, my dear friend decided that she wanted to be part of an exhibition and that was exciting news for both of us! But like mommy says, ” You laugh too much and you end up crying, so be careful!” And we laughed too much it looked like for the delivery of the packaging material she’d ordered was delayed.

But dimaag ki batti jali and just in time! I took some of her old dupattas and sewed some pouches! Now now, they’re not so bad looking and i didn’t do a completely amateur job of it. See for yourself!!



I told you they weren’t so bad. And they were real easy to sew! I’d imagined them to be a lot of work but I made 50 of those and it really didn’t seem like much.

I followed this tutorial, but of course, I made a few changes as you can see. I only wish I had more time to have made exactly the same ones, they’re just so pretty!! Maybe next time.

I’ve been quilting of late. I’ve finished two and am working on two more. More on that later 🙂