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Some more patchwork

These are 2 more patchwork projects I have finished recently.

Pinwheel table runner


hand quilted, this one now available at the SHOP


Triangle Pouch is sort of hold-all pouch. The size is very generous, great to hold all your craft tools



Still remember the Handmade Label Tutorial? I'm getting better..;)



Ok Ladies, now time to take those restless kiddos out...catch you later..have a great weekends

Tutorial: Make your own flowing skirt

I remembered when I just passed college and was looking for a job. One day I got a letter for interview in another city very far from my place. I was frantically trying to put together my clothes but what I really needed was missing. Yes, A SKIRT. I had this blazer but with no matching skirt. I spent half day mall hopping with no result. So I decided to buy a fabric and made my self a SKIRT. And off I went for the interview.

So, if you happened to be in the same situation like I had but with novice skill of sewing, what would you do? Exactly make a skirt for yourself...:D. Here's the simplest way to make your self that flowing flirting skirt. Ok, shall we start now...


What you need:

* 1.5 meters of fabric (if you want the flowing flirting one, try crepe or poly cotton fabric)
* Sewing notions: scissors, pin, newspaper, measuring tape, pencil, thread, etc and of course a sewing machine:)
* elastic

How to:

1. Measure your HIP + 2" (for wiggle room) + 1 " (seam)
.  My result is 44" and divided that by 4 = 11"
2. Decide the SKIRT LENGTH + 2" (waist band) + 2" (hem) , mine is 28" total
3. Measure the length from your WAIST to your HIP, mine is 9" + 2" (for waist band) => HIP LINE

Now let's make the pattern (see Photo for guidance)



1. A - B                       :  HIP
2. A  - A' and B - B'    :   HIP LINE.
3. A - C                       :  Skirt Length (seam included)
4. C - D'                      :   HIP + 2"
5. D' - D                      :   1" , draw the line from C to D

6. FOLD the ready pattern into 4, and cut the mark line approx. 1.5" from the HIP line. (this will give that flowing look).


7. Now your pattern is ready. Put the STRAIGHT SIDE on the FOLD, and spread the cut-off part 1" - 1.5" apart. Pin nicely while doing it. If you satisfied, cut your fabric (cut 2 x)
It will look like this.:


SEWING:

1. Sew the sides right side facing each other. If you are using crepe or other synthetic fabric, you may consider using french seam (sew 1/4" wrong side facing, turn the fabric around and stitch 1/4 " with the right side facing).


2. Fold the Waist Band and stitch, leave 1.5" open to insert the elastic.


3. Insert the elastic and stitch the opening.


4. Stitch the hem and Voila your skirt is ready.


I hope it's clear enough, email me if you have any questions:)

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Happy Sewing



DIY Quilting Rulers and a runner

I made my own DIY quilter's ruler. All these time whenever I want to do some patchwork projects I  measure the fabric manually, mark it, draw the line  and cut it. It takes such a long time which sometimes discourage me. I've been searching for one here in my town and asking my friends who lived in the bigger city but couldn't find it. So I tried many methods like using a card board but the problem is you can't see through it and sometimes it's end up all wonky :P.

So, I made my own from a thick transparent plastic cover from my old diary.


I carefully measure it 5" x 5" and cut it. Then I mark the grid 1/2" apart and voila my quilting ruler is ready.



Though I' m still using the pencil & scissor but at least it makes my work faster LOL. I know I could buy the rotary cutter from the net, but again I'm not sure whether it's allowed or not by the India Post. And searching though Ebay India is also NIL...:S.

And here's what I made :


 


I used South Indian handwoven cotton. I love the south Indian cotton cos it has bright & deep colors. I collected quite few pieces and been wanting to do something with it. It's a simple one with no batting (which is another problem for me cos I don't find any retailer...considering Indian quilt is so popular). I used a thicker handwoven fabric for the backing. It has stripes with mix color thread which suit the top.

And now I'm working on a pinwheel design. I think it's going to be another runner maybe I'll use flannel for the batting. What say, ladies?





my patchwork pillows

Just a quick post, since my laptop battery is running out...yeah, again our electricity supply's gone dead for the last 36 hours...eeerrrgghhhhh..Thank God for the mobile modem..:P

Anyway, sometimes back I stumbled upon this lovely tutorial at Bright and Blithe about 9 disappearing patch.
There's more tutorial HERE and HERE

It looks so easy and finally I got a chance to try it cos my sofa badly needs cushion covers and I don't want to buy the usual one from the shop. So here what I came up with



Thanks Gina for sharing such a lovely Tutorial:)

 


Mother's Day


It’s a bit late to post but I haven’t got time to write this earlier. Last Friday, both my sons told me that they got a surprise for me and said “but Miss said to give it to you on Sunday”.  As a good encouraging Mom, I gasped and said “really..wow..I’m curious now”. They laughed away and insisted only to show me on Sunday and told me not to peek they school bag (Well, actually I saw it while I was checking their school diaries).  The next day, they couldn’t keep the ‘little secret’ much longer, they came to me and showed me the handmade cards they made in school for mother’s day occasion and told me “This is the secret but I will only give it to you tomorrow, ok”. I stifled a laugh and  said “Wow, beautiful cards darling…thank you” J
And here’s what they gave me (on Sunday) with a kiss and “Happy Mother’s Day” chorus:




I went through my elder son’s school work sheet and there’s this sentences explaining about MOTHER and FATHER. It went something like this:
Father works hard and earns for the family.
Father buys stuff for the whole family
Mother looks after the house and takes care of the children
Mother cooks good and tasty food for the family.

And there’s one line said “Sometimes mother works to earn for the family too”.
I think who ever wrote those forgot that we live in the 21st century now where women are equally capable (if not more) than men. In the sense that a working MOM works twice harder, since she has to do the looking after of the house, husband, kids, in-laws, etc.  Well, maybe from the (India) traditional point of view, that is true, since lots of people I meet still thinking along those line. But isn’t it time now to ‘introduce’ a different approach of teaching these young minds the concept of FATHER and MOTHER?

I read this interesting story in Mother and Baby magazine by Baisali Chatterjee, about how she pined for a daughter and instead she got only boys.  She wrote something interesting, quoted from the article:
“We keep bemoaning the fact that while the previous generation, especially our Moms, did a great job in bringing us girls up, they forgot to erase the “God complex” from the little boys’ minds. So, while they raised us, their daughters, to believe that we were no less than men and could scale the highest mount and swim the deepest seas..they forgot to impart that bit of wisdom to their sons. Suddenly a whole generation of men was left unable to cope with these strong-willed, free spirited, independence-happy, beautiful brilliant women, who were breaking down the walls, scaling corporate ladders and achieving many firsts. These men were left feeling  defenseless  that their arcane methods of “taming the shrew” would no long no longer hold them in a good stead. So, while our moms were teaching us to be the best that we could possibly be, they neglected to share this new bit of philosophy with our brothers”
“Of course I will teach my boys karate and kick boxing. But I’ll also teach them the art of whipping up a perfect Irish Cream Souffle. I’ll endures hours of Bruce Lee’s and spaghetti westerns, but by Georgina, I’m gonna teach them how to sit through a chick flick. When they tell a girl they’re going to call, they better mean it. If a female of the  species beats their pants off in the game of chess or even of one-on-one basket ball, they should know that it’s a TALENT to be ADMIRED and NOT an effort to be patronizingly, dismissively praised. They have to learn that news of their sweeties’ success should be met, not with condescending pats on the back BUT with heartfelt roars of approval, a bottle of well-deserved bubbly and a toast for her future triumphs”

I couldn’t agree more.  I have 2 boys myself and it seems I have lots of work to do if the school work sheet is anything to go by. ^_^

And this is what I made on Mother's Day....I know it's not much LOL but everyone enjoyed the pan crust




What I've been up to

yeah...what I've been up to? Well..nothing so exciting actually. I told you I slammed my thumb in the car's door when I went to the capital. And somehow it was so badly slammed, after a week of throbbing pain, it turned absolutely black and after a month (now) the new one started to come out and pushing the damaged one out The bad news is the other side of the nail is still sticking there stubbornly so I just cut off the one which already dangling. Now my thumb looks sooooo U*G*L*Y...but then I'm free from bandages and can work normally or so to say.



And as usual internet connection is always the constant problem. During these pre  monsoon months we experienced lots of rain and storm, which of course - as expected - in turn the phone cable got tangled or I dunno somewhere and my connection just went DEAD. I have to depend on my DH's mercy...yup, he got one of those mobile modem. So practically I got 2-3 hours a day to spend on the net. Which is NOT enough...LOL..what with that Facebook ing and (virtual) farming..:)).

Anyway, it's blessing in disguise in a way..cos I can get few sewing done. Few dresses for lil ones, few custom order tunics/dresses, and will now start some patchwork projects with those fabric remnants from the dresses. Some of them will be available in my SHOP



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