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Best Five of 2018

I stumbled upon Meadow Mist post where she has a linky party going on for Best of 2018. Blogging wise 2018 has been amazing for me. I wrote and shared more regularly and in the hype of social media sharing, blogging (for me) has been a steady anchor. I realized that managing 4-5 social media accounts with their ever changing algorithm is just impossible for me. 


So, here is my best 5 of 2018: (Click the Title to go  to the original post)



This was part of being TGIFF host! I have the tutorial written on the blog but you can also download the FREE PDF version in HERE.


This is one of my personal fave. This is  when I conquered my own fear of small piecing and making quilted bag. There is always the first time they said.



One of my best sellers in my Etsy shop! You can get the pattern HERE or in Etsy. 



This log cabin sling bag was made for order. Improved a few things from the first one. You can read a few tips on the Blog



This is tutorial for hand sewing wallet binding. As you may already noticed that I always prefer hand sewn binding whenever possible, since it gives a neater finish. 


I'm looking forward to write more post in 2019 and hopefully will share more tutorials! Don't forget to subscribe to get latest updates! 


Thank for reading my blog, I wish you a wonderful year ahead!!


~ Elvira~ 

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Linky Party: 


Double Zip Wallet and Travel Wallet

Hello,

It's almost the end of the year and December has been a busy month for me. Thank you so much for always supporting my small business.


In between working on orders, last week I went for a photography workshop held by Sony for Sony Alpha Camera Users.
Though it turned out to be more of marketing presentation but I enjoyed it nevertheless.  Especially looking at all those high end cameras and lenses

here are few things that's been happening



I made a green polka dot passport wallet  while working on orders and also made a camera strap sleeve. Isn’t that cool? I am thinking of add this in my shop. But I need to make a few more first! What do you think?




So about the double zip wallet (pattern by Noodlehead)  I finally cut this green apple denim fabric. Nowadays I am trying to make few pieces of one product.   This is one of my way to increase ready to ship stocks in my Etsy shop and of course to use my fabric stash ^^ . I hope with more ready to ship items, I will be driving more sales! 
Besides, it makes me more creative. It's way more effective to do it this way that just scrolling Pinterest or Instagram.





I posted the above photo in Instagram a few days ago. I know posting on social media is easier and faster but I want to write a blog post about it too for my personal reference. It's easier to let the buyers know on my blog then scrolling endless Instagram Photos. 



I love this simple wallet. It has all the necessary slots and pockets for your daily needs like slots for multiple cards, bills, mobile phone and of course the double zip pockets are very handy. Especially if you like to keep all those shop receipts like me ^__^. 




I made a  little changes from the pattern, that is the way of attaching zipper. I used zipper tabs which I find easier for me. Though the top stitching part is a bit struggling. But I am happy with the result and I hope you too.



I have a few double zip wallet in the making right now which hopefully will be ready after New year! If you're in Instagram, feel free to follow my behind the scene stories. That's all for today, I better get back to my sewing table and finish up a couple of orders before the New year roll in.

Until then,

Happy Holidays!!

Double Zip Pencil Pouch


Hello,

Last month I made these pencil pouches for gifts. It was Sunday morning and my son said he needs gift for hie friend's birthday in the afternoon. I need to make something that's easy and quick. 
When I said I'll make pencil pouch, he immediately agreed. I've been wanted to make this style of pencil pouch, anyway. 

I used the Doitrei Pattern for the double zipper pouch one. (The pattern is now on sale in my Etsy Shop)



It's super easy. From the Double zip Pouch pattern , I extended the width from the pattern to 10 1/2 Inch  and proceeded as per the pattern instructions. 

Double Zip Pencil Pouch

This really make a great gift for anyone. With multi compartments, they can easily stay organized and also they can keep their canteen coupons and ID Card (which frequently forgotten ~ sigh)


This is my fave gifting pattern now, since I love collecting scraps I can easily used them. Like this blue stripes was from my previous project. 


By changing the fabric print, you can make gift for men or women, or boys and girls. 

Well, everyone always need pouches. All kind, style and size of pouches. 

If you need to make last minute gifts, it's the time to grab the pattern.
You can purchase from the Webshop (use coupon CVG10) or in my Etsy Shop (it's on sale through Monday!)

Thank you for stopping by,

Have a nice weekends,

~ Elvira ~


Sunday Stash 16 - More Shot Cotton Handloom and Free Shipping Offer

Hello,


Yes, you heard it right! Now I'm offering Free Shipping for Orders over $30 in my Etsy Shop.

The shipping will be a Standard Shipping using Registered Post by India Post. You can read about the Shipping Policy HERE

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I added a few shot cotton aka handloom fabrics in the shop this week. These fabrics have gorgeous woven border on one side! And the colors are really amazing! 


Bubblegum Pink

Recently I decided to try the Etsy Plus. I saw and read a few review and I thought of giving it a try. With 15 Free Listing (which I used up within few hours after signing up) and $5 Etsy Promoted Ad  coupon, I think it's a good bargain.

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Carrot Orange

Alright, now check out these pretty fabrics!! They are simply wonderful. I love Indian handloom for kurta/Indian tunics anyday! It's breathable and most comfortable to wear during humid summer months! 

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Magenta Pink

The borders are just beautiful, aren't they? These shot cotton also a dream to work with. Especially if you're a quilted or bag maker! 

Black and Gold
 The Indian handwoven cotton fabric always has a unique color and texture.  I made a few quilts  (HEREHERE and HERE) and also use it in my Wallets and Bags (HERE and HERE).

If you're looking for something unique, make sure to check out rest of the Shot Cotton collection in my shop. And if you spend $30 or more, your fabrics are shipped for Free!! I know, shipping can be a real turn off especially for International orders, since I do a lot of shopping from Etsy too. So, don't miss the chance!! 

Thank you for reading this! 

Happy Sunday!!

~ Elvira~


Cricket & Women Bifold Wallets

Hello December!

The last few weeks I was quite busy. The boys were having inter school cricket match one after the other. The elder one's under 16 Team won runner up trophy, while the younger one's under 13 Team came up 4th. A good performance for 1st timer on a competitive match! It was a huge learning experience for the younger team . We are very proud of them!

Fielding
Under 13 Team - SBGJ Guwahati


Well done!

I've learnt quite a few cricket terms  in those 2 weeks ! LOL . 

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On creative side, I'd like to thank all of you who came and purchased few items during the Cyber Week Sale! 

I'm still working on few orders right now and added two bifold wallets in the shop. I really had fun making these wallets. 

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Green Bifold Wallet

I'm a huge fan of Riley Blake fabrics and collected quite a few. Most of them I bought from Etsy and some from my trip to Seoul. This green wallet was from the FQ bundle


I really love the cute fox and owl print. FQ bundle works best when we get stuck in mix matching! The polkadot don't come from the bundle though. The wallet is rather spacious with 6 card slots and zipper pocket. It can fit in your phone too!! 

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Sewing Theme Wallet

The second one is this sewing theme wallet. Sewing or quilting theme is another print that I tend to purchase more. I was browsing my fabric stash and saw the fabrics which I got from my trip to Indonesia. 


Taking photo of these two were rather challenging. Somehow I could not get the best shot! Maybe I will try again when I get a good natural lights. December is always a bit cloudy here. 

I have few more wallets cut and ready to sew and also have a couple of quilting projects that I need to finish! 



Meanwhile, the boys are having unit test until next week. Wish us luck!!

What about you? What are you working on this week? 

Thank you for stopping by! 

~ Elvira ~









CYBER WEEK SALES in my ETSY SHOPS

Hello everyone, 

Just a quick updates on the Cyber Sales in my Etsy shops! Just click the link to go to the shops - whether you want to buy Fabrics, Handmade Wallets, Quilts or Patterns


SHOP NOW

HANDMADE WALLETS & BAGS




INDIAN FABRICS - SHOP FOR $50 and get FREE STANDARD SHIPPING



One of a kind Handmade small Quilts - 20% off on all items.
 SHOP NOW

Thank you for always supporting my small business & hope you all have a lovely weekends with your family!!

~ Elvira

Sunday Stash 15 - Indian saree Ribbons and Laces

Hello,

I've been doing a lot of destashing in the last few months and I will still be doing it as time permits for me to take proper photos and add them to the shop. 

In the meantime, I have these ribbons and laces that are now available in the shop. 

Destash - 2 Meters Embroidered Ribbon
jacquard ribbon
Destash - 2 Meters Embroidered Ribbon Yellow Green Floral with Goldren thread
Embroidered Saree Ribbon
4 meters - saree embroidered lace ribbon
Embroidered Saree Lace


Destash - 2 Meters Embroidered Ribbon
Brown Jacquard Ribbon

More will be added from time to time. All those ribbons and laces are perfect for embellishment on dresses, bags, card making, etc.
Make sure to check out the SALE section in the shop to see more destash fabrics and sewing supplies. And yes, I do ship worldwide from Chezvies Webshop.

Thank you for stopping by,

Happy Sunday!

~ Elvira ~

Handpiecing Applecore Patchwork - WIP

Hello,
It all started with this photo in pinterest and I just know I had to make one like that. I know applecore is challenging, but when you can't get it out of your head, you just have to do it, right? 

I bought the apple core template stamp from Tokyo last January, took out one of my jellyroll stock and got down to work. I started this project last September.


I must admit, the stamp really helps a lot. I hate tracing pattern or templates and for this one, it is quite small. But I love working with small pieces of fabrics. 


I searched for tutorials on how to do hand piecing for apple core but could not find one, so I just jumped in and started doing. At the beginning, it was all wonky but as I keep going, I am getting better :)

I always want to try hand piecing and  even though it's challenging, I find it calming. It's nice to be able to sit and steadily sewing without rushing. 


It's going to be another quilted bag and I almost finish with the first panel. I want to finish it at least by New Year or 1st week of January. 

A few tips for you who wants to start this apple core block is "clip the valley and notch the hill" . That will make the stitch line neat. I will take picture and share in the next post update! Let me know if anyone wants tutorial or video tutorial in the comment below. 

Ah, yesterday I showed hubby my progress, and he asked, "how much time  do you need to make that?"  and I said "16 episodes of Korean drama"  LOL.

Thank you for stopping by,

Happy Sewing!

~ Elvira ~

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