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Handmade Happiness 05 - Tutorial Al Qur'an Quilted Cover

Hello and welcome to Handmade Happiness!

Ramadan kareem!
It's almost a week since Ramadan started. Alhamdulillah everything is going on OK here. This year we are fasting for 15 hours in India. I always need a few days to adjust to the new routine. I always reduced my sewing activities during Ramadan so I will probably will not post regularly. We plan to go to Indonesia too after Eid, so I expect until August I won't be posting much.




Today I decided to make a cover for my Qur'an (Islam Holy Book). I wanted a cover that is simple and removable. So here what I did.

First, measure the Holy Book all around including the length of sleeve on both sides. Add 1" to the result for seam allowance.


Mine was 20.5" W x 9.5" H

What you need to cut :

- Exterior Fabric - cut 1
- Lining Fabric - cut 1
- Batting - Cut 1 wider by 1" on all sides.
- Elastic - cut 2 x 9.5" long

Now let's have fun!!

1. Place the wrong side of the exterior fabric on the batting. 


Quilt it as desired. I love doing diagonal pattern.


2. Attach the elastics 5.5" from both of the shorter edges.



3. Place the quilted exterior and lining piece together and sew all around with 1/4" seam allowance. Leave 4" gap or so for turning.


I always cut the corners like this to get a nice corner. Turn the cover inside out.


4. Top stitch all around with 1/8" seam allowance. Make sure the stitch don't go over the elastic.


 Et Voila!! Your easy peasy cover is done. 


It's completely adjustable. Perfect for thin or thick book! 


I tried the cover for a couple of books too and it's perfect. This will also make a quick gift for book lovers.


I hope you enjoy the simple tutorial! 

What about you? Did you make anything that make you happy this week? If so, do link up by clicking the blue button below. If you're not sure what to link up, you can check it HERE

Thank you for stopping by! Let me know if you have any questions or want me to make simple tutorial! 

This post is linked to these wonderful blogs.

Happy Sewing





Handmade Happiness 4 - Pelican Tote Free Pattern

Hello and welcome to Handmade Happiness!


When Namrata of Bagstock Designs asked if I could test her new tote bag pattern, I said yes immediately. The Pelican Tote bag is an easy beginner pattern. When I saw the design, I wanted to do a quilted one but I didn't have much time left after finishing my last orders of the week.

Luckily I have a patchwork print fabric and decided to use that instead. I did a simple diagonal grid line quilting on the pink fabric and wavy lines on the denim. The denim I used here is a lightweight denim. The pattern is very easy to follow with clear photo step by step instructions. 


The bag size is also perfect at 15” W x 12” H x 3" D. 
. Though it said to be a market tote, but I think it will be good as college tote or maybe a diaper bag. It has a front zip pocket, interior zip pocket and a magnetic snap closure. Easy and Quick project. The pattern is FREE and is available at Bagstock Designs Website.

That's one of my happiness from last week. Now, let's see who's the MVP from last week post:

Sonalee made this beautiful tulip quilt based on tutorial by the Missouri Star Quilt and the photo she posted on her Instagram even got re-posted! How cool is that!!  The color is just perfect for summer quilt! 

Totally Tulip 

Rashida from No3 Quilt studio is having a quilt a long on her blog. And I really love this blog. If you want to learn the basic of quilting, run along and check her blog. Who knows you might even won the prize!! 


I love this red and black & White version
Julie of Sum of Their Stories shared this quick Play mat tutorial. It's a perfect stash buster project and a perfect gift to make for a new mom! If you need one, go ahead and check her blog. Julie's blog is one of my personal fave. She shared all kind of tutorials with gorgeous photos. It's like a cozy home!! 

 Fabric stash buster baby play mat

Congratulations to all of you! Do share in your social media account that you're being featured <3. Spread the love!! 

Now, it's your turn to share happiness. 

What is this linky party about?
This linky party is some  kind of show and tell party, whether you do it as a hobby or as a mompreneur.
Post anything handmade by you – not mass produced “handmade” please - which you recently completed and have not been shared in here. Your link can be from your:
  •  BLOG – do link up your blog if you have one , anything from new product   release to behind the scene story, tutorials, etc.
  • Facebook Page – New products from your FB business page. 
  • Instagram – if you play more in Instagram, you are most welcome to share your latest creations. 
  • Etsy Shop or other webshop - show off your latest listing.  

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  • Submit your link by clicking the blue button under each handmade happiness’ post. If you submit your blog post , please submit your BLOG POST URL and NOT the blog URL. 
  • Visit some of the links that catch your eyes. Give them a comment or a heart to encourage them. Be generous. 
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A statement travel wallet

Hello and Happy Monday!



It's already middle of the month. It's been a busy month for me. On the home front, my younger son won his second Taekwondo medal on Saturday. It was a bronze medal but we are so proud of him!!


Sewing wise, I finished 3 passport holder in 3 different style. Two were orders and the 3rd one I made for stock.

She wanted the Travel wallet for his son which can fit in  passport booklet of 3. I suggested this pattern which I used for my own wallet when I travel.


I change  the interfacing for the slot using woven interfacing and it can easily fit in 3 booklet Passport.


I also added a flap just to make it extra secure. The flap measure 0.75" w x 6" H. It's perfect size for this wallet. As for binding, I decided using the same exterior fabric.

The second wallet she wanted for herself. She loves sewing and she loves green. After sending her photos of  fabric choices, she settled for this sewing notion print which I got from Japan trip last time.


I am so glad I finally got to use this fabric. On the inside I used similar combo as this wallet, which she initially referred to.  It's a perfect statement wallet, right? That's why handmade fabric wallet is always better, IMHO. ^^


The 3rd one is this passport cover using the same fabric as the first wallet. I really love this naval theme fabric.

This was a fast project. I am in the process of writing the pattern right now which hopefully will get into testing by the end of this week.

I love how compact is this one and if needed, you can add more card slots on the other sleeve as well, or maybe adding zipper on the other sleeve. What do you think?

I am quite happy to be able to finish the wallets last week. I guess the batching is working great for me. They say, it needs 21 days to create a habit and 90 days to become a lifestyle. I even got myself a new planner! 



Now I can keep everything in track. Even though there are lots of apps on the phone nowadays, I feel writing on a book is so much better.




I hope I will be able to stick to this new habit :D

Have a lovely Monday!



Sunday Stash 12 - Happy Mother's Day - Coupon Sale

Hello and Happy Mother's Day to all wonderful Moms!!


As a gift from a mom to another, I run a sale on my WEBSHOP only. No limits Sale. Use the coupon LOVEUMOM and get 13.5% off. Thank you so much to all moms and mompreneurs who supported me all these years!! 

A couple of new fabrics and handmade items are recently added, including a couple of fabric bundles. 

Orange Bundle

Don't hesitate to contact me if you need a custom bundle. As I run the shop single handedly, I don't get enough time to sort out the fabrics. Yes, more are coming up, hopefully soon ^_^. 

Colorful Bundles
Indigo Beige
Indigo Grey
and these wallets

Owl Wallet

Bifold Wallet

Handmade Passport Covers

Go ahead to the shop and redeem your Mother's Day coupon :). And if you made any handmade items or want to promote your shop on Facebook, Instagram, Etsy and others, go along and link up to the Handmade Happiness Link Up Party! And get featured too!! 

Meanwhile, I have a tutorial coming up!! Stay tuned or follow my blog by email so you won't miss any update! 

I hope you enjoy your special day, Moms!!

Happy Mother's day!!






Batik Quilted Sling Bag

Hello,



We have  quite stormy weather the last couple of days. Sometimes the sun comes out for a while and suddenly dark cloud with strong wind and rain come. But rainy days are always a good sewing day, right? 

I finally finished this Batik log cabin sling bag. It was sitting near my sewing table for a few weeks waiting to be completed. As usual I got side tracked doing a couple of wallets orders. 


I used this  purple aqua Fat Eighth bundle from the shop. I really love this combo!! 


I started piecing the log cabin  with nothing specially planned. I just trying out a couple of log cabin pattern from the book I bought last January at the Tokyo Quilt Festival. This book is really awesome!

Image result for log cabin quilt book japanese

I added a lightweight fusible interfacing before adding a fleece batting. The same way I did the previous sling bag. I liked the sturdy yet soft finish, after the quilting is done. 




This time I did a circle echo quilting using a subtle purple Calypso Thread. It is an embroidery thread which has a silky finished. Mostly used in machine embroidery. 

On the back, I decided to use a plain batik from my stash. The quilting is simple echo quilting in diamond shape inspired by this walking foot quilting by Christina Cameli



Instead of zipper closure, I decided to use magnetic snap closure the way I did for the passport covers. It's because the bag is quite small, so I just want it to be simple, no fuss kind of bag. I finished the top with binding. I used 1.5" wide binding strip, sewed it by machine on the lining side and finished it by hand on the exterior side. 


This bag would be perfect to take for your morning walk. It's quite spacious to fit in small water bottle, a phone and maybe a face towel. 

It was a fun satisfying little project, even though I took a little bit long to finish it but I am happy with the outcome. What do you think?

Bag stats:
Finished size : 8"W x 8.5" H
Style: Flat bottom
Closure: Magnetic snap
Fabric: Bali Batik Fat 8 bundle 
Quilting: Walking foot echo quilting

Thank you for stopping by. 
Until then,

Happy Sewing




Handmade Happiness #3 - Batching or Multitasking?

Hello and welcome to Handmade Happiness!



Thank you for linking up in my first link up last week. So lovely to see your creations.

Last week I didn't complete much - sewing wise. However I did a couple of batching work! Yay!
I posted in my Instagram Story a few days ago whether you prefer Batching or Multitasking. Surprisingly the result shown 50% for each. As a woman and a mom, I think we are born multitasker. However when it comes to doing your home-based business, I read that batching is more appropriate. Batching is doing one task at a certain time and only concentrate on the work at hand, while multitasking is keep switching between two or 3 works at a time. Read the complete article HERE.

Passport Covers

For me, while sewing, I keep checking my phone for email or messages and sometimes get caught up in the conversations while my machine is on. Or I suddenly want to post updates in my Instagram and ended up scrolling endlessly. It is very distracting.

A gift for a friend -Owl Wallet

Since I read the article, I tried to practice it. For someone who always multitasking all the time, it is tough job! But I did it. I completed many wallets, prepping a couple of works that  need to be done, getting all the winter clothes sort out. I also took photos for my shops, finished the owl wallet above for Namrata which is long due!! Thanks for your patience ^__^. I'm still working out my schedule. I hope I will be more organized in the future.

Now, let's see our MVP (most visited post) last week's post:

Sowmya from Prime Needlers on Facebook made this pretty green and blue kaleidoscope quilt. A delightful baby quilt. She's also currently working on her quilt for the First India Quilt Festival next January 2019.


Neepa made this oh so pretty dress. All little girls love pretty dresses, especially if it's pink, right? Check out her pretty dresses on her Facebook Page A quaint stitch. 

Diptee from Diptea (don't you love that?!)  made this girly quilt. I really love the centre panel of this quilt. This quilt will surely make a girl happy! you can also read her blog HERE.


Now, it's your turn to link up. You can link up anything HANDMADE by you from your blog , facebook, Instagram, your shop or Etsy or your tutorial. 
Do visit and give some love to the link you visited and also share them on your Facebook, twitter or Pinterest! 
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Happy Tuesday!!


The Link up will run from Tuesday to Sunday Evening (India Standard Time ) so you will have a plenty of time to share you craft of the week.

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By Linking up, you are giving me permission to share your links on social media and also on my blog features (if any in the future). Of course all the sharing from my part will always be properly linked up to your original post.