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Mini Make-up Pouch Bag

I made this mini make up pouch cum sling bag for Jasmine. My friend's daughter who recently had her 5th birthday party. Too bad I could not go to her party because hubby had to work late that day and I don't drive (anymore). 

I filled up the pouch with nail polish and lip glosses. I simply love watching her doing her girly stuff. 




Finally I gave her the bag on Sunday and she was thrilled. She wouldn't let anybody to touch her bag:D

Yes, I believe handmade gift is always the best! 

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On second note, I've been using Snapseed for editing my photos and I've been trying to write blog from my iPad but could not write /edit properly. For example, the page won't scroll down after the second photos are uploaded. Sometimes there are so many things I want to write and I am too busy or tired to sit and write on my laptop. What I do nowadays is I click the photos with my camera, transfer them to iPad and upload to my blog as a draft post and edit it when I have time. 

Bt the way, I am using blogger here. What about you? Do you blog from iPad/Mobile? How do you go about it? 
Please let me know in the comment if you have any tips for blogging from mobile/iPad, I'd really love to hear about it. 

Thank you for stopping by!

Have a nice day!
-Elvira- 


Orphan Block Wall Decor Idea

One of the most precious gifts we have is time. If we only knew how much time we had left in this world, we wouldn’t get distracted and lose focus, wasting our energy and attention on useless, pointless, meaningless things. Wake up before it’s too late! ~ Mufti Menk

Orphan block in the hoop. I kinda like it !
I have a few orphan blocks and this is one of them. For now let it be on the hoop until I get better ideas.



I made this block as I made the previous ones, but this is from my recent scraps. There are tula pink from this Tula Pink Wallet and also Olaf print from this Mini Sling bag. The stripes are from leftover binding strips and the florals are from bifold wallet (here and here)

Scrap is always full of sweet memories. 

Have a nice day!
Elvira

Scrappy Patchwork Pouch


Few weeks ago I made few scrappy log cabin blocks and share it in my Instagram. I was cleaning my sewing room and sorting out my scraps and instead of finish my cleaning, I sat down and started making a few blocks.


I really really love scrappy blocks and log cabin is just the easiest. The no rule log cabin blocks!  Since I completed my log cabin quilt I really want to make another one. 


These blocks are 6.5 x 6.5 inches and I really don't have any particular plan. So a few days ago, I made this pouch. Simple flat pouch.


I added a scrap denim which I have in my blue scrap bucket. I love using lightweight fusible interfacing and batting for quilted pouch. They are a perfect combo if you don't have fusible batting. I used fleece batting here. Really, you can use any batting like foam, flannel or even your old fleece blanket. Re-purpose or up cycle is always a good idea!

I used metal zipper this time. I really love the look of it. You can check my IGTV where I show you how to install metal zipper pull. Once you learn the technique, you will love it! 



I made a time lapse video :) I really want to make a proper tutorial video but it needs a lot of preparations and set up. Hopefully later on I can start sharing a better videos. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this one. (don't forget to share and subscribe :D ) 
The pouch size is 6" x 8" which is a really great size. Just big enough to carry your phone and few stuff. 

Thank you for stopping by.

Happy Sewing!

- Elvira - 

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New PdF Pattern - Bifold Wallet Pattern & Pattern Sale


Finally I finished writing the Bifold Wallet pattern. I've been making a lot of this wallet in the past few years and it's one of my fave mood booster sewing project because it's super easy and always turned out good.





 The pattern has evolved a lot since then. I did a lot of trial and error in terms of measurements and materials that are needed to make this wallet. 

The wallet has 6 card slots, 1 zipper pocket and 2 slip pockets. It can hold smart phone and passport too so that it makes a great travel wallet too. 

 I love minimalist wallet that is light, soft yet sturdy. I always used my own wallet to test its durability and effectiveness. 


If you're looking for pattern to make fabric wallet that is stylish, durable and minimalistic this might be the right pattern for you. I included 5 flap designs and of course you can use ready made leather flap. There are links for video tutorial too and if you still have any concerns, you can always email me :)

The pattern is now on 20% off so grab it and start sewing. You can purchase the pattern from my Etsy Shop too. Btw, all patterns are on Sale in my ETSY SHOP only. No Code is needed. 

Thank you for always supporting me!

Happy Sewing

- Elvira - 




Personalized Family Passport Wallet

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"Denim is a love that never fades - Elio Fiorucci"


Denim Travel Wallet

Well, I guess the quote is right! I always love working with denim and collected quite a few of blue and black denim from my local fabric shop. I've been meaning to make Denim Passport Holder and finally I did it. 


I thought it will be difficult to hand stitch the binding, but surprisingly it was not the case. I used a light denim of course. I have a thicker one which I use to make this Cross Body Bag and this tote bag.


Choosing the combo fabrics took a bit of time since denim will look good with anything! I decided to use the linen London theme fabric and red lining. Red is always a good idea! 

London Denim Passport Wallet

At the same time I was working on a custom order of the same style of passport holder. The one with passport slots and card holder. She wanted to gift the wallet and wanted me to add personalization. Nowadays personalization using leather or faux leather is popular but personally I prefer hand embroidered one. 


I used running stitch since the label is pretty small. I printed the names from my computer including the border lines and later trace it on linen.  It's about 3/4 inch wide and just perfect to add to the passport slot.



Personalized Travel Wallet

The buyer messaged me that she loved it and that made my day!! 

If you'd like a personalized wallet with hand embroidered letters, simply go to my Etsy Shop. I'd be happy to assist you!

By the way, Insha Allah, I will be away for holiday in the first week of July,  however the shop will remain open but I will process the orders after I come back.

Thank your from dropping by! 

Have a nice day!
- Elvira-



New small bifold wallet


I finished this small bi fold wallet yesterday. I kind love it! I was supposed to work on a custom order but when I saw the fabric suddenly got this idea to make a small wallet! 





I am currently using it to see how it will hold up. I do that a lot with my products. I already noted a few things that I need to work on before I start making a few for the shop.

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During the Ramadan, I don't sew so much. But I love to sew in between all the activities that's going on. I also bought new fabrics!! We went to shop for Eid last Sunday. We supposed to buy kurta pyjama for hubby and the boys when hubby decided to stop at Linen Club shop! The shop has been on my list to visit for a long time. Although I passed the shop every week, but I never stopped. Well, everything happens at its own time, right?!

The shop has all kind of linens!! and it's expensive LOL. I asked the shop keeper if I can buy half meter cuts. In few fabric shops here, they have a minimum cut. When he said yes I quickly picked up a few. 

Aren't they gorgeous? 

my true story! LOL
That's all my story for this week! I'll be busy making cookies for Eid in the next few days :D 

Thank you for stopping by!

Have a nice weekends

-Elvira-

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Wool Quilt Bag

"Learn to use other’s success as inspiration. Instead of focusing on our failure, we can see their achievement as something to motivate us ~ Twitter "



This is the continuation from my previous Post about the Kits! This wool quilt bag I finished in March. I bought the kits from Country Quilt Market shop in Tokyo.





This patchwork wool bag came with a pre cut wool squares of different textures. The kit didn't include the batting or interfacing and lining. So you have to figure it out yourself. I use a lightweight fusible and add batting for this tote bag.



Since there was no instructions for the lining, I just made it up myself. I added slip pocket and zipper pocket. I thought of using snap button closure as per the pattern but decided to go with zipper. 


Here I learned how to do the bottom and so glad that it lined up beautifully! Working with wool and different textures and weight of fabrics was a challenge. Most of Japanese quilt bags are hand quilted and I was too excited to finish this one. So, I only did quilt in the ditch, just to be on the safe side :D.


And that's me with the bag when I went to Shillong with my SIL in March! 
Now it's my fave tote bag! Nothing like carrying handmade bag ^_^.

What about you? Do you like to buy kits? 

Thank you for stopping by,

Have a nice day,

Elvira




Snoopy Family Passport Wallet

"Increase your good deeds, so you won't have time for the bad ones - Ramadan Quote - Mufti Menk "

Ramadan is half way through now. How time flies. I've been busy catching up with prayers, reading the Quran, cooking and a little bit of sewing. 
Nowadays, we can listen to Islamic lectures from scholars around the globe. Alhamdulillah for the internet! We can learn so many things!

I made a few Indonesian snacks I learn from YouTube too. My fave channel for Indonesian food is Dapur Dina. I tried many recipes from her and always successful. Well, Ramadan is the time when you really miss your hometown and your food, right? 

Back to sewing, I finished this Snoopy zip around family passport wallet as custom order last week. She wanted the snoopy print. I got quite a few snoopy prints from my trip to Japan and Indonesia last year so I'm very happy to finally use them. 


The travel wallet has one long zipper pocket and one slip pocket. In the beginning I thought it would be too bulky on the seam but I already said yes to the customer. I did this quite often X_X. 


I tend to be too excited for the challenge but Alhamdulillah it turned out fine. In sewing, sometimes what you imagined is not always applicable but then you can always find a way to make it work for you. 


If you haven't already, you can check the zip around tutorial on my previous post. If you have any questions regarding the pattern, you can always email me and I will try to help you as much as I can. 


And here's what I made last week! I was watching YouTube about different typl of dumplings across Asia and here's my Indonesian version of Chicken Dumplings with Grated Carrot on Top. You can find the recipe HERE. 

Indonesian Chicken Dumplings

So, that's a little story this week. I hope I can write more often. I still have a few pending stories from my Japan Trip this year! Well, it was all on Instagram but I'd still love to write them down for future reference. Thank you for stopping by!

Have a nice day

~ Elvira ~



Double Zip L Shape Pouch


Don't poison your soul with hate. It's too huge of a burden to carry. Learn to love & appreciate. It'll make you a better & happier person inshaAllah! - Dr.bilal Philip

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One of my favorite shopping  is buying Pattern Kits. I know it is expensive but it is one way for me to learn about materials and also learn about new technique. This year  I bought a few and finished 2 of them.  Yes it is a challenge when the kits are not in English. Sometimes even the google translate is a bit difficult to understand. Especially if the kits are written in Kanji! 




I usually will open the pattern pieces and scan each sentences/word onto google translate and try to make sense of it! Then, trying to figure out the pictures instructions in a single piece of paper. So, basic bag making or sewing and diagrams. The kits usually come with a very simple basic diagrams and knowledge is important if you're considering to buy kits. But once you figured it out, everything else is easy!


I started this pouch a few days ago from the Kit I bought in the Quilt Show. The kit includes fabrics, binding strip and zippers. This is the first time I tried installing the zipper by hand!! and to tell you the truth I LOVE it. 


By the way, here I didn't use the fabrics etc from the kit. Since this is my first trial, I used fabrics etc from my stash. Maybe I should have used polkadots lining instead of the handloom linen fabric. 


I kinda love this pouch. Maybe can add this kind of pouch in the shop later on. What do you think? 

Thank you for stopping by!

Have a nice weekends!

- Elvira- 

Backpack and Pencil Pouches

When you have nephew who goes to play school, it is mandatory to make him a backpack! Naah...actually this backpack is high on my to do list. 


The pattern is from one of my Japanese book and even though I cannot read Kanji or even hiragana katakana, but somehow I can follow the illustrations. There is one front pocket that close with snap button and I added one zipper pocket inside. 


The backpack is quite spacious to carry the essential stuff like  toys, a book, small water bottle and maybe a pair of change clothes. 



And of course I have to make a matching pencil case for him. I made 2 cases and one is for my other nephew. He loves Japanese manga and her mom told me to make anything with Japan on it. 


So I make one with Shinkasen print fabric. I hope he will like it. The pencil pouch pattern is from Sue Overy on YouTube. There is a link to the main pattern on her channel. 


My youngest sister told me that his son loved the bag! The moment he received the bag, he kept on wearing it! How cute is that!! 



And this pic made my day!! The bag is just perfect for preschoolers!!

What do you think? 

Thank you for stopping by!

Have a nice day ^^

- Elvira - 

Small Messenger Bags

I love these two mini messenger bags I made last month. I already cut interfacings to make a couple more. 

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Map Travel Sling Bag

The pattern is The Lilac Mini Messenger from Bluecalla Patterns. It's a free pattern! The pattern is easy to follow and came together quite quickly. 

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Disney Crossbody Purse

It's my new fave! I made the map sling bag  first and made it according to the pattern. It has one interior slip pocket which is pretty handy to phone or passports and the main compartment to keep wallet and other stuff. 

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The exterior zipper pocket at the back is big enough to keep your smartphone. 


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The second one is this Disney theme crossbody bag. Here, instead of slip pocket, I decided to add zipper pocket in the front. I find the pocket is very handy because it's like an additional compartment. 

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I can really fit in my wallet, small change purse, passport, 2 phones, power banks & charger cable. 
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This is one bag that even though it's small but it packs quite a lot! The bags are padded so you can use it as camera bag as well. 

Both the bags are now available for custom order in my Etsy Shop

Bag stats: 

Size : 8.5" H x 9" W x 2" D
Materials:
Fabrics: Cotton fabric  and denim combo
Interfaced and padded for durability
closure : Magnetic snap button

Thank you for stopping by

Happy Crafting!

- Elvira -

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