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September Update ~ More Passport Wallet and Keyfobs

Hello again,

After a round of viral flu in our family during the last week of August and first week of September, now I'm back to sew again and has a long list of stuff (orders and not) that I have to finish. In the meantime I finished a couple of family passport wallets and also keyfobs. 

London Travel Wallet Fabric Passport Holder Passport Wallet image 1
Hello London Travel Wallet

Looks like my customers love the zip around passport holder and if you already got the passport wallet patterns, you can check this Tutorial for zip around closure


World Map Passport Holder

The map passport holder above is for 8 passport slot. I do love the green combo. This is the second one that I made for custom order. I got the fabric from an Etsy seller in the US. It's Tim Holt's Eclectic Elements. I got several map prints together to save up on the shipping. Shipping for US to India is quite expensive and on top of that I had to pay for custom duty. But it's worth it! Don't you think? 

Disney and Elephant Key fobs

The fabric key fobs and key rings are so much fun to make. It's such a scrap friendly project that you can sew it in a jiffy. The Disney key fobs only available for 2 pieces above. That's the only pieces I have left in my stash. 


 I especially love the denim keyring. I wanted to use the fobs like the Minnie Mouse key fobs but it turned out it's too thick for the fob to set in. My sons and DH love the swivel hook version though, because it's easier to attach and detach your keys. 

Which one is your fave? 

Ah btw, I had  a lovely gathering last Saturday with fellow crafter/artist! Mostly are young crowds and I love their enthusiasm, which is very contagious! We're planning an exhibition sometime before Diwali here in Guwahati. Subscribe to my Blog to get the updates for follow my Instagram.



That's all from last week. I'm going to work on a couple of wallet orders this week and Insha Allah will start writing a new pattern when the sons' exam is finished. 

Until next time,

Happy Sewing!

~ Elvira ~

Finishing star quilts

Hello everyone,

It's almost end of August and I have not written any blog post this month. There are so many things going on this month. Sometimes, I open my laptop and trying to write something but I can't think of something. Too many things going on in my mind. 
Image result for my mind is like internet browser
source : Pinterest

Well, sewing wise, I finished 2 quilt tops (yay!!) and now are with Tsala Studio in Bangelore for quilting. 



The quilt top above is from the quilting bees we did in Desi Quilter in 2013 (OMG!!). Thank you Sudha Sekhar, Prasanna Narasimhan, Nikhat, Damayanthi Bhat, Manju Narain, Tina Katwal, Sandhya and Aliya Mir for making these blocks for me *group hugs* 

I posted the tutorial for the block in HERE in case you want to try it :)



For the backing, I wanted in yellow. I have another yellow and blue print which I thought I will use but when I put them together, I feel it's too busy. So I stick to the original idea. I found this mulmul cotton fabric in yellow with small white flower print. It's perfect!! 



The second quilt top is this Double Friendship Star quilt. The block is based on MSQC Youtube Tutorial. I started this quilt last year. I posted my progress in Instagram . I used batik Jellyrolls and white cambric cotton for the background. The batik part finish at 40" x 48". I thought I will finish it as another throw quilt but then I want the quilt to be usable. I have a few throw quilt which mostly end up in my cupboard :D

After browsing Pinterest for idea, I decided to add wide borders in white. I added 9.5" wide on the sides and 12.5" wide on the top and bottom. I love how it turned out! 


For backing I chose multi color ikat print in glace cotton. Glace cotton is very soft and it has a glossy finish. I love it!! 

Oh and I have 2 blocks left which I will make cushion covers! Yay! 

Well, finished is always better than perfect, right? Finally this winter, we will have new quilts. yay!

I still have one more bee blocks to assemble. I already got an idea and hopefully it will work out :D

Thank you for stopping by and have a nice weekends!

~ Elvira ~




A New Batch of Small Bifold Wallets


Hello,

I made a few small bifold wallets last month but two of them have been claimed. I love using small wallet especially when I take my mini sling bag. Since the boys are grown up, I mostly take sling bag when I go out, that's why I need a small purse which I can just slip it into my small purse. 

I am quite a minimalist that way, because normally I only take 3 cards and cash/changes. And I somehow my wallet always full of receipts which I often forgot to throw away. Bin is not something that easily available near the cashier counter in here. Maybe they should start one.

Features:
1 main compartment
3 card slots
1 slip pocket
1 coin compartment 
snap button closure
hand sewn binding 

So here is some of them. They are now available for purchase and/or custom order in my WEBSHOP and ETSY
Pink Cat Mini Bifold Wallet
Kawaii Cat Wallet 
Pink Cat Mini Bifold Wallet
Pink and Blue - a Perfect combination
Red and Black Alice in Wonderland




Alice Small Bifold Wallet 

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Denim is always in fashion

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Minimal Wallet Minimal Design



I ship worldwide from my webshop too. I am trying to regularly update it, but if you don't see any update you can always email me
 I'm still on holiday mood after came back from Indonesia last week LOL but slowly getting back to my old routine. So many things I want to sew!

Thank you so much for stopping by.

Happy Sunday!
Elvira




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




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