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Dotty Mini Purse Last Day!

Thank you so much Sequoia for hosting the sew along! I'm sorry for the delayed post  but things have been pretty stressful and hectic here.

If you've been here and wondering where is the final step, here is the video of Sequoia Lynn Sews YouTube Channel


I how the Denim Dotty turned out!  Now I regretted why I throw throwing away all my denim cut off pieces:(.

Thank you everyone who participated in the giveaway. I already emailed the patterns to the winner! yay!! 


Pdf Pattern- Dotty Patchwork Mini Purse

The Dotty Mini Purse pattern is available at 



DOTTY SEW ALONG :


Make sure you check it out Sequoia's channel, like and subscribe!! Let's support each other more in 2020!!

Happy New Year!!

~ Elvira ~



They don't really care about us

 After the internet shut down on December 11, 2019 because of the Citizenship Amendment Act protest, I kind lost my writing mojo. 

I keep writing in my head but when I sat to write somehow all the words disappear :(. The whole situation remind me of Michael Jackson song : 

Beat me, hate me
You can never break me
Will me, thrill me
You can never kill me
Sue me, Sue me
Everybody do me
Kick me, kick me
Don't you black or white me
All I want to say is that
They don't really care about us
All I want to say is that
They don't really care about us





Dotty Mini Purse Sew Along Day 2 and 3



I hope you all have fun time sewing along The Dotty Mini Purse with Sequoia! I apologize for delayed post for the Day 2, because yeah life happens :D. 

So here is the Day 2 and Day 3 Videos and don't forget to check out the previous blog posts Dotty Day 1, Dotty Day 2 . Enter the raffle on the BLOG!










Sequoia makes pretty dresses (you must check her Instagram!) and you can learn few things from her blog posts and videos!! I do binge watching Youtube tutorials pretty often and I am really grateful that there are people who shares their tips, techniques and hacks. The world really at your finger tips if you want to learn anything! So go ahead and watched the videos and let's keep creating!!



Dotty Mini Purse Pattern available at:

Etsy
Webshop


Happy Sewing!!

~Elvira~

Dotty Mini Purse Sew Along and Pattern Giveaway

Dotty Pdf Purse Pattern Small Handbag e-Patterns Patchwork image 7

It's finally happening, as I mentioned in the previous Post, now the first Video from Sequoia is live on her YOUTUBE channel and BLOG. Head over there to win Dotty Mini Purse Pattern. Three Patterns to be won and if you're already bought the pattern , if you win, you can choose any pattern you like from Chezvies Pattern.

Here's the first Video!



Dotty Mini Purse is so versatile. The size is perfect for a pouch! If you know someone who carry around essential oils, this will a perfect one!! 

Pattern available in 

LINK :


Let's start using those lovely scraps and make special handmade gifts this year!

Happy Sewing!




Dotty Purse ~ Tester Photos

Here I will share some Dotty Purse tester photos! These ladies are so talented and they really helped me to shape up the pattern and take it to another level!

I love Ulrike's  Denim and Leather version of Dotty Purse. The grid quilting in denim really pretty and the denim leather strap is really neat and professionally done. Check out more products The Busy Sewing Room, she makes lovely bags and wallets. 


Maria's love for floral is contagious LOL. I just have to check her Instagram to be inspired! This Dotty Purse in Quilt as You Go Patchwork is really really pretty. Now you can turn those orphan blocks into something pretty and usable!



And the Boho Style Dotty Purse by Madhavi! She used her Indian fabric scraps and it turn out very unique! She has more unique bags and purses on her Etsy Shop.


This  classic beauty Black & White and Red patchwork Dotty from Crystal is a real winner! You must check her Instagram to see all her tiny patchwork blocks she made. They are gorgeous!!





That's all for today! More Dotty Purse photos, I will share in the next few post! I hope I can inspire you enough to dig out your scraps and start sewing those stash!! 

Thank you for checking in. 

Happy Sewing! 
- Elvira-  

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You can buy Dotty Mini Purse from : 

Etsy
Webshop

New Pattern - Dotty Mini Patchwork Purse and Giveaway Link

Dotty Mini Pure
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If you love sewing, the chance is you have lots of fabric scraps! Now, here's one pattern that you can make totally from scraps. This Dotty Mini Purse  really need very little  fabrics. Barely one FQ for lining and the rest you can use the scraps. 

Add long strap for crossbody bag

I am a scrap hoarders, as you may see in many of my posts. Scrappy quilts always amaze me and now I can turn them into pretty bags!! Yay! This pattern is super easy that you can get it done in one afternoon (if the family leave you alone :D ). I made 5 so far with denim, linen, yarn dye fabrics, etc. I will share them in my next few posts along with the fabulous talented tester whom without them, this would not be possible! Stay tuned for the tester photos! 

The Dotty Line Up

Truly, writing pattern is not easy. I told Namrata of Bagstock Design, that I wish I paid more attention during the English class LOL. This bag pattern is written in a simple English, that I hope people whose English is not their first language can understand. 
The bag itself is pretty basic. I included basic patchwork piecing technique for those who wants to learn making patchwork/quilt bag. Really, it's not a rocket science. 



The lining is pretty straightforward, with card slot pocket. I took this out several times and got a lot of compliments! 


By the way Sequoia Lynn Sews is going to have sew along in her brand new YouTube Channel and we'll have giveaway on her Blog and Youtube! Be sure you'll check it out. I will re-post it here, once it's live!! So excited!! 

Happy Sewing!

- Elvira -

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20% off on All Patterns


10% OFF on ALL HANDMADE ITEMS


Eligible Orders get 20% OFF 


Thank you for your continued supports!!

~ Elvira~







Why blogging is important to me

In the past few months, the Facebook Group of Etsy Sellers have been about the changes in Etsy Advertising. Well, they say change is the only constant. As a seller, we can't do anything about it, because we can't control what the Etsy management or shareholders want, right? 
The same goes with social media ever changing algorithm. As a  user,  we simply has to adjust our step to match their changes. Last week, I found that some of my Instagram Story Highlights are blank! I updated the app and they are still missing. This made me think, that we can't rely too much on social media too. We work so much to make beautiful posts and suddenly one day we'll find they are all gone? What will you do?

I'm glad I still have my blog. Though I haven't been able to write so much recently, but at least this blog is here. I can easily look up  the archives or search the blog for my past works or simply to read my earlier posts. Many friends asked me how to promote their products. Well IMHO, there is no exact formula, simply do what you're comfortable with. What you want to do? What is your future goals? etc. As for me, I want to keep enjoying what I am doing while at the same time, giving something back to the crafting community through this blog by sharing few tips and tutorials. Frankly, my blog is still one of my biggest source of traffic when it comes to Etsy or my Website. 

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And here's the pouch that  I forgot to post!  Ehm, actually this post was in my draft folder and I forgot about it. Anyway, this another combo of denim and patchwork pouch. You can see the tips and video of another pouch I made in HERE.

Patchwork Pouch


Mini slip pocket for cards


Plain denim at the back

I really love working with denim and I'm glad there is one shop here which carry different kind of denims. But my fave is this dark blue denim. This pouch is very simple, it has one slip pocket inside. The size is perfect to carry your phone or passports. Well, we always need more than one pouch, right? I love making pouches and keep them. They make a great impromptu gifts and everyone love handmade pouch!

The pouch is available in my Etsy as well as in my Webshop

Thank you for stopping by,

Have a nice day!

~ Elvira ~

Mini Tutorial - DIY Templates for Hummingbird / Periwinkle Block




I posted the coaster I made using the hummingbird pattern in my Instagram  and I love how cute it is. Now, I love foundation paper piecing but I don't like wasting the paper or the fabric. If I'm going to make them into bag or pouch, I usually use lightweight fusible interfacing as foundation paper, which is very practical. I wrote HERE about it .


This is totally inspired by the Japanese quilt books. I've learnt that many of them tracing the paper pattern on to the fabric or they cut the fabric according to the pattern shape and draw the seam allowance. That way, no paper and fabric waste but it's a bit slow process for an impatience people like yours truly ^_^.  And no, I don't want to collect more acrylic template ruler because 1) it's expensive 2) Amazon will take forever to deliver and by the time it arrives, my mood will be gone LOL. 

So, here's my jugaad (hack): I use lamination sheet!! 
I cut the pattern  pieces (without the seam allowance) and laminated it. Ehm, I ironed it using silk setting. Then mark 1/4 inch around the perimeter and cut on the mark. 


Now your DIY templates are ready and you can trace the fabrics using erasable pen or carefully cut using rotary cutter (I do this :D ) 

Stack your fabrics and you're ready for chain piecing. 






 


I need to arrange my pieces according to the pattern (I'm more of visual learner) to make sense to my brain.


Put together the center piece (C2) and  the right  piece (C1) right side together like the picture above and sew with 1/4" seam allowance. Repeat the process with the left piece (C3). Don't forget to press the seam towards the background piece. 



chain piecing done! Yay! 



Once done, straighten the triangle blocks and arrange them like shown in the above picture. Sew 2 triangles together using 1/4" seam allowance to make Half Square Triangle (HST). If you're a beginner, this 1/4" seam allowance is our lifeline LOL. It seems daunting but with practice it will come. Don't worry!! 



Now, sew the HST together with 1/4" seam allowance and your block is done! 



I am using cotton cambric for the background fabric here and it stretched a little with every ironing process, so I need to keep trimming to straighten it. According to the original pattern, the block should finish at 5 inch square, but mine is finished at 4.75 inch. But I'm happy, cos I waste less paper and fabric ^^. Now I am going to make few more. Maybe scrappy blocks? 

I hope you enjoy this mini tutorial and if you do, please share on your social media account so that many people can benefit from it. 

Happy Weekends!

Elvira

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