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Sunday Stash - Fun Fabric Bundles and Project Ideas



I've been busy making a few fun fabric bundles again for the shop. Most of them are one of a kind bundle, which means only 1 bundle is available. I really love creating bundles but my time is limited and being a solopreneur doing 101 things, I feel a bit overwhelmed sometimes :)


This time mostly I made fat 8 bundles and a few fat quarter bundles as well. Check out below some of the bundles that I already put up in my Etsy Shop.

Kalamkari Fat Quarter Bundle


Fat 8 Bundle


Fuchsia Teal Fat 8 Bundle




If you just started your sewing or quilting journey, a fabric bundle is a good start. You can make many things from bundles. I made a few face masks and pouches and of course a few quilts too. 

Fun Fabric Face Masks


one of a kind fabric face masks


I made this pouch and the coaster too. I shared the tutorial for the pouch in my last post or you can see it on my Youtube Channel.



Or you can practice making fabric lanyard.







Thank you for your supports all these years, let's hope 2021 will bring some good news for us. 

Happy Crafting,

Elvira


Scrappy Patchwork Mug Rug - Scrap Buster Project

 


Making patchwork mug rug is my fave scrap buster project. This time I made this super easy one using strips of fabrics from my scrap bin. It's fun and quick to make plus it's a perfect project to make if you're looking for a quick last-minute gift.

Without further ado, here's what you need: Assorted fabric 5" long fabric strips 1" to 1.5" wide Contrast or solid fabric 6" W x 8" H Backing Fabric 12" W x 10" H Batting 12" W x 10" H

Binding 1.5" Wide x Wof (40")

Let's get sewing!

1. I used narrow strips, less than 1.5" wide. They should be enough to make 8" long patchwork panel. Don't be afraid to mix and match. The narrower the better, IMO :).



2. Sew the strips together using 1/4" seam allowance. You can use those selvages scraps too. My panel here finished at 5" W x 9" H. Iron the patchwork panel flat. 



3. Now sew the patchwork panel and the solid panel right side together using 1/4" seam allowance. Now your top panel is almost ready.


4. Iron the top panel flat and trim it into 10" W x 8" H. The patchwork panel is about 4" wide after trimming.


5. Now sandwich the batting in between backing and top panel and quilt it as desired. This time I did a diagonal gridline quilting which you can watch in the video tutorial at the end of this post. 


6. Once the quilting is done, trim the quilt top into 10" W x 8" H and now it's ready for binding. Watch the video below on how to sew the binding. I cut the binding 1.5" wide for small quilts, so it won't be too bulky. 


If you want to finish the binding by machine, attach the binding on the backing first. I attached the binding on the front first because I prefer to finish the binding by hand for small quilts.




Now your scrappy mug rug is ready to use. Make a few for your family and friends! 

I hope you find the tutorial helpful! Don't forget to subscribe to my blog or YouTube channel for more tutorials. 


Thank you for stopping by, 

Take care & Happy Holidays

Elvira


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Tutorial: Let's make flat zipper pouch

 



Everyone loves handmade gifts and this gifting season let's make something for your loved ones. This flat pouch is my go-to project when I need a small gift to make. It's super easy to make. You can even make this from scrap fabrics and other supplies. 


What you need:

1. Exterior fabrics - 9" W x 6.5" H (cut 2)
2. Lining Fabrics - 9" W x 6.5" H (cut 2)
3. Pocket Fabrics - 5" W x 6.5" H (cut 1)
4. All Purpose Interfacing - 9" W x 6.5" H ( cut 2)
5. #5 Zipper - 9" Long and zipper pull
6. Cotton Batting  10" x 7.5" (Optional)
7. 3/8" D-ring and 3/8" wide fabric ribbon (Optional)
8. Fabric Zipper Tab  1.5" x 2" 

Fabrics & Interfacing:

Regarding fabric, in the video, I used lightweight Indian block print cotton fabric for the exterior and poplin cotton for the lining. Since poplin is thick-ish, I don't use interfacing for the lining as well as for the pocket. 
If you're using thicker fabric such as denim, you can change the interfacing to a lightweight one or omit the interfacing if it's stiff thick denim or canvas. Although I personally will still use lightweight non-woven interfacing to give a more structured finish. 

For this flat pouch, we're going to use All-Purpose interfacing which is fused on the wrong side of the exterior fabric. This interfacing is best to use for padded pouch or bag as well as no-padded ones. 


For this project, I am using cotton batting scraps from my quilts, because the pouch is intended to store mobile phone. You can make without batting or wadding, to make a floppy pouch. 


This flat zipper pouch is very handy. You can use it to keep a cell phone, a face mask, and a few cards or cash. Now, let's start making. If you have any questions, feel free to comment and I'll help as much as I can. 


If you like the tutorial, don't forget to share it with your fellow crafters. And if you make one, please use hashtag #chezviespatterns on your social media post or tag me on Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter




Thank you for stopping by!

Happy Sewing
- Elvira-

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Etsy Cyber Sale

Hello,

Just a quick pop in to let you know that Cyber Sale is now going on across my Etsy Shops! No code necessary.


Here are a few new items I recently added to the shop


available in various sizes

The sale ends on 1st December 2020. 

Thank you for your support!

have a lovely weekends
- Elvira -

Hand quilted Trivets - Moonshine and Valentine

 Here are some 9980 hours to mastering hand quilting 😃



I'm a big fan of Suzuko Koseki and I collected a few of her books. The one I particularly love and want to learn from is the Modern Quilts book. It has an interesting quilt pattern from simple to complicated ones, or at least it looks complicated to me :D. 

In these 2 mini quilts, I am using Indian Handloom fabrics in high contrast colors. I was not sure in the beginning but once done, they turned out really pretty. Sometimes, we have to try something out of our comfort zone! 


Colorful Trivet


The book only gave dimension of the block but not really gave instructions. But I supposed it was to be pieced in half circle. So I did with this teal and orange one. 

I made another one which I cut 5" square and piece quarter circle block. I don't know if this is the correct term :D. 



I called these block my Moonshine and valentine - just because it the shape remind me of the moon and I was watching C-Drama with the same title. Johnny Huang is stunning in the drama 💙! 


Hand Quilted Trivet
Mug Rug

On the back, I used glace cotton fabric in dark teal and I love the texture of the finished quilt. They turned out very soft. The trivets finished at 8" x 8" and it's just the perfect size for anything. From mug rug, doily, trivets, or even for indoor plant mat.

I am still curious about the block and plan to make more but using poplin cotton instead of handloom fabrics. Although handloom colors are gorgeous, it's a bit too stiff for circle piecing. Maybe I can do better with cotton or Bali Batiks! 




I bought this local brand needle Jyoti Needles before I did the Kantha Workshop. I was skeptical in the beginning but the shop owner didn't have Pony Needle when I went. And guess what? It turned out really good and all the needles are sharp. I always have a problem with Pony Needle for hand sewing my wallet. But this one turned out better than Pony. I may need to stock up now.



I am still doing the quilting based on the Kawandi Quilt as I really love it. I plan to make more small kawandi quilts too, but it may take a while before I finally get down to make it. I have a few UFO quilts that I want to finish. Most of them are small quilts and a few single bed quilts. 



If you want to know how I did the quilting, I uploaded a small video on my Youtube Channel. It was recorded during my first Instagram Live. You can watch it here. 



Thank you for stopping by, I hope you enjoy your visit!

Happy Sewing,

Elvira

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Book: Modern Quilts by Suzuko Koseki

Fabric: Handloom / Shotcotton


A finished quilt - Under the Sea Jelly Roll Race Quilt

 Finally a finished quilt!


Jelly Roll Quilt


I finished the jelly roll top early this year and it was approximately 60 x 60 inches. I made the jelly roll from Indian block print fabrics in turquoise /emerald green shades. 
I thought I'll add a white border on top and bottom to make a 60 x 80 inches quilt, but I changed my mind when I found the teal green print in my stash just enough for the border! 


Initially, I thought I will do hand quilting but I don't have to confident LOL. I am still learning to make smaller hand quilted mug rugs and coasters and to jump into making a big one will be too ambitious, I think haha! So, after finished making the quilt sandwich in the afternoon, I went ahead and quilted it in the evening. No fancy quilting, simply wavy lines about 2 inches apart in my Jack machine. I used a stitch length 4 and it turned out ok. 


On the back, I made a panel from Indian batik which I got from Tina a few years ago and I got a matching floral print from my stash. 


I am inspired by Saira's quilts on Instagram. In case you want to make backing like this, I cut the middle panel at 42" x 62" as I want approximately 10" borders all around. The floral fabric has a printed border on one side, and luckily it was long enough that I can put on the top and bottom borders. 


The quilt is a birthday gift for my younger son. He loves green and he's happy with this one. Now, the quilt will be happily used - just in time for winter. He's been using the first quilt I made years ago

the elder son is helping me with the photoshoot! 




I posted the quilt on Desi Quilters Group on Facebook and Barbara mentioned that Under the Sea would be a perfect title for this quilt! Thanks, Barbara! 


I'm glad I got one UFO quilt done and I still have 2 more big quilt tops to quilt. I hope I can finish them within this year. I picked the backing already and I got a full roll of cotton batting, so I really have to make an effort and finish them :D. 

Thank you for stopping by!

Stay creative, stay safe!

Elvira


Kantha - More Than Just a Running Stitch

 

Kantha Embroidery
my first Kantha Embroidery


I joined a Kantha Embroidery Online Workshop early this month. It was a 3-day workshop and I really had a great time learning. 
Brinda Ma'am and Nafisa are really patient with all of us and encourage us to take our time. I was pretty slow with my progress cos it was a busy week for me. 

Kantha Embroidery Sampler

We started making a sampler stitch on day one. It's amazing to learn that all the beautiful Kantha designs are done only with one simple stitch. The art of creating design with one stitch is really challenging. Creatively challenging! Kantha is an embroidery art which is originated in Bengal (West Bengal, Orissa, Tripura, and Bangladesh). 

The purpose of doing a sampler stitch is to familiarize us with the stitches and flow of work since it's different from regular embroidery. I have not done embroidery for years so the sampler really helped me. As I progress I noticed, my stitches are getting better. I used poplin cotton fabric and 3 strands of embroidery thread. 

Kantha stitch sampler

Once we're done with the sampler, we moved on to work on a design. We were given 4 designs by Nafisa and I chose this one below.  Nafisa and Brinda Ma'am kept telling us to take our time deciding what stitch we want to use in our design. That way everyone will have a different result. It's really inspiring to see others embroidery even though we're using the same design but the end results are different. You can check others' works on the Moments of Quiet Facebook Page.


Kantha Stitch Design


Kantha Embroidery Pattern


Kantha Embroidery detail

If you're interested to join the workshop, check out Moments of Quiet Facebook Page 

While Kantha is widely popular, it is also loosely interpreted as just a big running stitch in quilting, which is basically not. Kantha is more intricate than that. 

Nafisa showed us her 100 years old Kantha quilt belongs to her great-great-grandfather and also a few samples of Nakshi Kantha of Bangladesh. 

Nakshi Kantha
Nakshi Kantha (Source: ich.unesco.org)

Kantha tells the story of cultures and history. While the Indian Kantha has evolved in terms of design, including animal and intricate floral patterns, the Bangladesh Nakshi Kantta still sticks to the original Kantha with geometric patterns. 

I am glad I decided to join the class. Learning the history behind this ancient art is really refreshing. There are several books available on Amazon which I think I'll buy. Thank you Brinda Ma'am and Nafisa for the great workshop! 

Here's our virtual selfie moment! Learning and sewing with others are really fun! I'm looking forward to join in more online workshops! 



Thank you for stopping by! I hope you enjoy your visit to my blog.

Happy Crafting,
Elvira

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