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Tutorial : How to Make Easy Fabric Key Fob


I got a bunch of key fobs that I ordered from Aliexpress before the Pandemic. I'm lucky that I got all my hardware before the lockdown started in March. 

Personally, I love using a swivel hook for a wristlet, like the one I shared HERE but this key fob looks fancier, isn't it? 

This is a beginner-friendly project for you who just started a sewing journey. It's super easy! If you're in India, you might want to refer to THIS POST about bag interfacing in India. 

Materials needed: 
1. Main Fabric of your choice (preferably cotton) - 3.75" W x 11" H" 
2. All Purpose Interfacing - 3.75" W x 11" H
3. 1" wide key fob
4. Plier (I have one with attached cushioning, if you don't have one just use a flat plier and cover the key fob with batting or fabric scraps so it won't scratch the hardware).

Fabric Key Fob Tutorial

Let's start!

1. Fuse the interfacing on the wrong side of the fabric, and fold the long edges towards the center. Then fold it again to make a scant 1" wide strip. Use wonder clips to hold it in place. 




2. Topstitch using scant 1/8" seam allowance on both long edges, then sew a few lines 1/8" apart. The dense stitching will make the wristlet sturdier. 


3. Notch the raw edges using pinking scissors or simply using normal scissors. This will stop the fabric from fraying. (you can also apply clear nail polish on the raw edges).


4. Bring the short ends together and sew in place. 


5. Fit the key fob and mark where the prongs are. Make a hole in the marks you just made. This way you won't break the prongs. Trust me, I broke a couple of them :D. 
 

6. Carefully replace the kef fob and use the plier press it nicely and make sure it won't come off when you pull it. 


et voila! Your key fobs are ready. This will make a great gift for your family and friends!



If you like to use a swivel hook, you can follow my previous tutorial. In this key fob tutorial, I am using all-purpose interfacing which gives the wristlet enough structure. 
But if you're using a swivel hook, you can use medium weight interfacing or a combination of all-purpose interfacing and batting. If it's too thick for your sewing machine, you can always use rivets.  Don't be afraid to experiment to see which one you like better. 

If you find this tutorial useful, please share it because sharing is caring :). 


Thank you for reading my blog.

Stay safe & happy sewing!

Elvira


Learning Traditional Indian Kawadi Quilt


When there was Kawadi Quilt workshop a few years ago in Bangalore, I really wanted to go but couldn't. It's been on my bucket list to learn this Indian traditional quilt. 
When Brinda Ma'am from Moments of Quiet announced on Desi Quilters Group on Facebook that she will have another workshop, I quickly registered. And I am glad I did.

 I already learned so much during the first lesson. The story and the wisdom behind Kawadi Quilt, also what set it apart from the other form of quilts in India. Kawadi or Kawandi is originated from Siddi tribe in North Karnataka. Apparently, every tribe has a different unique design. 

We are given a list of materials we have to gather. Preferably old muslin saree or muslin dupatta. I have this pink muslin dupatta which I don't use and it's just perfect. 
Also, we have to provide some kind of saree borders. I decide to use this fancy one. Though traditionally they are using saree border. 

My stitches are not even as yet but I thoroughly enjoyed this! I finished sewing 3 lines running stitches around the border and looking forward to the next class where we will add more fabrics and special design! 

Check out the Moments of Quiet Facebook Page if you want to know more information about the next class. Choosing fabric was fun, cos I have lots of Indian mulmul/muslin scraps and pre-cuts

In the second class, we learned to add patches to the border and also make a special design. The special design is quite tricky for first-timer, I had to rip it several times before I managed to do a decent one. These special designs or motifs symbolizes everyday life like Kites, Angan (Courtyard), and temples. The Kawadi quilt also always has 4 flowers at the corners. This a must-have. Without the flowers, the quilt will look incomplete. 


As for the quilting, it is done by doing running stitches from the outside border going around towards the inside. We don't use any measuring tape or ruler, instead, we learn to measure using our fingers. The space between stitch lines is usually 1 finger apart and you can use any fingers. 


Another unique thing is we should "feed" the quilt before we finish with a few grains of rice. The wisdom behind it is that the quilt must be nurtured, and that is by feeding the quilt so that it will last for along time.




While doing Kawadi, I learned that I should only focus on the patch and stitches that I am working on, don't worry about how it will turn out cos this is supposed to be organic. When we reach the end of one patch, we simply pick up another one, fold and cover the raw edges and move on. We don't need a design wall. The result will always be a surprise. It reflexes who you are and how you feel at the time you make the quilt. It's liberating! 





Most of us finished our quilts before the last class. So on the 3rd meet, Brinda Ma'am told us more history about it and we kinda have a show and tell what quilt we're working on. You can check her experience when she did a residential workshop with Nirmala Akka
Check out these few quilts from Nirmala Akka that Brinda Maam shared with us. You can also see her Kawadi Quilts  on her BLOG.



It was a really lovely workshop and I'm looking forward to more! We need to learn this ancient art and preserve the authenticity of this art. 

I'm looking forward to making more of kawadi quilts. I really enjoyed the freedom and the hand quilting process. 

Thank you for stopping by!

Stay safe & happy sewing!
Elvira

Last week story and mini travel wallets

It's already mid of September and we're still staying home as much as we can! Thank God for the internet, at least I can video call my family back home in Indonesia. I really miss my 4 years old nephew who is now a big fan of BTS, yes, he's our little "Army". 

I am still getting used to working with wrist splint. Since last month my carpal tunnel syndrome has gotten a little worse. So now I am batching my work and taking frequent breaks to do stretching. Sometimes I rest for 2 days if the pain is too much. I don't want to exert myself at this point. But the brace does help. I ordered gloves too actually from amazon but the only sent me this and refunded the gloves. 


Last week, I went to meet my Indonesia friend Eva to drop avocadoes for her. It was the first weekend after the lockdown was lifted in my city. We had a lot of avocadoes this summer. And in the afternoon, Plabita came and collect a few avocados. Well, visiting is not advisable right not with cases seems to be going up day by day. We only met outside in the garden, maintaining our distance, and wearing a mask. But it's really lovely to meet friends in the real world :D. She said she's never seen an avocado tree in her life! Well, avocados are not easily available here and recently gaining popularity that the price can go up to INR 500 for one. That's crazy!






From the sewing room, I made this cute matryoshka travel wallet back in June in between sewing masks. Mask wearing is going to stay now and I'm glad that many people are wearing it now. I almost forgot how I enjoyed creating wallets right from choosing the color combo to finishing the binding by hand. If you asked me, why the binding? for me because I have a weak wrist and turning wallets or bag really painful process for me :D. Also, I love the look of the wallet with binding. It gives the one of kind handmade look! 



This is another one I completed and sold. This Wonderland from Rifle Paper co is really popular with my customers and I think I am going to keep one for my self before I run out of fabrics:). Well, getting fabrics from abroad is not an easy affair right now, especially in India. 

Wonderland Handmade Travel Wallet

I also made a zip around one. I really love the previous one that I made and when I see this navy print, I thought why not make another one. 



Super easy project and satisfying result. 


Thank you for stopping by!
Stay Safe!

- Elvira -


Virtual Holiday On YouTube


I have a new fave time-pass! Many people are making videos of their daily life as they go about doing their chores. Some of them are really good that you want to just clean your house. Well, in my case, that urge only lasts for a few minutes. I'd rather be sewing - really! (must check this one!)



Another one I enjoyed is the walking video. There is no narration on the video. There are a few walking Youtuber and also on  Instagram stories which I love to watch! I really love this video from Seoul Walker

Today morning, I was watching this video where he walked around and showed us around Asakusa's Sensoji Temple The place which used to always buzzed with people/tourists now empty. Even the passage between the shop rows is empty. 


Empty Rows

Asakusa 2020 - screenshot from the video


Asakusa in 2018

Asakusa in 2019

During my visit to Asakusa in 2018, we could not even take a decent picture in front of the gate! Tourism indeed is very badly hit, which affects so many people in the industries. I was discussing this with Mbak Belly and we're remembering the Halal Ramen shop Asakusa! 





Now we can only hope and pray that we stay safe and healthy (physically and mentally). Try to remain positive thinking and maybe learn a few things that you always want to learn or do!

Thank you for stopping by! 
Stay Healthy!

~ Elvira~ 




Cell Phone Pouch Video Tutorial

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Mobile Phone Bag


Hello, finally the better version of the Mobile Phone Pouch Video Tutorial is now live on Youtube. Working on video is not easy and though the recording part is fun, the editing part is really hard for me. Or maybe I just need more practice:)

I made the video a few weeks ago, but only able to edit it recently. I hope you can learn something from the video. 



The video was shot using my Sony WX500 which is quite convenient. If you see a slight movement in the video, that's because I put the stand on my sewing table. I should put it on another table next time. Well, we live and learn!


I've been mostly making face masks since March this year and I almost forgot how quickly this bag comes together. I really enjoyed sewing this bag that I have a few cut and ready to sew. (I still have to finish a few batches of face masks). Insha Allah after next week or so. 



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Thank you for stopping by!

Stay Safe & Happy Sewing,

Elvira


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