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Happy New Year!!

2015 was a good year. I traveled quite a lot and collecting more fabrics. I learned Jogakbo (Korean Patchwork) during my visit to South Korea, started trying hand quilting (still in WIP now) and also started making bigger bags (again).

The latest bag that I finished was Ikat Super Tote from Noodlehead pattern. It took me quite a long time to start. I love how the grey jute highlighted the ikkat fabric. The bag is perfect size for someone who love carrying lots of stuff like me. 


 here are some of the things that I've completed in 2015.

More photos can be seen HERE
or in my INSTAGRAM 

{ Bag and Pouches} 


{Passport wallets}

{iPhone sleeves}

Now, I'm ready with new adventures in 2016.

Happy 2016

Necessary Clutch Wallet

I have been searching for accordion wallet pattern and my dear friend, Namrata from Bagstock told me about the NCW and she encouraged me to try. She even added me to the NCW addict group on facebook.  After few months of watching all the ladies in the group making beautiful NCWs finally I printed out the pattern and started making one. 

The wallet is spacious, you can fit it up to 12 cards, and there is one slip pocket behind each card slot.

I added another zip pocket there and d-rings for the detachable strap. I made 1 long strap and 1 short lanyard. 

The middle part is my favorite cos you can put your mobile phone there. 

So, no more carrying your big purse when you go out for a little errand or just going for a short lunch break. 


Some adjustment that I made : 

#1. The Flap 

I attached the border to the exterior flap panel by sewing the inner border to the exterior panel first. Then baste stitch the outer border to exterior before sew it together with the lining flap. That way I get a good finish of the flap and since I used magnetic snap, it gave a better finish of the front esp. if you are using magnetic snap. No more worries maneuvering around the snap ;) 


#2 . The wallet body lining, I use buckram in the middle part and use fusible woven interfacing in the oval part. That way, it's easier on my machine since it's less bulky. And before turning I add a piece of flannel as batting in the middle part. That give a stiff but soft finish to the wallet. The wallet feels for firm.  (sorry forgot to take pics here).

#3. Added second zipper pouch based on tutorial by Jean on her YouTube channel.


 I used my pinking scissor to trip the flap or any curvy sides. It's easier and faster plus gives a better finish 

So, if you've been thinking to give the NCW a try, go ahead. It's fun to make and with all the tutorials and group support, you don't have to worry about anything else:)

Get the pattern at : Emmaline Bags

and the fabrics at Chezvies Supplies

or if you'd rather to buy the finish wallet, you can head to my ETSY shop. I can make in any fabric you want.

Until then,

Happy Sewing

Ella Bucket Bag

 I have this unique African print for few months. The print is huge. I put up for sale in my facebook page Chezvies Fabrics for a long time and there's no taker :(

I believe that all my fabrics will come of use someday {I think all the hoarders have the same believe ^_* ) and it's true. I was browsing Etsy for Totebag and found SOTAK handmade's pattern, The Ella Bucket Bag, and I know that it's perfect for my fabric.

Svetlana's pattern is very thorough and easy to follow. With step by step pictures which is a huge thing for me. I am one of those who cannot follow written instructions. So having step by step photo tutorial is really a big help.

I made few improvisation here, because of the print I decided to put the zipper pocket inside and I skipped the inner pocket.

And for the magnetic snap, instead of attach the snap onto the bag, I made a little button flaps and attach it to the bag. Since the fabric I use is Indian mulmul fabric which is quite lightweight, attaching the snap this way is safer.

The interface I used is fusible interfacing. I used in both exterior and lining. I added foam in the exterior fabric.

I definitely will make more of this bag. It's super easy. 

Bag will be available for custom order in

Fabrics used are Indian cotton by Chezvies Fabrics

Until then,

Happy Sewing

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