Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Quilted Lens Pouch

I made another two lens pouches for my husband. I made one for him before and he likes it so much. These pouches are big enough to carry a 50mm or 60 mm prime lens with its lens hood attached. The double drawstrings give instant and secure closure. The pouches are lined with link free fabric to minimise dust and fibres collecting in the lens elements.

This can be a good Christmas present for your beloved one!

Tutorial for drawstring bag can be found:
Please share with me if you have made one of this!

G.Caccini pouch

I have made another pouch from Jenna's tutorial. I named this pouch as G. Caccini pouch. G.Caccini is an Italian composer.

This pouch is made up by using the paper piecing technique. You can get the pattern and the paper piecing tutorial from The Sometimes Crafter. Thanks Christina for sharing this lovely paper piecing block with us.

Christmas is around the corner. Do you know what to buy for your children, family and friends? Why not try this out?

Monday, 28 November 2011

Buy Handmade Campaign!

Do you like handmade? Why do we buy handmade? What is so special about handmade? Come and have a look at this website!

Monday, 21 November 2011

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Making your own fabric labels tutorial

I wanted to create my own fabric label for a long time. But I couldn't find a best way to print my own label. I read a lot of tutorials from different websites but still do not give me a good result. Therefore, I have done some experiments by using three different methods.

Method 1: Using Vinegar

- I ironed the fabric on a piece of freezer paper.
- Printed my design on the fabric.
- Let it dried for 5 minutes. Then, peeled the paper off the fabric.
- Ironed the fabric and let it set.
- Rinsed fabric in a pan of white vinegar , yes it's VINEGAR for 1 minute.
- Laid flat on a towel and blowed dry the it.


It turned out like this......

Pros- This is a healthy way of creating your fabric label as I didn't touch any of the chemical stuff to make the prints set on the fabric. In another word, this is an Organic Way of printing your own fabric label!

Cons- I don't think it looks great though!

Right, let's move on to the 2nd method!

Method 2: Using Bubble Jet Set

- Poured the solution into a flat pan and saturated fabric in solution for 5 minutes.
- Dried the fabric.
- Ironed the fabric on a piece of freezer paper.
- Printed my design on the fabric.
- Let the fabric sit for 30 minutes.
- Hand washed the fabric in cold water.
-Laid flat on a towel and blowed dry the it.


.... not too bad. I like it!
Can you see the difference?
Pros- The result was so GOOD!

Cons- Poisoning way of creating your fabric label! Do you know why? This solution contains Formaldehyde, commonly called formalin. Do you know what is that for? It is used to
"Formaldehyde is highly toxic to humans, regardless of method of intake. Ingestion of as little as 30 mL (1 oz.) of a solution containing 37% formaldehyde has been reported to cause death in an adult. " From Wikipedia.

This bubble jet solution contains a very small amount of formaldehyde at a concentration of 0.001%. I think it is safe enough to use as long as you keep it away from children.

Method 3: Using Miracle Fabric Sheets

Here is the tute:

Step 1:
Create an image or photograph using your computer, digital camera or scanner.

Tips: Print your design on paper first before print on the fabric. Check and align it well before you print it.

Step 2:
Print fabric sheets in your printer tray and print design on the fabric side.

Step 3:
Remove paper backing from fabric sheet.

Step 4:
Iron on the unprinted side of fabric to heat set the image.
Tips: Do not use steam!

Step 5:
Rinse fabric sheet in a pan of cold water for 1 minute.

Step 6:
Lay flat on a towel and allow to air dry or blow dry.

Tada! Here you go ... I have created my own fabric labels with a superb result!

There are many ways of making your own fabric labels. Choose a suitable one and experiment it! Please don't forget to leave a comment! Thank you!

Quilted Drawstring Bags

Thank you Jeni for sharing this tutorial. Well, I quilted the bags which is quite different as Jeni's. In addition, I have resized the bags into a smaller one. Therefore, they are all in different sizes!

D. Scarlatti Drawstring Bag
which is now become my camera bag!

Charles Gounod Drawstring Bag

Charles Gounod (1818-1893) was a French composer well-known for his operas

Michael Tippett Drawstring Bag

M. Tippett (1905-1998 ) is a British composer, particularly noted for his oratorio A Child Of Our Time and opera Midsummer Marriage. He studied at the Royal College of Music and later taught composition. Among his other works, some of which employ
rhythmic serialism, are symphonies, string quartets and piano music, including concertos and four sonatas.
I have given this bag to a friend's daughter, Ava. I hope she will like it!

Thousand thanks to my lovely hubby for taking all the photos for me! I love you!

Monday, 14 November 2011

The Flower Duet from Lakmé

"Viens, Mallika, les lianes en fleurs ... Dôme épais, le jasmin" This is how the song begins by Mallika in Lakmé. The reason I named this bag as The Flower Duet because both sides of this bag were made by two different tone of colours- Red & Blue! Find out the tutorial on Sew Happy Geek!

Monday, 7 November 2011

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