Sewing

Sewing: How to Sew a Kids Envelope Pillow Case

Hello! I’m back with a sewing blog post on How to Sew a Kids Pillow Case.

So, recently I’ve been busy with other things, I apologise for a late long post.

Let’s go straight to the main thing, So my niece keep want me to sew a pillow case for her and is hello kitty printed. HAHA. Can’t help it, she just love hello kitty.

Okay, firstly, I use her pillow as measurement. What I did was I took her pillow put on the fabric and cut out the size that I want according to the pillow.

Step 1: Cut 2 separate pieces or 1 long piece and fold to half.

Step 2: Once cut out, it will look like a half folded piece.Now have to adjust the piece of fabric.

Turn to wrong side of the fabric, Take one side of the piece, shift a bit longer to make the envelope cover.Now have to adjust the piece of fabric. Take one side of the piece from the top, shift a bit longer, fold down a few CM to make the envelope cover.

Align your fabric, and fold to half. Then use the pillow to measure and cut out the size that you want.Gives 1 or 2 cm seam allowance on all 3 sides. So it won’t turn out to be so tight.

Step 3: Once adjusted, take the body side put over the top which is the envelope cover and Pin it.

Step 4: Before you start sewing, make hem on the envelope cover and the body edge.Step

Step 5: Done with heming, you can start sewing all the 3 side. Remember to do a back stitch for the starting and ending edge.And you are good to go! Try it and adjust if needed.If you want to try sewing a pillow case, this is the beginner basic steps to start off with.Feel free to shared with me your finished project in the comment!No promise! but I will try my best to do up more tutorial sooner as I can!

HAPPPY SEWING!

Crafts · Sewing

Sewing: How to Make your Own Clasp Coin Purse Pattern

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Hello! Everyone! Welcome to my another post on “How to Make your Own Clasp Coin Purse” Before you move on to cut out the fabric, you will have to make your own pattern for this. Because the clasp which is the frame, come in different sizes. But if you buy those pattern kit that comes with the material inside, usually they will include the pattern piece. As for this I watch from some of the videos tutorial and I’ve try to make one of my pattern, so I goanna share with you how to do it !

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First you goanna take your clasp frame, trace the arc on a piece of paper. Just trace it carefully and you will get a nice one.

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Then adjust a bit to make it easier for yourself to see the arc shape. From the bottom of each side, measure a 1cm down.

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And also the diagonally 1cm for both side. As you can see the top there is a hole, mark out a vertically stroke, so that later you need to cut it.

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Slowly draw out the bottom arc shape and make a connection arc to each other. Next, from the top marking draw one line down.

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Once is balance, cut out the whole shape and you have your pattern piece. Label it so that next time if you want to make again, you will know what size.

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HAPPY SEWING!

Crafts · Sewing

Sewing: How to Sew a Coin Purse with Clasp

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So here I goanna show you how to sew a coin purse with clasp frame, just follow step by step!

In the previous post, I show you how to make your own pattern for this coin purse project. So after you make your pattern piece, let make a coin purse!

Materials:

  • Fabric glue/White glue
  • Plier
  • Stick/Chopstick
  • Clasp frame
  • Paper cord
  • Fabric of your choice (outer piece)
  • lining fabric (inner piece)

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Using your pattern, cut out 2 piece inner and outer fabric.

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Align your outer piece right side facing each other.

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Step 3 :

Same to the inner piece, sew round the bottom arc shape.

*If you are using plain fabric for the inner piece, decide which side you wan to be the outside or can use any side.

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Step 4 :

After done with sewing, turn over both pieces.

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Step 5:

Slot in the inner piece, pin it in place sew and leave a hole on the top to turn over later on.

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Turn over and adjust the corner nicely. Top stitch the hole. You can use by hand or by machine. By hand will be nicer but this will be cover by the clasp so it won’t be seen.

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Next we goanna attach the clasp to the fabric.

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Step 7 :

Use the chopstick or stick and add glue to the clasp inner part, spread out the glue. (as picture shown)

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Step 8 :

This part is quite challenging. Once you have your glue in, attach the clasp to the fabric. You have to adjust it until it stick to the glue, than use the small piece of paper cord to slot it in.

Use a plier to clip the clasp gently, to make it tight so that it can clip on the fabric.

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I’m using this paper cord, it comes in a roll. You can also try look out for packet or small portion in your local crafts store. They also comes in different thickness. Do check out for the size. If you are doing small coin purse, get the thinner ones.

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So here is how to sew a coin purse with clasp frame. Hope this post helps you in your project, but if you cannot get it or understand, don’t worry.. I will do up a tutorial video soon and will guide you thru step by step. Stay tune for my update on my YouTube channel!

HAPPY SEWING!

Crafts · Sewing

Sewing Project: How to Sew a Pop Up Pouch

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Here is a post on How to Sew a Pop Up pouch. You will find this pouch very familiar cause usually will see it outside, like to store spectacle, or sunglasses pouch? Yup! I guess so! So I decide to make this pouch. It’s seems to be easy and it’s really easy 😉 And it might suitable for beginners who want to make this ^^.

Materials needed:

  • fabrics & lining
  • metal pop up
  • pins and clips

Let’s check out the steps!

Step 1:

Cut 4 fabric pieces, For the size it can be any size which is convenient to you. You can also measure according to your Pop up metal length.

2 for lining size 5 x 7″

2 outer fabric size 5 x 7″

Measure the top of your fabric and lining piece 1/2 inches in both sides. Mark a line for clearer reference.

After measurement, for the lining piece sew down both side together and leave a gap at the bottom for turning. Do a back-stitch for starting and ending. Outer Piece just sew down both side and bottom. It will look as picture shown below. 

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Step 2:

Align both piece from the opening part to each other. Means the top part opening and pin to each other.

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Step 3:

Sew down the area that you pin it. Until you reach the marking line from step 1. Always remember to do a back-stitch for starting and ending part.

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Step 4:

Once you sew, turn it over. Cut out the excess if needed before turn it over. Make sure all the corners are push out nicely and just press using an iron.

Then fold down the top part until the edge. (as picture shown) Pin or clip it in place.

Sew down the side where the opening side are. (refer to the picture below)

I’m using a metal pop up for the pouch to open and close. It will look something like the picture below.

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Step 5:

Once you done, slot in the metal piece to the hole where you sewed.

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There! And you are DONE! At first I thought it would hard to insert the metal piece, but to be honest, is not as hard as I thought! And I made it! You can too! Try it and have some fun making it.

I will do up a tutorial sooner or later! Please do check out my updates! Hope you have fun doing this project! Do leave me some comments or like or share to help me for my post for people out there who are interested in making this pouch! It’s great for a gift to a friend or families.

HAPPY SEWING!

Crafts · Sewing

Sewing Project : How to Sew a Simple Wallet for Beginner

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Hello! Sorry guys! I was busy figure out how to sew this simple wallet. Here is the guide post on “How to Sew a Simpler Wallet”, with card slots and zip pocket. A friendly and easy project for beginner.

Let’s prepare the material and follow me step by step. ^^

Material:

  • Cotton Fabric or Canvas

For the fabric I choose canvas but of cause you can choose other like cotton but need to add in batting. As for canvas also same, need to add in some batting to make it more firm and steady. Some cotton fabric are very lightweight type, try not to use that kind, other than that should be fine.

  • Zipper

As for zipper I use those YKK brand, just get a size that you want. With matching colours or you can mix and match with what you feel like it. Some with nice pulley, or you can add your own pendant.

I used Batting Iron On ones. This batting that I’m using is quite soft, and if I want to use it to do wallet, I might need to put more than one piece. There are differnt type of Fusible and Batting, if you can pass by any local store, they will have some samples to feel the textures, or can just ask for assistance on which to buy.

A Rotary cutter is somehow easier to cut out fabric in a striaght line, Make sure you get a cutting mat too! These are the tools that helps me, each time i cut my fabric i get frustrated without cutting it striaght. So i do love this cutters.

Is good to have a quilt ruler cause it might be easier to see and measure at the correct size. Then cut with a rotary cutter and a cutting mat. Perfect match! 😀

Ok, lets get to work! Lets start.

 Measurement:

Outer Piece: 9 x 4.5″ x2pcs

Inner piece: 9 x 5″ x2pcs (I use both same designs) 

Card slots: 4.5 x 19″

Zip pocket : 4.5 x 3.5 x 1 pc , 3.5 x 3.5 x 1 pc

Zipper 6/7″ (to be cut off the excess)

Prepare 4 piece of fabric, 2 inner piece with the size 9 x 5″, Outer piece 9 x 4.5″

Let’s name it as 9 x 5″ A & B, 9 x 4.5″ A & B.

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Zip Pockets:

Place your zipper with the zipper head facing up, pointing right side, align the zip pocket piece 3.5 x .3.5″ facing down and pin to the TOP of the zipper.

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Then turn your zipper over which the head will be facing the left and pin it to the TOP of the zipper with 3.5 x 4.5″ piece. Means align both pieces with the 3.5″ sides to the zipper.

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So it will like this , the top will be balance and same alignment.

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Turn it over, bring the longer piece to the back.

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Card Slots:

*Take the Card Slots piece right side face down, fold down 3″ from the top. Turn it over, place a un use card(Do NOT USE CREDIT CARD or Personal card) to the slot as picture shown. Hold the card and fold from bottom  up.

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Place your card on the fabric with a little GAP on TOP, then fold by using your fingertip to hold the card and fold until the TOP of the card but leave a GAP where you can see the card so that you can grab the card.

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Iron and press lightly to make a crease line.  Total you will have 4 pockets with 3 crease line for card slots. (Refer to image below)

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So, it will look something like that.

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Wallet Inner Body:

Take the Outer piece A (9 x 4.5″), align the zip pocket and the card slot and pin it together first before sew.

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Then cut out a piece of betting slightly smaller size, best is to use Iron on betting. Iron on to outer piece B.

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Align and pin it together and sew the sides.

*Do take note of the zipper side, open the zipper slightly a bit cause when you sew it will hit the zipper head if you don’t open the zip.

While sewing, hold the zipper teeth together to have a nice closure.

Do a back-stitch on the zipper part.Cut off the excess zipper.

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Next, Cut a Strap piece with 2 or 2.5 inch wide. Or you can use a bias tape. To sew over top edges of the body piece, to give a nice edge. Fold the piece into half and sew.

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Notes Pocket:

Place of the Inner piece A (9 x 5″) right side facing up (as picture shown below)

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then place B piece right side facing down on top of the outer piece A.

Pin it around the side, leave a gap on the top part of the Notes Pocket.

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Sew all 3 sides and half of the top side with a opening gap. (To turn over later on). I like to leave a bigger gap, cause it will be easier to turn over.

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Once you done, you have completed the project! Do testing by putting some coins or cards in.

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If you want more card slots, you can skip the coins pocket replace with some more card slots. Or if you can DIY other designs like coin pocket at the back of the wallet is also fine.

I will do up a tutorial to help you understand more with this project! Stay tune on my tutorial updates! 🙂

HAPPY SEWING!

Crafts · crochet · knitting · Sewing

Where to find the Best Crafts Materials

Hello! I’m sharing a post on where to find all sorts of crafts materials! I have been to all this crafts shop and I do love what they have. It’s all more than what you need, from hand crafts to hobby craft like sewing, felting, clay crafts and many more. Best for all the crafts lovers.

I’ve seen around Chinatown area, there have most of the crafts stall likes beads making, sewing and even crochet, knitting. Materials all can be found is those crafts shops.

Golden Dragon (Jing Long)

This is the shop where I came since I was young with my granny. At that time I not really into crafts yet. But I do remember this shop.

They have lots of materials, Knitting, crochet, yarns to fabrics, beads, tools and many more. Also, conduct classes like crochet, knitting class. If you are interested may refer to their websites for info!

Art Friend

This is my favourite stall, they sell more on arts and crafts stuffs, also some tools, like glue, paint, colour pencils, even sell easel. If you are looking more on handicrafts, then this place is good for you to hunt all your stuffs.

Spotlight

This is also my favourite place to hunt my sewing tools. They are the biggest one and only spotlight store in Singapore. From party items to household, garden decorations, home decorations, crafts to fabrics. I always find what i want in here. That’s why i love this place a lot! I think you will too!

Pop by these stores and hunt for your crafts tools and accessories!

HAPPY HUNTING!

Crafts · Sewing

Sewing Project: How to Sew a Laptop Zip Case

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Hello! Welcome readers! Was busy doing more and more sewing projects now! Feel so tempted everyday to do up one projects and here it goes! I’ve made a laptop case this time round with a zipper ones. Previously I did a envelope one and I quite like it. Especially its comfy to hold.

There are many fabric type to do sewing, This time I used a quilt fabric. Which is better for doing big project like laptop case or bags etc. Because needs something that can hold your laptop well so that it wont spoil your laptop when you bring out.

I found out there is also nice quilt fabric which I just realise. Quilt Fabric looks something like this. They are more on doing Patchwork crafts, Comes with a batting with it so it looks more thick.

I feel this is even better, but there are only few designs out there. So you can just hunt for it in your local fabrics store.

I goanna show you how I sew a laptop case with zip.

It’s very similar to the zip pouch.

Step 1:

Measure your laptop, I’m cutting out one whole piece of fabric and fold to half so that the bottom is seal leave with the side opening. (The Size of the case is depends on the measurement of your laptop)

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Step 2:

You can align your zipper first to the fabric and see how you want your zip to be. I align my zip until the side, for both side one side shorter one longer so it can hold the laptop.

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Pin it in place to see the overall picture. 

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Once you done with the alignment, Turn the fabric to the wrong side. Start sewing the sides with a zipper foot all the way to the other side.

How do i close the zipper end:

I sew it across at the end. Do a backstitch 1-2 times. 

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Turn it back right side out, it will look like this. 

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And try it on your laptop!

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TADAH! You’re done!

Is easy right ? The zipper should be quite challenging to sew but just have to make sure your alignment is correct that should be fine!

For the zipper i get those in one YardsSELRES_7e6df0b2-596a-4cdc-b27d-4192b94eb37aSELRES_11b59bb6-ad57-4b0c-b3a7-09b81824f7e9SELRES_36ea7fc9-5e80-4790-8df8-36c066df958bSELRES_b2660643-e652-43f3-90df-9528cbc3600e, comes with zipper puller. Some store have to buy seperately, if you are not sure how long you want the zipper, is good to buy in yards, so that you can measure and cut off the excess. They do have a few designs, like with pendants, or those just normal ones.

What i like about the zipper pullers is i can choose the one with nice ring on it, like the one i using for this project i choose a Zipper Ring which is super cute. You can hunt for nice pendants on it. Or if you know the measurement of the zipper, feel free to get those ready ones 12″inches long or even longer.

So hope this tutorial helps you and stay tune for my video tutorial ! will update real soon!

HAPPY SEWING!

 

Crafts · Sewing

Sewing Project: How to Sew a Zipper Pouch

Hello! I just did a post on “How to Sew a Zip Pouch”. This tutorial also for beginner and it’s very easy to make! Let’s follow step by step!

Materials:

  • Cotton fabric
  • sewing thread
  • sewing machine
  • rotary cutter
  • cutting mat
  • zipper
  • Pins / clips

Measurements:

  • Outer piece 8 x 5″ x 2 pcs
  • Inner piece 8 x 5″ x 2 pcs
  • Zipper 7″

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Place a lining piece, then place the zipper on top right facing up, zipper head face right side.

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Pin or clip it in place and sew. Do the Same on the second piece for the other side.

This time place second lining piece, place the zip with the other side with the zipper facing up,zipper head point left.

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When you open up, it will look like this.

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Unzip the zipper half way.

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Align the zipper teeth face each other.

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Then face the piece facing each other with lining by lining, outer by outer piece.

Align or adjust the zipper teeth in order again to make sure it won’t go out of place before you sew.

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Leave a gap with 4-5″ wide or use you hand make a stone to measure the gap (This is for turn over later). Sew all the 3 sides.

Do a backstitch when you reach the zipper side, to give it a good secure.

Once done, Turn it right side out. Push and adjust all the corners for a nice finishing.

Flip out the lining piece, sew a straight stitch to close the gap. AND YOU ARE DONE!

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I made this one set, for a drawstring pouch! Check out my post on “How to Sew a Drawstring Pouch”.

My video Tutorial is up, do check out my YouTube channel @ xuanxuan’s Channel 🙂

Feel free to share with me your project and leave me comments if you like my post!

HAPPY SEWING!

Crafts · Sewing

Sewing Project: How to Sew a Drawstring Pouch

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Hello! I’m doing another post for this project, a Drawstring bag! This is super easy and I goanna show you how to do it.

This is super cute design fabric. I bought it at Spotlight, Cotton and I super love the printing designs! AWWW.

I will defiantly just go back again and again to buy those super nice and cute fabrics prints!

I do found some online too! but they are all Pre Cut Printed Craft Fabric, suitable for small projects like pouches, mini bags etc.. Check them out! You might get what you want too! It’s best to try it with small portion 🙂

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Step 1:

Prepare 2 piece of main fabric which is the body of the bag, Go with the size that you want it to be, can be a square or rectangle shape.

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Face the fabric wrong side to wrong side to each other.

Mark out 2 Inches from the top corner side, then leave 1 Inch gap. same to both side. This is to insert the string to the hole later on.

Pin both fabric in place if you want to then sew from the 2 inches down, Skip the 1 Inch gap and sew down continue.

*Remember do not sew the 1 Inch gap. If you sew you won’t be able to insert the string in.

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After sewing, turn it right side out, and will look something like this.

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Step 2:

Turn back inside again, Iron flat the side first so that when you can see the gap nicely and easy to fold and insert the string later.

This is the 1 Inch gap, you will have a gap in the middle of both side.

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Step 3:

Once you Iron, we goanna do the box up shape.

Turn it wrong side out. Right at the end of the tip, place it flat like a triangle shape.

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Measure a 2 inches, Mark out a line and Sew. This is up to you depends on you want the pouch to be big or small.

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Trim off the excess and will looks like this. Do it for both sides.

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Step 4:

Now lets do the top part. Which is to insert the Bias tape in. But first have to iron and press the fabric. This is to have the mark line and easier to sew down the edges.

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Fold an 1/2 inch, Iron and Press then Sew it. Then fold another 1 inch until you see the side is open as the picture shown. The hole here is to insert the string in.

**I know this part a bit hard to understand here. But do ask me any questions, I will be glad to assist you if I can. 🙂

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Step 5:

The last step is to insert the Bias tape. You can use either String, or Bias Tape or even SELRES_5a16cac0-392b-4e49-b81b-19657301a99bRibbonsSELRES_5a16cac0-392b-4e49-b81b-19657301a99b it’s up to you to decide. 🙂 For Bias Tape, You will need about 12mm wide. Mostly will be 3 yard long.

Prepare 2 String with the length about 20 Inches maybe. I advise to prepare as long as you want so can trim it off later on. Use a Safety pin, pin on the string

Slowly Pull thru the hole until back to the same side. Same for both side. So each side will have 2 string. 

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There! And you are done!

You can add designs or DIY to the pouch if you are using plain fabrics. But I prefer to use printed ones. It’s looks kind of cute thou. ^^

Hope this helps you! Feel free to ask me questions!

My tutorial video is up! >> Check out now! <<

HAPPY SEWING!

Crafts · Sewing

Sewing Project: How to Sew a Circle Skirt with Expose Elastic Waistband

See you soon bestie!love, patricia

Next project! Part of my favourite or I would say turn out to be my favourite. As a beginner, not as hard not easy also. Just need to have the skill to do it. Well, I keep trying until I make a perfect ones. Not as perfect but to be wearable right? Ha Ha. This circle skirt is made of a circle and the part which is quite challenging is to sew follow the circle. I did a few times but I failed to do so. Until I finally made it.

The steps are quite simple.

First you need to do some math measurement.

Measure your waist. Depends on what waist you want, High waist or low waist. For elastic expose you goanna expose your elastic band to show that you are wearing a belt, is to give some texture or design for the skirt. So this will suit better with high waist. Is up to you 🙂 If you don’t want a high waist, you will need to get stretch fabric, like cotton spandex, or any stretch fabric.

Waist Measurement: Your Waist + 1 Inch = Total Inch / 6.28 = Radius ,

Length of the skirt: Measure from the waist to the length where you want your skirt to be. Whether it is above the knee or below the knee length. Is up to you. 🙂

Fold the fabric to half, then fold half again.

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Measure and cut out the template, using mah-jong paper.

You will need at least 3 yard fabric, or maybe 1.5 yard. If you are not sure just ask advice from the stall seller.

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When you cut out and hold it up with the sides, it will look like this. As you can see a circle skirt can spin around nice and twirl.

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Next is the tricky part.

Cut the waistband size of your waist + 1 Inch or – 1 Inch. This part I get a bit confuse and I couldn’t figure out what length should I cut for my waistband. All I do is I guess the length and maybe try to figure out and cut a length of not too big and not too small. You can try it on your waist maybe loose 1 inch will be better. Cause when you sew, you will pull the waistband along so the waistband will stretch a bit.

To sew the waist area with the waistband. Fold about half Inch and then iron to make a mark line so that is easy to attach the Waistband.

For the waistband I choose a Knit ones.

But some fabric don’t really turn out well, some won’t stay on while you iron, so the best way is to use pin and mark it out

Pin the waistband to the skirt first before you start sewing. Cause if you don’t, it will be super hard to sew it neat and nice. I’ve tried before and I get frustrated when I sew out of line. Have to be very patient and confident.

Use a Zigzag Stitch with the width around 2.5 – 3.5 will be fine. Advise to use the same colour as the waistband so that is not obvious to see the line on the waistband.

Note: If you are using non stretch fabric, you have to pull the elastic slowly as you sew down the waistband. And if you are using stretch fabric, you don’t have to pull, just sew down as normal.

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And Tadah!

I made a pink polka dot circle skirt! I really love it! Even though the length is a bit too long, I can adjust it and make it to the length I want to! This is the purpose of knowing how to sew or adjust your own clothes! Play around, practice as much as possible. Best is to try out on cheaper fabrics first. 🙂

Hope this help you!

HAPPY SEWING!

Crafts · Sewing

Sewing Project: How to Sew a Simple Skirt with Elastic Waistband

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Hello everyone! I’m back! If you guys wonder why I took so long to my next post is because I have been busy sewing some skirt! It’s so much fun making skirt and I kind of love sewing more and more and more! To the maximum! haha!

Making skirt is not that easy thou but for beginners is good to keep practice with cheap fabrics instead of pricey ones. I’ve been figure out what are the fabrics good for making appeals and accessories. They are totally different. Like those stretchable ones is mainly use for making clothing. For like poplin cotton or 100% cotton printed is use to sew accessories like pouches etc. my favourites fabric type is cotton printed maybe poplin I guess! Still not very sure the names of the fabrics types, but when you went to fabrics stall defiantly get to see those with super nice printed fabrics! I bet you will really fall in love with it!

I finally done with my skirt after a few time failure,  I manage to make it thru my hard time. Whew!

lets see how easy to sew a skirt:

Step 1:

Align your fabric to a rectangular shape, you can either cut a long piece of fabric or cut in 2 separate pieces.

Measure the size of your waist.

E.g. Waist is 30″, So have to “times 2″ which is 60″. So is ” 30″x2=60″.

If you cut out one long piece is 60″, if you are cutting 2 separate pieces, 30″ each piece which gives you 60″ in total.

Sometimes is just Maths confusing. 🙂 But it’s okay! it’s take time to learn right? I made it thru! So can you 🙂 Just to take note Sewing need a lot of calculation maths. YA! I do hate math, So yup, no way you can avoid it. Just have to try 🙂

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Step 2:

So if you cut 2 separate piece, face the fabric right side to right side. Then sew down both sides. If you cut out 1 long piece of fabric, just have to sew down one side. How easy! Let’s move on to the next step!

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Step 3:

Once you sew down the sides, use an iron and iron flat the sides and that’s it! This is to make the skirt nicer and stable.

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Next, let’s sew the top for the elastic casing. Which is to slot the elastic in place. This step is easy. No worries, we made it to the last few steps!

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If you not sure how wide you wan the elastic casing to be, use a ruler or measuring tape to measure about 1″.

For me, my elastic is 1″ wide as you can see from the picture below. So I will make the casing about 1.2″ or  more just a bit than the elastic should be okay.

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Is up to you as long the elastic can go thru that will be fine.

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Cut the elastic longer, no worries you can trim it later if it’s too long.

Step 5:

Now, Let’s sew the casing! Use your sewing machine measurement guide to sew down the straight line on the casing. I’m using a straight stitch. Do a little bit of backstitch/Reverse on the starting point and ending point of the stitch. Remember to leave a hole to insert the elastic in later!

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You can always use needle to pin out first, to keep the alignment in place so when you sew it won’t go out of place 🙂

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Sew down and leave a hole for the elastic to go thru.

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Done with the casing! Now the last step is insert the elastic.

Do take note there are many kind of Elastic band out there. But this skirt we are doing the elastic inside the casing, so choose a thin about 1″ should be fine. You can find lots of different material of elastic band, like woven Knit , canvas and many others. Just choose whichever you like and try it to make different skirts.

Use a safety pin to pull thru the elastic inside the fabric until the hole and pull out the elastic, sew to secure it. Then sew the hole in place.

Adjust the elastic to make it ever so it won’t crumble all together.

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You are almost done!

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Step 7:

The last step is to sew the bottom seam. Fold a 1 ” seam sew all the way. Do some backstitch and DONE!

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Tadah!!!! Congrats you made it! This is how easy to make a simple skirt.

Now it’s time to try on the skirt!

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I did a few as my practice until it’s perfect and I kind of like the result. Just Play around and now you can make a skirt for yourself! Awesome!

I bought this fabric from Spotlight, its cute Mickey mouse printed and its cotton. This result turn out to be a bit twirl. Means it can spin and twirl beautifully. 😀 it’s kind of pricey, but if you are still a beginner and just want to try out I suggest you get a cheaper fabrics first before you try a nice and better qualities ones. I did try a few of fabrics too. But a lot of times I failed to make a skirt that I want. So it’s kind of wasted after all. So do take my advice and think carefully what you really want to make first. 🙂

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This one I bought from Chinatown area, which is at the People’s Park Centre. Nearby the OG. There have mostly cheapest fabrics available. Around $6 per yard. Which is quite affordable 🙂

Do leave me some comment if you like my post!

HAPPY SEWING!

 

Crafts · Sewing

Sewing Project: Hand Sew a Zip Pouch / Wallet

Hello! Welcome to my blog! I’m wondering what project can sew for my next project, I came out an idea of sewing this small little wallet pouch. With easy and beautiful design fabric which I bought from my local retailer shop.

I’m Posting this post on How to sew a Zip wallet/Pouch. I just randomly did this and I will guide thru step by step.

Materials you need:

Needle & Thread

– pair of scissor

Zipper (cheap one will do, go ahead and use good one as your choice.)

Fabric of your choice

Ruler

Fold the fabric to 2 pieces, Cut fabric with size length 20cm, width 13cm. Same for fabric and lining.

Turn the fabric to the face from good side to good side and sew the side with straight or Mattress stitch. Only sew left and right side. Leave the top side for the zipper.

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So when you turn back outside, it will look like this. With nice hem. This is why I love to use this stitch. (Picture shown on hand sew)

Same goes to the lining, sew 2 side.

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Once you’re done, Slot the lining in to the main fabric facing good side.

Align the zip to the fabric and sew on. You may use needle to mark the part that you want to sew, it’s makes it easier.

For the ending of the zip, you can sew it to the fabric from the inside. Try to adjust then sew to secure it.

And you’re done!

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Came across one of my local shop that sells most of the crafts accessories, i found a leather label which can match my wallet. It’s turns out perfectly fit my wallet. I love this little label is a little girl with a little pet dog. bought it at $3.50. It’s very easy to put on, come with a small round pin for the 4 sides hole. Just have to mark out the position which you want it to put on the fabric. And you are done! One hand sew wallet with a label on it. Just like your own brand! This hand sew may not look nice but I will keep practice and at the same time I will post on how’s my progress going. Enjoy!

Do check out my another post on How to sew a perfect Zip Pouch using sewing machine!

Happy Sewing! 

 

Crafts · Sewing

Sewing: Where to Buy Nice Design Printed Fabric

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I’ve been keep buying fabric since I fall in love in sewing! I do love to keep nice printed fabric, you know why? Cause I can just choose what I want to use to sew for my projects. I bought those fabric which is Pre Cut ones so that it’s not wasted. Just do project that is small should be no problem!

I have been wondering around few places which have nice fabrics design and most of them do sell all sorts of crafts materials which you will need it for your projects.

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SIM HUI HENG

I super love this outlet, they have lots of fabric designs, materials like cotton, canvas, lace etc. They also sell like bag accessories like bag handle, buttons all sorts of varies craft items. labels which is made of leather, even sewing machines too.

They do have a sewing machine demo located at their HQ, which is the Chinatown outlet. If you are looking for sewing machine, they do have demo for you and you will know which machine suits you. Brother brand is mostly they have, emboderory machine, if you need advise do ask for assistant and they will recommend you.

Their pre cuts fabric only $4.50, sometimes they do have promotions do check out at their outlets. Fabric price range between $5 from canvas fabric, $18 for cotton fabrics.

200, Jalan Sultan #01-27 Textile Centre,
Singapore 199018.
Tel: (65) 6297 0211 Fax: (65) 6291 4246
Operating Hrs: 9am – 6pm (Mon – Sat)
Closed on PH

101, Upper Cross Street, #01-05 A,
People’s Park Centre, Singapore 058357.
Tel: (65) 6533 2445 Fax: (65) 6532 3687
Operating Hrs: 11am – 8pm (Mon – Sat)
Closed on PH

Head Office & Showroom (Fabric Store):
315, Outram Road, #05-09, Tan Boon Liat Building, Singapore 169074.
Tel: (65)6221 9209 Fax: (65) 6223 4884
Operating Hrs: 10am – 6pm (Mon – Sat)

Closed on Sun & PH

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SPOTLIGHT

I realise there is only one and spotlight outlet in Singapore and it’s the biggest outlet. Of course they have more things, Spotlight not only sells crafts, they do have home accessories, home deco etc. I always go there to hut for nice printed fabrics. As compared to SIM HUI HENG , I would say Spotlight is a BEST place to hut for fabrics. They have the nicest fabric that I’ve found in Singapore.

But it would be a bit PRICEY for most of the fabrics. I feel is a good place to hut for all sort of fabrics. Sometimes it might left over not as much but do come back another time!

They also sewing accessories items, such as storage box for your accessories, Pre Cut fabrics too! Cutting Mat, Sewing machine also available. I think they do have demo for you too. Do check with the assistant person if you want to try or explore the machine with your own eyes. This place is like a heaven for crafters. Most of things you will sure find it here. So whenever you think of crafts materials, HERE! is where you have to go.

Dhoby Ghaut MRT, Level 5, 68 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238839

Operating Hours: 10am – 10pm (Daily)

DAISO

Everybody knows that Daiso is one of the store which have everything just $2! Well, They don’t have much crafts items in store but! if you are looking for budget item, do check out Daiso first before you head down to any other store. Because there is something always worth just $2. I mean not as good quality but to test out those tools and get use to it first before you get a better ones, right? As for me is good because something things can be a lot of pricey, and when you come to something that you need, you will want it immediately or as soonest but when you find somewhere with cheaper price. You goanna hate the store. I have that feeling before and it’s really no good. Especially when you buy it and it won’t work for you. It will be a waste.  

They do have lots of useful items, like knitting needles, yarns but of cause not as good quality as spotlight. like I say, buy it for testing first. Not much for sewing but maybe needles should have, fabrics with just a few yards with cotton materials.

Different outlet might have different things add on. Do check out the biggest ones. It would be best.

There are a few outlet:

Vivo City

Tampines One

East Point

Parkway Parade … etc..

Chinatown Point / People’s Park Centre

Lastly is Chinatown! I guess everyone quite familiar with this place. This is the place where you find lots of cheap fabrics and crafts materials

Golden Dragon

This is one of the craft store that mostly people will know. They have lots of craft accessories like beads crafts, knitting, Crochet, fabrics too! Felting, Leather etc. Mostly craft material you will sure found in here. Walk around and check out some others store which is just nearby. Compare prices, just get what it’s worth!

Address: 101 Upper Cross Street, #02-51 People’s Park Centre, 058357

Operating Hours: 10am – 8.30pm (Mon – Fri), 12.30 – 7.30pm (Sun)

Do also check out:

People’s Park Food Centre, 32 New Market Road. #02-1106

Opening Hours: 12pm -6pm Daily.

Here have the whole level of fabric store. Cheap and affordable, Mostly people recommend some of the store which is ” Maggie Textile” that have lots of fabrics type like Chiffon, Silk, Cotton etc. and “Lye Nai Shiong” sells accessories like ribbons, zippers, threads etc.

Feel free to check out other stores too! Don’t just stick with this 2 , cause you may find something that you need which you never knows!


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Crafts · Sewing

Sewing Project: How to sew a perfect zip pouch

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Hello! Welcome to my another post on “How to Sew a Perfect Zip Pouch”. This time round using sewing machine! I’ve tried the hand sew one, but frankly speaking sewing machine is kind of fun to sew! I kind of fall in love with it. Ha Ha!

Of cause sewing machine will need more time and skills to learn how to use it and take in more practice. But when you start to know how to use it step by step, nothing goanna tear you down and you can just sew very easily. Within one day/ half day you can finish one small project.

Here is how I do it:

Materials needed:

  1. Fabric
  2. Zipper
  3. Sewing Machine

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Cut out 2 piece of outer fabric, 2 piece of lining fabric.

You also need a zipper which is about 7″ long or it up to your choice how big you want the pouch to be. Like wallet size or a pouch to keep all your stuff in to carry out.

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Assemble the lining piecefacing down, if you are using plain ones and both side are the same, it’s okay to go with any side. Then place the zip accordingly with the right side facing up, lastly is the outer piece align right side facing down.

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Then use pin to pin in line so that it won’t go out of line, and you are ready to sew. Before you start sew, there is something need to take note of, which is the zipper head/puller. Sew start from after the puller, which is lower a bit just below the puller. Go ahead and sew it.

Zippers come with lots of sizes, types of zipper head/ puller. Depends on what project you do and just go with the zipper size to cut out the fabric. You can even find lots of variety colours online.

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As you can see the puller part to the top is not sew yet.

Now you have to sew this part, pull down the puller a bit, flip to the correct side and sew all the way to close the line. Now you finish the part 1.

Next step, is about the same.

Take your second piece of lining right side facing up, then place Part 1 fabric facing up,puller to the right side, then the place second outer piece facing down. Pin it together and sew it.

Sew it exactly same as the Part 1 and the zipper using same method.

And there! you have look something like a body of a pouch.

Iron it by slightly pressing it a bit, not too hard.

Pressing it will give the fabric more firm and steady.

Now, zip down the zipper. Take the fabric open up face outer to outer piece and lining to lining piece. *This part a bit complicated to explain here but I will try my best.

Once you face the fabric as mention, align the zip right side to right side as shown in the picture. Hold it down, pin or clip it so it won’t go out of line. Same goes to the bottom of the zip. Once you done with zip, pin all the side for sewing. Leave an opening, you can use you hand making a stone shape hole size on the lining side to turn it over later on.

Once you sew it and you are done!

Turn it over, adjust the side corner.

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Surprisingly, I can sew a few with like 1 hour. It’s really get easier if you get use to the sewing. This one really great for beginner and I do like the result compare to the first time I did. This time round with correct alignment and nicely sew. I bet you will love it too! Feel free to try it and do share with me, I will be glad to see your project too!

HAPPY SEWING!

Crafts · Sewing

Sewing Project: How to Sew a Envelope Laptop Case

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Hi There! Welcome to my blog! I goanna share with you another project which I did recently.

So, I did watch some videos tutorials from others and I decide to make one myself. And I wish to share around my work too! It’s not as easy as I thought to sew a laptop case.

I can say the hardest part is when I sew the stitches which turns out not really nice. And what I did was I sew 2-3 times, so it became like 2 sewing lines. This are the skills you need to learn and do it yourself and see how it feels or looks.

After sewing a few times using sewing machine, I felt that sewing machine is definitely nicer than hand sewing, especially for big project like laptop case. Pencil case not really! Cause it more for beginner, so it would be nice if you practice start from sewing a Pencil case.

Material needed:

Step 1:

Fold your fabric into half to a long rectangle shape.

I align my main fabric which you want it to be the front, and second layer is the fleece, and lastly the lining.

There are a few type of fusible fleece, they have the Iron on ones, Thermoweb Heat N Bond High Loft Iron On Fusible Fleece White 20″X36″ 3339 (4-Pack), Pellon PLF36 Ultra Lightweight Fusible Interfacing. Can use to make your project stable, because fabric is kind of soft and turns out to be no support, won’t look nice too without the fleece. With the fleece it looks elegant and more stable.

Step 2:

Next I iron a bit for both side to make it neat for the fabric.

Measure your laptop with the fabric, then cut the shape out to a long Rectangular shape. You may need to cut slightly wider, to make a seam allowance later on. leave about 1″ inch more for the seam allowance.

Once you measure, use a fabric marker to mark out the sewing area that you want to sew later. To prevent for sewing slanted lined. Its good to mark it out.

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Before you sew, turn the fabric to the wrong side and sew. Sew straight up all the way. (The image show I did not sew straight up, So Just sew all the way up will do.)

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So it’s turns out to be like that 😦 but it good to practice more and get rid of the sewing machine. Now I know a bit on how to use the machine, you just have to use your two hands, one in front, one behind to control the fabric. start from slow speed on your machine. Slowly slide thru the fabric, and you will get a straight line stitches. Use the measurement on your sewing machine so that you know how many inches for the seam allowance This need more practice for sure!

I’m used straight stitch  all the way. To make it more secure, you can do a reverse/ backstitch  on the starting and ending point. Means the area that you goanna start stitch and the ending.

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I did a envelope laptop case, which I think it easier then the zipper case one. Maybe for beginners should be okay.

For the Triangle top is for the case cover, just like a envelope shape.

Step 3:

After you sew the sides, next is the top part for the cover.

Measure about 10″ From the laptop pocket top, mark it out. Fold to half horizontal. Facing the lining side. Then sew a line thru and cut off the excess.

Once sew and cut off, flip thru and you will see a triangle.

Now you can see the line that you sew is the middle line from of the triangle from the picture.

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And you are done with the sewing! Lastly, just add a button.

Step 4:

For the button I use a magnetic ones. Is like the magnetic clip. Locate on where you want to put, make sure its balance. Put your laptop in and try it out and you can sew it once you are sure with the alignment. Use a marker to mark out so it’s easy to sew. No worries about the marking, it will cover up once you sew in the button.

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And Tadah! Pink Polka-dots Envelope Laptop Case. Now I have my own case, I can bring out easily.

Make your own simple envelope Laptop case!

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I totally love it even thou the sewing line not really nice, but anyway is in the inside so not really that obvious also. Ha Ha!

Hope this guide helps you! If you have any question, can feel free to ask me in the comment! I will be glad to help you out.

HAPPY SEWING!

Crafts · Sewing

Sewing Project: How to Sew a Button Card Holder

 

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Hello! Here is another project I did! For my own practice I sew a card holder with button. I love this cute design with Pink polka dots and flora pattern.

This 2 design do match up perfect, I use the polka dots for the inner part, the flora on the outer. So it a bit like lady flora kind of pattern.  Let’s guide you thru how to sew this:

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You need to cut out fabric :

1 outer piece and 1 inner piece size 5″ x 6″.

Pockets x 2 piece 3″ x 5″

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Align the Outer piece with right side facing up, Place the 2 pocketsright side facing down, then the inner piece right side facing down.

Pin them together.

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Pin in the middle of the fabric as shown in the picture, cause it will be easier to sew.

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Leave a gap opening on either side to turn over.

Once you done sewing, may trim off the corner side. Be careful not to trim it over the sewing line. So that it will gives you the round corner edges.

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After turning over from the opening gap, add a elastic band if you are doing a elastic band with Buttons,twist a elastic band into a no 8 pattern. Slot it in the opening gap, adjust a bit and sew close it. If you want to do a Magnetic Button, just measure and mark out the point where you want to put, adjust and sew it.

For the elastic band, you can just use hair tie rubber band, thin or thick doesn’t matter. You can choose the one that you like.

And you are done!

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I actually bought a mickey mouse buttons which looks quite cute. You can just check out it from your local art store or the links below.

Hope this guide helps you. Feel free to leave me feedback, just comment if you want ask me anything 🙂 I will be glad to help out 🙂

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Crafts · Sewing

Sewing Project: How to Sew Pencil Case with Zipper for Beginner Sewing

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Hello! Recently I’ve been learning how to sew. Starting with some easy projects like pencil case or mini pillows for practice.

For this pencil case all I need to know before I start is the stitches, like what are the stitches pattern that can use on each project that’s suits.

I did brought a book on teaching how to sew and all. In this book they have from projects for beginner till big projects like bags. But I just started with pencil case! I think this is quite easy for beginner but there are still some things that you need to know first or take note before you start. I mean that would be the best and is just basics knowledge to have. Agree? Well let’s share with you some guide that I know for this project!

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Material needed:

1. Design Cotton Fabric of your choice

2. Lining Fabric

3. A Zipper

4. Needle and Thread

5. Sewing Machine/Hand Sew

For this pencil case, I used cotton fabric which is the most normal and commonly used for doing small projects. I really love this design, is kind of peaceful design and it looks lovely. You can get it at any of your choice from your local shop that sell fabric. :)!

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Cut 4 piece of the design fabric in rectangle shape, 2 piece for the main fabric and 2 for the lining at a size of L 20cm x W 10cm or a size that you feel it’s good. (I use another fabric design to do as tutorial.) img_0728

(You may ignore the picture fabric design)

Lay one piece of the main fabric facing the good side facing up, you will need a zip with 6 or 7 “ will be just nice to fit your fabric. Put the zip to the fabric. Then lay a lining fabric on top on the zip. Use needle to mark out.

Sew on one side of the fabric together with the zip. And the same to the other side.

Note: If you have difficulties in sewing the zip, stop sewing before the zipper head/puller, then pull down the puller then sew all the way up. So you won’t get stuck with the puller. 🙂

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Now you have the lining with main fabric for both sides.

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Let do the zipper first, pull down the zipper lower a bit, then flip over to lining facing lining, main piece facing each other good side to good side. For the zipper fold accordingly to half.

Use needle or clip to mark out.

From the main fabric, mark out a hole using your hand with a stone shape. Mark out to all side for the sewing. Sew all the side and leave the hole out to turn over later. Trim the zipper side if needed.

Once done, turn it over. Slowly balance the fabric for bothmake the edges properly.

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And you are DONE! You can test the zipper if its working good and all. You are ready to use it!

So far so good! I have made a second pencil case. I also Sew a wallet/ Pouch with zipper. Which is about the same method use. Feel free to adjust or make your own DIY designs! You can leave me comment below or share with me your project! I will be glad to know is my post helps you! Or if you want to request for more clearly tutorial do let me know! 😊

HAPPY SEWING!

Check out the link on this beginner tools that will help you with your sewing!

Coquimbo Mini Sewing Kit for Kids, Travel, Sewing Supplies with Scissors, Thimble, Thread, Needles, Tape Measure, Carrying Case and Accessories (Black)

Singer Assorted Hand Needles in Compact, 25-Count,Suitable for Hand Sewing.

Crafts · Sewing

Tips on Getting your first Sewing Machine For Sewing beginners Projects

Tips on Getting your first Sewing Machine For Sewing beginners Projects

Recently I’ve been doing hand sewing for some small projects like Barbie appeals or accessories. Slowly I felt sewing is quite fun and I start to love it when I hand sew small projects watching some videos tutorial guide. Write down some notes will be the best, to give yourself some ideas on what to sew.

I am still at beginner stage and I just decided to get a sewing machine with some function that can play around.

Some things you have to know first before you decide to buy or use a sewing machine. Some safety caution and choosing a sewing machine especially for beginners.

For beginners don’t have to use super good ones but with some better featuresand functions. To prevent for regretting, do get advise from the shop sales person. It’s best to have a good relation with the retailer as they will help give you better advise and introduce you to a better sewing machine which suits you and easy to manage that would be your concern.

If you are sewing for long term, I suggest to get a better and with a few features sewing machine. Cause it’s more stable and you won’t have to think of upgrading anytime soon. And most important it’s suits you and great for beginner. Take your time and look for great deal outside stall. Remember don’t rush to get it. 🙂 Cause it’s really quite pricey and have to go within your budget. Ya!

Here are some things need to know before you buy :

Budget –

Ask yourself what’s your budget. Try to go within the budget. Shop around and look for great deals. Some may come with valuable items like “extension table”. Make sure you get a new and come with warranty ones, well that’s common sense. For most of electronics product. 🙂 Next is the quality, for quality wise just get a new ones and come with features that you will need the most. E.g. like Stitches, Button Foot.

Now mainly retailer shop are selling electronics ones, portable and light weight. (7Kg). Well if you have old machines, it would be great to keep it. It’s also good to try it for practice first before you get a new ones. Get use to it. Advisable for beginners. I recently just start to use electronics ones. I bought mine at $228(SGD), Model: Brother AS2730S. Come with extension table, and come with a few accessories too. even come with a machine covers as well.

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Machines Features –

My retailer introduce me with 27 stitches, that come with free extension table, Button foot. For stitches, most machine should have Zig Zag Stitch & Straight Stitch to go along. This 2 are the most common will use for sewing machine.

At first, My mind wouldn’t know what I really want or need with a sewing machine. And I not very sure which kind to get, for beginner. So I did ask for advise from my retailer, before that I did some research which helps me get to know more about sewing machine, their features, functions and best is to help me as I’m still a beginner to sewing machines. Previously I did hand sewing too!

Tips: For starting, you can just try out hand sewing for practicing. Then slowly research on sewing with machines.

I was too tempted to try out machine sewing. I just suddenly have the interest in sewing which I don’t know why. I did seen my granny did since I was young and I regretted that I never learn from her. So when you are young, learn whatever you have. ^.^ That’s like the best gift from the older generation.

Machines Accessories

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Attachment and feet is most important item for a machine. It depend on what product you sew.

If you are sewing a Quilt, you will probably need a Walking foot, Spring action foot & 1/4 inches foot. Mainly for Quilter.

For Garment Sewing, commonly will need Zipper foot, Overcast stitching foot, Buttonhole foot & Button attaching foot.

Expensive machines comes with more selection of feet, No. of stitches while budget ones have lesser selections. Most of the accessories feet cost about $30-$50. Extension table will cost about $60-$80(SGD).

If you are looking for a sewing machine, electronic ones do check out mine post on mine machine. 🙂

Happy Sewing!

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