January 11, 2017

Remote control couch caddy/holder

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One of my friends asked me to make a remote control caddy for her. That motivated me to look around what people were making and what kind of a design would be good. After looking around on the interwebs, I came up with this design of my own. Sorry I don’t have a pictorial tutorial – but I promise that it’s so easy that you wouldn’t need one.

What you need:

  • 1 yard of fabric (if you want to add contrast then you can take two pieces of half yard of fabric)
  • Fusible fleece – 17” x 36”
  • Thread, scissors, rotary cutter and cutting mat (you can omit the last two if you want to cut the fabric using scissors); and of course a sewing machine

How to make remote control holder:

  1. Cut the fabric into two pieces – each measuring 36” X 17”.
  2. Iron the fusible fleece to the wrong side of one of the pieces (whichever you want to be the front).
  3. Now you have one fabric with fusible fleece and one plain fabric piece.
  4. Take the two fabrics, align them right sides together and stitch all around at a 1/4” (or 1/2” if you prefer) seam. Leave a small opening – around 4 inches wide – one one of the short sides.
  5. Now turn the stitched piece inside out using the opening. Iron the stitched piece so that the edges are crisp and fold in the fabric on the opening so that you can stitch it in the next step.
  6. Topstitch 1/8” the short side that does not have the opening.
  7. Take the short side (the one that does not have the opening) fold it 6” inwards. This will form the pocket. Pin it.
  8. Topstitch 1/8” all around the edges. Now you should have a big pocket.
  9. Make a mark 4” from the side of the pocket, on the pocket. On both the sides.
  10. Stitch vertically on the 4” mark from the bottom of the pocket to the top of the pocket. On both the sides. I drew a line first so that my stitching is straight. You now have 3 pockets!
  11. If you chose two different pieces of fabric, then the fabric of your pocket will be different from the front fabric. So pick fabrics that you like together.

August 26, 2016

Amigurumi bunny

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So I’ve been dabbling a little but into crochet these days. What I like about crochet as compared to sewing and papercrafting is that all I  need is a needle and yarn and I can do it anywhere, anytime! There are many times when I’m too tired to sit at a table and sew, or gather my papercrafting supplies and then I just pick my needle and yarn to crochet peacefully.

I found this bunny pattern on Happy Berry’s site. It was so much fun to make this! I still need to get better at sewing the limbs together and placing them right. The way it is right now, it can’t sit on it’s own. It needs some support. This was my first pattern where I switched colors mid-way. That was a good learning experience. I don’t have the safety eyes nor do I like the stitched eyes. Instead I use the googly eyes – which I’ve a lot of! I used a medium weight size 4 yarn with a 3.5mm crochet needle.

August 1, 2016

40th Birthday

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The inspiration for the background came from here. I wanted to recreate the background. So I created a polka dot SVG in MTC and cut it out in blue using KNK Zing. Then added a layer of red to bottom. Using a white gel pen, I added some dots around the circles. The sentiment happy is hand cut and hand written; then adhered on a twine. 40th was first cut using KNK Zing then covered in glue using Zig glue pen and foiled with the Minc. Love how it turned out! The sentiment “birthday” is from a Stampendous stamp set.

  • Stamps: Stampendous birthday wishes
  • KNK zing, Minc, gold foil, white gel pen, Recollections paper

May 6, 2016

My first amigurumi – Octopus

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Whenever I see somebody knitting I feel very jealous of them. All they need is needles and yarn and they can get started – anywhere. In a flight. On the airport. Just sitting somewhere. On the other hand, my hobbies not only require a lot of things but also a desk. Be it sewing/quilting or card making. Knitting somehow doesn’t interest me. Nor does crochet so much. However when I saw the cute little amigurumi creations on the interwebs, I was enticed! They were too cute to pass up! Thus began my venture into crochet. I pretty soon got a crochet hook and yard. Some amigurumi books from the library. Watched a few videos on Youtube and read some blogs. After practicing on little scraps, I decided to make something so that I would get more practice. I picked an octopus from one of the library books (The Big Book of Little Amigurumi) that I got – it seemed to be the simplest. Single color and no complicated body parts. Bought some polyester filling – seems like the smallest pack will last me a lifetime! The eyes and the mouth were supposed to be made from embroidery floss but I didn’t have much success at that so I chose the google eyes and felt – which I already had. Turns out this octopus is very well loved by kids Smile

April 22, 2016

More foiling and more lunchbox notes

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I saw a video where the lady was foiling on transparency and that got me intrigued! I decided that I wanted to try it too. So here I am with foiled sentiments on transparent lunchbox notes. The transparent cardstock is from PTI. I first printed on it using word and my laser printer. Then foiled it using minc. The images were stamped on cardstock, colored with copics and then fuzzy cut. I adhered a white cardstock to the inside of the notecards so that it was easier to write on it and then adhered the colored images.

  • Hero Arts Blossom Art, Lawn Fawn Life is good
  • Copics, Green foil, minc, memento tuxedo black ink

April 15, 2016

Hello Kitty skirt

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Another hello kitty item SmileI love making these simple skirts – fabric, thread, elastic and a sewing machine is all you need (and ~2 hours)! This is for a soon-to-be 5 year old and of course a hello kitty fan! All you need for skirts like these is the measure of the waist and length of the skirt. I loved the fabric when I saw it!

April 8, 2016

Hello Kitty card

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Made this card for my friend’s daughter who’s very fond of hello kitty these days/ I loved how it turned out! Downloaded an SVG for hello kitty from the interwebs and cut it out using my KNK Zing. All the cardstock for cutting out Hello Kitty is Recollection cardstock. The base of the card is Papertrey Ink. The stamp is from Hero Arts.

  • Stamps: Hero Arts Birthday Cling stamp
  • Papertrey Ink Soft stone cardstock, Recollections cardstock.