Triangle bag

Sometimes i think i should think beyond a tote bag – the rectangle, the very expected..

Today, i did it. i made a triangle bag for a friend’s birthday. while i like to clash the colours but i think staying plain and simple can better portray the unique character of the bag.

Since i cant possibly stop at one, i made another for a friend that loves the colour purple  (just not sure if she likes polka dots).

Each creation takes about 1.2 metres of fabric. i am not complaining as i really really have to clear my stash.. for new fabric of course!

Pocket No Kiso No Kiso – Yoshiko Mizuno

This is a chinese book translated from japanese which is titled basics/foundations of pockets. I am not sure if there is a english version. 

There are great details of the various type of pockets mainly set on and set in.

I am more interested in the side pockets for skirts.

I think the diagrams are very clear. The author has other books too on sewing. for example sewing machine basics as well as paper pattern sewing. Hope i can find them from the local library soon!

How to sew pockets Рfrom RickRack 

This is a good book for beginners – it touches on the basic techniques in sewing. There are 3 projects ie one mile bag, shorts and t shirt.

I am interested in the making of the pockets for shorts as currently i do not do so. My ds asked where could he put his toy cars or game cards.

Even if you do not understand mandarin, the pictures are quite self explanatory!

I love the subtle contrast in the pockets.

This is a very important set of pictures.

I am quite enlightened by the steps. Incidentally i managed to borrow another book which is solely on pockets. I have borrowed this before but somewhat just flipping through. I guess when there is a need for it one will then research and register more information?  

I have not been sewing much this year. Much that i wish to attribute it to lack of new fabric to spin creative ideas, i do have to finish all these fabric stuffed in the house.

I have not been buying any new fabric until i finish half the stash…. hope i can make it work!

Fellow sewers will understand – the stash is never enough!

A round bottom pouch

Christmas will come very soon and it is time to start planning the presents. I have been surfing and find nothing i particularly like to gift to friend.

Luckily i round a round bottom pouch tutorial and started working on the sample.

It is actually a pretty good size.

And as usual i like the insides to be a little more special!

I have started cutting the fabrics and counting the number of BFFs. If you get this in xmas 2016, you mean a lot to me!

Tote bag and drawstring bag

I havent been sewing with the weekends fully booked from am to pm. Not sure why activities are full in 2016 leaving little time for sewing and baking.

And today i am on medical leave. I lost my voice! 

So some quiet activities 

A) up cycled a blue scarf with really lovely koi fish print into a big draw string bag for ds2

B) made me a reversible tote with strong cotton fabric

The colour combination is perfect!

Hope to sew more but not due to medical leave!

Lunch pouch

It is quite a popular item here as most of the office workers eat out in Singapore. Many food choices like the affordable food centre  (no aircon) and the slightly more expensive food court (aircon!). 

Instead of taking the handbag, likely making the impression that you are not returning to office after lunch, most of us have a smaller bag or a pouch.

Just big enough to throw in the wallet and the handphone.

This is a customised order:

Thin canvas yellow printed external fabric with strong quilting cotton mushroom and bee print internal fabric.

Did they contrast or did they complement? In any case, the new owner loves it!