Friday, February 18, 2011

Reversible Bucket Bag - Work In Progress I

As you can see, I'm still in the midst of patching up the fabrics together. I've chosen the dots, black & white prints & some printed images for the main body of the bag. Luckily I found a medium weight denim for the exterior/ lining. So there is some repurposing involved in this project.

I'm sort of going for the silent movie star theme, so I printed two images of Charlie Chaplin and Louise Brooks on muslin using my deskjet printer. I ended up spending more time experimenting with fabric printing instead of working on the bag itself! :P

For the base and binding, I'm using a red grid line fabric. The patches might be hand quilted & I hope it won't turn out looking like a pot holder.

The handle gonna look like the above as I kept on playing with the fabric. Hope everything will be smooth sailing as I'm working with different types of materials...yikes!
I'll be posting more progress soon.

Have a nice weekend :)

Monday, February 14, 2011

Bunny Plush Doll

Here's a bunny plushie I made recently using my own pattern. Just a simple sketch based on what's in my head and my fingers would start eyeballing the cutouts for the body parts. I use muslin and cotton fabrics to make the doll. Bunny is totally hand sewn.

The bunny parts.
Head, legs & hands are sewn separately and stuffed with poly-fill. It took me some time to think on how to shape the body as I wanted to add a butt for bunny. A simple rectangle body would be much easier to  make. For this bunny I made 2 curvy cutouts for the rear end & 1 rectangle for body front. 

I sew the legs to the body first and filled the empty stomach with cotton candy poly-fill. I attached the head to body and sew them together. Body part opening is bigger than the neck, so I cinched the fabric closed.

Then I sew the hands to body part & sew together the buttons to tighten it. I embroidered the face with a brown thread. Somehow, I found this easier than painting the face.

Say cheeseeeeeee.......... Something's missing?

Bunny was rushed to the ER for the second time for another plastic surgery. Whiskers was added. Eyelashes permanently sewn so bunny would safe some time from applying fake eyelashes. Even though hers are not as long as Big Bird's eyelashes, bunny is content with her new look. The end.

Posing time.

Bunny's mugshot :)

You can get the mugshot background for free at .

Happy Rabbit New Year to all!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

MyBotang Sew Along - Reversible Bucket Bag

Reversible bucket bag from Sew Mama Sew
I have decided to join MyBotang's sew along and this is my first ever sew along. I never sew this sort of pattern before so it's going to be fun learning something new with a given time line. The bag looks so adorable & I can't wait to make one myself. The pattern is from Lisa Lam's 'The Bag making Bible'. You can download the reversible bucket bag PDF pattern here.

Here's the sew along time line:

Gather fabrics and other supplies 1 - 14 Feb (2 week)
Cut out pieces 15 - 21 Feb (1 week)
Preparing the binding, button loop, self cover button and interfacing (steps 1-4 on the instruction page) 22 - 28 Feb (1 week)  
Bag exterior and lining (steps 5-8 on the instruction page) 1 - 7 March (1 week)
Binding - top edge, side top edge and handles (steps 9 - 14 on the instruction page) 8 - 14 March (1 week)

I haven't decide on the fabrics yet. Should I repurpose or use new materials? I'm thinking of mixing denim with cotton but I'm worried that the fabric would be too heavy. If I choose those, then I have to find a sturdier material for the handle. Still got 5 days to decide...hehe

Happy Sewing :)
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