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Blessed Christmas

I’m taking a short Christmas break. Yippie! No sewing, no crafting, and best of all NOoo working the day job.

Just eat, read, sleep, blog, and watch tv!

I will miss crafting for sure :-)

But I want the break just as bad.

So we will compromise, shall we?  

 Blessed Christmas!!!

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL !!!

 See you after Christmas !!!

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Handphone Charms

 HP both

Christmas is a busy season.
I’ve been making gifts from friends this week.
Today, because it was a busy day with relative visiting… I only managed to complete 2 handphone charms.

These are for 2 of my very good friends.

HP for PL

HP Q

I use mostly swarovski crystals. I really love them because of the bling2 😉

I hope to make more tomorrow.

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Upcycle. My Dad’s Idea

I was more than ready to use one of my drapery weight fabric to make this Rod Cover for my Dad…. until he suggested to use an old pair of jeans. He is always upcycling things… and he likes to make things.
Project Upcycle: Old Jeans to Fishing Rod Cover
So, I made him this! Tada!

Very simple… just put the rod of the leg of the jeans, and cut. Don’t even need to measure… just pins to keep them jeans steady.
Project Upcycle: Old Jeans to Fishing Rod Cover

Then sew on the zip. I use a very long 32″ zip, so it goes all the way from top to bottom.

Project Upcycle: Old Jeans to Fishing Rod Cover

As you can see, no lining necessary. It’s for rough use… going fishing is a rough hobby 😛

It’s done!

IProject Upcycle: Old Jeans to Fishing Rod Cover

I know, it looks kinda weird and all hehe… but that’s how he wanted it. It is his design. I just improvised and made it a zipper bag rather than a drawstring.

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Custom Orders Ready!

Here are some custom orders I made in the past week.

BLACK

I like the black & white… The combination of colours (opposite attracts) makes the bags look very attractive. I think I will work more on these type of concept ~ opposite colours/pattern type of concept.

 White

 Then here are some gifts I made for Christmas!

others

Enjoy :-)

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How To Make a Flex Frame Purse

How to make a Flex Frame Coin Purse

What you need:

  • A flex frame, 4″ length, a little more than 1/2″ wide.

For the top part (where the flex frame will go into):

  • 2 pieces of cotton (heavier weight fabric is better), size 2 1/4″ x 4.5″. Measurement include the seam 1/2″ seams on all four sides.

For the body:

  • 2 pieces of iron on interface (light weight), 4″ top, 5.5″ height, 5.5″ base (see photo). All measurements include the seams of 1/4″ on all sides and 1/2″ on the top part.
  • 2 pieces of red-polkadot cotton
  • 2 pieces of cream calico as lining

Note: You can use any type of fabric, I mentioned the colours/type of fabric I use for ease of illustrations :-)

1978How to make a Flex Frame Coin Purse

Step by step:

1) Sew the top part first.

Sew the seam of the shorter section (2 1/4″ part) and sew. Seam is approx 1/4″, folded in twice.

How to make a Flex Frame Coin Purse

Do the same for both ends, and for both pieces of the top part.

How to make a Flex Frame Coin Purse

Then sew on the lace as shown in the photo. Check the measurement, ensure that both ends of the frame (where the screw is) is not completely hidden when the fabric wrap around.

How to make a Flex Frame Coin Purse

Take one piece of the top part, and fold into half length wise.

How to make a Flex Frame Coin Purse

Now we will attached the body of the purse with the top.

Put it on the red fabric, with the lace facing down like the photo. Before this you will have already iron on the interface on the red fabric.

How to make a Flex Frame Coin Purse

Then put the calico (lining) on top.

How to make a Flex Frame Coin Purse

Sew the 3 pieces together.

Important to remember that the width of the flex frame is a little more than 1/2″, so when you sew the top together, make sure there is about 3/4″ space for the frame to go into the white cotton with lace.

See photo below, here the seams are approx. 1/2″ (i put the seam longer because it makes it stronger – when you open and close the flex frame, sometimes it will pull against the body of the purse.)

How to make a Flex Frame Coin Purse

This is how it looks like ones you have sewed them together. We finished one side of the purse.

How to make a Flex Frame Coin Purse

Now repeat with the other 3 pieces. This will make the other side of the purse.

How to make a Flex Frame Coin Purse

Ones complete, put both side together with the right side facing together.

How to make a Flex Frame Coin Purse

Sew all around. But REMEMBER to leave a small hole so that we can turn the fabric over.

How to make a Flex Frame Coin Purse

I left about 2.5″ un-sewed to turn the fabric over.

How to make a Flex Frame Coin Purse

Now turn the fabric over.

How to make a Flex Frame Coin Purse

Ones completely turned over, tada!!! Here is the purse.

How to make a Flex Frame Coin Purse

Now it’s time to put the flex frame inside, to complete the purse.

It is easy. Just push them gently into the sides of the top part (the white cotton with lace section).

Note: This is why earlier I mention it is important when you sew the 3 pieces together above, make sure you leave approx. 3/4″ hole. If it is too small, the frame cannot go in; if it is too big it will not be nice.

Ones the frame is inside, all you need to do is put the screw at the end.

How to make a Flex Frame Coin Purse

How to make a Flex Frame Coin Purse

This is how you open the flex frame. It will keep all your coins safely inside the purse.

How to make a Flex Frame Coin Purse

It is done!

How to make a Flex Frame Coin Purse

They are so cute! You can also make pleats on the body of the purse, like I did for the peach colour one. It’s up to you. If you make pleats, then the measurement for the body will be 5.5″ top, 5.5″ height, 5.5″ base.

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My Cards

WhimsyLoft has been using these cards for sometime now.

Yesterday, I decided to spice it up a little (because it’s Christmas!!!) and added MERRY CHRISTMAS behind the cards.

I handcarved the rubber stamps for my business cards, and use fabric ink to chop on the cards. Everthing on the cards are from my handcarved stamps.

Merry Christmas from WhimsyLoft

Ones these are done, I packed up some of the sales with this Merry Christmas cards. I hope my customers will like them.

 Christmas Sale all packed up!

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New Fabrics!

As usual, when it comes to fabric and all things to do with haberdashery, I get very excited.

Today, my sister brought me to the city to buy fabrics. A birthday present. I am so happy ;-). My objective was to get red stuff, and NO floral. I have too many floral fabric. Hence I settle for mostly polkadots!

Fabric 05122009

More HERE (WhimsyLoft@flickr)

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November Free Gift Winner

Yay! It’s time again for our monthly FREE GIFT.

This month, the lucky subscriber is…

Noni… from Malaysia!!!!

Huhuhu… from my very own country.

Congratulations Noni!

~~~

And the free gift is… Noni, tak ada suspense liow… tapi, no worries I got surprise in the envie for you, so ada sikit suspense lah… 😉

WhimsyLoft Nov'09 Subscriber Lucky Gift

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Batik Drawstring Bag

Ok, this is made of poly-batik printed fabric. I like the blue very much.

Batik Drawsting Bag

After I sewed the Batik bag, I decided to make another one with combination of poly + felt. Then made some daisies with felt to embellish the bag.

Daisy Drawstring Bag

The bags can be closed using drawstrings. I put a wooden bead at the end of the drawstings. For the Batik I use thin leather strap, and for the daisy bag I use cotton string as the straps. I like the concept of drawstrings because it makes the bags look “puffed up”.

I want to put them in my Etsy Store for sale, but I think my Mom wants to give them to her friends as Christmas presents. Let’s see what she decides.