Dotty fabric boxes – and a mini tutorial

I started my late-night sewing session last night, intending to make more items for the Facebook auction. But instead I felt compelled to make these fabric boxes for myself. 

Aren’t they pretty? I’m particularly happy about the bit of lining fabrics showing from the outside.

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Tutorial: Mother’s Day apron

My mother loves aprons. She adores them so much that she wears them pretty much all the time at home. I haven’t worn an apron myself since my pastry chef days, but doesn’t it look cute on my mother? This is the apron I made for Mother’s Day this year (along with a . . . → Read More: Tutorial: Mother’s Day apron

Liberty Hello Kitty fabrics… and DIY covered button hair ties

I am not a huge Hello Kitty fan. I mean, I probably was when I was 8 or so, and all the little girls in Japan loved everything with Hello Kitty on it. I know the Cat has since become an international icon of cuteness, but I never quite understood why.

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Tutorial: drawstring tote bag

 

We made drawstring tote bags this week at our fourth zakka sewing class.  What is a drawstring tote bag?  Well, as the name would imply, it is a tote bag with a drawstring closure.  A picture below will say it all.  These hybrid bags appear in many Japanese craft books as children’s . . . → Read More: Tutorial: drawstring tote bag

Links for tote bag tutorials

 

I apologize for being so tardy in posting.  No excuses but my own laziness, really.  But I found, as I suspected, that there are many excellent free tutorials online on tote bags.  So there is no need to reinvent the wheels.  [note: having said that, I did write a detailed . . . → Read More: Links for tote bag tutorials

Tutorial – Three ways to appliqué

 

I feel funny writing a tutorial on appliqué, because I don’t do it very often.  But appliqué is such a useful and fun technique in zakka sewing that I just have to mention it. In many ways appliqué is more accessible than patchwork, and with nothing more than a bit of scrap . . . → Read More: Tutorial – Three ways to appliqué

Tutorial: Potholder variation 1 – simple patchwork

 

 

I have this gorgeous cookbook called Simple to Spectacular, by Mark Bittman and Jean-Georges Vongerichten.  What I love about this book is its organisation.  For each section, there is one easy, basic recipe.  And then the book offers several variations based on the basic recipe, making it progressively . . . → Read More: Tutorial: Potholder variation 1 – simple patchwork

Potholder Tutorial – Basic Method

 

Today was our first day of zakka sewing class at my home, and it was so. much. fun.  I had fretted over how to teach three sewing beginners, but I needn’t have worried.  They were all such quick learners, and completed their lovely potholders well within the two-hour time frame.  And it . . . → Read More: Potholder Tutorial – Basic Method

Tutorial – Make your own lunch bag (or two)

Of all the things I have made for my shops, backpack lunch bags are probable the most popular – and no wonder, they are very useful.  In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to make one yourself.  All you need is:

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