iPod Fabric Case

I made this iPod Fabric Case for my partner. This case is my own design but concept adapted from Flickr group ‘Pimp your iPod (Handmade)‘.

iPod cover

Design Emphasis : Personalised with my partner’s name.

Material used : Felt fabric, iron-on motif (the car), press studs.

Suggestion : If you like ‘form’ or make the felt fabric thicker, you may like to use ‘iron-on’ interface (those use for collar) on the ‘reserve side’ of the fabric.

Fabric Pencil Case – Blog Page Header Design using Heat Transfer Iron-on

I sew this gift for my best friend Rahima as a set of stationery (I sew a Farbic Book Jacket Cover to compliment the pencil case). This set of stationery theme is about her blog which is also her passion for cooking.

Pencil CaseDesign Emphasis : Personalized gift with her blog page header. The concept and design is my own idea.

Design method using Heat Transfer iron on : Please read my earlier entry on Farbic Book Jacket Cover if interested.

Material used : Cotton fabric, iron-on interface (those used for collar) onto fabric to give it ‘form’, zipper, iron-on Heat transfer, ribbon for decoration.

Caution when ironing near the Iron-on transfer: Caution and due care  to be excerised especially during final stage of completed project. The transfer will ‘melt’ if the iron touches the edge. The fabric will ‘crease’ during the process when the pencil case if overturn to the ‘right side’ as all machine sewing is done on the ‘reserve side’, therefore a final touch of ironing is required to ‘smoothen’ it.

I have also included a photo of my work-in-progress shot. One of the pieces was damaged by my ‘over ironing’ so my final design of the pencil case changed a bit. Work in progress Pencil Case

Hope this idea is useful to you if you ever thought about making a personalized gift for yourself or someone.

Fabric Book Jacket Cover – Blog Page Header Design using Iron-on Transfer Method

I sew this special gift for my Bestie Rahima featuring her blog “My Favorite Recipes“.

Fabric Book Cover Jacket for RahimaDesign Concept : The original idea of using graphic or photo transfer is adapted from a English version craft book using only fabric as the main media. I cannot remember the exact title or author’s name (quite sure it is a English lady’s name) but I think its about creating memory book using fabric, I had flipped through the book when I was in the Singapore Public Library and somehow the idea got ‘filed’ to the back of my mind for sometime.

Design Emphasis : To personalized the gift and make it very special for the my Bestie I thought about what is really her hobby and passion. She loves to cook, bake and equally passionate about blogging on her favorite recipes so the idea of using graphic from her blog would be most suitable.

Graphic Design Creation and Material : I use the most a simple method to ‘capture’ the graphic image of the blog header – use the ‘Print Screen’ button then open ‘Paint Software’ and paste the image. In the paint software choose the ‘select’ button to range the header then select ‘cut’. Close the file and open a new file, choose ‘paste’ and rename the file. The blogspot logo is downloaded, if you go to google search and type blogspot logo there is many file types to choose from. I use Word Software to import all these files to arrange before printing on the heat transfer paper. I use “Farrania” Iron on transfer.

Craft Supplies : I use cotton fabric (since the Iron on transfer instruction states so) with checks pattern and added lace to look like a dinning table cloth. The string is added for decoration.

Book Jacket Cover – Two Designs, Two Method

I am pleased to share with you two Book Jacket Covers using two different methods : ‘machine sew’ v ‘no-sew method’.

Depending on your style and material preference, the no-sew method is one idea you could try if you do not have a sewing machine. I created these two Book Jacket Covers during different period  before and after I owned a sewing machine.

Book Jacket Cover for G - Sewing Method

Book Jacket Cover for G.

This Book Jacket Cover uses machine sewing method to join the seams.

Material used : Felt fabric, fake fleece-like fabric, black satin ribbon, scrapbook round metal embellishment (to form “G” letter)

Book Jacket for My Sister Lucy.

This Book Jacket Cover uses iron-on strips to join the seams.

Material used : Felt fabric, iron-on motifs (flower and heart), lace, iron-on strip.

Book Jacket Cover for Lucy

Fabric Scarf with Batting lining for Mrs B

A scarf sewn for my best friend living in United Kingdom.

Concept : The scarf is meant for cold climate but as the material is not therefore adding the batting fabric (85% wool batting) seem rather sensible idea.

Material Design : The fabric comes ready with machined embroidery of flowers and the width or ends of the fabric is scalloped-shaped.

Design Emphasis : Personalized with letter “L” and iron-on motif to match. The letter “L” is the first letter of my best friend’s name.

Fabric Scraf

Challenge in handling fabric and achieving a ‘drape’ effect : please visit my flickr photo page to view my comments on the subject matter. I have listed a step-by-step method for easy read and hopefully gives the reader a visual.

Hope you like the idea and thanks for reading.

Last Minute Handmade Gift – Tea Cosy

This is a last minute handmade gift sewn for my best friend Mrs.B

This is also my first personal handmade gift I am giving her after more than 20 years of friendship!

I gave myself probably 3 days to complete but I finished the project within a day – today, which surprised me. So if you ever need to rush to make a last minute gift; sewing a Tea Cosy is one alternative if you have the mood, a few ‘concentrated’ hours and materials ready.

Tea Cosy for My Best Friend Mrs B

Gift Idea Concept : Since Mrs B is visiting Singapore from United Kingdom I thought a Tea Cosy would be ideal.

Material used : Cotton fabric, Wool batting fabric, Cotton bias tape /Piping.

Design emphasis : Orchid pattern fabric (to remind her of Singapore, she is Singaporean), “Mrs.B” hand stitched onto the tea cosy handle.

Gift with special meaning for a best friend.

I hope she would love this tea cosy because it means so much to me although it is simple to make. Hand stitching her name on the tea cosy handle was such a wonderful feeling; recalling and rewinding our friendship back so many years is like watching a MTV clip (and the music playing in my mind is “Forever Young”), how we first met, how I missed her when she married and move to UK, how we gotten about in our lives but always stayed in touch. I cannot help but feel older just watching her son grow up  in front of my eyes whenever they come visit Singapore. We lived so many miles apart and we hardly meet, still the friendship warms my heart just to know it  is so nice to have best friends to grow old with. I am also glad I took the effort to make a personalised gift that means something to me.

Felted Purse – Wet Felted using Resist Method

Updated 6 June 2009

I made this in mind as a gift for my greatest fan of my craft photostream – my dearest sister. She does needle felting of animals occasionally but is not so crazy over making crafts like me.

Felted Purse

Concept : The concept of wet felting a purse using resist method of Styrofoam ball has been embedded in my mind for some time, the origin of the idea comes from browsing a Japanese craft book on wet felting. I did not buy the book as there are so many other Japanese craft books I hope to collect this lifetime I have to practice restraint and limit to what my wallet could support.

These wool roving are my existing stocks, I did not specially buy new roving or have any colour theme in mind since the purpose is to try the resist method. I did however purchase a lovely metal purse handle.

Design Variation and Colour Theme : The design of using bunches of flowers are adapted from the original Japanese craft book; wet felted flowers were used. I like my creations bright coloured but most wool roving comes in natural colours; I picked orange as the outer layer and yellow as the inner layer.  The purse design in the Japanese craft book look like ‘marble’, the effect is achieved using very thin layer of darker-coloured wool roving as the last layer. Because I work on whatever wool roving I had; once I wet the yellow coloured roving I knew the layer was not thick enough for a purse unless I want to sew a inner cloth lining. So I had to add my orange coloured roving to thicken the layer. I also added wool bits as final layer but it did not felt during the process. My assumption is the orange coloured wool roving does not wet-felt well, probably the scale of the hair has been damaged by the colour dye or maybe it is not suitable for wet felting.

Alternative to colours for felting craft : If you are very particular on your taste for bright colours in wool roving and like me face limited access to wool rovings supplies maybe you like to consider colour dye the finished felt project. One ‘master crafter’ in the flickr community by the name of ‘FeltedChicken’ has tried and tested the concept using Kool-aid colour dyes.

Design and Methodology Influence:  I find all things related to crafting by Japanese very unique in methodology and aesthetically pleasing maybe because growing up and being in Asia. My favourite pastime is browsing Japanese craft books in bookstore, I cannot read Japanese but the photos and diagrams breaks any lanuage barriers.

If you have any Japanese book on crafting relating to wet felting please drop a comment and share information like a snapshot of the cover of the book, some inside pages would be nice and most importantly the ISBN number of the book. I would be most grateful and I am sure some reader out there share a smiliar interest to learn from the Japanese even though not able to read Japanese.