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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Bags from old shirts and pants on: December 21, 2007 03:40:35 PM
I suddenly realised that there are a LOT of clothes that I don't wear anymore. I have this pair of greyish blue knitted soft cotton pants of almost 7 years old but still in tip-top condition, though I wear it on almost 5 days each week. And a light blue soft cotton knitted t-shirt, which was so stretchable that it went a little out of shape after worn several times.

I cut out a portion from one leg of the pants, and a section from the shirt. Hand-sewed each portion into a sack-like pouch. Then I put the light blue pouch into the greyish blue one, with a little of the light blue overlapping the edge of the greyish blue. I then handstitched the two together at the edge. The stitches are not neat at all Tongue. So, I added white lace over the stitches on the outside and stuck red velvety fabric tape over those on the inside Tongue. I got the fabric tape from a swap. Smiley

After finishing that, I sewed on the grey strap, and covered the stitches with a fabric yo-yo. Tongue MY stitches are not neat at all. Tongue

The bag is reversible.... Smiley

After finishing that first bag, I was further inspired to make more bags from old clothes. Well, I did make one other bag. Tongue My mum had this knitted light sandy brown sleeveless top she worn during her teenage years. She gave it to me, together with some other clothes. Her size definitely do not meet mine. Tongue So I turned it into a tote bag. Smiley

It has asymmetrical sides because the back of the shirt is slightly higher that the front. I love that though. Grin I stitched a t-shirt pouch to line the inside. The stitches, again, are not neat. Tongue So, I added a string of red pompoms I got from a swap. Smiley

I haven't covered the stitches on the inside though. I've run out of fabric tape. Tongue

2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Box of Sweet Treats & A Kawaii Christmas In A Box on: November 30, 2007 07:39:02 PM
I've been quite busy the past week. Smiley Made some stuff following patterns from a Japanese craft book (My Favourite Felt Sweets) I bought a few months back from Kinokuniya.

Box of Sweet Treats

--> Super seductively tasty fronts

--> Uber kawaii cute backs

3 doughnuts : chocolate, strawberry and yoghurt vanilla. Chocolate is the original pattern in the book. It looked so good that I tried experimenting with pink and cream colours. They turned out ok. Smiley

2 jam cookies : raspberry and oreo. Original pattern is raspberry. Smiley

2 meringue cookies : mocha and vanilla. Meringue pattern is from the book. Smiley

All 3 doughnuts have a silver ribbon loop sewn on each, with a silver keyring attached. The meringue cookies also have each a silver string loop sewn on - cellphone straps and keyrings can be attached.

I had a blast making these. Cheesy So, I prepared a special box for them. This box is actually a U2 wristwatch box I had lying around. I decorated it with kawaii memo papers, ribbons, decorative tape, and stuck an origami red heart on the lid. I'm so in love with it. Cheesy


A Kawaii Christmas In A Box

This here is a box stuffed full with super kawaii goodies :

2 gingerbread men felt pin brooches

2 teddy bear felt pin brooches

Christmas tree felt cookies garland

I'm totally in love with this set. To brighten things up, I made 6 little meringue cookies to go with it :


I've been very happy, crafting my days away. Cheesy Well, I should be, because when the new semester starts in January, I won't have a minute for making stuff I love. T-T

Enjoy~! Cheesy
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Stars, Rainbows, Oceans on: April 25, 2007 08:07:23 PM
Yay! I'm in the midst of my study break now and having my end of semester exams in mid of May. Nevertheless, I'm full of crafty energy these few days. Smiley

I make things from felt. And my pile of scrap felt from cuttings is growing. So, I decided to do something with them. Came up with 2 pins :

Sunsetta Scrap Felt Pin

Oceania Paradiso Scrap Felt Pin

After making these, I was inspired further to create more stuff.

I Attack You with Stars and Rainbows Pins

I just love making rainbows. Cheesy
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / What tools and materials to get for charm making? (beginner) on: April 01, 2007 06:26:57 PM
I'm thinking of incorporating bits and pieces like bottle caps and dangling beaded charms into my felt brooches. My idea - making eyelets in the felt and then attaching the bottle caps and beads with jump rings.

What are the tools I should get besides eyelet tools and pliers?

I'm not sure what sort of pliers to get, and are there different eyelet tools for different materials?

I need to drill holes in the bottle caps too. Are there different types of drills for different materials - wood, metal, plastic?

Is there anything else I need?

5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Are the prices too high? on: December 05, 2006 05:28:01 PM
I've been making these for sale on my livejournal shop, but I haven't got anyone buying them yet. Sad

Ice Cream Pins
US$13 each shipped anywhere

Lime Slice Pin
US$11 shipped anywhere

Cupcake Pin
US$7 shipped anywhere

Strawberries Pin
US$13 shipped anywhere

I'd even included the shipping costs in the prices. And it's around US$2 shipping to the US, Canada and European countries.
Or is the pricing unreasonable? If so, what would be the best price for each?
Or I haven't reached out to potential buyers? Advertising in the wrong places?
Currently, I'm only promoting my things on livejournal communities.

Actually, I did plan on setting up an etsy shop, but there's still the listing and 3.5% profit fees to take care of - if I can pay using Paypal, it wouldn't be a problem, but I don't want to spend pure cash (in Malaysian ringgit) just to pay for the fees.

.....All in all, what could be the problem with my products?
Please help here!
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Ice Cream + Lime Slice Pins ~ on: December 02, 2006 09:00:50 PM
I've been busy since I came back home for break....

Ice Cream Pins

Lime Slice Pin

7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Sushi + Fruit Slices + Piggy Pin ~ on: October 25, 2006 10:07:32 PM
I made these during my free time in uni. As I run out of felt, I couldn't make the salmon and tuna sushi.  Tongue

6-piece Sushi Set + Water Drop Guy
{Fronts & Backs}

These two felted charms for a swap.
Lime & Grapefruit Slices


This little pink piggy pin is also for the swap. Cheesy Cheesy

8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Grapefruit & Lime Cellphone Cozies + Strawberry Wallet on: June 28, 2006 07:23:54 AM
I went into a crafting frenzy for the last few days. I'm starting university soon - I want  something to keep my cellphone safe. And I need a small case to carry cash and cards, something small enough to stuff in pockets, so that I don't have to lunge my purse around - it's too fussy. So, I made these :

Lime Cellphone Cozy

Started the batch with this one. It's a bit too large for my phone though.
Has two layers of felt, green on the outside and black on the inside. Has a sparkly ribbon tied around. Kawaii~!

Grapefruit Cellphone Cozy

This is the one I'm using. I just love the textures and colours. And it fits my phone perfectly. =)

Strawberry Wallet

Finished this today. I just LOVE it! *Too lazy to type further descriptions*


Decorations are hand-sewn with felt, sequins and plastic beads. In fact, everything is hand-sewn - I don't know how to use the sewing machine. "
Please click on the images to go to the photo links for more information about each piece.
Sorry about the bad picture quality.  Undecided
Comments are welcome. Thanks for looking. Wink
9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Felt Sushi Charms/Toys on: May 25, 2006 02:57:55 AM
Hi. My first post! I love making things from felt, and recently I've been concentrating on making felt sushi for the last 3 days, and these are the results :

Top row : Raw Tuna Nigiri Zushi, Raw Salmon Nigiri Zushi, Tamago without nigiri riceball!
Bottom Row : Fish Roe Gunkan Maki, Ultimate Sushi!, Inside-out California Roll with Black Sesame Seeds.

The top row sushi can be taken apart, as each piece is has a strip of velcro sewn on.

The bottom raw sushi has little ribbon loops - for attaching metal keyrings or for necklaces.
I made all these using my own templates.  Smiley The embelishments are mostly plastic beads, seed beads and sequins.
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