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I made booties for my piano bench! March 10, 2010

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I made booties for my piano bench!

The fabric was from an old pair of denim skorts (skirt+shorts) I had. The lace was from the $2 store.

And this was how I made it πŸ˜€

1. I measured the leg width and cut out circles with about 2 extra inches around the width.

2. I sewed around the circle with a zig zag stitch to prevent fraying.

3. Then I sewed the lace on the right side of the fabric.

4. This is how the circle looks like with the lace on. Ignore the pen markings πŸ˜› I was marking it and realised that it’s not necessary really. πŸ˜› It’s a disappearing ink marker, so the marks will disappear after a while.

5. Fold the circle into half on the wrong side of the fabric. Stitch a few stitches at the edge. Repeat on otherside of the semi-circle.

6. Fold the stitched up circle again in half with the stitched up portions meeting. Then stitch at the edge of the semi-circle again.

7. Continue until you get something like this. If you want a smaller bootie, you will have to fold & stitch a few more stitches.

8. On the wrong side of the fabric, stretch and sew an elastic band into the circle (about where the previous stitches are, doesn’t have to be precise).

9. And there, the sewing is done!

10. If you have quilt batting or thick felt, you can cut out a square piece about the size of the bootie and insert it into the bootie.

This will give cushion to the chair.

So there you go! New booties for my piano bench!

You can make these for any chair legs really. It protects your floor as it prevents the floor from being scratched! πŸ™‚

“new” skirt refashioned from old pants March 2, 2010

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today, i’m wearing a “new” skirt. i refashioned it from an old pair of marks & spencer pants I got on sale a few years ago at like $29.00. I wore it for a while but unfortunately the material was too thick and I also altered too short. πŸ˜› it was also a little too big and baggy.

As the weather’s been really hot these few days and I wanted to wear a skirt instead of jeans. so last night, I decided to make this pair of old pants into a skirt. πŸ˜€ i’m afraid i didn’t take the “making in progress” pics, but here’s the skirt! πŸ˜€

it was hard trying to take a pic of my big fat butt. πŸ˜›

Edit (12 March 2010): I have another pair of pants I want to refashion into a skirt. So maybe I’ll take pics to show the process of doing so then. πŸ˜€

Some sewing projects February 23, 2010

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Last month, I made this neck pillow for my mom with this pattern. Mom loves it πŸ˜€ she uses it alot , especially when watching tv.

Last night, I used the left over fabric to update my old mousepad at work. πŸ˜€ I used this method.

I also made an apron! recycled from a piece of $1 tablecloth I had and also the fabric from a freebie shopping bag we get alot these days from merchants. I came up with this on my own. Now I won’t get wet when I do the dishes! πŸ˜›

It feels great to sew things I can use!

New Toy! February 21, 2010

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OHAI! Guess what I bought yesterday?

a New Sewing Machine!!!!!!TADAH!!

It’s a Brother BM3600. Initially I had my eyes on a cheaper model (Brother’s BM 2600). However, when I got the sales lady to do a demo on how to sew a button hole with the BM 2600, it looked too complicated to me. LOL. Then the lady (she looks so motherly :P) told me if i want an automated buttonholer, I should get the BM 3600 instead. It can even sew buttons on! So in the end, I did!

The machine has 35 different kind of stitches, auto bobbin winder, needle threader, auto bobbin … overall a very easy machine to use and really compact! It fits onto my tiny ikea table comfortably next to my pc (with a 22 inch monitor… I do all my cutting on the floor πŸ˜› cuz i just do not have space for a large table :(). It came with the regular presser foot, a zipper foot, button holer foot, button sewing foot, darning plate, extra spool pin, screwdriver, 1 twin needle, 1 pack of regular single needles, and 4 bobbins. I got an extra foot for sewing rolled up seams (dunno the actual term), an extra pack of regular needles and a pack of denim needles. It’s super easy to use! The only thing I don’t like about the machine is the colour … it’s pink …………………………… I’m not a pink person :\ …. the BM 2600 is purple .. I much preferred that but no auto-buttonholer. 😦 OH WELLLLL!

I’ve already made 2 items with the new machine! πŸ˜€

This is made from the Buttercup bag from “Made by Rae”. The bag made from the free pattern is alittle too small though. 😦

I also came up with this …. no pattern …. just winged it haha. A roll up pouch thing to contain all my makeup brushes! πŸ˜€ hehe

My mom said this makeup brushes roll up is nice! She said the colour combi is nice. πŸ˜€

I wonder if I made it properly with better fabrics, would anyone want to buy? lololol. πŸ˜€

I’m happy with my new machine! YAY!

p/s: it replaces my mom’s old sewing machine. I always thought it was a Singer (look at the old manual foot pedal) but apparently it’s a Shanghai Flying Man πŸ˜› I think she had an old Singer, but it spoilt and she got this to replace the singer. My mom used to be a seamstress when she was younger.

This is a trusty old machine that served us well. My mom will continue to use it because she doesn’t think my new toy is great. LOL.

Sewing Project : FAIL T_T February 19, 2010

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As I was surfing fashion blogs last week or so, I came across a picture of the Lanvin Aumoniere Satin Pochette.

and I immediately fell in love with it. :P:P:P

Since it’s just a drawstring pouch, I figured that the design wouldn’t be too difficult to try and sew. So I went and bought 2 metres of black satin and last night, I attempted to make this pouch.

and ….


i’ll show you ….

see how my pouch resembles more of a bento box wrap instead LOL

The pouch I made was simply too small ……. too shallow …. and the ruffles at the top …. simply not enough. sighhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. If there’s anything I’m really bad at, it will be the visual perception; in terms of size, volume, length, depth, etc etc etc. I got pretty lousy scores in my visual perception test in psych class in college πŸ˜›

Oh well. I will try again until I succeed! Until then … I think I will use a cheaper cloth to experiment my pattern before sewing the real thing first. πŸ˜›