Saturday, December 25, 2010

Cutie Dress

My Daughter's 4th bithday dress

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Quilted Bottle cozy

Winter this year feels so long and cold for me. Can hardly wait for summer. I've already started to (slowly) make summer clothes for my daughter. I have planned project after project and all on the waiting list. The same with outdoor activities that I'm planning. Even though we are coming to the end of winter it's very cold some days especially if it's windy.  But when the sun sneaks out from behind the clouds it makes a big difference. I guess it will be a very hot summer this year.

To prevent my daughter from getting cold I always get her to put on extra clothes and make sure she is always drinking warm water. We bought a stainless steel bottle to keep her water warm but she complains that it's too hot on her hand. So I decided to make this quilted bottle cozy using some cute cupcakes fabric. I didn't use any pattern or instructions. Just guessed and measured the height of the bottle. Then I made the quilt, binding and attached the velcro to it and voila!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Cosmetic Pouch

Here is my favorite cosmetic pouch. It has more than enough room inside for all my cosmetics, perfume etc. I bought the fabric as a remnant and it only cost me $1. What a bargain! Its only half a metre though, but it's enough to make about 3 pouches. I matched it with some purple polka dot fabric which I already had.

On the same day that I made this pouch I found out it was one of my friend's birthday. So I decided to give away my lovely pouch. Lucky (for her) I checked my Facebook :) Hopefully she liked it. I got a thank you from her a little while ago.
I love making a something special for a friend.. again it's not a big brand product with a price tag to match, but good ol' handmade stuff. Made right here in Australia by EliT craft!!. Hopefully one day people will recognize  my brand and compare it to Cotton On (at least) haha... *day dreaming

Well, no more spending hours to make lined pouches as I really figured it out the best method with or without zipper...yay.

By the way, I will be accepting orders for custom made lined pouches, cushion covers, bags, bibs, nursing aprons (I will upload some pictures soon) or anything else that involves sewing. Don't forget to visit my store too !

Well, gotta go and get something nice and warm for lunch. Till next time...

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Orange bag to brighten my winter blue

I think I'm suffering from the winter blues again lately and feel like I'm the laziest person in the world! Even though I still manage to do things around the house such as cooking, it's hard to get my butt on my workstation. (Computer and sewing table)

I have heaps of things to do on my computer including updating this blog, my kitchenfun blog and the hardest of all is to edit and upload all my craft and cooking pictures. There's a LOT of them! Some of my craft projects have been neglected too. I know I HAVE to get them going again, just have to find the right time and wishing that I have a whole day to do my own thing :P

Anyway, I have something beautiful to show you all.

I made this bag especially for myself. Making and using my own brand? Why not. he..he.. I'm not crazy about branded stuff anymore, hence I'm able to sew lots of things and best of all I made the pattern myself. So it's unique and no one has the same one as mine :)
I chose Amy Butler fabric, I love it!.

I was going to put zipper pocket inside but changed my mind. I thought a simple pocket would be more convenient as long as it has a nice lining and snap closure. I'm pretty happy with the result. I forgot how long I took to make this bag but at least I didn't spend the whole day ^_^

My daughter was jealous of my bag, so I made a chidren's version from the same pattern but a different fabric. The only difference is the handle length (longer) and the bag is a bit smaller. (See the picture).

See the difference?

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Baby / Toddler Bibs

I made this bib especially for my daughter as her usual bibs use velcro fastening. The velcro seemed to annoy her quite a lot. She would say "it's itchy on my neck mum". I started looking for different types of fasteners to use. I wanted something that is easy to take off and not too difficult to apply. I was browsing in my favorite craft store the other day and I found this snap lock fitting. That would be perfect for my project I thought!.

So I came up with the idea to make her bibs without binding but decorations around the edges with ric-rac. I traced the pattern from her original bibs and made it slightly larger to allow for the seam on the tracing paper.

For the fabric I began using some scraps until I was confident enough to use my favourite design fabrics. In the future I will try to make a tutorial about this. As long as you can sew a basic blanket you will find it easy peasy:) Of course you need to pay extra attention when you sew the ric-rac. My personal preference is a bigger size for the ric-rac so it's easier to sew around this kind of bib.

I love mixing polka dot fabrics to compliment my designer fabrics as they are so simple and match very easly.

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Saturday, June 12, 2010

EliT Craft Sale & Crayon Roll review

Its mid year sale time at EliT Craft Shop

I have lots of items on sale right now including my Crayon Roll
The stylish crayon roll made from 100 % cotton with ribbon to tie it up or an elastic tie for tiny hands to easily close. Very cute and practical.
It keeps crayons organized and ready to create that perfect colouring palette.
Holds 12 crayons.Great as a gift!
The fabric is pre-washed and pressed with 12 good quality crayons included.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010


Sewing Machine Apron

I was at the local library looking for some children's books when I stumbled on some crafty magazines in the corner. I wasn't really interested in them (I thought it was all about knitting, crossstich or croching etc.)

Anyway my daughter was browsing some childrens books by her self (she won't let me choose for her *sigh*) and I sat down near those magazines. When I started reading the cover I saw "Handmade Craft, Decorating, Sewing", and then I saw saw a tutorial about making a sewing machine apron. So I decided to borrow 3 of the magazines but I have only read this tutorial so far.

I'm not actually copying it exactly. I used more buttons for decorations on the pocket, added more ric rac and used less fabric. I used one large piece of fabric with iron on interfacing for the background and simple seam for the sides. I guess I can always modify this with more and bigger pockets, decorate with more buttons and ric rac, add an applique or even make the pocket just like those pocket organizers. I also attached some velcro to my sewing table and on the apron itself to keep it from falling down.

It's amazing how one idea can lead to another. Just set your mind free and let your creativity go wild! ha..ha...

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Sewing Machine Apron

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Girls Apron and Pencil Pouch

It's cold and foggy this morning. The 3rd day of winter brrrr.... Staying home is the best option. Nice and warm, with a cup of tea and muffins. Hmmm... what a perfect combination.

Yesterday I was overwhelmed by the response of my dear friends to the opening of my EliT Craft shop. They are my FB friends and some close friends here and around my neighborhood. Thank you all for your comments and support. It's very dear to me. It's been a dream for me to open my own online shop.

Well, enough blabbering from me. Back to the main topic.
I actually made this apron a few months ago, before I started my blog. Once again I made it for my darling Ellyn, with a matching pencil pouch. I knew she would love it when I bought the fabric. It's kind of a thick fabric (curtain/ blind fabric. Available here)

She can hardly wait to wear it when I told her that I was going to make her an apron, and she said she would help me cook while she is wearing it!  *Oh nooo....* ^_^
Sorry, but this item is not (yet) available for sale.
I use my own original ideas and experience to create my products and sometimes I find an unexpected use for them. Like my daughters crayon bag. It's now my cosmetic bag!

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