DIY Fabric labels

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As you have seen, I’ve been sewing these bags as gifts, each of which I think are very special if you consider the time and effort I spend in making them. You should consider yourself a very special person to me if you receive one of the things I make :D. They are certainly not the Louis Vuittons or Chanels you so desire but I do think there is a different kind of joy in receiving such handmade gifts.

So, I just thought it would be much nicer to add a really personal touch to each creation by attaching a label or logo that says it’s unique and made by me. But I don’t have professional software nor any budget or experience in making such.  I figured maybe I could find some do it yourself tutorials in the Net…and I certainly did!  I  found a good one at Sewdelicious.

It’s one of the easiest and cheapest , in my opinion, because the template was done using a web-based software like Picmonkey. All you need is a printer and iron-on fabric or print sheet made for your printer and a little creativity.

Here’s what I made…

Zippered Buttercup Bag with Fabric Yo-yos

Yes, this is another buttercup bag. And, no, I’m not yet tired of making bags out of this pattern. It’s a perfect pattern to practice on and try variations. This time I was brave and confident enough of my sewing skills to add a zipper to it!

It’s not just a zipper, it’s a RECESSED ZIPPER which I think is a milestone for a self-taught sewist like me (and maybe one that makes me deserve a pat on the back?  No?)  Well, it is really much better than the magnetic snap, in my opinion, and it’s cheaper. I also made two straps, front and back, instead of just one at the sides. And because I’ve been meaning to try making fabric yoyos, I finally did it!

Aren’t they just the cutest little things?

This bag goes to Aunt number 2 who celebrates her birthday tomorrow…

Kanzashi Hair Clip

Using the same fabric as my bag, I made a hair clip. As with most of my past projects, it makes use of something recycled from one of my belongings, this time it’s the back clip to which the fabric is attached. It used to have an acrylic piece on it but got broken but the clip was still usable so I attached it to this new piece…

My 7 year-old took these back view shots

Weekend Sewing 8: Finally, A Bag For Me!

If ever I do have fans of my blogging and sewing right now, I guess my number one fan would be my husband. One time when he came home from work on a Saturday he asked, “What did you make today?” I was really surprised that he was asking because it meant that he actually reads my blog.  He has been very encouraging when it comes to my crafts and sewing, sometimes driving me or accompanying me on his trike to 100 yen shop and fabric sores to get supplies. His appreciation of what I do makes my hobby all the more enjoyable and something I look forward to on weekends when I have the time.

So I was quite sad that last week I wasn’t able to sew or make craft, hence, no blog post. But the whole week this week I was able to get through step by step with my project each day…cutting patterns on Monday, cutting pattern on fabric on Tuesday, pressing interfacing on fabric on Wednesday, pinning, etc…So today I was able to take out the sewing machine and make the buttercup bag for myself! Finally, after making one for my mom and my son’s playmate.

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I used wood handles this time, recycled from an old, never used, hideous-looking black bag my mom gave me years ago because she didn’t like it too. Good thing I didn’t throw it away because now I made good use of it.  It looks quite big for the bag, though, so I’m thinking on stocking up with some handles for future projects.  Can you see the fabric button I made in the center of the kanzashi fabric flower?   I chose this blue leaf print fabric because it looks perfect for the summer with my everyday wear which is usually denim shorts and white 3/4 sleeve shirt.  I’m also thinking of making a matching fabric belt and earrings!  Oooohh!