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.


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!

Making Fabric Buttons


I just so love 100 yen shops!  Today I discovered this crafter’s tool in a 100 yen shop after my diamond peel appointment at the derm.


It’s a fabric button maker–just what I need to decorate my handmade bags with and maybe even create jewelry with (with the right fabrics I could see an assortment of earrings that I could make which would match my future handmade dresses!) It’s so amazing that you can find such things from 100 yen shop!