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Do you like cute? Sometimes I am not sure, but I couldn’t resist these….


A couple of days ago, I came across this blog which has the cutest hand made Japanese things. Scrolling down the several hundred zakka posted here (and there by wasting several hours in the process), I came across various little and quick to make items that I could easily use around the house. Such as these-

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So now we have four more coasters. Each measures 4.5″ takes about 7 minutes each if you include the little bit of hand sewing and is a perfect way to use up scraps. Plus, they can make perfect gifts for just about anyone.


We now have them lying all over the house–we use them as coasters, baby M uses them as playthings!

Check out the website if you are interested in this kind of thing. I want to sew up a dozen more of these in different styles and colours.


Oh and while I am intermittently making these I have also been cutting up some fabric to sew up something warm for N.

DSC_0519 Delhi winter temperatures are here and I want to finish this soon.

I hope I’ll be back to show you more. For now, bye!


P.S. I am making some changes around my blog (long overdue)–trying to organise stuff better. But, I am technically challenged and it takes me a while, so please bear with me as I do this over the next few days. Thank you.






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It’s always nice to have a few spots to loll around on or sit if needed. We had a couple of floor cushions that needed covering, and so I finished these a few days ago.

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floor cushion 3They are sized at 24″ X 24.” The back is simple envelope type with buttons to hold the edges together. I used upholstery fabric remainders mixing some Indian fabric with Echino leftovers. Best part? They’ll stand a good deal of washing and playing….

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And as summer comes we’ll find these to be more useful when gradually one shifts from from chairs onto cushions and finally to the floor!

On a totally different note….I started a cross stitch sampler and here is a little peek at it. The pattern comes from one of my all time favourite books. It’s slow going and will probably take the entire summer (which here will last until October!!) but I am enjoying the slow pace of it.

So what’s your favourite form of sewing when the weather gets too hot to sit at the sewing machine?

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so little

Alas! I have such little to show you. It’s been more than two weeks, since I have made anything. Lots of lovely guests and this and that, and I am itching to get back to the sewing table. But the days have been flying, and it is almost already middle of December. And in less than two weeks we hope to leave for our yearly winter vacation.

Last night I finished this cushion cover, mostly because I was desperate to make something that would lead to some immediate gratification. I had this idea in mind for a while, and one can never have too many cushion covers right?

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Trust me, I took my time with this as well. These little things which are really just two pieces of felt on top of each other and hand sewn to the front took forever for some reason.

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pillow closeup

The yellow linen I believe is from the Robert Kaufman line, and  and little pieces of felt are scraps (received from a friend). I had the idea of making these for a while from here, except that I used felt instead of linen for the decoration.

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So there. I hope this little project gets me out of current state and I get working on a few other projects lined up on my table.

Thanks for visiting. And I promise to be back soon.


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It’s been a while. Once again.

I hope you all are enjoying some good weather. It is heavenly in Pune; it has started raining everyday, and while some of my fellow Puneites may find this a bit too much, all of us slept under light blankets last night.

I have been flaking out a bit on the sewing front. Ok, not a bit, but almost totally. The good weather, and N’s school holidays means there isn’t much time dedicated to sewing.

Here is what I have been doing in bits and pieces.
wipesThese are wipes I made for myself and a cousin. Really simple things, good for wiping countertops and such. A little square of fabric with and old towel on the back.wipes closeupAnd then a bit of hand sewing, which I am afraid is going a little toooo slowly. hexagonsSeriously, I have been working on this… forever. I got hooked on to this when I found out about it here, and the plan was to finish it while in Pune. hexagon flowersI think part of the problem is that I cannot conceptualise what I want to make of this eventually. I have been finding nice things on various blogs, here and here and here, but I still can’t figure out what I want to make. 

So anyway. And, here is my bit of  fabric shopping. fabricN’s birthday is coming up, and part of the fabric was purchased with her in mind. So far, I have nothing to show and two weeks left to go.

Ok, got to go for now. But I plan to improve on my current situation vis-a-vis sewing.

Hope you are enjoying summer holidays!



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I can hardly believe that I am posting again so soon, but I got some unexpected sewing time this afternoon. And, so, hello again!

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The thing is that I love scraps. I save the tiniest bits thinking and dreaming of what I could do with them. At times, I think I like them more than all the unused fabric that also occupies plenty of space in the house.

pancha 6I was sorting through this stuff yesterday and making N help me out (not an uncommon feature of our afternoons), and I decided that I could do well to use some of it to make binding.

A few weeks ago, I was at Khadi Gram Udyog (located in Connaught Place) where I bought a lovely thin cotton towel for N to take to school. At that point, all I was meaning to stitch the sides to give it a finished look, but then yesterday it came to me that a colourful binding might do the same job nicely. And put some scraps to good use.

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I am pretty pleased with what I got, and the best part was that it got done in one afternoon. Actually, one smallish part of the afternoon, so it was instant gratification. I know I should be getting down to that thing that I am making for me. But I won’t be too surprised if I just keep making more of these!

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long overdue

Hello! We are getting ready for the big move, so not much happening on the sewing front. I just want to show a little bit of what got done this week.

I made this

and this

for my cousin. She had asked me to a while ago, but it has taken me forever. Finally this week I got down to it.

The pattern for the mitt comes from Simple Sewing by Lotta Jansdotter. I like this book a lot and have made lots of things from it. This one is basic enough pattern.I used old turkish towels for batting instead of batting, and I find that it works fine.

The hot pad (sort of a giant mug mat) is so large because she had specifically requested something other than my usual size of 6.5″X6.5″ for her bigger pots. So this one is about 10″X12″. I used all scraps, happy to say, and these have my favourite orange and blue fabric. I actually love the way the inside of the mitt looks now.

My most favourite thing that I made for her though, and also the simplest is this–

Measuring about 6″X4″ these are like “burp cloths” except that they are for wiping down countertops, tables etc. Better than kitchen towels, at least I think so.

And finally,

I cut up some cloth to make pants for N who desperately needs some. Only three pattern pieces!

These are the pants I want to make. Has anyone tried these before? I absolutely adore the book, and have made a few dresses before. Hope the pants turn out well. We will know soon enough!

Ok, more soon…I’ll be back with the pants.


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Two days before we left for our trip I decided that it would be so much better to make rather than buy some gifts–especially for the kiddos. Not a bad idea in itself, but not such a great one 48 hours before boarding the plane.

The thing is that usually I do like to make stuff that I give other people. But this making requires a bit of thinking and planning, and this particular trip involved so much of planning that I gave up the idea of “making” early on. Or, rather, I outsourced some of the making and got some delicious biscuits from here.

But the children that we were going to meet on the trip still needed something, and I really should have bought. But…I did not look hard enough to find something that I liked. Instead I came up with this idea that I make something at the last minute–yes, two days before leaving.

And yes, that means everything from tracing the pattern, cutting the cloth and actually making the gifts. And that too something I haven’t made before. Madness!

I know a lot of people who are really good at this kind of stuff, getting their act together two minutes before they are out of the door. And really, while I might sound like that’s a bad idea I do envy these people. But I am not like that, and if I try it, everyone around me and I end up in a really bad mood right before leaving.

Still, this is what I did, here is what I have to show for it:

I apologise for the poor quality of the photos. They were taken “last minute” (needless to say) and I feel that the absence of a model makes them appear a bit flat.

The photos are however way better than what the sewing experience was like–a bit of a nightmare. In other words more than few things went wrong: like sewing the wrong sides together, getting the seams not exactly right, ETC. Nothing that could not be rectified, but really nothing that needed to be done at midnight. So despite having such a lovely and simple pattern to work with, the lack of much joy in this bit of sewing was entirely my fault and not of the pattern.

This one comes for as a free download available on the Oliver+S site. The fabrics I used for both are cotton that I got locally. For the blue frock, I decided to use a bias tape in place of a lace between the bodice and the skirt. It turned out well I think (despite the fact that I had to redo it twice).

But my favourite part (also because it didn’t need about twenty re-dos) was this one:

I have just recently started putting labels on the clothes that I make and I think this allows for a whole new bit of creativity. Here I used a piece of cotton ribbon and stamped it with my current favourite motif. I have tried something like this here on N’s clothes, and I am thinking that a whole lot can be done with this. But more on this soon!

Anyway, so that was the end of my last-minute saga. Not something that will be attempted anytime soon.

I am happy to say however that the gifts were appreciated, and that always makes me want to make more of the same.

And so, the day I got back from the day, this is what I did!–yes even before I had entirely finished unpacking.

The pattern is exactly the same, but I decided once again to pull something out of my half yard Japanese fabric collection. Can you tell it is from the lovely Nani Iro line by Naomi Ito?

Of course, given that I was not running on any kind of a tight schedule to make this one, and that I had made all the possible mistakes I could make already, this took all of about three quarters of an hour from start to finish!

Immediately worn and well appreciated too!

My only little complaint (not the model’s, and certainly not a problem of the pattern) is that I feel it is a bit too wide at her chest. N has a small chest and narrow shoulders. So depending on the pattern the chest can be a bit wide on her. Here I should have perhaps used a 3T or perhaps even 2T size with increased length. Well, something for me to consider for such kind of dresses with spaghetti straps.

And here is the  tag I put on the back. Just because I could not bear to waste any little bit of the absolutely gorgeous fabric.

And, finally there is one more thing to show, this time with N’s work in it. Here is what she made a little while ago and I put together.

A cushion cover!

We made this, specifically, she made the centre piece with a bit of felt that I cut up for her. While I have done this with strips of paper as a child, the genius idea of using felt to make this came from “eclectic mom” who did a guest post here. Really what I great idea.

The weaving is entirely N’s, and my job was to pin each strip in place once done, and push the strips up tightly next to each other. Once she got the hang of the weaving part we were done in about an hour. Not bad for a four year old!

I put the cushion cover together, again using fabric from my half yard Japanese fabric pile (perfect yardage for really simple cushion covers). So here is the back, really plain and simple.

As you can tell, the only thing that I did differently from the instructions on her blog was that I put in a cushion insert.

Also, I sewed the whole woven felt carpet to the top square of the pillow just to give it some more stability.

This one is certainly giving much joy around the house. Not only is it good to prop oneself up on, or to sit back and admire, but we can also do this:

I hope you have a lovely Sunday.

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