What do you think of handmade gifts?
Personally i like them a lot cos it feels like a lot of effort went into them. Actually a lot of ppl say the same but i always wonder if people like what i give [which is why when i give something handmade, i try to give a normal gift as well XD]
Anyway, friend of mine was in Tokyo recently for work and i really wanted to give her something i made. I gave her something i made previously and she liked it so hopefully she likes this too XD
Triangular Coin Pouch
Its my first attempt at making one of these..so ok its not perfect
i dont have a pattern but if you want to make one, look up how to make a “chinese jack” bean bag [aka fivestones]. Enlarge that pattern, make two [one for lining, one for outer] and add a zip!
FYI, i enlarged my pattern to be 14cm squares.
Wrapped up! i also gave Masami some tomo-choco
Hopefully she likes it!! What do you think?
Questions i get frequently [in regards to sewing]
1. Where did you learn sewing?
I learnt it by myself. I have never taken a class but i have tried to read a lot of sewing books. I still read them a lot! In hindsight maybe a class would be easier [less swearing..ask the husband XD]
2. Is it too late for me to start learning sewing?
No! i started to learn how to sew around 7 years ago but did not commit a lot of time to it. It was only 5 years or so ago that i started to spend more time on it. Some people learn how to play the piano in their 40s and this is a million times easier
3. What sort of advice do you have for someone just starting out in sewing?
Ironing is more useful than you think XD No seriously, if something doesnt look good, give it an iron, it might turn out better than you think.
4. I want to sew but i have no sewing talent
I used to fail at sewing in school. I had to get my mother to help me sew my item so i could pass. I am also that same girl whose home arts teacher said “you better marry a rich man cos you will NEVER survive without a maid” <-- oh yah i had some awesome role models HAHAHAHA
Look where i am now? What someone says about you isnt the gospel truth. its only true if you let it be. You can change yourself.
5. Where do you buy fabrics from?
I always get this question but i dont really know how to answer it. I mean..dont you just buy fabric from a fabric store? In USA, i buy fabric from Joann's. In Australia, i buy it from Spotlight. And in Japan, i like going to this little store in Shibuya. Here is the address [its so close to the station + Shibuya 109!!]
Any other questions? Ask away! ^^
p.s i am sorry i havent updated the store in ages. I have some new stuff for the store and i will try to list it soon! sewing is the fun part. updating the store..not so fun XD
p.p.s dont forget to join my tiny giveaway http://bittenbefore.com/tokyolife/2011/02/14/happy-valentines-day-homemade-choco-treats-giveaway/