Wednesday, August 31, 2011

A cute make up bag!


After sewing a bag, I still had some left over pieces, so I decided to sew small clutch out of it. I also had some fabric pieces from my recently finished bed covers. I combined those two and made this cute quilted clutch!

For decoration I crocheted a flower and attached cute pink button of Victoria's secret:)

Isn't it cute?

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Just finished sewing a bag!


I was thinking about sewing a bag for a long time ago and finally I decided to make it! I didn't have any patterns, so it was made on the way. I used thick weaved fabric that I found in furniture shop.
The idea was to sew a big bag so I cut out big, square shape,sew up the edges and make some pleats at the middle. I also sew corners, to shape a box:

Did the same thing with the lining, adding inner pockets to it.

I sew the corners together at their wrong side and then fold out.

Attached small fabric pieces to the heavy duty zip and then attached it to the top of the bag:

Then I fold corners and hand stitched them to the sides of the bag. You can see it better in this picture:

I cut out long rectangle piece, sew the edges at their wrong edges, leaving a space for folding and then hand stitched the edges with brown knitting wool. I also attached a brown strap to the middle.

For decoration I used my own crocheted squared with pink roses and attached them to the both sides of the bag:

Finally I made my husband to attach those circles that hold straps:)

I loved this experience with sewing a bag and want to make some more:)

Monday, August 29, 2011

Laksa soup


"Laksa" is famous Thai soup! First time when I heard about this soup is from my sister, who lives in Australia. She always talked about how they love to eat this soup at the restaurants and one day she wanted to try it at home. It turned out to be so delicious and much more yummier than the restaurant ones:) So, after her excited describes, I also wanted to cook it, and you now what? Now it is our favorite one too:)
There are so many different recipes and varieties of "laksa", but this one comes from my sister:)
Ingredients:
4 tbsp of peanut oil (can be substituted with olive oil)
2 chicken breasts, cut in thin strips
1 medium sized onion, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 tbsp of grated ginger
1 tsp of Thai curry paste (try it first, if it is too spicy, then add half a tsp)
1 medium sized carrot, cut in thin strips or grated
1 full tsp of turmeric powder
450 grams of beef or chicken stock
1 can of (4oo ml) coconut milk
250 grams of prawns
Salt to taste
Half a package or less, Chinese rice noodles (or as in my case,home made noodles)
Fresh chopped coriander
A bunch of fresh bok choy
Heat up peanut oil and put in chicken, fry stirring, until nice golden. Add in onion, ginger, curry paste and garlic, fry for another 5 min. Add in carrots and fry until they are soft, add in turmeric powder and pour in stock and coconut milk. Bring to boil and simmer for about 10 min. Add in prawns and cook for another 10 min.
In another bowl, bring water to boil, add in 1 tbsp of salt and put in noodles, boil until they are properly cooked. Drain well.
Serve putting a small amount of noodle to each individual bowls and poring soup on it.

Top with fresh chopped coriander and 2-3 leaves of bok choy.

There is no bok choy in my bowl, as I couldn't find fresh one on that day:)
Mmmm, yummy!!! Enjoy!


Monday, August 22, 2011

My first ever quilt!!!


I've been interested in quilting in these days and have learned many patterns. I just love it! It turned out that quilting is so fun and interesting hobby! I remember we used to have two small cushions at home, which were made by my grandmother a very long time ago! The patchwork border was amazing! They were so beautiful and original! My sister has them now. I tried to sew my own quilt. I bought one beautiful, colorful fabric and plain white one.
I didn't have all of the needed tools, but somehow, I figured out:)At the beginning, I wasn't able to make perfect same squares out of that strips, but then after a few tries, I made it.

Still, experienced quilters will see my faults, but for the person who doesn't know anything about quilting (precisely my husband:)) it is a perfect sewn quilt:)
For me, it is my first experience and I made it specially for my cuty one, so it is made with love-that is important:)
During sewing process, I had some problems with it, especially when I was sewing trough and across the "sandwich", so I decided to sew it up by hands and then run through with sewing machine.


Finally, I bind my quilt with a white fabric.
At the end, I had so many left over pieces, that I decided to make a pillow out of them.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

How I sew cute back pack for myself and my honey pie


I have been searching for a cute back pack for a long time. I love back packs, as they are comfortable and easy to carry, especially it is helpful when you are with a child, who is always jumping and running around:)-at least you will have both of your hands free to catch her:) Unfortunately for me, I couldn't find any back pack at the stores, so I decided to sew one. I bought a very durable fabric out of furniture store and started cutting out. First I cut out rectangle shape 15X18 inches and sew up edges:


Cut out oval shape for the bottom and attached to that rectangle tube:

Did the same thing with a lining fabric, but made it shorter:

Then attached patch worked pocket to the right side of the lining:

I made two holding strips and attached pink strips (I took those from my daughter's old school back pack).
Sew up the bottom of the both pieces together from the wrong side, then fold back (I also stitched the holding strips at this point):

See that longer edge? I folded up and stitched that one:

Then I make two holes here, hand stitched edges of the holes and tied with a pink pleated strip. At last, I stitched a cover on top. I decorated the cover with my crocheted pink rose and voila!!! Cute and comfortable back pack, that I hope will last long:)