Sewing ventures

Pink triangle market tote

This fabric is so refreshing and bright. It was so much fun working on this.

This pink triangle bag is now available on my madeit store.

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It has a wide base for holding more items and the white contrast handles are sewed in all the way down to the base of the bag making them really strong and durable.
It is perfect for fitting all your knitting and crochet yarn, storing fabrics and, of course, for getting a lot of groceries from the store.

Hand made bags are of size 33 cm X 28 cm X 15 cm. (not including straps)
Thick 100% Cotton Fabric. 100% renewable.
Machine washable and dry-able.
Made in a smoke-free and pet-free home.
Looking for gifts <$20? Useful as Gym bags, knitting projects bags.
Customize it with different colors and sizes.

Be the change you want to see in the world – Mahatma Gandhi

Go plastic bag free today!

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Sewing ventures

Chevron fall colors tote and pouch

If you follow my blog or know me personally, it wont take long for you to figure out the chevron is my absolute favorite pattern. Combined with the gorgeous fall colors, this has been such a fun fabric to work on.

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This bag is really great for grocery shopping, knitting projects, for the gym. It also comes with a small matching pouch for all those little items that we have in our bags we tend to lose.

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Check this bag out on my online store which ships worldwide.

Please go plastic free for grocery shopping this month. There are so many options out there.

Have a great crafty weekend everybody.

 

Sewing ventures

Fox print bag and a marathon

Last week was pretty eventful. It included some sewing, some knitting, and a LOT of running.

My latest sewing venture is this nerdy fox animal print bag. The future is going towards a ‘plastic-bag-free shopping’ experience. So why not have some fun with it!! This week I challenge you to use market bags and go shopping plastic-free. Every small step will make a huge difference.

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This is a great market tote and can carry a lot of weight with its handles sewed in all the way.

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This week was one year since my last Marathon in Chicago. So me and my husband have been training for the Melbourne Marathon (which was last weekend). It was an incredible experience. and usually after every marathon (this was my third one), I feel like I have it out of my system and am not sure I want to do this all over again. But this year I felt really good and am really inspired to do better for my next race, hopefully next year.

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Have a great week everybody!!

Sewing ventures

Furnishing fabric for market bags

As I get into sewing some more, I’ve really enjoyed using furnishing fabric as it is super thick for market totes. Here are the ones I’ve been working on this week.

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Red gingham bag

I learnt sewing the market tote on youtube and made considerable changes to the pattern. At some point, will definitely share the pattern for it as a more detailed blog.

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Pink stripes bag

But here is what furnishing fabrics look like as bags. I buy these fabrics from IKEA and Lincraft. You can find their collection of fabrics online.

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Dog print Blue bag

These bags are super sturdy as their handles are sewed in all the way to the base. I think that a contrast of white handles brings out the design of the bag a little more.

The idea is to be able to repurpose unused curtains into bags and use them for groceries. Reduce the use of plastic today. Let’s be more conscious towards the environment together! Please ship me some of your unused furnishing fabric and I can repurpose them into bags for you.

Coming up I have an exciting knitted shawl project to start and my first quilting project underway.

Have a great crafty weekend.

 

 

 

 

 

Sewing ventures

Sew happy!

We have moved and are now living in the land down under. I continue to knit and crochet, albeit  infrequently, I have found a new love. Sewing!! I always wanted to learn sewing.

My mother, a sewing expert, has been an inspiration. I wanted to start of with basic sewing skills. so I got a relatively inexpensive IKEA sewing machine SY. It has been pretty useful so far and I hope that it continues to work well. But I am loving the process of sewing and have decided to start my online store in Australia on madeit.com.au.

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The whole process of starting this store with cloth and market bags is about my passion about being more ecofriendly by reducing the use of plastic from the environment. Living in the US, I realized that I generally used so many single use plastic bags and disposables that it was very wasteful. A perfect example of this was, milk chugs being double bagged as they hold the weight, just to be able to carry it a few steps to the car and from the car to your kitchen.  In 4 of 7 Australian states and in 17 of 50 states in the US, so far there is a fee on single use plastic bags at the grocery stores. Even with these regulations in place, over 10 million new bags are used each day in Australia. The cost of these bags add up to about $100 million a year, which is added to your grocery bills.

Reusable and re-purposed bags will be able to save you $$$ and the environment and is the future shopping. Fabric bags can be folded up and carried with you to the store, come in a variety of colors and sizes. You don’t need to have a plastic bag containing a lot of plastic bags in your house. Get rid of the clutter and start using renewable cloth bags. Its time to be less wasteful.

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At this store, you can find a lot of cloth fabric bags. I am also repurposing old fabric into bags. You can fit in a lot more items into each bags. It WILL be possible to make one trip from the car to your house. The handles are sturdy enough to hold a lot more weight than a single use plastic bag.

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This is the only investment you need to make and you can help reduce a lot of plastic and help handmade businesses.

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Have a great weekend!!