The little one was down with viral and didn’t attend school for 2 days. And then, when he went, I made this scrappy mug rug and left it home so he can see it when he gets back from school.

Scrappy mug rug

Scrappy mug rug

He was as happy to receive it as I was to make it 🙂
Size: 6″X6″
Fabric source: Shruti
Fabric line: assorted designer fabric
Thread : local polyster

Another small project this week is for my ‘lil one’s friend. While the class was playing with his friend’s pencil box, it broke in two.While my ‘lilone was on entirely responsible for this, he definitely played a part.Thankfully, no one was hurt but the pencil box broke into two. I found the perfect fabric for the purpose in my stash, bought last year to make a quick and easy pencil pouch.

Pencil pouch

Pencil pouch

Size: 9″X 6″
Item: Pencil pouch with base
Fabric source: The material Girl
Thread : Aurifil


An easy DIY pouch tutorial…

This takes more time to read the tutorial than to sew it 🙂 Its that quick and easy!

Step1: Take one top(preferably quilted fabric) and one lining fabric each of size 13.5″X7″
In case you do not want a quilted top, interface the top fabric with batting or just hold it together and treat as a single sheet with the top fabric.
Cut the top and lining fabric into half breadth wise so you get 4 pieces, each 6.75″X7″


Step2: Now arrange one sheet of lining fabric facing up, then zipper facing up and quilted fabric facing down, all along their 7″ edge.
Take a zipper at least one inch longer than the width of the pouch, here 7″ raw.


Here you can see the 3 layers pinned together in place and ready for sewing.


Step3: Now sew on the pinned line using a zipper foot. If you don’t have a zipper foot, carefully stitch using a normal foot. Turn and needle press the outer and inner fabric along the stitch length. Top stitch as shown below.


Step 4: Now do the same thing for the other side along the free edge of the zipper. Lining fabric facing up, zipper facing up and top fabric facing down.


Step5:Align and pin. Sew into place using a zipper foot, turn, finger press and top stitch as shown in Pic below.


Step 5: Open up the sides along the zipper pouch, i.e. just lay the piece flat with the lining down to see where you are.


Hold the lining sides together and top fabric sides together and lay on the surface as shown below.Pin all around. Make sure you half open the Zip at this point.


Step 6: Sew all around starting from the pouch bottom on the lining fabric ensuring you keep at least a two inch opening to turn the pouch out. Double stitch if necessary.


Now turn the pouch inside out through the opening at the base of the purse and hand stitch the opening.Snip the corners in case you want them to look crisp and turn well . Give the pouch a good iron. Mine isnt ironed yet.



As the colourful festival of Holi goes by and the festivities, myraid colors, partying and good food comes to an end, one feels nostalgic and the need to hold on to the festival cheer takes center-stage.

In the same spirit I drew up my own pattern for a coin purse with the help of a tea saucer and picked up some vibrant multicolored fabric to suit the mood.

coin purse 1

The coin purse is complete and sits at my desk, ready to go to its destination. Its a gift for a friend.

coin purse 2

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Love the simple design and the quick output. Ideal for a quick gift…

I have used a black and beige handloom fabric from Orissa(state in eastern India) with an ash grey thin cotton for the back of the jewellery pouch. Will be writing a tutorial soon on this…

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Experimenting a jewellery pouch !

Turned out just fine…

Can house multiple pieces of small jewellery at a time and very convenient during travel.

I was shopping last weekend with my sister and bought my house keeper a pair of jhumkas(traditional dangling earrings) and this pouch is a gift for her to house the pair 🙂
It definitely turned out better than expected and she is on top of the moon, knowing its for her.

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Recently during one of my my regular sojourn around the net to see what are the new things that have cropped up in the crafts world , I stumbled upon Lr Stitched which has the Zakka sew along continuing. I instantly fell in love with the pretty pouch that is the project for the week. However, pouches always look difficult to me and I cant figure out how they magically turn to a beautiful wrap for your precious things hiding all joins and looking all pretty and beautiful.

I thought I’d give it a try and to my surprise it turned out beautiful. What was more surprising was that the moment I picked up the ash linen and the organic car and scooter fabric from ‘Monaluna Birch fabric circa 50’, I got the exact shade of solid for the border, same shade lace to match, same green seed beads as the fabric to make the loop and a largish white bead to hold the loop in place—all from my own cupboard, without having to step outside in the rain to fetch a things or two from the supplies store or ordering online. I am starting to think :
–either its beginner’s luck that I had every shade matching in my cupboard or
–my stash is growing to actually fulfill my needs !

Whatever that might be, I am just HAPPY with the outcome…maybe I can stitch a few in different colours and gift them to my kindle owner friends.

An experiment on making a pouch turned out just right. I referred to a tutorial from Kekya Lou. This was the first time I was using fusible interfacing and the second time for setting a zipper …but thanks to her lovely tutorial I got a beautiful dumpling pouch ready to use.

The outside is a lovely grey and white polka dot with the pink inner fabric peeping out when you open it. Cant wait to start using it.

Every girl needs a little bit of pink in her life.

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