Friday, May 27, 2011

Fabric Find Friday - Eiffel Tower and a giveaway

What do you love or don't love about this fabric..? 
Share to stand a chance to receive a little bit of Paris in the post.. 

What you need to do:
1. Leave a comment telling me what you like/don't like about the fabric
2. Include your e-mail address 
3. I'll choose 2 comments I really enjoyed reading on 10th June 2011
4. The two commenters will receive 1FE size of the above fabric and 1 more FE in another print of my choice (2FE in total)
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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Oil Cloth vs. Laminated Cotton

It is a new craze of late to sew using laminated cotton. It comes in all your favourite designer prints and the best part is it's waterproof and easy to clean. There's also oil-cloth that has been around like almost forever and it's also water proof and easy to clean. So what's the difference between oil-cloth and laminated cotton.. Aren't they the same??? 

Oil Cloth
Laminated Cotton
-Regular quilting cotton weight cloth on one side.

-The right side of the fabric is laminated with a polyurethane coating which does not contain Phthalates and they are not made with vinyl or PVC
-The surface can be wiped clean using a warm, soapy sponge then dry it off with a soft cloth.
-Machine washing is not suggested.
-Store folded or rolled.
-Any creases from folding will smooth out over time, faster in a warm environment. If you want to speed the process up you could use the steam setting on an iron with a pressing cloth between the iron and the oilcloth (DO NOT TOUCH THE IRON TO THE OILCLOTH). (Mendel's)
-The surface can be wiped clean using a warm, soapy sponge then dry it off with a soft cloth.
-Can be machine washed with no shrinking or damage (pink chalk studio)
 -Ironed faced down, covered with a pressing cloth. (Do not touch the iron directly to the laminated fabric)  (pink chalk studio)
Use to make table covering, lunch bags, high-chair mat, book cover, beach bag, shelf liner, apron, wallet (what ever you would like to be pretty and waterproof!
Any projects plus kids’ projects as well as it does not contain vinyl or PVC.
-The raw edges will not unravel or fray.
-Teflon foot to sew (also manageable with the walking foot.
-Leaves hole if pins are used (pin in the seam allowance)
-Use normal sewing needle and thread to sew
-The raw edges will not unravel or fray.
-Teflon foot to sew (also manageable with the walking foot.
-Leaves hole if pins are used (pin in the seam allowance)
-Use normal sewing needle and thread to sew
Cost about USD7.50/yard (47” wide)
Cost about USD15.98/yard ~ (56” wide) (RM48.70~)

From my observation, they have similar characteristics (cleaning, sewing) except that laminated cotton is fancier and costs lots more.

I have acquired 2 half meters worth of vinyl coated fabric at the beginning of the year (lucky bag/ fukubukuro) and last week decided to put them to use. I made 2 non-reversible bucket bags. They draped well, smooth cutting and were easy to sew. They were not slippery or stiff. I used pins in the seam allowance and used my walking foot.  

I used designer cotton (Lecien and Moda for the lining and added a zippered pocket inside and used strap webbing for the sides and handles.

- padded
- not reversible
- magnetic snap button for closure
- one zippered pocket inside
- Outside - oil cloth - waterproof and stain resistant 
- Lining - Designer cotton

Bag Size: 38cm (in the middle) x 33cm (in the middle)
Base size: 24cm x 10cm
Handle size: 50cm (l)

All in all, a great experience, but I do not plan to stock up on either laminated cotton or oil-cloth in the near future. 
Have you worked with either? Do you have any tips to share?

MyBotanG 2nd Anniversary Sale is still going on in the shoppe and on FB page.  

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Friday, May 20, 2011

Looking forward to JUNE

MyBotanG 2nd Anniversary

And so it has been 2 years since I started making and selling my handmade items online. I started with making few bags (Bento, Bag Set, Odekake) and selling to my college friends and contacts  on FB only. I'm grateful to my friends who trusted my judgments (though art or design was not my major) they paid and allowed me to play around with fabrics and patterns. Since then I've added many more items to MyBotanG line up, including kitchen, baby and kids and various bags

In the 2nd year, MyBotanG has expanded to a separate shoppe blog to sell fabrics and notions and recently MyBotanG page on FB has also been launched to cater for a larger audience. 

In accordance to that, I'm having a SALE in the shoppe throughout the month of June and there'll also be a Giveaway sometime soon. 

MyBotanG's little helper busy at work preparing for the Anniversary Sale
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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Itty Bitty for a Cute-y...

You might remember the panels I bought (here) and the sweet baby quilt I made from the panel (here). Since I couldn't get enough of the sweetness, I bought 2meters of the soft pink Itty Bitty fabric by Marcus Fabrics and it has been sitting there on my shelf looking pretty for quite sometime now, until a customer requested an all-in-one pouch using the fabric.

I was about to say NO to using my precious but decided against it and agreed to cut into the sweet fabric...
It turned out beautifully (more pictures).. and it was so fun to work with such soft fabric 
I lined it with brown polka dot fabric which I've decided long ago was the only perfect match for this sweetie. 
Then came another commission for a baby quilt using the fabric and I jumped with joy at the prospect of creating something SWEET *grin*
A simple quilting on the centre panel with name embroidery
A homemade binding using a soft pink cotton in my stash
MyBotanG baby quilt size is 110cm x 90cm
A soft pink flannel for the back 
After all these, I still have some of this lovely fabric left *HAPPY*

Do you have any precious in your stash..?
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Monday, May 9, 2011

Cuppy fabric by KOKKA

A recent indulgence purchase
Linen blend medium weight cotton by Trefle KOKKA
I was attracted by the party theme and the simple colour combination

It reminded me of the recent carrot cup cakes I made

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Sunday, May 8, 2011

Sew along - Appliqué Week 4 - Final Stage

Week 4 (2 - 8 May) task - Appliqué the pieces

It was kind of nerve wrecking at first to get the balance between the speed of the machine and moving the fabric especially when using black thread where all the Oooppss will be magnified. It has been a while since I last used my darning foot to do the free motion (ABC quilt using darning foot) but I was very excited throughout the process. 

Though the result is far from perfect (lots of shaky and uneven stitches) I had a wonderful time working on this project and would like to thank each and everyone who were directly involved in the sew along and those who cheered and supported us all the way. THANK YOU to all the sew along members for taking the time out of your busy schedule to participate in the project *HUGS*

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