Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Orange is the new black

That's what I read the other day and maybe it's the season that I seem to work with a lot of orange in the past few weeks. 

I was cutting fabric for a client  and  I suddenly had this 'AHA" moment. I wanted to make this cute bag from Sewsweetness free pattern "Baker Street Bag". So after sending my orders of the day, I went ahead and sewed away. 

And look how cute is this bag?

Ikat & Denim Bag
The pattern is surprisingly very easy to follow. It's a good size for you who love to go "minimalist" . Ehm I tend to carry many stuff  like doraemon ^^. 

See, it fits my notebook, kindle, and wallet. It also has small zipper pocket and quite spacious slip pocket for your phone, pen and maybe tissue or your specs. 

Orange small shoulder bag, ethnic woman handbag, zippered denim jeans bag, cute tote bag, orange small purse, 21st birthday gift for her

Isn't it smart? I think it's going to be a perfect gift for your mom, girlfriend, niece or daughter..or your self?? :D

I know I am going to make more in the future, I am thinking of quilted one. What do you think?

Until then,

Happy Sewing

The bag is available for purchase in my ETSY shop as of now. 

Saturday, October 1, 2016

More Mobile Phone Pouches

I've been having fun sewing these cell phone pouches in the past few days. 

I love gifting mobile phone pouch for my friends. Everyone need one, after all your phone is your best buddy :D

Beige Blockprint & Linen

Like this Halloween theme one. I love this riley blake fabric I picked up on my last trip.

Cute Halloween Pouch 

or this Indigo and Red. Oh I love indigo blue, who doesn't? and with indigo blue you can match it with almost all colors. Pink, green, red, name it and it always looks great. 

Indigo Red Pouch

This handmade phone pouch may look similar, but they are different. Like this Japanese doll one. It looks cute with red , green or pink. 

Japanese Doll Pouch 

Please visit my SHOP for details of each. and if you don't find what you're looking for, just send me message. 

So, what are you sewing these days? 

Image result for when your friend fall you laugh, when you phone fall

Until then,

Happy Sewing

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

{SHOP UPDATE} Halloween Theme

It's time to stock up the shop for the festive season. I'm currently making Halloween theme which include this cute trick or treat candy bag 

This candy tote bag is fun to make. I got a couple of Fat Quarters with halloween them on my trip to Seoul last year. The Korean cotton is a dream to work on. The fabric is just fab!!

Read my story about my shopping trip in South Korea

From the left over fabric, I made this cute mobile phone sleeve.

isn't that cute? 

The mobile phone pouch is quite popular in my Etsy shop and I've been making lunch bags and phone pouches for my local customers in the past few weeks. 

so many yummy fabrics, so little time to sew 

So,make sure you check the SHOP for newest updates and ready to ship items. 

Until then,

Happy Sewing

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Branching out from Etsy

The past few weeks, I've been busy setting up new platform for my shop. I've been selling in Etsy for a couple of years but with the ever changing Etsy policy it is getting tougher for sellers outside USA to get (even) a view unless we pay for Etsy Promoted Ads. 

Halloween iPhone pouch, padded cell phone cover,iPod sleeve, crossbody bag, mini sling bag for Iphone 6, Samsung galaxy S6, Nexus, LG

Etsy promoted ads gives benefits, but I see that you should have a higher budget (which I can't afford) which bring your shop to the first search pages.

Well, there are SEO thingy and keywords, etc which turned out to be a little help (or no help at all) if you don't use promoted ads.

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And also the "shop local" policy really have impact on Seller outside US.

Another reason was I've been waiting for Etsy to introduce INR in their default currency but don't see that coming. While I get many inquiries from India, the USD price tag deter them from Etsy. Indian shoppers feel more comfortable shopping in their own currency and using Bank Transfer as mode of payment. 

Image result for shop online india

I really wish Etsy take a hint from Amazon. 

There are many Etsy-like platform coming up in India, the problem with these marketplace is they withhold the payment to seller. For big player, a couple of bucks won't hurt them, but for us who make one product at a time and getting the money weekly or three quarterly is too much. 

With that in mind, I decided to sign up with Ecwid  and have my shop everywhere. You can shop from Facebook or from  my new shop blog. What I like most is it's user friendly and it has a FREE plan. I started with free plan then decide to upgrade. 

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I will still be selling in Etsy. Ecwid is easier for me to connect with local shoppers and also with Ecwid I can offer a less price since I don't have to pay for the fees that Etsy charges. 

Please come and visit my SHOP and wish me a lot of good luck ^^. 

Happy Sewing

photo credits : from various source in the internet

Saturday, September 10, 2016

{ New in the Shop} 241 Batik Sling Bag

I have this orange batik for a long time. It's one of those modern batik depicting Jakarta's landmarks and cultures. I always wanted to make bag with it but could not find a perfect pattern for it, until last week!

Well, Noodlehead pattern is always my favorite and this 241 tote was on my wishlist. I am glad I finally made it. 

It's perfect to carry around while you're on the go

2 pockets on the sides is very handy to keep your sunglasses or those brochures you pick up on the road

the slanted exterior zipper pocket is so cute and perfect to keep your bus/train card or small changes or even your hotel card when you travel.

I will definitely take this sling bag on my next trip. 

So, when you're planning your next holiday, don't forget to grab one of this bag. 

Now this bag is available for custom order in my ETSY shop 
{psst.. you like a customized bag. I have more fabric options} 

or you can just click this button below to buy: