Made For Baby Blog Tour

Does anyone remember Flickr? A long time ago when Flickr was the old instagram, we used to upload pictures and post them to like minded groups. I would sew and share my pictures to craft groups and people would click like or leave comments. 

I remembered that day when I caught a glimpse of a beautiful photo that made my heart fluttered. The photo potrayed a sense of serenity with pretty flowers on a table and bookshelves full of books at the background. It was the kind of house I would really love to live in. And then I started following the person's Flickr and as much as you can guess now, it was Ayda's (cafe nohut) photosteam. So does that mean I've liked her for the longest time?

When Ayda announced that she wrote a new book "Made For Baby", I was literally scrambling to order one. Look at the cover! Who can resist making all the wonderfully looking baby stuff from the book? And the most important thing is, my baby sister will be having her first baby this month. This book came at the perfect time for me to make something for her and my baby nephew!

A million hearts to sweetest Ayda for asking me to join her blog tour with other talented friends from far and out. You fulfilled my wish to sew something from your awesome book.

I have nothing much to say about the book. Seriously, all the projects are so well written with clear simple instructions. Most of them are great even for beginners. The templates are pretty straightforward too. The amazing pictures make you want to make every single project. I started making one. Then another, then another. I just could not stop my hands.

So in the end, I made not three (initial plan) but four projects for this "Made For Baby" blog hop. And I deliberately chose all my "favouritest" fabrics for them! 

First sewing is the Toy Basket. Obviously I love functional handmade things like bags, pouches or baskets. This is a must-make for my sister and her baby because you know, first baby usually have overflowing toys. They will need the basket to keep them organised!

Blue for baby boy! But of course, I still need to add lace. 

I think I may have kept this fabric for years just for this project. It was a fat quarter so I altered the size of the basket template by shrinking them about 15%. It came out just nice. How versatile!

The cute handles are from Daiso. I am very happy that I managed to find them stuffed underneath the drawer. Aren't the adorable animal fabric and starry handles a perfect combination?

Can be a tiny baby clothes storage basket too. I love the small pocket at the front for nitty gritty things. I did not hide the raw edges as shown in the book. Instead, I covered them with a brown lace as binding. And I added a cute hot air balloon tag.

The basket surely can hold a lot of things! With the wide base, it's a really useful light weighted basket for baby toys and clothes. I think my sister will love it and find it good to use.

Second project is the Cute Fabric Boxes. I only made one box as a compartment to put inside the toy basket. The sewing technique is similar to the toy basket so it's easy peasy.

Lace again for my sister. Everything just looks better with lace and crochet bias binding (you can buy from SunnyDaySupply).

Third project is Comets. These stunning stars will surely lit up any baby room! They are huge enough for baby to see and play with if you hang them above the baby cot. They are a must-do for me to gift to my baby nephew!

Puffy soft stars hanging on the wall. Really desirable as baby shower presents.

I don't have many ribbons in my stash. Glad to have found these few just nice for the comets.

The back of the stars are as attractive as the front. Thanks to the beautiful fabrics from Apple Farm by Elea Lutz from Penny Rose Fabrics

The last project was a last minute one and it's Tiny Bow Ties. Of course these are not for baby boy. They are for my daughter!

I made them just yesterday! Not with sewing machine but handsewn. There are many projects in the book that are do-able by hand. This is one of them and a very quick one too. These three bow ties are done under half hour.

I used ready-made ribbons for the centre to save time. These bow tie hair clips are way too lovely. My daughter has already asked me to a few more for her BFFs! *fabrics are Memoire a Paris by Lecien*

Hope everyone enjoyed what I made for Ayda's blog tour! It was a very pleasant experience to sew all the above projects from the book. "Made For Baby" book by Tuva Publishing is now available in Amazon and book depository

Thank you dearest Ayda and Tuva Publishing again!xx

Happy Flower Quilts Blog Hop (Last Stop and Round Up) + Giveaway!

Hello everyone! I hope all of you have had a great time following this blog hop, seeing all the talented bloggers sewing something (or many things) from this amazing book. Originally in Japanese language, Zakka Workshop did a really wonderful job translating most of projects into English. It means we do not have to struggle figuring out the diagrams anymore trying to sew everything from the book anymore!

Today is the last stop of the blog hop so I will do a short round up of what each blogger made. Please click on the link to read their full posts for more pictures too. I tell ya, it was so fun to read every single of them and admiring the beautiful projects. Trust me, you will be so inspired by all the wonderful sewing.

Well, let me first show you what I have been sewing...

Hearts Coaster - filled with so much love!

I made this just before Valentines' Day and it was so enjoyable handsewing it! Yes, completely handsewn! Do you know the coaster is reversible too? I bet you cannot tell!

I did not quite follow the method of leaving a small opening at the back. I used the most conventional way to leave the opening at the side of the heart before whip stitching it close.

Centre piece is a cute deer. Surrounded with so many red hearts.

Hand quilting never fails.

Oh the french knots are so adorable.

Connected hearts.

Puffy full of love.

One of my favourite prints!

This is the reversible side! I love it as much as the front.

Another sweet birdie!

I did french knots on both sides to make this side as pretty.

Flowers and ribbons.

Even now that Valentines' day is over, this Heart Coaster still sits on the main table in the living room. I just can't get enough of it.

Project number two is the Lunch Tote! It was a mad rush sewing this (as I am in the midst of house moving right now). I was SO HAPPY to finish the last stitch and it turned out so much prettier than I expected.

Note: After quilting, the patchwork piece will tend to shrink a little. You have to shorten the lining fabric and facing fabric to match the length of the top edge of the tote.

The patchwork is machine sewn with hand quilting details.

The square base allows the lunch box to snuggle and sit tightly.

This lunch tote has so many details like the circle ends and folded down binding.

The inside of the pouch as yummy as the outside. More juicy strawberries.

Pull string in yellow.

Little handmade tag at the side.

Of course I need to show you the special strawberry handles! SO PRETTY! And a perfect size for this small tote.

The handles are handsewn. Look at the french knots again. Pink this time.

Thank you Lecien for sending the beautiful Retro 30s Child Smile Fall 2016 bundle and strawberry handles for this lunch tote! It couldn't be more wonderful!


So now it's time to showcase all the pretty projects from our 15 invited bloggers!

Kristyne (

Lisa (

Sarah (

Minki (

Heidi (

Clara (

Ange (

Erin (

Lauren (

Sedef (

Ayda (

Renee (

Heather (

Melissa (

Greg (

Stacy (

Hope all of you found some inspiration after seeing what we made for this "Happy Flower Quilts" blog hop!:)


Now, a giveaway! I have two copies of Happy Flower Quilts book to share with everyone, with courtesy from the very generous Zakka Workshop. Opens international! To enter, leave me a comment here or at my instagram tagging a friend (write email address of your friend in blog comment). Tell me your favourite colour. So easy. You will win a the book while I'll send a small parcel of six fat eighths to your friend! Giveaway ends March 8.

Just another great news, we have a QAL starting from March 6. Kristyne, Melissa and me will be hosting this QAL together so I hope you can join us and sew along to make the Sampler Quilt! The book includes all templates (in actual sizes!) for the blocks making. You can choose to handsew or machine sew, whichever way you prefer. Even if you cannot catch up, it's completely fine. We just wish you can have fun sewing!