Adding crocheted edges to my Japanese *Tenugui* scarf ♪手ぬぐいスカーフに縁編みしました♪

I love adding crocheted edges to sewn projects because it simply adds that pretty touch. It doesn't take much time either :)


This time I added crocheted edges to my Japanese "te-nu-gui" scarf that I got from Kyoto, Japan, a few years back. "Tenugui" (teh-nu-gooy) is a thin Japanese hand towel made of cotton. It is very lightweight and super absorbent.


Here, the edges are worked directly onto the sewn "te-nu-gui" scarf. The tenugui is so thin that poking holes using crochet hook is a breeze.  I only used single crochet and chains.


Once again, I worked in the car while I waited for our girls' activities... 


Adding crocheted edges was very quick and easy, yet I love how it turned out!


***Love, Amy***

Hair Scrunchies Assembly Line ♪ シュシュ大量生産しました ♪

Guess how many hair scrunchies I whipped up last week for our oldest girl's cheer team?


... A total of twenty hair scrunchies! (I made a couple more after shooting the above pic). 


My fourteen year old picked the fabrics for her teammates. Can you tell that she likes checkered prints and polka dots but dislikes florals? For some reason, she thinks that floral prints are for middle‐aged people (like her mom)!


I sewed and sewed...


Then pressed and pressed.  


While I made these, my sewing area literally turned into an assembly line of hair scrunchies!


All in all, I am so relieved that the order is now complete!


After making a myriad of hair scrunchies for the teenage girls, I decided to make one for myself. How do you like the crocheted edges that I added to my *special* version? 


***Love, Amy***

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Cute Pleats! Pencil Case Making ♪パッチワークのペンケース作り ハンドメイドギフト♪

I stitched up a handmade gift for my mommy friend who works so hard for our girls' cheer team. She is so nice and caring that I wanted to show how thankful we are to her!


It's supposed to be a secret gift so I'm hoping she's not reading this (which I'm pretty sure that she isn't! lol)


I used my favorite fabric bits and pieces to make this one.


As you can see, the pencil case is carefully folded to create "x" shaped sides. Doesn't the fold remind you of Japanese origami? (Origami is a Japanese art of folding paper into decorative shapes).


The pattern is my original. You can find it in my shop.


Hope she likes my handmade gift! We'll see...


***Love, Amy***

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Half Moon Patchwork Pouch for my sister ♪妹に半円パッチワークポーチをプレゼント♪

Happy July everyone!

Here's what I stitched up for my younger sis #2 for her (belated) birthday gift. You may recall those patchwork placemats that I recently made for my younger sis#1, but this time it's for a different sister! Having many sisters keep me busy; that's for sure! lol 

下の妹の誕生日ギフトに手作りポーチを贈りました。先日、上の妹に手作りしたランチョンマットのセットを覚えていらっしゃいますか?こちら→☆  いやはや、妹がたくさんいると忙しくてしかたないですね。(苦笑)。

I made sure to include her fave lipsticks from M.A.C...


The zippers are hand stitched along the bias edge of the pouch opening. The pouch opens widely for convenient access.


Side view. Ribbon trim is attached to the zipper pull for extra sweetness!

ファスナー飾りにリボンを縫い付けました。 手作りギフトはこういう小さなポイントが肝心ですよね(笑)。

Bottom view. 


This pouch is made from my original  zakka pattern, Half Moon Patchwork Pouch.  You can check it out from my shop.


Hope she likes it! 


***Love, Amy***

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Color Wheel Dresden Patchwork ♪ とってもカラフルなドレスデンパッチワーク作り♪

Happy weekend everyone!

Today I'd like to show you this scrappy dresden patchwork I managed to stitch this week. 


This color wheel came really handy when arranging and selecting my own colors/fabrics.


Chain stitching saves a lot of time. It's my kind of sewing! You may check out my earlier post on how I make these patchwork dresden plates.


It's been quite a challenge for me to squeeze in stitching time during the week, especially when one of our girls are in summer break and the other one is not! Yet it's always worth the try, because there is nothing more than sewing that gives me a sense of accomplishment. Besides, these colors really make me happy!


***Love, Amy***

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Hexagon Log Cabin Placemat ♪六角形(ヘクサゴン)のログキャビンでミニマット完成♪

Saturday is one of the busiest days of the week for me. There is so much driving involved in just one day to drop off/pick up our girls from their Japanese school, sports activities and other extra curriculum classes! 


Yet I'm sew happy that I managed to whip up this fun hexagon shaped log cabin place mat yesterday.


I've hoarded this charming horse fabric (Wee Wander Summer Ride by Sarah Jane) for a while, hoping that I can make something from this beauty one day...


It took some courage to fussy cut the white horse into hexagon shape, using this clear hexagon template. One edge of the hexagon measures 3.25 inches.


My iphone's alarm function is so helpful to manage the drop off/pick up time of our girls schedule throughout the day. I rushed back to my sewing table between my driving schedule to piece this hexagon...


...and managed to finish this place mat done! Yay!


Log cabin patchwork piecing is so addicting and fun that I can never get over with it!

Happy hexagon log cabin making... Enjoy your week!

ログキャビンのピーシングは楽しくて仕方がありません。作品を作っている間はとにかく夢中になれるのが何より有難いです^^ では皆さんも良い1週間をお過ごしくださいね。

xoxo, Amy

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More Scrappy Log Cabin Blocks ♪ はぎれでログキャビン♪

This week, I stitched up a couple more scrappy log cabins using my spare time. As always, without much thinking, I simply pulled out strips from my scrap bin and combined them together... Sew fun!


The center block measures 5" and the surrounding strips are 2" wide. The finished block is squared up to 11" square.


My initial plan was to whip up a quick door mat for our entrance area using these scrappy blocks. But as the number of blocks grew, now I'm thinking about making them into a bigger project... maybe a lap quilt?? 


So far, I have eight blocks altogether. I have no clue what these blocks will end up to be... But one thing for sure is that I will continue to enjoy every step of the way!


***Love, Amy***

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Patchwork Placemats for my Sis ♪パッチワークのランチョンマットを妹にプレゼント♪

Hello everyone!

Today I'd like to show you what I recently whipped up for my sis #1... a set of patchwork placemats! (Note: I have two younger sis and two younger bros, so it's easier for me to number them at times... he he)


Reverse side of placemats ランチョンマットの裏面

Actually, these placemats were made for my sis and her family as a thank you gift from me, for hosting us during our Christmas visit to their home last year end... Yes, it took me a whole six months to stitch up this gift for my sis and her family!  


This was a scrappy and hassle free kind of project that I really enjoyed making all four blocks! After all, these were made for my sis, which meant that they didn't have to be perfect...! ^o^


By the way this isn't the first time that I make placemats for my sis #1. Here is another set of placemats that I made back in 2010 for her. 


Here are the close up of the placemats that I made for my sister this time...


Scrappy string quilt version


Lemoyne star version


Kaleidoscope (kind of?) version


Cat in the house version (my original block)


I asked my sis which block she likes the best... Well, I already knew her answer because she is a serious cat lover... But yes, her favorite was a cat in the house block as I had expected ^^


I was able to hand over these placemats to my sis when she and my niece visited us over the past weekend.  After all, my thank you gift was waaaay too late, but better be late than never... Right, sis? 


***Love, Amy***


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