Sunday, January 06, 2008

A zippered pouch...finally!


I have been wanting to learn how to do a zippered pouch for some time already, and was so happy when SAKURA finally offered the class again this year! They stopped offering the kit cum class when they ran out of the japanese cotton materials and the orders for them did not arrive in the last quarter of the year last year. I think that is what I remembered Kelvin said.

I wondered why they did not kit up using the american cottons, because they do have quite a nice selection. But, the japanese cotton I got in the kit is really nice, and well worth the wait!

I took the class yesterday afternoon. I started at about 2.40pm. I had wanted to get there earlier, so as to have more time to to work on it, but I got caught in the terrible storm that got me almost soaking wet! LOL!

Anyway, I completed the pouch in one sitting! Yippee! I completed it at 6.30pm, eventhough the shop closes at 6.00pm. May and Kelvin did not mind my staying in late. In fact, it was Kelvin's wife, Catherine, who asked that I stay on and complete it as I was almost done anyway, and she wanted to see the end product.


Also, there was this 12 year old boy who was taking a string bag class and also a baby pillow class yesterday, and as his mom still has not come to get him, they had to wait. A bonus to me! *broad grin*

I really love the motif on this red japanese cotton, and the compact batting I used (part of the kit) makes such a diference to the end result of the pouch, as compared to the normal lightweight batting that I am used to. Live another day, learn another thing!

I would need lots of practice in perfecting the making of this pouch. There are quite a portion that has to be hand stitched, which takes up time, but I think that is what makes the pouch really nice.

Same as for the house tissue box cover, a lot of hand stitching goes into the piece. If ever I want to make to any of these things to sell, it's not possible to sell it cheaply, and only those who appreciates handmade gifts and the labour of love that goes into it will understand the price that is tagged to it.

8 comments:

Barbara said...

That's really, really nice! Love the colours and the combo of fabrics. Well made and so functional too. Good going Nik!

Dia said...

Hi Syg,
Just passing the time w8ing for Aiman to finish his Engineering class. Surprisingly, it's not that crowded here in BV. BTW, when are u gonna restart your scrapbooking?

Emily said...

Fiery colors! Gorgeous!

June said...

You're on a roll, Nik, churning out so many pretty quilted stuff. Your Sayang and Darling is hinting that you should do otherwise. Hmm... so many things to do with so little time.

janet c said...

Very loverly.

Lillie said...

A beauty Nik! Loved the reds! All your sewing projects are a 'WOW'. Congrads.

Ratna said...

There is no price for any labour of love. Its always expensive. Nice work!

tinn tinn said...

omg.. its so nice.. where did you get the zipper? i'm looking for one like that...
the fabrics look nice too.. american cotton ey?