Monday, December 21

Bag and Box

Last week I was away in Kampung Sri Batu, K.L. conducting a bag and box making class for Kemas. It was really an experience. The workshop is fully equipped with sewing necessities and this make my job easier and fun.
Altogether there are 14 students, and they are teachers themselves in their respective craft skill. With their knowledge in sewing, I managed to get them finish their project in the time given.

Here the ladies are preparing the material for the bags. I provided upholstery canvas for the bag and polyester-cotton heavy drill for the lining. I taught them pattern making and cutting, hopefully they can use it to create their design.

Sewing the pieces together.

I let them experiment with the tools to get the ideal result. The bags are halve-way done. At this point everybody was eager to see the finish product.

I let them trace and cut their own leather trimmings. This way, they experienced working with leather. Sewing here are done by hand, the machine did not produce nice stitching. Adjustments need to be done to the machine in order to sew leather.

Here the ladies are standing proud by their bags. All 14 totes are finished on time. I was extremely happy and captivated with the outcome.

The 3rd day was box making day. I taught them to measure, cut, constuct and clad. The process was quite messy and we were running out of time. All the ladies manage to finish their boxes but they still need to practice the process again in order to get the best result.

A contented teacher with her delightful students.

Friday, December 11


Finally!! I got it done.

This my new handbag, to replace Fav that I have been carrying everywhere.
Draw-string is one design that I've been wanting to do. Very happy with this one but little adjustments to be made.

Here, I used beige leather for the base, side strap, shoulder strap,draw-string and binding.

I'm not to excited with the color and Jasmine said it look sad and dull. Well,...... this my prototype, with new adjustments and fantastic material (already in mind) I'm sure it's going to be good.

Many draw-string design that I can imagine, but I'll stick with this one for a while. I'll just play with colors and proportion.

Bag is 17" L x 12" H x 5" W.
Quite spacious.
Shoulder strap drop 11".

Thursday, December 10

Brown Messenger

Made this shades of brown bag for Chah.
Simple rectangular patches with straight quilting lines. Just couldn't make myself try any other quilting design. Maybe I will do it to the next project. Already have an idea of another quilted bag. When? Don't know yet.

This bag is of the same pattern with the previous messenger bag, except this one have a full leather strap.
Will take it to K.L this week end. Finally Chah will get her bag.


This tote bag is a sample for a class that I'm conducting in K.L. next week.
It is made of thick upholstery with flat leather handles. Nothing fancy but the outcome is
smart and pleasing.
I've been busy preparing notes and materials for the class. Still have a little more to do, but I'm managing pretty well with Jasmine's help with the computer.

In the middle of this business, I'm also finishing a new bag for my trip. Something that I've putting on hold for a while. Will post it once finished.

Wednesday, November 25


Been wanting so long to make this bag,...well at last it's done. Still the outcome is not like what I expected. Need lots of restructuring to improve the total look. The fabric treatment need to change, however the leather trimmings and base is satisfying.

Here, my lovely Jasmine, modelling the bag in a sling manner. Bag look a little bit large on this petite model.

Here, the bag is worn cross-body.

Bag measure - 12''L x 5" W x 14 1/2" H.
Leather trimmings are of coffee and grey suede.
Base is full grey suede leather.

Zips at the side, enables the bag to convert.
You can wear it deep or shallow.

When fold out, reveal the quilted lining (grey cotton contribution from Aida). Quilting design, something I pick up from the Vistana gatherings.

Looking forward to make the improved version, or maybe it'll be a little while longer. I'm already thinking of making a new design. Will post it as soon as I get it done.

Monday, November 16

Bag Handles

I manage to prepare some handles for bag crafters.
These are basic handles,...easily attached to your bag. Will definitely enhances your lovely bags.

Dark moss green nubuck leather with antique oval ring.
Strap length - 20"
price - rm. 61.80

Blue suede leather with antique oval ring.
Strap length - 20"
price - rm. 61.80

Woven cotton with orange leather trimmings.
Strap ends are 1 1/2" wide.
Strap length - 21 1/2"
price - rm. 46.60

Woven cotton with red leather trimmings.
Strap ends are 1 1/2" wide.
Strap length - 25 1/2"
price - 46.60

Woven cotton with yellow leather trimmings. Strap length is 21 1/2",... when attached to the bag,
strap drop will be about 8".
price - rm 46.60

Price above not including postage.
Interested? Pls e-mail me.

Alia's bag.

Alia requested some bold colors for her bag, I manage to put together this combination.
Still the quilting is as simple as possible,.. just straight lines.
Leather is of dark coffee color. Hardwares are of brass and the sling strap is of 1 1/2" cotton woven strap.

Darling, I hope you'll enjoy it.

Wednesday, November 4

Quilted Bag

Hi!!! At last,.. after a really long break from bloging, I am happy to post this new collection.
Been wanting to try a messenger bag, I think I am successful with this one.

4" x4" patchwork of soft colors quilted vertically with 1/2" intervals. Chose to quilt this way to speed up and the simplicity makes the bag pleasant to look at, considering the many component sewn together.

Lining is of green cotton completed with a zip-up pocket, open pocket and a h/phone slot.

Bag base is of coffee brown leather. Leather base contributes to hold the shape and durability.
All round leather trimming outlined the whole bag and envelopes the multicolored surfaces.
Long strap of woven cotton enables bag to be worn sling or cross body.

Now the bag belongs to Qila. Hope you enjoy it sayang.

Quilted top on my favourite Fav pattern.
Colors here are soft and earthly.
I use blue suede leather for the base to liven up the the patchwork body.
Quilting are vertical 1/2" intervals.
Shoulder strap and top trimmings are of coffee colord leather.

Quilted Fav modeled by Alia.

Wednesday, September 9

Layered cotton

At...last I manage to post this blog,... been very laid back lately. My skirt project did not go smoothly as I expected. I only manage to have this done.

Colorful Japanese Swiss cotton sewn in contrast into 4 layered skirts.
Skirt is with full length lining,... also in contrast color.
Skirts was done to Layla's fitting,... hope it'll fit Arisya too.

Saturday, August 1


I was shopping for songket sampin for Alia,.... to give to her New Zealand friends when I found this vintage looking, sweet pink songket with gold thread.

Made it into this beautiful box.

Box measures 30 cm x 23 cm x 8 cm.
A piece of sampin can clad 2 box of this dimension.

Another songket box.
Clading is of blue with silver thread songket.
Box mesures 23.5 cm x 14.5 cm x 5 cm.

Fresh green

A group of us, mothers from the kid's school, pool in for a gift, for a friend who is going to perform the umrah. Green is the receiver's favourite color, so I put together this gift.

Since she's going with her husband, we provide for both. A piece of telekung for her and a piece of kain pelekat for him

I wanted to create a gift that will last, so I decided to make a box that she can use after the content is taken out.
Box lid is clad with mint green paisley printed canvas. Box bottom is clad with lime green textile suede. Box measures 30 cm x 23 cm x 8 cm.

Gift viewed from all angle.
I want that all angle look interesting and attractive. Here, I use fresh potted plants. They help to add freshness and crisp to the ensemble.


Thursday, July 30

Favourite Fav

Hi,... it's been awhile since I last post. Well,.. I've been busy making more handbags. This time I'm reproducing my favourite design,...thus I call it Fav. There was a request from a friend, Siti ,.so I made Fav in 4 colors. Material are similar to my past products. In Penang,.. sources are limited and have not the time to hunt. Nevertheless.... I,m still satisfied with the results.

This particular bag I made with comments from Omar. He propose that a few leather trimmings on the bag would make it be more attractive . Bag was made with brown canvas that have sheen at a certain angle. Shoulder strap and trimmings are of dark coffee leather. Hardwares are brass.
Bag closes with a full length zipper. Bag measures 17" B x 12" H x 3" W. It's quite slim compare to my other designs.

Well this is my favourite of all. The color is versatile, design and size is just perfect to snuggle under one's arm. Bag measures 13" B x 11" H x 5 1/2" W. Leather shoulder strap and trimmings are dark coffee color. Hardwares are brass.

A unique color combination of azure and dark brown canvas.

Biege on dark blue canvas.

Rich velvety fabric of muted hues. Fabric design and colors suggest bohemian style.

Close up an the shoulder strap. A unique double layering of leather strap. Machine and hand stitched to get the effect required. Strap is 23 mm in witdh.

A whole 2 week production in view. Gonna take a break from bag,... getting into apparrels making for my 3 girls Alia, Jasmine, Layla and grand neices, Aj and Arisya.