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.