Thursday, December 16


Alia needed a big bag for everything so we decided on this design. Simple, no fuss and lots of space inside. Currently studying, Alia needs to carry lots of stuff in and out,....and this bag will do the job just fine.

The shoulder straps and trimmings are dark brown leather. Bag closes with a 5mm. zipper and a broad leather strap with a magnetic button.

Motifs on the fabric are positioned symmetrically. Bag has a full leather base for durability and easy upkeep. Bag measures L 18 3/4" x H 15" x W 7 1/2". Really spacious,.. fits everything easily.

Wednesday, December 8

Colors of Life

I was on an assignment last month that kept me really busy and excited. I was requested to design a whole collection of bags for a fashion show. Designing with the material given to me was quite a challenge, but the outcome make me smile.

These are the material that I was working with. The colors represent the colors of nature. Green :- Forest Blue :- Ocean and Sky Orange:- Sun

No. 1: This is the first bag that I made as an ice breaker :- getting to know the color, feeling the texture and working on the combination of the 4 colors.This design is simple and modern as the colors are already strong.

Handle and sling strap are of black leather and hardwares are of antique brass.

N0. 2. For the 2nd design, I did some embroidery of traditional batik motif on the orange fabric. Colors of the embroidery thread are the same with the theme colors. Took me quite a while to complete it. Omar likes it so much, mm.... it was worth my effort.

I decided to make this bag a soft floppy tote to reflect warmth. The brown leather trimming helps to hold the structure of the bag. This bag have 2 handle; shoulder strap and a long sling strap.

A closer look at the embroidery. French knots made up little Bunga Tanjung scattered all over among a bouquet of Melor Cina.

No. 3. The 3rd design is a patchwork hobo. It was interesting to
make this bag, got me working on color and proportion. I used some brown on this bag to tone down the strong colors. On this bag I got to used my new Brother machine for the over stitching on the patches.

The strap is made of a combination of cotton strap and leather. Something new in my design.

N0. 4. The 4th design is a simple bucket shape but with a sophisticated fabric patchwork. The patchwork was design with the landscape lines in mind. The black base represent the earth, green - forest, blue - sky/sea, orange - the sunlight.

Close up on the handle, rolled black suede with detail stitching.

This bag comes also with a detachable sling strap. I like the look of the strap together, it gives that glamour and luxury appeal.

No. 5. This bag is simple and practical. It is suitable for shopping. The lining close up with a draw string and can be pull up to create extra space for emergency. Handles sewn on to the lining can hold up additional height.

All 5 bags together. I am happy and satisfied with the outcome of my effort.

Monday, December 6

Red velvet

The month of September and October was a busy box making time for me, meeting datelines and conducting box making classes.

It makes me smile of happiness, when my friends call me up, telling me that they are progressing with their box making projects.

After all that, I reward myself with this beautiful velvet round box.

With Khaled's help, cutting the board, I manage to make this round box.

Box measures 24 cm in diameter, 9 cm in height. I added floral tapestry and velvet ribbon to make it more attractive.

Love it, and now I'm inspired to do more. More interesting shape boxes ..... in mind.

N. Campbell

Introducing N. Campbell.

Noraini came back from England and brought this beautiful Laura Ashley, which she then passed to me. I made it into this bag so that she can take it back home to England, last 1st December.

I made this bag conveniently big for her travel.

N. Campbell comes with 2 strap :- Short shoulder strap and a long sling strap.

With this bag, I used the spring round loop. Both straps are detachable, one can choose to wear them anyhow.

Noraini, I hope you enjoy this bag and see you soon!

Sunday, November 7

Going bananas.

It's been a while since I last posted. These boxes was made in August. I used hand made banana fiber paper for cladding.

Boxes ready for cladding.

This time the banana paper are all of natural colour.

Medium size box with inside trays. Boxes lid are decorated with "batik" insert. The interior are also in "batik". Box measures 15 cm x 23 cm x 7.5 cm.

Because of the natural color I was inspired to work with leather on this project. It turn out nice. Boxes are trimmed with 1 inch leather strap and buckle / magnetic strap clasp. Boxes measures 30 cm x 23 cm x 7.5 cm.

Here I used "batik" and leather combination to decorate. Boxes measures 30 cm x23 cm x7.5 cm.

The small boxes I used colored banana paper to trim. Boxes measures 10 cm x 10 cm x 5 cm.

Sunday, June 6


Jam wanted a new bag from me, and I already have a design in mind for her. She gave me a reason to work on something that I've been wanting to make. It's a classic messenger bag,..evergreen design I would say. And so this design is officially named 'Jam'.

Jam and I chose this classic rose print. It was difficult to pick one out of those hundreds of beautiful fabric but we agreed with this one. This classic vintage cut is in my interest at the moment and I am happy on how the print and the design help me to achieved my goal.

Making the patterns was not a difficult task but preparing the fabric and stitching was tough. I spent a whole week on this one. The patterns need some modification and hopefully the next Jam will be smooth sailing.

Jam have 3 closure device,..twist turn nob in the middle and magnetic clasp on each side which are attached to the buckle strap.
All leather trimmings are dark coffee and hardwares are antique.

The side panels are gathered and riveted. A piece of leather strap helps to hold it together.

Bag measures 11 1/2 " L, 5 1/2" W, 9 1/2" H.
Very spacious inside with the necessary pockets and compartments.

Jam have a long sling strap that can also be worn cross-body and also a simple hand handle on the top.

I hope my sister, Jam will like it.

Tuesday, May 18

Aida - a pop of color

I'm really happy and excited to share my latest project.
Last week I posted prototype Aida,...after some modification I finally manage to produce Aida in 4 solid color.

I've made 2 different length for the sling strap, the shorter length is just nice for a petite lady like myself. The longer strap measuring 48" and the shorter strap is 39"

Dark brown Aida

Blue Aida,...already booked.

Red Aida

Green Aida, favourite.

The corners of the flap is slightly straight and sharper compared to the prototype.

The top side is folded and being held by 1 1/4" round loop,...which also hold the sling strap.
Here I used p.u piping along the seam,...had some difficulties sewing it initially,... but got the problem solved and I am very happy with the result.

The hand handle is being held by a strap sewn along the top of the flap,..secured with 9mm antique rivets.

Dark brown/green paisley print lining for green and red Aida.

Dark brown/blue print for brown and blue Aida.

Pretty Aidas in a row.

Friday, May 14


A new design that I managed to complete last week. This bag was inspired while on a trip back to K.L. Managed to spend some quality time with Kak Noy and family, Jam and Aida.
Driving back to Penang, I was thinking to name this bag Aida, to remind me of the wonderful time I had.

The red canvas that I used here,...have that linen look, hence it gives a casual smart appearance.
The closure is a twist lock on dark brown leather trimming. The patterns of this bag is the same as Fav,..but here,.. I sew in piping in the seam. The piping gives a more defined a structured body.

I like the idea of multiple handles in Ayu, I made Aida with 2 functional handles.
This short hand handle is double fold 3/4" witdth, trimmed with brass hardwares.

Close-up of the twist lock closure on the bag flap.

As all my other bags,..this bag interior have a zip pocket, an open and a mobile pocket.

A long sling leather strap,.. 1" width.
I am really happy with the outcome of Aida,...but still there are some modification to be made . There will be changes on the flap outline shape and the hand handle.

Already 50% done , now in the process of preparing the straps. Will post them on the blog when they're ready.