Small backpack on a budget

Happy New year!!!

Have sewn up two backpack in one go, but took me several nights to finish this.

Got this free pattern from So Sew Easy. Their pattern is available over at Craftsy.

This backpack pattern is free. However I’ve altered it to the way I like it.. For instance I’ve combine the bag base with the side panel and I’ve sewn the seam hidden for the one using cotton materials.

As for the PU material, I’ve used binding following the instructions. Still I find it better to hand stitch to close up the binding, to have a neater look.

I’ve also not include the swivel hooks on the strap as I find it not necessary.

 

Fulfilled customer’s request

IMG_20180906_135813This is one of the request with the specific outer fabric. Some more below..

But, let me show you the lining first..

IMG_20180906_135832striking colour and and huge contrast with the outer fabric.

Well… The next two are the same pattern. Still, I wanted to show them off here and hopefully not too soon and kill the surprise, cos they’re going to be used as gifts.

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I’m crossing my fingers now that I need to prepare for a hand made market in November. Hoping to make more handmade before than and hopefully it is well taken by the market then.

 

You are my sunshine, my only sunshine..

sunshine crutch bulk

More sunshine wristlet pouch to show.

Did these using all my favourite fabrics. One of these is an order from colleague who loves pink…so, you know which already?

One is using fabric that was brought back from a dear friend all the way from Texas.. now… That’s previous, right?

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Below are two that’s made by fabric that I bought online. Love how they turn out.sunshine crutch red 1sunshine crutch red 2

Thanks to bagstock who offer this pattern online.

Happy weekend!

Minikins pouch

cotton candyBeen busy lately trying to catch up with the a bag a day challenge which started on 1st August over at Sew Sweetness FB group.

Above picture shown the cotton candy pouch in Large. I’ve changed a little bit in its design by adding vinyl at the bottom part. I’ve also added side D-ring for strap if I were to make it. However it turns out that I need way more fabric than I thought to make a handle.

The pattern call for a normal skirt or zip #3 but I’ve used a zip# 5 here.

I’ve tried using the smaller zipper on the other cotton candy pouch, and it is ok though. However, I’m going to use zip #3 more often now.

You can check out the pattern at SewSweetness.dot

Happy seeing you all..0

 

 

 

Note on eating out

ladies finger with damai belacan

Was in one of the local Chinese restaurant that offer good meal recently. I know this probably is not a good time to show so much meat here during this month, Good Friday is coming, remember?

However, I just want to record my gratitude here, being thankful for all the blessings that we are having now.

bitter gourd with salted egg york

There was a function going on at that time and we were hiding behind the divider curtain, with speaker that couldn’t be shut down on our end as the function didn’t occupy the whole floor. Lucky that they didn’t, else we won’t be able to even have dinner there.  Amidst all these, I’ve enjoyed my time with family.

steam mince pork with salted fish

On another note, if you run out of idea what to cook, try eating out with family, I mean the more the merrier, ‘cos you can try more variety of food, hopefully you’ll get inspired in trying out new dishes too.

fried pork knuckletofu with salted veggie soup

All these dishes are those that I normally either can’t or not able to cook and enjoy at home, cos I got fussy eater, plus .. Let’s face it, I’m not a brilliant cook (note to self).

Venue: New Wong Kok Restaurant, Jalan Kolam, Luyang.

To Saigon

Vietname Pho with lots of herbs and bean sprout

I just came from a trip last night, my first ever visit to Ho Chi Minh city, or some people call it Saigon. Still have that Vietnam coffee after taste, and that bruises on my hand (will talk about this later).

Seen both the struggling street with night market (which seems to have more tourist than locals) and the modern shopping mall with branded goods, working class in suits and heels. Locals that don’t speak English at all and tour guide who are well verse in English. Seen also rude customer who doesn’t give the effort to communicate with non-English speaking workers and demanded to know when they can have their pedi-mani session, which at the end being turned away, most probably the chose not to serve them (ha! serve you right!). Seen also spa center that asked for tips which made the whole thing way more expensive than it looks and tourist area or pit-stop that sang you traditional songs and ready a basket for tips.

Seen locals who speak in simple foreign languages to serve their foreign customers, including Malay Language, English and Chinese. To me they are really friendly, sometimes over friendly that they’ll hold your hand just so you don’t walk away after asking how much is their stuff cost. Next sentence follow will be “How much you buy? How much how much?” (in a very strong Vietnamese accent). Next thing is you started to bargain with them. Something from 250,000 dong can turn out to be 150,000 dong! Depends on where you are and what things you are bargaining at.

You’ll find lots and lots of hand craft things, including from wood, fabric, bags, shoes, key-chain, magnet, fresh flowers in baskets.

We stay near to Ben Thanh Market. So, every night around 6:30pm, bikers going pass with their stalls, yes, the canvas with steels and wheels! They’ll be holding on their bike in one hand and another hand on the canvas, even the whole wardrobe! In minutes, they’ll be able to set up their stalls, within half an hour, all their stuff will be hung nicely and ready for business.

Wifi is available every where, with closed access. So if you are in a restaurant, you can easily get the password from the waiter or look out for it at their menu. So, grab yourself a cuppa, have a seat and you’ll be able to surf the net again without having to get a local data card. No worry about getting lost, people are very helpful just as long as they know where do you mean you want to go.

You can see Starbucks and Coffee Bean here and there, even Baskin Robins. Though local coffee is the cheapest and original, ha!

Another thing, if you want to get across the road, don’t worry too much on the motorcylist, as long as you keep on your pace and cross the road on a green light, even when it is red. ‘cos in coming traffic can turn right on a red light. Do watch out for cars though, it is harder for them to avoid you. Face mask is available vastly in the stores everywhere. And you’ll see Grab service using motorcycle. You can tell by their helmet. Give it a try if you are adventurous, but you’ll need proper dataline to do that.

However, there are some motocyclist who prefer to ride on the pavement, so do be carefull even when you are using the walkway. I got bump into by a motor while walking on the pavement, and got a blue-black on my hand. Anyway, nothing major..except leaving a hole on my blouse’ sleeve.

If you love high places, a view from the top or to step on to an iconic building, try Sai Gon Skydeck.

View from Skydeck

Like to dine on a cruise ship, try that in Khanh Hoi Nha Rong Port.

Want to know how a president live, visit Independence Palace.

Want to know about the before and after the war in Vietnam, visit the War memorial museum.

Want to go inside an old cathedral, visit Notre Dame Cathedral Of Saigon.

Or if you like.. visit the temple ..

Chinese Temple

Try the boat ride in Mekong river if you dare..

Boat ride in Mekong Delta

There are just too many photos to share, I’ll just post a few here as I’ve already shared most in my Insta account.

Overall.. it has been a fun trip.