Kung Hei Fat Choi! Here’s hoping you all have a happy and prosperous new year! As many might know, today marks the beginning of the Lunar New Year, the new year in most Asian countries. You’ve got to love the celebrations for this holiday, the lanterns, parades, fireworks – it’s all so colorful and gorgeous! But even beyond that there’s the fact that, to me, spring always feels like the real beginning of the new year rather than the dead of winter.
Of course, no new year celebration would be complete without the ubiquitous red envelopes, used for giving little gifts of money to children or unmarried juniors. I wanted to join in on the fun and design some red envelopes myself that are perfectly sized to fit gift cards as well as money. Of course, you don’t have to use these to celebrate New Year’s, but you can give them out to anyone who’s deserving of a gift and enjoys Asian culture.
They’re made from printing the template onto cardstock and folding and taping it to make a perfect little holder.
Here’s a really flirty, feminine bag for you pink lovers out there 😀
These aren’t the usual sorts of bags I design, but I thought I’d try something that looked a little fancier and less utilitarian than what I usually make.
The fabric was some leftover plaid from a pair of pants I made a long long time ago. It has a delightfully preppy look to it which is what inspired the style of the bag. The pocket is bound with some leftover lace I had while the inside has a set-in zipper.
This fabric was a leftover rayon suiting from some pants that I made. I’m kind of a plaid pants freak ^w^ The zipper was leftover from a bag project and the inner seams are bound with some bias tape I had lying around. Wooo destashing! And in the end I used up every bit of that purple plaid. No survivors!
I don’t actually own an iPad myself (nor can I afford to buy one for my boyfriend, who wants one so badly). But I figured with all the people out there who probably got one for Christmas, having a project for a free case might help some peoples out! The case is padded lightly with some batting, and gives an inch or two of wiggle room. So if you’re one of those people who likes to put their electronics in a hard case then in a soft case, this will give you room for that. There’s also a little pocket on the front for putting your charging cable. All in all, a very sweet and stylish recycling of one of my favorite fabrics 😀
So here it is! My first free project for you all! My goal is definitely that this be the first of many more to come 😀
This first leg of my mission to bust all my scraps came from some leftover fabric from a Nintendo bag I made for my boyfriend ^-^ I thought I might keep it simple with this first project and do a remake of one of the favorite bags that I own. It’s a simple tote bag, really, with a plain pocket on the front. However, it’s perfect for going to the gym, library, or picking up a few things from the store.
This remake has frayed edges for a worn-in look and a little trick I did for some faux piping along the pocket sides. The result is a really comfy bag that has an old jeans feel to it, like you’ve had it forever. And the lining adds a light and colorful feminine touch. Keep reading to find out how to make it! Or just download the .pdf here!