Upcycling Saris into Quilted Blanket cover

This is a DIY tutorial post with general instructions for making quilted blanket cover using used saris and thus is a recycling project too.

Namaste and hello Dear Tantu readers!

Hope you are doing great! Its long since I shared some DIY tutorial with you. It’s finally raining in Pune and that made me think of making a quilted blanket cover. Same is in front of you today as a tutorial!

Quilted Blanket Cover

This is a blanket cover that is done using some techniques of quilting. This blanket cover is for a double blanket of about 82″x90″ size. Beginners please note, this is not a DIY for making a quilt in true form. (After reading a comment from one of my reader, I felt I need to clarify this as I must not mislead any one.)

Quilted Blanket Cover made by Recycling Saris

Quilted Blanket Cover made by Upcycling Saris

We were gifted a beautiful fuzzy blanket almost two years ago, which we have been using during winter. It becomes so heavy when dipped in water that washing becomes very difficult. So, I had to make a light and washable cover for that. I took used cotton and voile saris for making a quilted cover. Just yesterday I completed this quilted blanket cover, which I was busy making for last 6 days.

Requirements

Saris for Upcycling and QuiltingI took a parrot green cotton sari with orange border for the front part. I decided to use a mixed coloured floral printed voile sari for quilting on top of this parrot green sari. A pale orange voile sari with pale green border was chosen for the back part. A dark sap green voile sari with large floral prints in white looked apt for edging of the cover.

Matching Colour ThreadsI ensured that I have all the matching coloured threads. Yes, that is the blanket which I wanted to cover.

How Did I Make The Quilted Blanket Cover?

I measured the length (L) and width (W) of the blanket. I needed one whole sari for one side. Comparing the lengths and widths of the saris with that of the blanket, I decided to make 16 parts for one side of the cover. I got length (l) and width (w) of these 16 parts by following calculation:

l = (L/4) + 2cm seam allowance

w = (W/4) + 2cm seam allowance

I made some plans for quilting. But, soon I realised that the borders of the saris will not allow me to be much creative.

I took the parrot green sari for the front side. Since the saris I took had 2w width, I could get 2 parts widthwise and since the sari length was 8l + pallu, I could get 8 parts lengthwise. So, I could cut 16 parrot green parts excluding pallu.

Similarly, I made 16 pale orange parts ready with l length and w width for the back side.

I took the mixed coloured printed sari for hiding the orange border in the parrot green parts. I made random lengthwise cuts so that I can hide the border and create some abstract design. I used the dark pink border of the sari to create some interesting points. This design inspired by the Hop! Skip! Jump! Quilt from my Sew Red book. Sorry! No photos, I am not sure if I am permitted share the same. I stitched them randomly as shown in one of the parts.

Quilt in Making

A Quilted Part

I joined the four parts in each row and then joined the four rows together. Thus, I joined all the 16 parrot green parts together.

Quilt Cover Front Part

Quilted Front Part of The Cover

In the same way, I joined the 16 pale orange parts. I left the dark sap green border as it is since it will be the back part.

I cut the dark sap green printed sari into about 15cm wide lengthwise stripes. They were folded halfway twice. These were to be used as edging.

Binding Strips for EdgingI placed the right sides of front (parrot green) and back (pale orange) of the cover facing each other. Keeping the sap green edging strip in between the front and back edges (where I had to join them together), I joined them together in three sides. The fourth sides (that had to be kept as openings) were also edged using same sap green strips.

Quilt - Front n Back Together

Quilt – Front n Back Together

Thus, quilted blanket cover is ready. I laid the blanket inside this cover. I tacked at random points so that it remains firm.

Folded Quilted Cover with Finished Edge

Folded Quilted Cover with Finished Edge

And, I enjoyed making my first quilting project (after some samples done when I was a student) and recycling saris!

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So, my Dear Reader, how’s it? Have you done quilting so far? If not, will you give a try? Do you think this tutorial is useful?

Take care!
Bye until the next post!

Yours,
Sindhu

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IOFW – India Online fashion Week – Start of New fashion Era?

A post about IOFW or India Online Fashion Week, a promising step by Jabong.com to bring the aspiring fashion designers to the fashion enthusiasts. 

What is IOFW?India Online Fashion Week

IOFW is the acronym for ‘India Online Fashion Week’ an initiative by the fashion giant Jabong.com for customers to reach out to designer wears. Yes, you read it right. It is an online fashion event, which is the first of its kind. IOFW is the first shop-able fashion week in the world. I am much excited as I can watch it live sitting at home and can shop meantime too! Very much interesting, isn’t it?

What’s special about IOFW?

India Online Fashion Week Itself is Special!

This concept of online fashion week itself is new in the world. This fashion week can be watched online. We can ‘shop-the-look’ as and when we are watching it! The collections are available for purchase on one and only Jabong.com :)

Shop Designer Wears Online Through -‘Launch, Showcase & Sell’

As the new collection is launched, soon it is showcased on your ultimate fashion stop Jabong.com and sold to you. Thus, in ‘zero’ time, you will get access to the latest brand designer collection anywhere on your fingertips through IOFW!

Newness from Upcoming Talents

Fashion is the other name for novelty. IOFW brings fresh designs to you by recognising new potential designers and by presenting them to you.

Recognition and Platform for Talent

Budding designers, models, photographers and hairstylist/make-up artists across India are given opportunity to meet their prospective customers through India Online Fashion Week.

Jabong.com – One who’s behind IOFW?

JabongIOFW is an initiative by Jabong.com, one of the top online destinations for fashion that is loved and followed by about 2.65 million people on facebook. The motive behind this India Online fashion Week is to make designer wears reach the customers faster than ever before. This event serves as a platform for new talents in designing, modelling, fashion photography and hairstyle/make-up artists.

When Will IOFW be Taking Place?

This India Online fashion Week, the world’s first online shop-able fashion week, is scheduled to be held from July 25 – July 30 2014. IOFW is aimed to reach millions of people through www.iofw.com. The artists across four broad categories – designers, models, fashion photographers, and hairstylists and makeup artists have already applied for the competition. Currently, registration is closed and voting is live on IOFW. IOFW will also launch a Fall Festive collection of prêt and party designs.

EVENT DETAILS As Listed on IOFW:

  • Innovative Fashion show

launchpad for aspiring Designers, Models, Makeup Artists, Hair Stylists, Fashion Photographers

  • Winning Designers, Models, Makeup Artists, Hair Stylists & Fashion Photographers will be groomed by a Celebrity mentor
  • Collection displayed at IOFW will be sold on Jabong.com giving artists across categories a once in a life time opportunity.

I am thrilled by the very idea of India Online fashion Week. I am eagerly looking forward to 25th July to make this fashion feast a successful one! I am hoping that this online shop-able fashion show would be the first step towards bringing fashion close to all the fashion enthusiasts and start of new fashion era. Keeping hopes alive, I request all the Tantu readers not to miss 25th – 30th July, 2014 and to taste the trending shop-able fashion show and share with us!

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What do you think about this innovative online shop-able fashion week? Let us know your views.

Take care!
Bye until the next post!

Yours,
Sindhu

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Methods of Taking Measurements

This post is to introduce the systems of measurement for garment making like measurements from direct system, divisional system and sample garment. This post is a part of dressmaking basics series.

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I have always been enthusiastic about fashion designing. Learning never ends. As I keep researching and gathering more about body measurements, pattern making, pattern cutting and sewing; I get more and more thrilled.

Method of garment making is influenced by the traditional methods and preferences. Tantu is read by the people of about 140 countries across the world. All I can say, garment making varies from place to place.

You know, we have started dressmaking basics series after receiving requests from enthusiasts. The first post in the series was about Measuring Yourself Accurately For Good Fit. Let us know about the systems of measurement before we move to taking measurements. As much as I know so far, there are three systems for taking measurements:

  1. Direct system of measurement

Taking measurements directly on the figure is the simplest way. When following this system, almost all the measurements are directly measured. This system is used for dressmaking, which involves simpler construction method.

  1. Divisional system of measurement

As the name suggests, one or two important measurements are used to get required measurements. Bust measurement and/or height are used for this system of measurement. Divisional system is used in tailoring for tailored garments. Tailoring needs skill and experience. This system is uncommon in India, except for industrial use.

  1. Taking measurements from a sample

This is the most widely used method in India by the dressmakers. It is important to check the fit of the sample garment if the fitting is satisfactory. If you are a dressmaker, this is a must as it is you who will be cursed when the dress you have made doesn’t fit nicely.

More to add:

I am not sure that there are only three systems of measurement. I have excluded standard measurement charts from the list as they are usually edited for good fit. I would like to add that entire process from taking measurements till dressmaking slightly differs from place to place. As an Indian, I can tell that Indian and western methods are not alike. I am sure, cultural uniqueness can also be noted in dressmaking too. This post is open for all the Tantu readers from across the world to add any information about the systems of measurement. What say friend?

I am waiting for more interesting facts about systems of measurement across the world :) Of course, this post is a part of dressmaking basics series. You can add up any unique dressmaking style as we move on to new topics.

Take care!
Bye until the next post!

Yours,
Sindhu

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DIY Tutorial: Kundan Jewellery

A tutorial of making inexpensive and easy party wear kundan jewellery set for beginners.

Namaste Friend!

As a fashion design lecturer, I needed some fashionable jewellery for every event in our college. As I wanted to be unique every time, buying onetime wear jewellery for not less than 500INR was not worth. Wearing expensive gold jewellery for a college event didn’t make sense to me. Then I decided to make inexpensive costume jewellery. When I do so, being in a creative field, I could encourage my students to make their own jewellery too.

Today, we will see how to make a kundan costume jewellery set that I had illustrated here. This post is based on the request of Swarovski Rings UK.

Kundan Jewellery Set

Kundan Junk Jewellery Close-up View

Kundan Junk Jewellery Close-up View

Budget:                               Within 75 INR

Time Required:                 1-2 Hours

Skill Level:                         Easy

What You Need:

  • Large Purple Kundan (slightly more than 1/4 inch diameter, round shape)
33 pieces for necklace, 6 pieces for ear hangings
  • Small Purple Kundan (about 1/4 inch diameter, round shape)
27
  • Blue Kundans (about 1/2 inch diameter round shape)
12
  • Pink Kundans of Tear Shape
27
  • Jump rings silver or golden as per choice:
about 110 for necklace, 20 for ear hangings
  • A pair of Hook and eye; or an adjustable braided tying cord
  • Ear wires
2

Note: You may use pliers to hold and shape the jump rings. Use of pliers speeds up the process.

How to make the necklace?

  1. Take a small purple kundan. Join a pink tear shaped kundan with a jump ring. Make 11+11+5 similar hangings.

    Kundan Hangings for Necklace

    Step 1: Kundan Hangings for Necklace

  2. Take 33 big purple kundans. Make a long chain of them using 32 jump rings. Leaving 4 kundans on each end and leaving the 5 kundans at the centre, join the 11+11 hangings (mentioned in 1st step) using jump rings. This makes the necklace chain.
    Kundan Necklace Chain without hangings

    Step 2: Kundan Necklace Chain without hangings

     Kundan Necklace Chain With Hangings

    Step 2: Kundan Necklace Chain With Hangings

  3. Make a chain of 9 jump rings. Now take 3 hangings from remaining hangings made in step 1. Join them to 3rd, 5th and 7th jump ring in the jump ring chain. This will be the centre piece hanging.
  4. Take 4 bluekundans. Join them using 3 jump rings. Now take the centre piece hanging made in step 3. Join the two sides of the centre piece hanging to the first jump ring and third jump ring of blue kundan chain. Thus centre piece is ready.

    Kundan Necklace Centre Piece Making

    Step 3 & 4: Kundan Necklace Centre Piece Making

  5. Do you remember we had left the centre of necklace without hangings? Now join the centre piece made in step 4, along with remaining 2 hangings to the necklace centre using jump rings as shown below.

    Kundan Costume Jewellery - Neck Piece Centre Part

    Step 5: Kundan Costume Jewellery – Neck Piece Centre Part

  6. Finally, join the necklace to an adjustable braided cord.

     Joining Adjustable Braided Cord


    Step 6: Joining Adjustable Braided Cord

  7. Kundan necklace is ready.

Making ear hangings

Kundan Ear Hanging Making

Kundan Ear Hanging Making

  1. Take 3 big purple kundans. Make a triangular structure using 4 jump rings as shown. Add extra jump ring to each jump ring/s.
  2. Take 3 blue kundans. Join them using 2 jump rings and make a chain. Join the 2 kundans at the side to 2 consecutive extra jump rings in the triangular structure made in above step.
  3. Take a jump ring. Add it to the remaining 3rd extra jump ring. Add a blue kundan to it which in turn is joined to an ear wire.
  4. Repeat all the above steps to make another ear hanging.

Thus Kundan Costume Jewellery is ready to wear!Kundan Costume Jewellery Set

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Do you think this kundan jewellery can rock the party? Are you fond of fancy costume jewelleries? Is this jewellery making project helpful for you? Your feedback helps Tantu to grow.

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Take care!
Bye until the next post!

Yours,
Sindhu

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How To Measure Yourself Accurately For Good Fit?

Find useful tips for taking accurate measurements yourself and some facts about achieving better fitting in your garments. This post puts light on the measuring systems used in dressmaking and tailoring. This post is a part of dressmaking basics series.

Namaste my dear Tantu Enthusiast!

How are you? I am doing good, peeping thought the window to see the moody Pune sky and anticipating some rain. Yes, yes! I have a lot to say about some rarely known fact about taking body measurements before actually talking about taking measurements. Let me share the happiness with you, this is the first post in the dressmaking basics series as I had promised about some tutorial posts for you in the last post. Dear Bunny, I had thought of dressmaking basics series only after receiving your requests :) So, thank you!

Tape measure with metric and imperial measurement units

Important things to remember while getting measured:

We all have let our dressmakers and/or tailors to take our measurements. And hundreds of times scolded them for improper fitting. But, do you know, most of the times it is because of inaccurately noted measurements? So, today, let us see how to take exact measurements so that we increase the possibility of better fitting in your dress.

Be happy and healthy

Don’t force yourself to get measured when you are hungry or sad or ill. You are likely to put on or lose weight when you get well. So get well first. Your mood influences the accuracy of measurements. Because, when you are in good mood, you are more comfortable and normal. Thus, you can stand normally.

Be Free

Yes, you need to be free to stand normally (not too erect not too free) to get properly measured.

Stand in front of a mirror

Ah! Who doesn’t want to stand in front of a mirror? And don’t ask about ladies!!! Standing in front of a full-size or three-quarter size mirror helps you to keep your posture normal. It also helps you and the measurer to avoid any possible mistakes in measuring.

Wear nothing

Are you feeling awkward and cursing me? Experts say so! I know, it is impossible for most of us unless we are measuring ourselves. Wear minimum possible but well-fitting clothes. It is must to wear right sized and rightly shaped inner wears beneath your closely fitting and comfortable garment.

I suggest you to wear good inner wears instead of wearing nothing when you are measuring yourself as good inner wears add good shapes.

Open up.

Ask any doubts you have. Seek out the measurer’s help for any problems. It helps the dress makers to identify and solve if any.

How to measure yourself?

You know yourself the best. You know what suits you and what not. You know the deviations you have, if any. You know which styles comfort you and which you would like to give a try. If you want to seek experts’ help also follow your instincts to finalise. Choose the design. Take required measurements accordingly.

  • Make sure that you are following all the above mentioned points. i.e., Be happy and healthy. Be Free. Stand in front of a mirror. Wear minimum possible but well-fitting clothes.
  • Take measurements in a comfortable order and record them in a systematic way. Take measurement every time you are buying/making/getting made a dress if possible, to be more accurate. Compare the previous records every time to note any changes.
  • Take a tape measure that is flexible. Yard sticks can only be used for measuring your height.

Tips for accurate measuring for good fit

  • Let the measuring tape be straight and firm while measuring. It should not hang down or stretch.
  • Always place your index finger and middle finger beneath the tape next to the body while taking girth (=round the body parts) measurements. This is to add minimum ease.
  • You can use metric system (centimetres) or imperial system (non-metric system, i.e., inches). For more accuracy, metric system is preferred than inches. As a fashion design student, I was taught to follow metric system. In India, dressmakers usually use inches.
  • Take measurement twice in case of any confusion.

Always try to follow most of the points listed here. Prevention is better than cure, isn’t it? Hope this post serves you the best! Please share your views and any tips that are not mentioned here.

Take care!
Bye until the next post!

Yours,
Sindhu

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Your Requests…

We, artists and designers, usually follow our hearts. My two blogs, TAAM & Tantu, are also driven by my heart. But, TAAM is a little more of my heart and Tantu is a little more of my brain. TAAM is purely an expression of my ideas and thoughts as a dreamer-cum-artist.

My passion for designing made me think of Tantu. Tantu was started aiming to serve the fashion enthusiasts. I was unsure of who Tantu’s readers are, what they expect and how to reach them. All I knew that I need to understand heart of Tantu’s imaginary reader. Hence, Tantu set off with a little more of my brain.

Your Requests for DIY Tutorials

My first post, magic blouse, was on making a fashionable blouse. Tantu received its first request about princess-lines on the same day from Ms. Priya Kamath. Later on, Tantu has been receiving requests on a variety of topics. Each time I receive a request, I feel the trust you have on me. Oh! I overwhelm with inexpressible happiness, when I find thanks notes in the form of comments and e-mails for the DIY tutorials in Tantu. Did I tell you that ‘making a basic pattern for sari blouse’ is the most popular post on Tantu that is viewed by hundreds of people daily?

You know, I had been on a long vacation in the month of April and it was when many of the readers placed a number of requests. These requests were scattered in e-mails and comments. So, I had to rearrange the requests folder of Tantu. I checked all the 45 posts of Tantu in past two weeks. I had triple-checked each for unanswered comment and un-noted request. Finally, I succeeded re-organising Tantu’s requests folder last week.

This re-organising process made me think of starting some Series posts. These series posts would include howto and tutorial posts. A series would be started by a day or two. I know, you are eager to know the details. Action speaks more than words, isn’t it? So keep watching…

Your DIY tutorial requests

Take care!

Bye until the next post!

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Cashkaro Again!

My second review of Cashkaro.com, India’s No. 1 Cashback & Coupon site, after doing smart online shopping in a smarter way along with referral earnings.

Namaste!

These are the peak summer days in India just before Monsoon’s take over. We are enjoying healthy tender coconuts, Mangoes, watermelons and freshly picked Jamun fruits here… and how about you?

I know, I have promised you about tutorial posts. But, I have also promised Cashkaro team that I would write a review based on my Cashkaro experience.

I was introduced to Cashkaro.com about 7 months ago. It was a trial invite from Cashkaro team and I had written about my first experience of shopping with Cashkaro.com. I was excited! Venu (my hubby) also joined Cashkaro through my reference and we are earning cash from online shopping since then. When we were just about to go on vacation (end of March 2014), I was given another trial invite from Cashkaro.com. We did shopping before leaving for my native and it happened to review now, after I am back.

Myntra Purchase offered by cashkaro.comCashkaro had offered a token amount of 1000INR. This time I asked Venu to buy something for himself. I wasn’t in need of anything. Of course, it was a chance to buy something in return to my Singer Talent :) Venu liked a navy blue casual checked shirt that priced 800INR after discount. He didn’t wish to buy anything else. I suggested him either to look for one more shirt or to buy something making use of 1000INR+ expected cashback. He didn’t want to leave the navy blue shirt and he also refused to go beyond budget. Finally, luckily we spotted another icy blue formal shirt that came within my budget after discount.

We bought the shirts from Myntra.com and they are very much comfortable. Absolutely, Myntra is one of the best online sites for shopping fashion goods.

Do you know Cashkaro.com?

Cashkaro.comCashkaro.com is India’s No. 1 Cashback and Coupons Site. Cashkaro.com is connected with 500+ online shopping sites and offers cashbacks in addition to the discount or special coupons offered by the sites. All the online purchases done though cashkaro.com provide all the benefits (discounts and other offers) available on the shopping site and you will get prescribed cash into your account.

How does Cashkaro.com work?

All we need to do is to follow the following simple steps:

  1. Create an account in Cashkaro.com. Link it to your bank account. It is safe.
  2. Whenever you do shopping online, do it through Cashkaro.com. First, decide what to buy. Add it to your wish list or shopping cart.
  3. Then go to Cashkaro.com and click on the site where you have already chosen what to buy. Go to your wish list/shopping cart when the site page opens. Place order as usual.
  4. Your shipment arrives. After the returning period of your product that you have received and after retailer’s confirmation, Cashkaro.com puts your cashback earnings to your cashkaro account.
  5. When your cashkaro account is with more than 250INR, you can request for payment. It takes 3-5 days to transfer the cashback to your account. Once your account is credited, enjoy your cash!
  6. You can invite your friends to join cashkaro.com and earn referral bonus of 10% on your referral network’s cashback earnings.

My Second Review of cashkaro.com

We are fond of Cashkaro.com since we started shopping through this site. We bought a handful of goods during last 7 months and we are totally happy with Cashkaro.com. When we need to buy something online, we check for the cashback and coupon offers offered by various brands. Depending upon the cashback, we do shopping :)

Cashkaro is connected with 500+ brands, that means most of my favourite online shopping sites are linked to Cashkaro.com. If I do online shopping, then doing it though Cashkaro.com is the smarter way, isn’t it?

Cashkaro is linked to a wide range of products and services under the categories – fashion, mobiles, electronics, books, babies & kids, home & kitchen, health & beauty, flowers & gifts, travel and more shopping. Do you know that many restaurants are also connected to Cashkaro.com?

Cashbacks & Coupons for various categories on cashkaro.com

Wide Range of Products and Services @ Cashkaro.com

When we order for something, I do it from Venu’s account ;) Since I am his referrer, I get 10% referral bonus each time ;) Actually I did this for checking it if really works and it really works :)

Venu's cashback Earnings @ Cashkaro.com

Venu’s cashback Earnings @ Cashkaro.com – Click to enlarge the image

Sindhu's Cashback Earnings @ Cashkaro.com

Sindhu’s Cashback Earnings @ Cashkaro.com – Click to enlarge the image

In most of the online shopping sites, orders above 500 Rs are shipped free of cost. And also, they give cashbacks usually for over 400Rs or 500Rs. So, whenever we buy many things, I place more than 1 order so that I get multiple cashback ;) Smarter way of smart shopping, isn’t it? But, if you have any coupon offers, then it is good to check if this multiple order idea is worth.

Are you thinking of joining cashkaro after reading my review? Then, please do it though my referral link given here. Because, I know you would like to thank me in some way ;) ;) ;)

So, think of Cashkaro.com if you have not yet joined :)

Take care!

Bye until the next post!

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Peacock – A fabric Painting

Namaste!

This dancing peacock is a very old fabric painting work done by me a long ago.

Dancing Peacock - A Fabric Painting

Peacock – A Fabric Painting

The shading parts are done by tapping with a finger and as you can see the random strokes act like fillers giving a tribal art look. This painting is done by referring to an artist’s work in a magazine.

Many posts and works are in progress… Expect reviews and DIYs in the coming posts :)

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Bye until the next post!

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Sew Red – Sewing & Quilting Book Review

A review of Sewing and Quilting Book for Women’s Heart Health, Sew Red. The book is a key to open creativity within a fabric enthusiast as a beginner and in addition, the book also brings awareness about heart health in women. 

Sew Red - Sewing & Quilting for Women's Heart Health

Sew Red – Sewing & Quilting for Women’s Heart Health

Namaste! Hi! Hello!

How are you doing? Yeah, I am doing well too!

I had won Sew Red book in a Threads Magazine giveaway half a year back. I received my prize in a beautiful red package on 31st December 2013 in my native.

Sew Red - within An Attractive Red Package

Sew Red came within An Attractive Red Package

I wished a lot to show it to my readers. But, it was quite a large book and since my luggage was tightly packed, I came back without the book heavy heartedly. Finally, Sew Red is with me :) So, today I decided to show my book to you!

Sew Red – as defined in www.stitchred.com

Sew Red is the first sewing and quilting book to put a stylish twist on raising awareness about heart disease in women! Authored by Laura Zander and with a foreword by designer and veteran journalist Deborah Norville, Sew Red is a follow-up to Knit Red, offering the same level of excitement and inspiration, with projects from such fabric design, sewing, and quilting luminaries as Ty Pennington, Amy Butler, Tula Pink, Brett Bara, Anna Maria Horner, and Kaffe Fassett. Including everything from couture dresses to wearable skirts and tops, fashionable accessories, home decor items and fresh, modern takes on traditional quilting designs, there is something for sewers and quilters of all tastes! Additionally, the book highlights each designer’s personal experiences with heart disease and how they stay heart-healthy, as well as other heart-healthy living information, tips, resources and recipes.

(Stitch Red is a US wide campaign that is supported by Needlearts industry in order to raise awareness about heart disease in women.)

What’s Inside Sew Red?

Sew Red - Beautiful Cover Pages

Sew Red Cover Pages – Aren’t they Beautiful?

1. Exciting 27 unique quilting and sewing projects with incredible fabrics (I just fell in love with the fabrics) for the beginners by 27 experts along with tips for heart health + bonus pattern of Piece of My Heart Pincushion:

  •   12 quilting projects for home illustrating basics of quilting.
  •   Making of 5 dresses for different occasion; and 9 different accessories including shoulder bags, back pack, scarves, necklace, etc
  •  Patterns and other necessary design templates for the projects

2. An introduction to sewing basics including general sewing supplies, metric conversion, basic fabric terminology, cutting fabric, pressing fabric, basic stitches and binding. They are very useful tips for the beginners that make them professional.

3. It is a beginner’s book useful even for an advanced sewer. Instructions may seem complicated and may require repeated reading for better understanding, but they are perfect for following once understood clearly.

4. Heart health facts

5. Exercising tips for heart

6. Delicious recipes for heart

7. A part of the proceeds from Sew Red would be donated to the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) in support of The Heart Truth.

So, Sew Red is a lot more than just a sewing and quilting book for sure!

I have very little quilting experience except for submitting a small quilt sample as my lab work long ago when I was a student. Thousands of quilting works over internet have always surprised me. I hope Sew Red inspires me to start quilting soon! Best wishes to Sew Red, may their campaign succeed!

Dear Reader, you know, there was no post last week. Well, nothing serious. I couldn’t write anything useful. There are many topics that I need to talk as per your requests and my commitments, but, I couldn’t put my 100% on any topic that was worth seeking your time. So, it was a no post week. Also, I might have not answered to your comment/s or e-mail/s yet… I will surely reply. It is my duty to respond to my readers and I hope to fulfil your requests as soon as possible by me :)

Thanks for understanding :)

Bye for now! TC!

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Lapis-lazuli & Rice Pearls Necklace

Rice Pearls and Lapis Lazuli - Long Necklace

Rice Pearls and Lapis-lazuli – Long Necklace

Namaste Friend!

How do you do? We are back from our native after a very long vacation. It is like a dream that my brother-in-law’s wedding took place and I have a sweet co-sister-in-law now :) Feeling proud after voting, by the way, Loksabha election is taking place in India. I am still trying to get back to Pune lifestyle…

So, I thought of a quick post of my latest creation Lapis-lazuli – Rice Pearls Necklace. Hope you like it…

I will be back soon. Till then, take care!

 

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