Frilly Pillow Bag

I’m involved in running the Otome Sewing Bee Summer Sew Along and this season its all about handmade bags.

lolita bag pattern

Of the 3 patterns we are featuring (above), I’m in charge of the Frilly Pillow Bag.

Its a great practicle sized bag that holds A4, so is bound to be useful.  These style bags are a solid trend in Japan at the moment amongst Larme brands like RoseMarie Seoir, Katie and Maison De Fleur.

 

Here are the instructions and pattern.

PDF – How to make the Frilly Pillow Bag 1

PDF – How to make the Frilly Pillow Bag 2

 

The publication that inspired this project is Eternita, which I can not recommend enough. Gorgous mook.

 

For those wanting to have a go at the gothic cross closure, here’s the pattern. (Instructions to be added at a later date).

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Hyper Japan – another Kawaii needle felt workshop.

So good old Hyper Japan have invited us back to conduct more fuzzy felty madness. We are aiming for a complete ticket sell out like last time.

The information is now live on the official HJ website and elaborated on below for your enjoyment……..

bunny kawaii needle felting hyper japan

kawaii needle felting hyper japan

Hyper Japan 14th-16th July 2017, Tobacco Dock, London

We are excited to welcome back to the J-Culture Activities Studio, Jessica Corlett from Flapjac, with more cute needle felting craft workshops. Last year her popular workshop sold out within 1 hr of tickets going on sale. This year there will be many needle felt workshops running throughout the weekend, so purchase your class space early to avoid disappointment.

Workshop 1: My pet Snow Rabbit

Learn the art of Japanese needle felting whilst making you very own pet snow rabbit. We are happy to say these are just as cute, but much warmer and cuddlier than the icy Japanese originals! Pop your new fuzzy pet in your pocket to take home.

Workshop 2: Kawaii Needle Felt Friends

Everyone loves kittens and bunnies right? Handmake your very own Japanese Needle Felt Friend and wear them home as either a keychain or a brooch. These adorable accessories make perfect gifts. Try out this kawaii, fuzzy and surprisingly easy craft technique. 

Details

  • Friday the 14th, Saturday the 15th, Sunday the 16th, All day
  • £5 Per person
  • Recommended for teenagers and adults due to sharp tools
  • No advance bookings. Tickets available on the day of the event only.
  • Classes can be paid for at J-Culture Activity Workshop reception.
  • You should be at the J-Culture Activity Workshop 10 minutes before the starting time for the activity.

Join the Facebook event for all the news and updates on these fuzzy felty workshops.

Hyper Japan Kawaii Needle Felt Workshop

 

kawaii needle felting hyper japan

 

snow rabbit kawaii needle felting

Resin Workshops

…….it’s glitter o’clock.

Spring time super pretty resin workshops have been very popular.
resin workshop

Buying some of the specialist materials solo can be a bit pricey up front.  Workshops have been a great way to either split the costs between a group, or trial the craft before ordering your own supplies.

resin workshop

I love how versatile resin is. We’ve used all sorts: colouring the resin with eye shadow, using up nail art glitters, raiding the hedgerows and drying flowers in the microwave (yes that is a thing!) and laminating tiny pictures with sellotape before casting them in resin.

resin workshop

resin workshop

Silicon moulds and glitter:

resin workshop

resin workshop

Scroll on for all the sparkly goodness…… I have a macro lens and I am not afraid to use it.

resin workshop

resin workshop

resin workshop

resin workshop

resin workshop

resin workshop

resin workshop

resin workshop

resin workshop

resin workshop

resin workshop

The mystical UV lamp of casting magic….

resin workshop

Naughty pug puppy joins the workshop.

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Cat House

Otherwise known as a fabric covered cardboard box.  Everyone love kittens and toile de Jouy, right?

I saw one of these on C Channel (an online Japanese lifestyle magazine).

My sitting room is currently littered with cardboard box kitten obstacles…. so making a much more aesthetic version was a no brainer.

Scrap curtain material from a relative meant this was a ‘no cost’ project. Woo hoo.

You will need:

A cardboard box
Spare fabric (freebie/curtain scraps)
Bias binding to finish the hole
A hand towel/bit of something to line it with
Go figure!
It wouldn’t actually matter if the bias binding was a slightly different colour as it’s completely hidden inside.

I also put a bit of masking tape around the oval cardboard hole to neaten it, and hopefully deter the little monsters from chewing and destroying it too quickly.

Soo Yung the beautiful

 

 

Bonus footage…..

Short Film: Buzz off Soo Yung

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Miette Cardigan review and Knitted Hair Bows.

At the start of 2017, the stand-out ‘crafting resolution’ of the Otome Sewing Bee, was learning to knit or crochet.

As a practised knitter/crocheter, with pinterest boards to prove it,  I’ll be sharing a recommended yarny pattern for each month of the year.

The aim is to inspire us to get needles and hooks out.  All patterns shared will fit with the flapjac aesthetic that is pretty vintage and romantic j-fashion and should be easy to incorporate into your existing wardrobe.

The Miette Cardigan

by Andi Satterlund

Cosy little everyday cardigan that is easy to knit and a nice cropped length for wearing with full skirts.

First cardigan pattern I ever made. The internet told me this was the place to start. And it isn’t half satisfying to make knitwear to match my handmade dresses. Head to toe handmade. What a geek!

Picture me swanning round the side of a cricket pitch, pouring out tea in my pink cardigan!

miette cardigan flapjac andi satterlund knitting pattern review

The Pattern

The Miette is a free free free pattern that is epically popular on Ravelry. Loads of positive reviews can be found all over the net. It’s made of thick worsted weight yarn so knits up quick.

Bonus pattern feature – it’s worked from the top down so you can try it on as you go and make it shorter or longer to match your torso length. Similarly, you can make the sleeves longer very easily.

Because it’s worsted weight yarn, it makes a thick cosy cardi.  I used Aran weight yarn, because I’m in the UK, and that’s what was readily available to me at the time. Because of the thicker yarn it knits up faster that you’d expect.

Fit-wise the pattern is very forgiving and stretchy on the bust. My bust measurement fell between the Medium and Large sizes, and my tension is a bit on the loose side, so I went with the Medium and it fitted fine. A good tip I got from other knitters on Ravelry, was to thread sheering elastic into the neck band to stop it from stretching out.

Finished it with some deep pink petersham ribbon for button bands and pink shell buttons from John Lewis.

miette cardigan flapjac andi satterlund knitting pattern review

Yarn used: Hayfield Baby Aran
Buttons: Dyed mother of pearl from John Lewis.

This would work great in pastels for a sweet weekend look, or in black as a  ‘cosy-at-home’ everyday goth basic.

Great little cardi pattern. Highly recommend.

miette cardigan flapjac andi satterlund knitting pattern review

The Basic Kitty Bow

Beginners Knitted Hair Bow Pattern.

A beginner level make that involves knitting 2 small rectangles in stocking stitch.

If your learning to knit, don’t make a scarf!  It’s super long and will take you yonks.  Instead, a little knitted bow is just as easy (knit wise) and will probably look much fancier when finished.

Also, you can trim it with ribbon and lace (and hide all those dropped stitches) to make it more spiffing.

Here I’m making 2 bows in my most worn colours, navy and dark red.

lolita knit knitted hairbow hair bow diy tutorial how to

 

lolita knit knitted hairbow hair bow diy tutorial how to

lolita knit knitted hairbow hair bow diy tutorial how to

Here’s where I shove in an image and matching PDF printable worksheet with my letterland handwriting and similarly childish diagrams. You can also find the pattern details on Ravelry.

You can play around with this pattern to create any size bow you like, with any size wool. If you want to add ribbons and trims attach them whilst the knitted pieces are still flat before you assemble the bow.

 

Enjoy!

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