Monthly Archives: November 2013

TBC Crafters 41 – Jelly Belly Beanie Neck Cushion

I have promised to make a jelly belly beanie cushion for my son since we visited Jelly Belly Factory during Spring Break. I know, it has been months and I still have not made it. Blame the mood swing, blame the sewing machine (I don’t even buy it yet!), blame the housework (I am lazy enough to do minimal housework), blame the blah blah blah…. honestly speaking, I am searching for a deal for a sewing machine which can definitely help out on sewing project but I am very picky so that it is still in the air. Fingers crossed for the Black Friday!

The school teachers agreed to let my son to have a comfort item in the class so that he can calm down when he is stressful or frustrated. I think that a beanie “something” would be suitable.


Material needed: –

Fabric, my son has eczema and 100% cotton is always my choice

Craft beads or other stuffing material

Needle and threads

Step by step instructions: –

1) Cut out a shape of a jelly belly bean from a piece of paper and use pin to attach it on the piece of fabric. I need 2 pieces of fabric so I fold the fabric and cut out 2 at one time.


2) Sew the 2 pieces of “jelly belly” together, right side facing right side. I use back-stitches to make sure that the beanie cushion would not rip easily.




3) Leave at least 1 inch and bring the right side of the fabric out to form a cushion pocket.



4) Pour the stuffing crafting beads into the cushion until decided fullness and stitch close the cushion bag.



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TBC Crafters 40 – Fabric Rose

The cough has not gone yet and even my little girl is coughing, blame the weather change. I am not in full energy but feel like making something this week. Rose is my favorite flower and I really enjoy making roses with different kind of material. Fabric is one of the materials that I like to use to make flowers, particularly roses. The fabric rose can be used to decorate clothes or to make hair/clothing accessories. This one is simple and you can make a rose of any size.


Materials needed: –

Fabric, I used cotton this time, suggest to use thinner fabric for easy sewing

Threads and needle


Circle template, optional, you can use whatever in round shape

Step-by-step Instructions: –

1) Use the circle template to cut out 8 circles from the piece of fabric, all the same size. I have some templates that I use to make fabric buttons. This time, I used the one for the button of 27mm in diameter.



2) Fold the circle in half and run stitches on the size of the round side. Overlap a little bit with the current circle when a new piece of fabric circle is added, until all 8 circles are sewn together into one line.


3) Pull the thread and all 8 circles are “wrinkled” to form petals of the rose. Do not need to pull too tight as it would affect the outlook of the rose.


4) Roll the petals to form a “whirl” and “fix” the petals at the bottom once the form of the rose looks good to you.



5) A fabric rose is “born” and you can use it as embellishment for clothing and hair accessories.


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