New azuma bukuro print designs!

Hello awesome unicorns! I’ve recently finished sewing simple tenugui azuma bags for sale 🙂 Check out the new print designs in the fundraising page.


~ヾ(^∇^) Happy brewing!

-Louie

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Sticky list

お久しぶりですね〜It’s been challenging for the past two months that I didn’t even get the time to post anything! And since I’ve been forgetful these days because of so many things to think about, I thought I needed to revive my memo pad to-do list and random notes again. Since I started with the Bullet journal for organizing my schedule and tasks, I somehow abolished my memo pad way of writing down things. However, I find it hard to write down just anything like when I used a memo pad (what’s the point of being organized, right?). The irony is, I want my notes (and thoughts) to be structured but I still miss writing down random thoughts on memo pads. I didn’t want to compromise my bullet journal habit so I decided to look for sticky notes which could act like a memo pad but have the freedom to incorporate it in my bullet journal. A trip to Tokyu Hands and voila~!

Isn’t the polar bear – panda transformation too cute? I find, however, that every time I make the list, I needed to fill all the lines most of the time. Having this kind of limitation makes it not so convenient for free thoughts (LOL).

The post it type, however, has gridded prints and makes it more convenient to write anything (from checklists to notes). I’m still figuring out which sticky note design is better for a specific purpose. The to-do list may be good for long term to-do lists like when I’m asked to buy things to send to my home country. The post it I use for work tasks that I may need to complete by the week. I’m still not sure if I find these very useful but so far, I’ve been using them for grocery lists and wishlists! Although, I still find a good ol’ memo pad would do well on free thoughts but sticky notes are better for keeping them in my bullet journal.

Bonus:

I found a water resistant A7 size memo pad in Daiso yesterday!!! Perfect  for the rainy season when you still want to take notes while under the rain 😛

Have a good weekend!
~ヾ(^∇^) Happy brewing!

-Louie

Pullover blouse

Finally finished that pullover blouse I’ve been working on for a week now. Everything seemed to be easy peasy as pie. The experience was quite fun, from tracing the pattern to cutting the parts on fabric. I would say, the hardest part was stitching the bias tape on the collar and cuffs. Overall, it was fun improvising along the way with using a paper rope as button stopper just because I was lazy making one from fabric hehe. Good luck on taking care not to break it while washing!

~ヾ(^∇^) Happy brewing!

-Louie

B&W pouches

The latest series on tenugui creations are these black and white pouches. I divided each of the white and black version of the same coffee print tenugui into thirds and put each part together into pouches. Ta-da!

~ヾ(^∇^) Happy brewing!

-Louie

Drawstring bag

Experimenting with the bag size possibilities from a tenugui, another on the series is the drawstring bag. It can be used as a shoe bag and also as a body bag as it only has one saddle that runs across the diagonal of the bag. The subway ticket tenugui pattern used for this purpose was perfect as it had a bold and playful design on it. Also, I was experimenting with the button stitch feature of the sewing machine and it turned out perfect!

img_0962-1Bonus creation was this tissue paper holder made from leftover denim-like linen fabrics I used from my other projects. I have yet to learn how to install the button snap-ons as putting them together by hand was tough. Apparently, you needed some equipment to put it in place, one that flattens the central tubing on the snaps.

So far, so good with my tenugui series and I’m hoping to do more!!!

~ヾ(^∇^) Happy brewing!

-Louie

Azuma bukuro

Great dollar store finds led me to the wonder of tenugui magic!

Tenugui is Japanese for “washcloth” and can be of many uses. From hand towels to norens to interior decorations (they sometimes come in intricate and sophisticated designs worthy of hanging in the living room).

I have previously wrote on azuma bags in my previous weekend project but this time, I found an easier way to make one…with tenugui! With a little bit of origami folding tricks, there’s no need to cut anything.

phdcafé is producing these bags to raise funds for Tedzukuri, a Sweet Angel Angie Project event that offers free arts&crafts workshop for young people in Guimaras Island scheduled September this year. If you want to help us raise funds, volunteer, or if there is anything else, leave us a message in the Contact page.

~ヾ(^∇^) Happy brewing!

-Louie

Three in a row

First in line is the smartphone case. Just so you know, there’s a treasure of sewing knick knacks that can be found in the dollar store! Like the leather handle and metal clasp for the opening that I used to make the case with my leftover canvass fabric. Reused a wrapping ribbon as an aesthetic and voila!

Then there’s this easy to make kawaii azuma bukuro that can be used as a shopping bag, lunch bag, or book bag! It is very compact as it is foldable and can be stored in the backpack 🙂 Very appropriate for students.

Lastly, we have the coasters! Very helpful to make when you have several leftover cuts which can be put together in a hulabaloo of a coaster 😉 Lovely aren’t they?

~ヾ(^∇^) Happy brewing!

-Louie

Paper cup countermeasure

Introducing~ the Keepcup Star Wars edition!!!

“I am your father…” “nOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

In the midst of the Star Wars trend, what could be more quirky than a Darth Vader reusable twin wall barista grade borosilicate glass cup?! If you’re not familiar with Keepcup, it’s an Australian company launched five years ago which aims to reduce the use of takeaway paper cups and keep the coffee trend sustainable and environmental friendly. I’m a bit hypocrite about being environmental friendly but I guess it is a good way to start to aim for less waste 😉 If you want to know more about Keepcup, check out their site >> https://au.keepcup.com/

These cups could last for at least 4-5 years and parts are replaceable upon order 🙂 So, would you like to start the new year with wasting less paper cups? Grab one from their site now ^_^

~ヾ(^∇^) Happy brewing and may the force be with you!

-Louie

P.S. Our sincerest sympathy to the passing of Carrie Fisher.

Bag in bag

Reused the biased tape from the same storage bag where I got the zipper last week. The edges definitely looks cleaner than without the tape. Now I know why bias tapes come in handy 🙂 The design was taken from the hand sewing pattern book and oh boy, it had a lot of parts. Unlike sewing by machine, there had to be several parts to make it easier to sew nicely by hand. Without having to sew for long makes you focus on the straightness of the sewn thread. Anyhow, I don’t think I will have to do this again, following instructions for hand sewing is a lot more work than having to just follow the one for sewing by machine ha-ha!

As  a bonus, I also made this seashell like clasp wallet as a side project. I found this clasp frame from my old stash back home and brought it back with me. I remembered buying it from the dollar store and never got to do something with it. Dollar stores have this crafts section and it is a wonder what you can find in there and make with your own hands. 

For my next project, I’ve decided to level it up a bit and start making clothes 🙂 I have this pattern book I bought way back but never really got into taking a look at it more closely. Next year, I may get a a second hand tailors dummy of my size because buying a new one is no joke for an amateur. It…is…freaking expensive!

Until next time and until I’ve gotten better, I’ll be updating with more projects.

 

~ヾ(^∇^) Happy brewing!

-Louie

 

Happy holidays!

It’s the season to be jolly fa-lalala-lalala and the opportunity to remind us of our friends though far away. For this year-end holiday season, phdcafé POST is making post cards to send to friends here and there, everywhere! Except for the blank post cards, everything else is personalised and handmade with heart ❤

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The christmas wreathe is a series of folded tiny origami paper linked together and glued to the front of the card. The inked designs of “Happy Holidays” and phdcafé POST were designed and printed with the help of Pomrie stamp maker. I made other origami wreathes of different color gradients as well just to make it different (and because I already ran out of reds and greens hehe).

I still have extra postcards to give so if you’re interested to receive one during the holiday, drop me a message and your mailing address in the Contact page. I’d be happy to send you my Christmas greeting 🙂

~ヾ(^∇^) Happy brewing and advance holiday greetings!

-Louie

P.S. If you’re interested in ordering handmade postcards, let me know in the Contact page and I’ll try to get back as soon as possible.