Posts Tagged ‘fabric’

Easy DIY Pillow Cases From Kitchen Towels

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I’m 38 weeks tomorrow, 2cm dilated and getting more and more impatient especially now that I have finished adding a touch of feminine hues in our bedroom. I just cannot wait to deliver this baby. If only my back weren’t killing me, I would be walking all day long.

Anyway, after days of stalling, I finally finished Kenya’s pillow cases. (I’m not sure if I mentioned it yet but the baby’s name is Bree Kenya.)  I didn’t want to buy ready-made covers from department stores because I hate how everything is pink with cartoon characters on them. I want something that looks like designer linens but of course, I can’t afford it.

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I remembered that I had this gray and white polka dot kitchen towels (P99.75/pair) that I found in Landmark a year ago. The fabric reminds me of Serena’s (Gossip Girl) headboard and I knew I had to make them into throw pillow covers. I’m glad I didn’t because it’s perfect for Kenya’s pillows. I love how it goes so well with coral fabric.

I’m a total novice when it comes to sewing so please bear with my messy stitches. Below is how I did it. I kept the length of the fabric as is since the size of the kitchen towel was just right for the little bolster pillow. I also kept the existing seams because I’m lazy and all! Also, if you noticed, I stitched the fabric ribbon from the outside because I didn’t watch this video so I didn’t know how to turn a narrow fabric tube inside out.

For the head pillow, I used less than half a yard of 100% cotton fabric (P200/yard) that I bought from Cloth Craft, my fave store in Market!Market! It’s a simple envelop pillow case since I don’t want to risk poking Kenya’s head with a zipper lock or button. You can check out The Happy Housie for a tutorial on how to sew an envelop pillow case. I curved the edges of mine to follow the pillow’s contours.

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And here’s Kenya’s set of pillows again! Sophisticated yet cute and girly, just the way I like it! Hehe!pillow case2


Oh Such Happy Colors and My Recent Fab Finds

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Today is exactly my 37th week of pregnancy and that means I’m already full term. I really hope we can see our new bundle of joy next week.  So, exciting!

And since there’s a new girl joining the family soon, I really want to inject more bright colors into our home. And now having a balance in gender (2 boys and 2 girls) means I can add more pink, coral and orange. It’s taking me quite slow to achieve though because I don’t go out a lot and it’s hard to find fabrics with the colors and patterns that I want. That’s why I was so glad when I found these cute and really cheap throw pillow covers in Landmark Department Store more than a month ago.

Also, in the picture are three of my fab finds. I wanted to add greens in the house but I still don’t have the guts to go for live ones for fear I’m gonna kill it again (waste of money). Artificial ones from the malls cost P3,000-4,000+ each. Uh, no thanks! So when I went to Mandaue Foam (Quezon Avenue Branch) after our Tagaytay break to buy a rug, taking advantage of their annual sale, I found this artificial plant for P1,500 with 30% off. I bought it without second thoughts since I already scored the bamboo rug (160 cm x 220 cm) for P1,750.00. I originally had a budget of  P3,500 for a jute rug which I was waiting to be on sale in Landmark, but now I know better. I’m going to wait for Mandaue Foam’s sale so I can buy a rug for the dining room and Bryce’s room and more artificial plants for our house.

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By the way,  the native pouf was from Silang, Cavite. If you are on your way to Tagaytay, you surely wouldn’t miss the stores on either side of the street that sells reclaimed woods and antique furniture. Keep on the watch for this store on the left side of the road (on your right if you’re on your way back to Manila). It is the only store (I found so far) that sells banig ottomans, basket and bags. I asked for the store’s name, but unfortunately, I forgot. It’s no use though even if I told you the name because it wasn’t displayed on the store anyway. Just keep your eyes open if you want to buy one. I bought the medium one for P700 (haggled from P750).

Anyway, here are some interior pics with such happy colors. I wish someday we would have a sun-filled house so I can have white walls and plenty of brightly colored furniture and accessories to go with it.
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happ2Have a happy, colorful weekend!


Shopping Guide: Fabric in Manila

I love fabric even though I don’t know how to sew (but I will soon, that’s in my list, right?) so I’m doing this post as a reference for myself and for fabric lovers like me.

Ilaya St., Divisoria (The fabric haven of the Philippines)

If you’re looking for curtains and upholstery fabrics and are buying in bulk, this is the place to go. The 60″ width linen fabric ranges from P45-80 from the street vendors. You can also score fabrics for just P20/yard. Behind the street vendors, there is a cluster of stalls which sells a wide range of 120″ width fabric for P100-150. I usually go to VJ Textile on the left side of the street (this is next to a store that sells shoes) for my upholstery needs and for my blackout curtains. The street vendors also have blackout curtains but the price is usually the same and VJ Textile has more color variety. I bought 12yards for my condo project for P100/yd (originally P120/yard but I bought 20 more yards of another fabric. Always try to haggle especially if you’re buying in bulk).

You can also find a stall on the left near VJ Textile that sells zippers, thread, yarns, buttons and other sewing notions. And if you already bought fabrics for your curtains but don’t know how to sew, there are stalls on the right side that accepts customized curtains for P100/panel (grommet curtain heading). For more information about Ilaya St., you can visit this post.

Fabric Warehouse

If you’re just buying a yard or two of fabrics and you are not up to tackle Divisoria, then Fabric Warehouse is probably the most ideal place to go. Their branches are conveniently placed in malls like SM North and Megamall, Glorietta 5 and. Greenhills. Their Libis branch is probably the biggest.

Carolina’s Lace Shoppe

As the name says, they have all kinds of laces, from ribbons to fabrics, beads, button, sequins, etc. A perfect place to go if you’re sewing your own dress or gown. They also have different colors of felt and organza fabric for P60/yard. They also have quilt batting and fiber fills. You can visit their site for branches and other information.


I’ve been to their branch in Glorietta 5 and scored a very cool striped canvas fabric. I can’t remember the price though (probably P150-200/yard). You can check out their website for more information.

Megamall Basement

The basement of SM Megamall Bldg B. is lined with fabric shops including Fabric Warehouse although I don’t often go here. Most of the fabrics here are good for dresses but if you’re looking for linen type or upholstery fabric, they have quite limited choices.

Glorietta 4

Like the basement of SM Megamall, Glorietta 4 below the food court, has its own cluster of fabric stores. I love graphic fabrics and there is this store that carries a wide range of Moda Japanese Fabric for P300/yard and up (although I can’t remember its name.)

Larry’s Curtains and Upholstery Supplies

If you’re looking for fine leather and leatherette, every color of linen or cotton fabrics for your upholstery and curtain needs, this is the place to go. Most of the fabrics here are imported so the price is quite above average. A yard of plain leatherette starts at P600/yard and a solid color linen is around P400/yard.

Market! Market!

Another favorite of mine for fabric shopping. There’s this store called Cloth Craft that sells Moda Fabric from Japan for P200/yard which is way cheaper than the stall in Glorietta 4 that also sells Moda Japanese fabrics for P350/yard and up. Their selection is limited though compared to the Glorietta 4 store.

There’s a lot more so I’ll be updating this post soon. Feel free to add your favorite fabric stores. I’d really appreciate the extra information.

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