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Fabric Shopping: Tutuban Mall

If you hate the busy and narrow street of Ylaya, then these stores outside Tutuban Mall will probably leave you feeling satisfied. These three stores are just almost next to each other so enjoy!

RUBENI TEXTILES

The good news is that they are currently having a clearance sale until the end of December! We went here for Silk Lavender Skin Essentials‘ curtain fabric which we scored for P80/yard.rubeni rubenifabric1I love these colorful linen fabrics for P80/yard. They are perfect as light weight curtains.rubenifabric2The purple one (second from the bottom) was the fabric we used for Skin Essentials’ curtain trims. Pretty color, right?”)rubenifabric3They also have printed cotton for P30/yard. I wish I had cash that day so I could hoard more fabrics!

CENTRO

If you are looking for brightly colored printed fabrics, Centro is the best store to go to.centroThese pretty fabrics can be used for curtains and upholstery. They range from P280-380/yard. centrofabric2 centrofabric1Michelle’s Ribbon and Lace CentermichellesMichelle’s Ribbon and Lace Center is your one-stop store for accessories and other sewing notions. michelles5I have been looking for elastic ribbons/laces so could DIY my daughter’s headbands. Those that can be purchased in malls are ridiculously expansive and I know I could do one in under 5 minutes. Like I have said, I didn’t have enough cash with me so I wasn’t able to buy anything. But I now I know where to look, I will definitely be back for some serious hoarding! Haha!michelles4They also have ready-made bias tape in satin (P20/pc and P200/box) and cotton piping in wide variety of colors (P16/pc and P155/box).michelles3Feast your eyes on these sparkly trims and floral patches. My head was spinning from continuous surges of DIY ideas! Haha! Taking photos inside the store is actually not allowed but I was able to take a few shots before the security guard informed me that it is prohibited. SHHH! :) michelles2Some people were asking me where to buy tulle in Divisoria. Well, I now have the answer. Here in Michelle’s! Apparently, they have two kinds: the ordinary (P30/yard) and soft tulle (P60/yard).

Next time, I will explore the fabric stores inside the Tutuban Mall.



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!


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