Many years ago, I had a little brand/website with my good friend HL, called ‘Elepanda’. I used to make many panda-themed items for small exhibitions. My love for Panda has recently been rekindled after I dug out my old handmade panda plush for a photo shoot. Here’s the first Panda I’ve made after a long break! It was for my childhood friend, Natalie who wanted to be a Panda Ambassador. It was so enjoyable making this Panda Brooch!
I used masking tape to create patterns on fabric. Face details were hand painted with fabric dyes.
Workspace was a disaster!
Created a simple paper backing for the brooch.
Tested it out…
Here’s a simple tutorial if you’d like to make your own animal brooch!
1. Fabric dyes or acrylic paints
2. Cotton or linen fabric
3. Needle and thread
4. Brooch pin
5. Polyester filling
1. Cut out 2 pieces of silhouette of your preferred animal
2. Paint face details with fabric dyes or acrylic paints
3. Create patterns with masking tapes
4. Sew 2 pieces of silhouette together, right side facing each other
5. Leave a small opening for flipping fabric over
6. When sewing is completed, flip fabric over
7. Sew brooch pin on to the center of the back fabric
8. Add polyester filling
9. Sew up the opening
10. Ready to go!
We are happy to announce that our products are now available in La Belle Époque, a handmade zakka shop in Hong Kong. Special thanks to the very kind and supportive owner, Billie Ng for her interest in our products! It was so nice to finally meet her in person last week in Hong Kong. She gave us tour around the neighborhood and showed us their workshop space where they conduct classes such as silkscreening and felting.
You might recognize this shop from my post a few months back. La Belle Époque is one of the few handmade zakka shops in Hong Kong. I was really happy to hear that they had some visitors from Singapore who found out about their shop through my blog post! Yay! The shop is located in a very nice neighborhood in Tai Hang Causeway bay area with some great eateries, cafes and boutiques. Definitely a place you’d want to visit if you are in Hong Kong.
They were having a pop-up store by QTPI workshop when I visited last week and the shop was stocked with wallets, bags and collars in pretty fabrics all handmade by crafter Yen Yen Law. You can see more of her products on her etsy shop. I got myself a clutch bag made in circus print! Here are some pictures of the pop-up store:
We hit 500 likes on our Facebook page over the weekend! It’s very encouraging to know that there are people liking our page from all over the world! We look forward to providing more interesting updates from our studio in Tokyo. Thank you so much for your support!! You are 500 unique peeps!
Have a great week ahead ♥
My new business card designed/produced by my talented friend HL from Lazy Jane! Gold hot stamp on one side and neon pink on the other. I made a cardholder with my favorite tapes to go with it!
HL also helped me with the lovely gift tags for our store. Love them! Thanks pal!!
I have some exciting news today! I will be a new Tokyo contributor on Poppytalk. Poppytalk has always been a good place for me to look for inspirations and I am so happy to be part of their contributors team! Can’t wait to share some of the interesting finds from this part of the world with Popptalk readers!
I’m extremely happy to announce the grand opening of our Polkaros store and the launch of our new website that was painstakingly redesigned by our dear friend Hiki-chan. I’m loving the new site, hope you do too! After months of preparation the store is now live and will be serving customers around the globe, bringing the joys of Polkaros zakka to their doorstep.
Check out our official press release here!
The first range of products to be featured in the store is the knitted series from Glee zakka, previously only available in Japan, but now available for purchase worldwide.
To commemorate the launch of the Polkaros store, I will be giving away one of these cute plushies to a random winner. So if you want to adopt one of these little guys simply click the “Like Button” on the Polkaros Facebook page!
Terms & Conditions
Prize One of the above Glee Zakka Plushies would be selected randomly.
Shipping cost Polkaros cover all shipping cost.
Country This contest is open to worldwide audience. There is no location restriction.
Result date Results will be announced on 30 MAY 2012.