Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

A sweet little crayon roll for a sweet darling.

 #gifts #handmade #crayonroll #jayasplace #fabriclove #cottoncandydoha
via Jaya's Place

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Countdown to Christmas, day 36. Crafting with kids, for some handmade gifts.

 Do your kids do the #handmade thing? #jayasplace #hoopart

via Jaya's Place
Would you like to try making some of these easy embroidery hoop crafts? buy your own hoops, acrylic felt and embroidery thread   on amazon.
  (affiliate link)

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Countdown to Christmas day 38. Making a minimalist modern advent calendar

tutorialI am making a simple advent calendar using  the fantastic tutorial at make it and love it.
#handmadeholidays #handmadewithlove #sewing #jayasplace #cottoncandydoha #stencil #adventcalendar
via Jaya's Place

Monday, November 16, 2015

Countdown to Christmas Day 39. Christmas pajamas.

Love this floral-polka dot combination. More to come! #sewing #imadeit #jayasplace #cottoncandydoha #pajamas #handmade #handmadewithlove #madeinqatar #fabriclove
via Jaya's Place

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Countdown to Christmas : 40 days to go! #reusable #fabric #giftbag

Christmas gifts need wrapping.Wrapping with paper is simply wasteful, however pretty it is. I am a strong proponent of re-using as many items as you can. I made a ton of fabric gift bags in christmas fabrics, so we can use them every year. I used this tutorial from positively splendid to make my gift bags. Try it yourself! Find some pretty  Christmas fabrics at amazon (Affiliate Link).
reusable christmas gift bag
#christmas #jayasplace #cottoncandydoha #imadeit #fabriclove #sewing Christmas fabrics at amazon via Jaya's Place

Using my #christmasinjuly gifts to make some yummy goodies for the next market.

I bought a fiskars cutting set from hobby lobby
I went to the USA last july, and needless to say, had a rather good look-see through their most famous craft stores like Michaels, Hobby Lobby and Joann's. Though i picked up bits and bobs from may clearance sections, this was something that i paid full price for. (and used the instant 40% off coupon for!)

having a large cutting mat was a longtime dream of mine, and actually using it came late.. i went to india, then came back, settled into my work, kids school, etc and its almost christmas season before i bring out the big guns :D

I found today that amazon has a really good deal on this mat and you will pay lesser than i did, if you buy it today: check it out at amazon (Affiliate Link):

I can definitely vouch for how satisfying it is to use a rotary cutter, especially if youre used to using scissors for everything. this time, christmas gifts are so easy!!

via Jaya's Place
Stay connected! #sewingsupplies #christmasgifts #jayasplace

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Shopping for the holiday markets.

Expect amazing :) #sewingforgirls #cottoncandydoha #jayasplace #fabriclove #fabricshopping #christmasgifts

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Sunday, November 1, 2015

Sometimes, even the best non-girl fabric looks girly.

 Here is something orange in the spirit of #Halloween
 #handmade #jayasplace #cottoncandydoha #dress #sewingforgirlsorange dress 6T
via Jaya's Place

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

free patterns for children, sewing for summer vacation

pink indian cotton summer dress  by jayasplace
Summer is the easiest to sew for. Short shorts, sleeveless dresses, spaghetti tops, twirly skirts.. everything is a celebration of the summer sun. I have to say, after a few years in Qatar, I have become quite fond of the burn-your-face-off heat blast every time I step outside.

Summer means less clothes in some parts of the world, here in the desert countries we don't shed layers- we choose thinner fabrics. Voiles, rayons,  poplins, seersucker that allow lots of airflow while giving no reflected heat, no stifling humidity. I prefer more modest fashions,  to prevent sun burn. If  we look at the traditional costumes of  the arabs and other desert dwellers, we see them (quite sensibly) covering up as much as they can. It looks like it will be stifling inside, but the type of fabrics they use ensure that they stay fabulously cool!

as I am gearing up for a (very long) vacation with three little ones in tow, I look around and see all the shopping malls having discount sales. yes, everyone knows that half of Doha fly away in the heat of summer. The shops know that we will buy everything new before travel. clothes for ourselves, gifts for our families, this is one time when even skinflints choose the "trendy" stuff. Sorry to say,  I find very slim pickings in my shopping trips.. because I don't pay until and unless I deem a product worth its list price. Shoes, pajamas, sunscreen.. my shopping list is short.

 Not like when i go to the fabric souk, where I find myself emptying my wallet and chasing the ATM for more. (yes, those people take cash. very little cash.) I have quite a lot of the beautiful indian cottons I collected last time I was in India, I have some of the gorgeous arabic cottons from the souk.  planning to make some heavy duty summer wear for some very hot climates, I made up a pinterest board with some pretty free tutorials and patterns for some pretty summer clothes. click through to see them!

Saturday, May 2, 2015

QatART craft workshops 1st may 2015

Our workshops and pop-up shop from 2-7pm at Katara Art Studios Katara
Posted by QatART on Friday, May 1, 2015

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Tuesday tutorial - DIY scarf vest

A scarf vest is pretty simple, you don't even need a sewing machine. All you need is a square scarf and some scissors. (maybe needle and thread, if you're particular.)

I followed this tutorial  for a pretty pop of color to an otherwise drab outfit.

another fun way to make one, here

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Tuesday Tutorial: upcycle a scarf into a skirt

 Some sewing this time, turn a scarf into a skirt. It is easy because the hemming is already done or you. This particular skirt started its life as a QR5 square Rawanaq scarf. one cut, three straight lines of stitching, one bit of elastic: et voila! another skirt! 

a simple skirt tutorial can be found from the megan nielsen blog.

It can be very easy to convert all of those winter scarves into pretty skirts for summer, try it!

if you're thinking of Upcycling one of those churidar shawls, here is a good tute to make a maxi skirt.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015


Welcome to my blog!

 I am a mad scientist who sews in my spare time. After about ten years of sewing little girls clothing, collecting tons of online tutorials on pinterest and general SAHM awesomeness, I joined QatART, that is a community of handcrafters in Qatar (click through for more info!)

Through them,I started giving craft workshops for little ones  and sewing workshops for not-so-littles. I have a facebook page where you can see most of the stuff I make, I have an instagram where you will see snippets that catch my eye.

  I dabble in all kinds of crafts, I do custom work for special orders, I draw, I paint, I craft with paper and plastic and glass and fabric.

On this blog, I hope to post a lot of links and tutorials that spark that creative instinct inside you, something you can share with your kids on the weekends. you will see a lot of sewing, and many other crafts that catch  my fancy.


handmade dresses easter 2015

cottagemama party dress with lace

Easter time was hectic again, as usual. I did manage to make three dresses for my three little pretties for the occasion, the material was purchased locally in doha. The third dress..well, i am waiting for a sunny day(:D) because the material is an embossed velvet that does not photograph well. #jayasplace

Sunday, March 22, 2015

qatart workshop 20/March/2015

The Katara Art Studios-QatART craft workshops are progressing beautifully. It is so encouraging to know that the new generation wants to learn these crafts, despite their get-it-now habits. This is only one picture from a ton of those at the QatART community facebook page, and i encourage you to click through and see them all!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

QatART handmade market -20 February 2015

childrens sewing craft jayasplace doha
As you know, I conduct a felt stitching workshop during the QatART handmade market in katara, in collaboration with katara art studios.

childrens sewing craft workshop jayasplace doha
I generally invite kids age 7-70, those who can safely handle a sharp needle, to participate in the workshop. But I find that a lot of the tiny tots love to craft. So I thought of  including a workshop for  the younger crowd ( those who cannot safely use a needle).
For this month, along with the stitching workshop, I introduced a tiara-making activity for the smaller children. Providing this craft where they can make a pretty thing with their own two hands gives them such a sense of accomplishment, I loved seeing the proud smiles with the sparkly tiaras!

childrens craft workshop jayasplace doha
The market was a great success, so much that I did not have any time free even to pick up my phone to click a few pics. These pics were generously shared by my lovely neighbor who assisted me with the workshop.


Thursday, February 12, 2015

Not-so-little zippy pouches

 for organising all things in your handbag. Bright coloured zips and grey linen outside. A pop of color inside, for a secret slice of whimsy. #jayasplace #handmade #sewing #wristlet #madeindoha #makeupbag #qatart #zipperedpouch @qatartcommunity
via Jaya's Place

Friday, February 6, 2015

A dress made in collaboration with my lovely sis.

lace and tulle dress

 Lace bodice, tulle skirt, satin sash.. And pearl snaps.
I used an adaptation of the free party dress pattern from cottagemama.
A little girl's dream.

#jayasplace #handmade #sewingforkids #notforsale #girlsdress #girlsretrodress #elegant #cute #dresses
via Jaya's Place

Friday, January 30, 2015

a giveaway!

there is a giveaway happening on my facebook page, it's only till 31st January.. hop on there and join the fun :)

Friday, January 9, 2015

Skill sharpening: A set of contrast cushions for my couch.

I bought this fabric when i went to India last year. I was on the lookout for furnishing fabrics in light green, and these color changing dots just called to me. I bought just enough for the cushions, browsed a ton of  pillow tutorials, and forgot about it. (thats the problem with pinterest, you get burned out with too much craftiness without even touching a thing!)

six months later, here they are, looking pretty and well-finished. now to find some co-ordinating fabric to cover some more of the dozen cushions on my couch :D

 #jayasplace #technique #handmade #notforsale
via Jaya's Place


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