Bowl Cosies and All kinds of Cosiness

The western world and I mean specifically the ones with harsher winters and longer winters and years that overlap from December to December in a drawl of winter… are the best at making all things cosy. Trust me, I never knew much about cosiness as more from a feeling within my mushy gooey heart than for it to be manifested into so many goods and products that surround us.

I landed in UK two years back and trust me, that though the weather hit me really hard…what wrapped me in all it’s loving embrace was the culture’s way for making everything cosy. And no, cosy did not stay limited to quilts and mittens and rugs and carpets… I saw all kinds of cosy…fuzzy, soft, flanneled, brushed and padded forms of cosiness. Sleep robes, bath robes, flannel onesies, woolly fleecy socks, Sherpa woolly jackets and scarves, and gloves and ear muffs, neck warmers, lap quilts, couch quilts, baby quilts, picnic rugs, tea cosies, mug cosies, bottle cosies and bowl cosies. They just know how to make the perfect and most endeared environment for cosying up in front of the TV set on a long, cold, dark wintry night and no one does it better than the western world.

It’s amazing how magazines and nowadays Pinterest gets loaded with images of warmth with all these images of man made ways of surrounding and wrapping oneself in love and handmade goodness.

So I jumped on the band wagon and started making bowl cosies. And why not. They are amazing cute things of utility. They protect all kinds of hands from hot soups and warm bowls of food, freezing bowls of ice creams or desserts and even better, you can simply use them instead of bowls to serve up cookies, popcorn or crisps. And best of all, you can just wash them up and reuse them.

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I loved making them and soon realised that people need them 🙂

So here’s what I turned out over the weekend.

If you would like a set or two for tiny hands around the house, you can mail me on kaarukriticreations@gmail.com

You can check more of what I make in my shop @  https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Kaarukriti

 

 

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The Quirky Kitschy Tote

I love scrolling through Pinterest. I have varied interests, so just scrolling gives me a lot of ideas. It is also very inspiring to see how people all over the world have such vivid imaginations, such creativity and are so good with their hand. Gorgeous needlework, paintings, artwork, diy projects, interiors… wow!!!

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Now, the other day, while scrolling through internet I found vector images. I had been toying with the idea of making a unique tote which would also lend some additional opportunity for me to lear or do something new. The vector image gave me that opportunity. It was the start of an idea. I wanted to replicate it on fabric.

The image was simply of an Indian man in a colourful turban and a colourful moustache with only an outline of his face. No features. I liked it 🙂 I got to work on it.

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Applique in progress

I had a bundle of plain fat quarters. I took a lemon yellow fat quarter and chose two more fabric. One was a beautiful yellow and white polka dot fabric that I had got from my friend who is the owner of Chezvies Fabrics. And the other was a printed fat quarter. I first drew the image on my fabric and worked out an applique. This is the first time I made applique on my own. Then I added some dense wadding to the fabric and fusible interface to the fabric. After that I quilted along the outline which gave it a 3D-effect around the image.

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The Applique Close-Up

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The Back of the Applique

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Quilting to echo the design

And on the other side, I just joined alternate panels of the same fabric that I used to create the applique and quilted stitch in ditch. This became my back of the bag. I also wanted to get over my fear of recessed zippers so I decided that I would in fact, sew this bag with recessed zipper and I am glad I did it, coz the final result was great. I also gave the bag an inner slip pocket and I finally attached some very bright and orange acryling webbing handles.

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Recessed Zipper

The overall look of the bag is nothing but unique. It’s kitschy, one-of-a-kind and totally handmade. Can be washed in cold water and can be ironed. It’s really a beautiful bag to carry anywhere. It’s a fun, exciting bag and I hope it finds an owner who appreciates the work that has gone into creating it, the artwork and the concept.

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The very funky Indian Turbanned Moustached Man on a Tote

 

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The Panelled Back

 

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So, what have you been working on?! Do share 🙂

Also, my bag is now available in my Etsy shop, ready be shipped worldwide.

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Kaarukriti?ref=search_shop_redirect

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The Quintessential Crossbody Travel Bag

You can never have enough bags… trust me, no girl will disagree 🙂

There has to be a bag for every mood, for every season, for the different people you meet, a big baby bag, a small baby bag, a movie bag, a date-night bag, a coffee-with-friends bag, a walk-in-the-park bag,  I-am-making-a-statement bag, I have  a new bag, a festival bag, a new dress bag, the work bag, the lunch bag… there is never enough reasons to have a bag. And that is my biggest motivation to keep making bags.

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Of late, I have been making a lot of these… Crossbody Sling Bags. Call them what you may… shoulder bag, sling bag, crossbody bag, travel bag, passport bag, mobile bag… it is the perfect go-to bag. Like I keep saying, not all bags have to carry the weight of your world.

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These bags are perfect makes. They come together in a couple of hours. They are big enough to hold all your essentials like wallet, shades, a small cosmetics pouch, keys, a book… or if you are travelling, it is just right for your passport and other essentials. You can have many of these bags to match your clothes. Be it jeans, or skirts, or boho dresses or sarees… these bags are perfect for all occasions. They also make great gifts. Like I said, who doesn’t like a bag.

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This bag is 11″x 10″ and has a detachable strap. It closes with a top zipper closure. I have given it a small slip pocket inside and an inner zipper pocket. It is also lightly padded and quilted to give it a nice structure. Perfect, ain’t it?!

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Should you want one or more of these, you can hop on to my etsy shop here:

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/648401824/crossbody-sling-bag-shoulder-bag-handbag?

 

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Kaarukriti

We at Kaarukriti celebrate a life handmade. Embelleshing everyone’s lives with handmade knick-knacks that are custom made to suit your fancies, whim and imagination. Sometimes we innovate, sometimes you ideate. Together we create something beautiful that becomes a part of you and makes us a part of your life and living.

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You are Special. You are Unique. There is no one else like you and there never will be. You are one of a kind there ever will be on this earth. So let’s celebrate YOU. Let’s make you something special, unique and something that hence defines YOU. Tell us what you want to get made and we will try our best to fulfill your wish.