DIY: Plan A – not according to plan

16th December 2011







Official photo courtesy of V&A.

On a good evening of drafting a prototype with plenty of folding, pinching and endless bleeding paper cuts, creating a magnificent origami 3D flower ball made of 145 square papers and bits of clear sticky tapes to hold together, surely it was going to be easy when done in fabric. That was a Plan A for a collaboration for V&A Shop’s 12 Days of Blogger Crafty Christmas.

Due to unforeseen circumstance Plan A ceased to exist, such tiny squares for fabric manipulation the idea of folding 145 cotton squares into petals and stitching it together the night before my departure for Hong Kong was deemed absurd, panic stricken Plan B was needed. Thank goodness for my A* GCSE in Textiles, my patchwork skill have come back I’ve created an abstract fortune cookie-esque decoration (inserted with thin wadding) with large bells attached. What do you think?

Thank you V&A Shop for this fun DIY project.

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  • Reply Mamo T 16th December 2011 at 14:44

    Well done for the amazing work.

  • Reply KPT 16th December 2011 at 14:45

    Interesting to hear your disastrous attempt, your plan b looks great 😀

  • Reply Emma 16th December 2011 at 22:40


  • Reply Yvonna 16th December 2011 at 23:20

    I see you were using an industrial sewing machine, your stitching skill is impeccable and neat.

    • Reply Kit Lee 16th December 2011 at 23:31

      @Yvonna I have over 10 years of sewing experience in using industrial machine (thanks to my mum), the sewing machine I was using (as seen) is a second hand bought for my uni days as a fashion student, as you can see a guard is missing…oppps.

  • Reply miso style 16th December 2011 at 23:22

    Your patchwork will make a great cushion 🙂

  • Reply Lil 16th December 2011 at 23:24

    Your Christmas decorations looks edible.
    Love your post.

  • Reply Krys 17th December 2011 at 10:31

    It came out looking really nice especially since there were last minute changes. Ah, fabric squares; I, too, have been driving myself insane with them, but it’s probably because I was sewing by hand and not with a machine. I like the fabrics that you used and the bells were a good touch. Have a good weekend!

  • Reply Winnie 21st December 2011 at 07:31

    Oh you have such skill Kit! Love these decorations.

  • Reply Bargainista Fashionista 25th December 2011 at 00:44

    Yours are the most professionally made decorations out of the 12! Beautiful. Quilting is one of the things I’ve got on my to-do list. One day, I’ll get around to it 😉
    Hope you’re having a great time in HK.
    Happy Christmas,
    susie x x x

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