Cute Aprons by CRAFTOPIA

cIMG_0893One of the products that I make on my online shop is the very stylish and girlish aprons. You know I love making things, especially cute things. Making apron is one of the new things I’ve tried this year since March 2017. I started my online craft shop in late 2013, but because of my job at that time, I only did pillows for 2 years because making pillows is the easiest and fastest crafts to make for me. It was going really well, like I made 80 pillows every month at the same time having a full-time day job. It made me have no life. LOL. But because of my job, I hibernated my shop for about a year or more. It’s in mid 2016 that I started to focus on my shop again. However, of course I couldn’t make a comeback with the same strategy. Also making only pillows for enough time doesn’t make me proud. I challenged myself with more complicated crafts, started with yoga bags then aprons.

The aprons that CRAFTOPIA makes are possibly too stylish and fancy to be actually worn for cooking, I know, hehe. Well I design them not for actual kitchen-related activities as the function of aprons has shifted to many ways. My shop can be called a gift shop, so my customers usually buy them for gifts for girlfriends, friends, mothers etc or for their own selves because they love cute things. My customers also range to business owners (mostly fashion boutiques and culinary business) who want to set a uniforms for their employees instead of giving the employees clothes which costs more money. With aprons, the employers do not need to think about the size nor worry if the staff quits, they don’t need to buy new clothes for future new staffs as aprons can fit all size. So the employees usually just wear t-shirts underneath the aprons.

Also, people ordered to me for special occasions like pre-wedding, bridal showers, and even arisan! I like to be part of other people’s happiness, if my crafts make people happy and their special days more special, that means more than material rewards. I myself maybe haven’t flown all over my country, but I know thousands of my products have been spread all over Indonesia.

Sewing apron is also the baby steps for me to eventually make clothes. I set the target that this year I have to able to sew clothes. Follow my creative passion on my shop’s IG account and youtube channel. And here are some of my apron designs. To shop, click here.

Have a nice day, peeps!

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DIY Tutorial: Handmade Tissue Cover

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Hi everyone!

Here’s a super easy DIY project that you can try at home, palingan cuma butuh waktu 20 menit untuk membuatnya. BTW, I am making a series of sewing tutorial to decorate your living room buat persiapan lebaran nanti nih, siapa tau ada yang mau make-over ruang tamu keluarga, hehe 😀

Follow the tutorial series on my youtube channel , and for this Tissue Cover Tutorial Video, click here.

Selamat mencoba, keep calm and sew on 😀

Pom-Pom Wall Hanging Decoration

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This is my first DIY tutorial on my youtube channel!

For a beginning, this DIY project is very basic, simple and fun-to-make. Wall-hanging decoration never seems to be out of trend, it’s cute and no sewing needed. It’s also relaxing to make if you have partners to do the project with. If you have kids, this is an easy art project to teach them creativity.

Watch the tutorial on youtube by clicking here.

Mother-Daughter Collabs

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I got my crafty talent from my mom, but she can’t use a sewing machine. She likes to do hand-stitching, like knitting, crochet, and cross-stitching. Unlike her, I’m very impatient for that, the only hand-stitching that I enjoy is crochet.

Seeing me doing crafts, my mom always asks me whether I have things for her to do too to keep her busy, because she is getting bored with crosswords. Actually, it’s because she can never finish a crossword when it comes to English questions.

My mom is a simple Indonesian muslim woman, she doesn’t understand any English and for her the world is just about Indonesia, she doesn’t keep up with what’s happening in other parts of the world. It’s because her life was not like mine, she went to school because it’s what she had to do to work. She went to school not to study, not to read and nor to get knowledge. She didn’t have time to critically think about the history, literary works or gender equality. For her life is simply living.

I saw that I have embroidery hoops that I haven’t used, I thought I could train my patience, but maybe not right now. So, I grabbed some fabrics and a pen, and started drawing on the fabrics, my mom then did the hand-stitching. She finished one project quite fast. I want the hoop arts to have messages in them. The funny thing is that my mom who does all the hand-stitching doesn’t even have any idea what they are about. She never questions. Just believe that her child is doing right. I wish I had that faith to something.

These are some of the works she has finished so far. You won’t believe these nasty fierce hoop arts were made by a sweet, simple, 64 y.o Indonesian muslim woman.

Happiness according to My Mother

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I’m turning my sweet Muslim mother into a badass.

The cover pic above is my mom holding the embroidery hoop art that she stitched following the design that I made. She did a good job, didn’t she? But does she understand anything about it, the middle finger or the text? NOPE. Nothing but the green leaves that she understands.

My mom is a simple Indonesian Muslim woman. She likes cooking (even though her cooking is not better than mine), cleaning and crafting–yeah, I got it from her, the difference is that she doesn’t know how to turn it into money.

Her happiness is simple; to live, get job, marry, have kids, send kids to school, grow old together with my dad. For her, she doesn’t need to seek nor understand why she does things. Never question. I don’t think my mom has ever been in a quarter life nor self-identity crisis, like I’ve been through. For her, life is to be lived, not to be thought about.

She can be happy with simple stuffs, “don’t aim more so that you don’t get jealous of others, just be ordinary.” The only thing she can be jealous of others is about having grandchildren. D’Oh!

Sometimes I thought that when she sent her kids to school, she just did it because everybody else’s doing it or because that’s what she thinks parents do. Because she sometimes is not ready for what education and books can change her babies.

One day, my brother bought her a present. A 5 million Guess watch. It’s packaged in a cute fancy drawstring pouch with the brand tassel on it. Looking at the brand and knowing the price, my eyes glared with amazement. Her eyes were too, her face looked so happy. She said, “Thank you so much for the pouch, I need a handy pouch like this to go to wedding parties.” She thought the gift was the wrapping pouch. Until now she is still using the pouch. Not the watch.

My mom doesn’t understand any English at all. I love crafting but not a fan of hand sewing, I don’t have the patience like my mom and she always asked me whether I have things for her to do. I saw embroidery hoops in my craft box that I never used, then I just drew the design. She asked, “Where’s the flowers?” She thought embroidery is always about flowers and cute, girly stuffs. Not today, Mom. At first I just wanted to keep her busy, but the result turns to be great. So I give her another design every time she finishes one.

After 1 hour of stitching my first design, she asked, “What does the text mean?” I replied, “It means ‘Cinta Fitri’ (Eng: Pure Love).” I couldn’t be bothered to explain nor argue. So I just made it up with the title of her fave Indonesian soap opera.

“Oh, that’s why there’s finger in it.” she said.

Dang. I don’t know why my mom thinks one would put wedding ring on middle finger. And I don’t want to know.

Here’s her finished projects so far:

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