Thursday, 22 February 2018

Sew Your Own Faux Leather Passport Cover



A little craft for the travel freaks here. This passport cover is easy to make and is absolutely fun to make. It didnt took me more than 15 minutes to complete this project. I love projects that are completed in short time and in one sitting. This one absolutely one of those projects: fun to do, exciting, useful and quick.

So lets just begin.

You will need:

1. Faux leather. I used textured Creme and dark brown for the name tag.
2. Sewing Machine.
3. Any Charm. I used star, an aeroplane charm would have looked better but I couldn't find one.
4. Passport.

Steps to follow.

1.  Cut out the leather of the size of the passport when opened plus 0.5 cm. i.e. 0.5 cm's extra of what the size of the passport is. this is mandatory because we will stitch on the margin of the size of the passport and leave the extra fabric. we will cut two stripes of same size, height equal to the height of your fabric and width equal to 1 to 1.5 inches.




2. Put the two fabric pieces on the each end of the main body fabric. Hold with pearl headed pins and start to sew using sewing machine.




3. Cut out the extra fabric from the sides and make the corners round. Put in the passport and see if it fits well.




4. Your cover must not fold your passport and neither should it come off easily. Make sure to mark it appropriately to make it a perfect fit.




5. Cut our a round cornered rectangle out of dark brown leather less than 1cm of height. With the help of permanent pen write down your name. That is easy, If you have enough time and resources, you can opt for embossing on leather. I fixed it to the cover by stitching on the two ends. You can also use the studs as well.




6. I have an Indian Passport and the cover fits it well and looks absolutely cool. You can also make similar covers for your other diaries, booklets and other small cute books that you have. Tag us in your posts and share your creations with us. 




Note: This pattern is original pattern by Hobbiesinn. Please do not claim this pattern as yours. If you wish to share it, you may link to this pattern but please do not copy on your site. You can use it for personal use but DO NOT sell the pattern/pictures or distribute it.

You can however, sell the products of this design but do credit the design to me  @hobbiesinn. Permission is NOT granted for mass production or factory manufacturing of any kind.  Thank you for being respectful and for your understanding!

Monday, 19 February 2018

DIY Faux Leather Earrings (Boho Earrings)



Yay another faux leather tutorial. I have been working on leather projects for quite some time now and i intend to add as many different DIYs as possible. Today's post is a jewellery project. A fun and Boho styled Faux leather earrings. I will add more jewellery projects in coming days. And also some General information about the faux leather, its types, uses, and other such stuff. If you want to try out some other cool and easy leather DIYs check out my apron tutorial and this tassel tutorial.

and I'm super excited as I have compiled it to basically show you guys how I embroider using leather and sequins. you too can use them to create beautiful designs that are easy and quick.


Okay, so on to our jewellery project.

You will need:


1. Faux Leather
     I used 2 shades: bronze for background and camel color for the flowers.
2. Flower sequins
3. Small pearl beads.
4. Tapestry needle and thread.
5. Silk or embroidery thread.
6. Little beads to hand at the bottom.
7. The earring hooks.

What you have to do:


1. Cut out two stripes of equal length and width. This is entirely your choice as to how big or small you want your earring to be. My earring stripes were almost 3.8 inches long and I divided it into half for front and back of the earring. The width of the each strip is 1.5 inches.

2. Take the camel color leather and cut out 10 small flowers from it. 5 for each of the two earrings.



3. Take one little piece of leather and begin stitching the flowers to it with the help of tapestry needle and thread.

I added little sequins and pearl beads to make flowers more lively and colorful.





4. Take the white embroidery thread, place the two pieces of leather together and stitch around the border.

5. At one end, fix the earring hook and at other a little dangling bead.

Ta-da! You are done.
Wasn't it easy?



I have compiled a little video on this Earring. Watch me making it.




Note: This pattern is original pattern by Hobbiesinn. Please do not claim this pattern as yours. If you wish to share it, you may link to this pattern but please do not copy on your site. You can use it for personal use but DO NOT sell the pattern/pictures or distribute it.

You can however, sell the products of this design but do credit the design to me  @hobbiesinn. Permission is NOT granted for mass production or factory manufacturing of any kind.  Thank you for being respectful and for your understanding!

Friday, 16 February 2018

My Blogging Journey- 6th Anniversary Post

How it all started



Today is our 6th birthday. I first posted on this blog on 16 February 2013.  It all started “Just For Fun” while I was still at college. I was always very crafty and would experiment with various arts and crafts. Back then, Internet was not so used by People in Kashmir as it is now. Facebook was other name for Internet, literally. Not many people knew that there is other side of this service other than the Facebook. For them internet meant Facebook! For many it still means the same. :D


I would look up for stuff on Google and immediately fell in love with the idea of blogging. I perceived it as a learning and teaching process. When I saw people around the world showing their crafts, I was motivated to do something like that too. I knew about blogs and stuff and came across the free blogger platform-Blogger by Google. After thinking a lot, I named my blog as Hobbies Inn – A little Inn for Hobby enthusiasts. And it still has the same name. Though I changed the domain from Hobbiesinn.blogspot.com to HobbiesInn.com.


To be honest I had no blog plan or I didn’t know about SEO and other things too. I would post occasionally about the crafts that I did. I was not aware how blogs work (Which I am now). But no matter what, as much as I enjoyed doing my crafts, I equally enjoyed posting about them.
Since I was a college student, my studies demanded much more from me. I was a top student and worked very hard on my subjects and hence I was not able to post that often. But Hobbies Inn survived, because, I am a very passionate crafter and arts and crafts is my first love and the blog stats was always positive and great.


I had a major dip in blogging In 2014, I posted only 7 posts, well we were drowned in devastating 2014 floods with hardly anything to eat. You cannot imagine a girl to craft in that situation and post about it! Also, we had no communication of any sort for almost 1.5 months as well! Moreover, my college projects and internship demanded so much from me. Tough time that was! We hadn’t seen such devastating floods in about 100 years. Whole city was submerged in water for more than 1 month. Read more about 2014 Kashmir Floodshere.


My blogging again saw a dip in 2016, for nearly 6 months, we had no internet or phone communication in whole state. We are habitual to frequent Internet/communication gags and that one was the lengthiest one I suppose. It was not the internet alone, we too were gaged inside our homes from June till November! That year I completed my college, had a bad case of chicken pox along with my sister, read almost 20 books in a month, tried my own weird hair styles, exercised a lot, procrastinated a lot too, had no idea about where my friends were, never wore anything else other than my pajamas, didn’t use phone (gaged), didn’t watch TV (It was gaged too), would listen to anything on radio though and that included vividh Bhariti… wow. And yes crafted a lot with everything that I had(I didn’t  photograph them or write about them, I couldn’t have even if I had wanted to. I just enjoyed doing them). When my supplies were over, I turned to gardening and that included pretty much watering the plants and de-weeding.


Never the less, we were depressed to the core. We were scared and sad, people were being blinded and killed. Many of us suffered psychological problems and the sufferings seemed unending. Read more about 2016 Kashmircrises here.

By the time all was over, I had lost motivation for everything, I had stayed too much Inside my home doing everything that I wanted to or didn’t want to that next few months of 2017 were spent in doing things that were none of them! It was very hard to again start studying and working on career goals.  


However, I managed to work on my blog a little. I created social media handles on Instagram and Facebook and also started a YouTube channel. I had a Facebook handle for my blog back in 2014 but I deleted it because it was getting burdensome at that time of my life. However, now I have a plan and a greater ambition for this little blog. I am posting more often and with more details. I am more focused and have certain goals to achieve. I have learned a lot not only in various crafts that I do but also in the profession of blogging. At this point, I am quiet motivated and have a plan.


Through all this thick and thin, my sister was my partner in crime, co-conspirator and full support system. When I say “I” it automatically includes my sister by my side. She critiques my projects and crafts and I make her proof read all that I write on this blog. Many of the projects here are outcome of both of our creative minds. She helps me in photographing the projects and reminds me of my unfinished ones as well. Crafting alone is good but crafting together is great.  




Now, the situation in Kashmir valley is different, more people are coming towards crafting and handmade business but Hobbies Inn stands as the only craft blog whose purpose is to learn and teach rather than sell. Our goal is to promote healthy habits and help people come towards creativity from their sedentary lifestyle. We try to expose people of Kashmir to more and more crafting and how can they achieve all that in terms of technique and where to get the supplies as well.


We try to change the meaning of “Internet” from “Social Media” to what it actually is. Kashmir is a beautiful place with beautifully talented people, our motive is to motivate them, kill the depression and anxiety and help them lead a creative and healthy lifestyle especially among women.


We post mainly about Crochet, Sewing, lifestyle, foods and other random crafts. We have also introduced our own stylized leather crafts and we hope to add more to these categories.


This is our Journey so far, hope you enjoyed reading it and hope to add many more great years to it. Keep reading, learning, loving and supporting. Your Support means a lot and keeps us going.


Thanks a lot.