We are super excited to bring to you our next For Me DIY Kit! A Whimsical No Sew Pom Pom Embellished Tote! This is a perfect project to give yourself some much-needed me time without the hassle of running around Dubai looking for a craft store and all the required supplies.
We knew we wanted to keep our second For Me DIY Kit fabric related. BUT with no sewing! And after a lot of brainstorming and back and forth, Theresa Tsui of reMADE Dubai and Pretty Paper Studio came up with this idea of embellishing a tote with handmade pom poms. And do not worry, you will receive all the required supplies, along with written instructions and a video tutorial!
Apart from the DIY Kit, we have also included handmade items from local makers. These were made just for you!
Please allow us to introduce our makers and what they have contributed in the kit this time.
Theresa Tsui is the founder and creator at reMADE DXB, a sewing parlor in Dubai. Originally from London, Theresa’s lifelong love affair with creativity began at the age of 7 sewing basic items for her bears and dolls. A move to Dubai ten years ago was the start of a new chapter. To fill her time and avoid the laundry, Theresa went back to the one thing that gave her happiness: creativity.
After discovering the fabric districts of a Dubai, pretty soon the cupboards were bursting with fabrics sourced from Satwa and Meena Bazaar. Theresa went back to dressmaking and creating and began popping up at the various craft markets in Dubai.
After 5 years, Theresa founded reMADE DXB with a friend (who is no longer in Dubai) and it was an instant success; offering the folk of Dubai creative classes in a social setting. Think: getting together with friends and doing fun and creative things.
Recently, Theresa has scaled back on her sewing workshops to focus on taking her love of sewing abroad to host sewing programs to women in marginalized communities and refugee camps to provide sewing skills for sustainability and therapeutic relief and, more importantly, to restore purpose and dignity.
The DIY Kit was put together by Theresa and Pretty Paper Studio and these are the items included:
A good quality medium size white tote with base – 13.5″ x 13.5 ” x 2.5″
Pom Pom Maker – 4 sizes – 3cm, 4.5 cm, 5.5 cm, 9 cm
Iron-on Cloud Patch
Private Video Tutorial
A rag here, some old lace there, discarded embroidery, tarnished silver, colorful beads… many of the pieces used are discarded pieces of fabrics collected from tailoring shops. Each piece is handmade by the designer duo – Rohini Nagu and Ragini Nagu – who works from their garage-turned-workshop in Sharjah, UAE.
Ragmatazz’s contribution to For Me DIY Kit is this lovely houndstooth jacquard pouch with handcrafted tassel zip tie.
Lina Suarez AKA Pictoresca hails from Colombia and has been living in Dubai for 3 years. She is a Graphic Designer by Degree and currently studying a Masters Degree in Marketing but an Artist by passion. She loves to paint, illustrate and create beautiful pieces that later on will decorate someone’s home. Pictoresca Design was created back in 2014 when she decided to convert my hobby and passion in a way of living and pursue my dream of having my own brand. Pictoresca Design offers fully customizable products, suitable hand-made gifts and décor pieces: cushions, hand-painted mugs and stationary like pouches and notebooks. Pictoresca can make custom designs and gifts as per your requirements.
Lina has provided a beautiful handmade sachet containing pure cloves and filling, made with a lovely and unique owl design! The sachets are great to keep drawers and closets scent and fresh.
We met Nisrine Roy of Raw Sensations at an Arte Market and immediately knew we would like her product in one of our For Me DIY Kits. Her homemade body butter has been personally tested by us and we can’t recommend it enough! A lavender body butter in a sample sized bottle is her contribution this time.
Nisrine says, “I started with using raw shea butter and coconut oil mixed with some lavender essential oil as an all in one family remedy. It worked wonders on simple things like dryness to reducing fevers. When my son was born with mild eczema, I developed it further and my famous Body Butter Blend was born. Raw Sensations was Born in September 2016. I describe my Skincare range as “RAW food for your skin” – Ethical Skincare that is toxic free, chemical free, and preservative free; handmade with Love!”
Last but not the least is a pair of quilted coasters handmade by Maryam of Quilted Tales.
“A few years ago I decided to take up a little hobby of quilting to pass the time. Quickly it became a passion. I’m especially fascinated with the freedom of free motion quilting and creating designs that need no marking. Soon I start increasing the variates of my handmade by introducing items that could be a perfect home decor and handmade gift such as cushion covers, pen holders and pouches, pot holders, coasters etc. I love what I do for many reasons, but the best part is to build a story into my quilts and call it Quilted Tales.”
We hope you enjoyed learning more about the makers and the stories behind their products. Each and every item in the kit was handpicked by Pretty Paper Studio and the team of local makers. We hope you love them as much as we do.
The kit is priced at AED 215 with Free Shipping to addresses within UAE city limits. We have very limited quantities of our kit, so HURRY before they sell out!