DesiCrafts – New shop announcement on Etsy


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Cotton pillow covers - Hand embroidery pillow cover - Black, green and orange cotton and silk fabric

Cotton pillow covers – Hand embroidery pillow cover – Black, green and orange cotton and silk fabric

We have opened a new store on Etsy last month.  The store name is DesiPillows and it offers block printed  fabric pillows in assorted sized such as : Lumbar pillows, 12 x 12 inch pillows, 16 x 16 inch pillows, 18  x 18 inch pillows. Presently, all the pillows available in the stock are made of 100 % cotton fabric which is handmade in India. The fabrics are chosen from our online store DesiCrafts.

We are offering  custom made pillow covers on DesiPillows. To order custom made pillows, you can choose the fabric from Desicrafts online store or from our fabric supply store on Etsy.

Do visit the store!!! Here are few of staff picks.

Sea green and pink printed cushion cover made of Kota cotton fabric

Indian pillow covers hand made in India

Blue and white damask print cotton pillow cover


Indian Pillow cover – Damask print cotton fabric – handmade cushion covers – by DesiCrafts

 Indian cotton - blue and white - floral print - pillow cover - made of pure cotton fabric

This one is a 16×16 inch pillow cover as shown in the picture above. The pillow is made of handmade, 100% cotton fabric. Different custom sizes are available.
The back side of the pillow is envelope style matching white fabric in pure cotton matty.

 Indian silk - sea green and Silver - embroidered - chanderi silik - pillow covers

12×12 inch pillow as shown in the picture listed above. The pillow is made of Chanderi silk fabric from Benaras (AKA Varanasi) in India.
The back side of the pillow is envelope style matching sea green fabric.

 Indian cotton - kalamkari fabric - brown and yellow - paisley print - pillow cover - made of pure cotton fabric

12×12 inch pillow as shown in the picture above. The pillow is made of handmade, 100% cotton fabric.
The back side of the pillow is envelope style matching brown fabric in pure cotton.

 Indian batik - red and yellow - batik print - pillow cover - made of pure cotton fabric

16×16 inch pillow as shown in the picture listed above. The pillow is made of handmade, 100% cotton fabric.
The back side of the pillow is matching red fabric.

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Amazing gift ideas for bridesmaids


Here I am back with another post on Weddings.  We all understand that weddings can be an extraordinarily expensive affair. But there are few ways to cut off your wedding gifts and bridesmaid gifts expenditure. Here are 10 cool ways to minimize your wedding expenditure and still rock the party!

1. Choose something different, yet affordable- choosing gifts for bridesmaid could be a tricky thing. One of my clients, who was looking for bridesmaid gifts for her sister’s Indian theme wedding, ended up buying almost my whole collection of wedding jewelry!!! Why? Just for one reason- all of them were so beautiful but under $20. Yes! that’s true. She bought 20 different earrings made of semi-precious metals and stones. She also purchased 2 pairs of sterling silver anklets.

Here are few pictures of the sold jewelry.

Big size jhumka with black beads and sharp Meenakari

These Jhumkas are made of silver and other mixed metals.

Jhumkas in blue and red Meenakari

Beautiful Jhumka earrings in gold with blue and red meenakari

2. Being unique is the idea- you might have multiple gift options for bridesmaids and the guests. You can go and buy them at any local store or at an online shop like e-bay etc. But the bad part is that most probably, your guests are gonna know about the actual price that you spent on the gift. Bad… I know :-/  So, how can you still make them feel special without spending huge bills!!! Easy… gift them something handmade or from another place. On Etsy, there are many shops where you can find handicraft items at affordable rates. Just go for something nice looking, classy yet well priced.

Trust me, this could be a great gift to someone who is going to start a new life. The Toran brings prosperity, affection in family and looks great when put on a door. This particular Toran comes under $25 budget.

Make a Tie and Dye scarf at home


After making fanfold horizontally and vertically both, tie it well using rubber bands or thred

During my designing course, I learnt many shibori and tie-and-dye techniques. I still have them preserved in my portfolio. One of the favorite technique is making check pattern using tie and dye. You too can make a cool looking scarf following this tie and dye tutorial for check pattern tie and dye.

Fan fold or check tie and dye pattern on a scarf
Learn Tie and Dye at home

Fan fold the cloth at equal distance

Tie it well for a crisp color effect. Now dip it in the pot that has boiling hot dye in it. You can obviously use the easy  squeeze  on tube dye for dying the fabric. I frayed the edges of the fabric before tying and dipping it into dye.