A fishy bag for an ex-word

May 27, 2008 at 5:45 am (sewing)

Casio makes great electronical dictionaries. I myself are a happy owner of an ex-word xd-gw7150 and so far I am very, very happy with it.

But the black plastic stratches easily so a protective cover is a must have… 

But luckily it is very easy to sew 🙂

Take a fabric you like and will still like after seeing it nearly daily…


If you want to give the fabric a bit more stability iron Vlieseline on.
If you want to include a ribbon for closing you need to cut the fabric into 4 pieces, one for the back and for the flap/ cover one piece for the front then from each size one piece for the linning.  
After cutting the fabric to the fitting size, pin the two layers (fabric and linning) right side facing inward together, put the Ribbons in center positions at top and bottom and sew one time around, secure the sewing over the ribbon with some extra stiches.
Leave an opening big enough to turn it inside out. The sewing should be secured at the beginning and end. So it does not tear while turning it inside out. Cut the edges. The turn inside out. Iron. Make the second piece accordingly. (Just no Ribbon here.)
 Then pin the fabric securly again for sewing.
With my bag you see the sewing stiches of the final sewing, so choose a yarn which goes with the fabric or which gives a nice contrast.
Sew one time over the outer edges of your bag (watch the ribbon).

Marvel at your greatness;)


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Neukölln Babypants

May 22, 2008 at 5:58 am (sewing)

I made these special baby pants for my brother. I think he was a bit freaked 

out about all the cute fluffy stuff and he wanted something more hard core. His first request was a sweat suit out of parachute silk. It should look like a miniature sweat suit from the 80s. 

But parachute silk is kind of hard to come by… I actually found an old sweat suit in a thrift shop but it´s pink – so I need another one in green or turquoise… I am still looking…  

I anybody knows a good thrift store in Berlin please tell me. (I was at Humana the biggest thrift store in Berlin and they are expensive, surprisingly so…)


Anyways Neukölln “Gangster” Pants…

Tastefull baby pants… (Everybody who saw them were shocked and appalled – so feel free to disagree)

My brother was really really happy. He nearly cried when I told him I could crochet a gold necklace (Is it called a necklace for man too? Or does it have a more manly expression? like gold chain????) which goes with the pants…

Just in case you are wandering my brother would never wear something like that – but all the baby cloth, the furniture and most things you need come with an absurd amount of cuteness and animals and in pastel colours… 

So for the sake of balance i made these pants. The outer fabric is synthetic  and the lining is made from an old (cotton) t-shirt…

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Birthday Present for Boyfriend

May 19, 2008 at 4:38 pm (sewing)

    I finished the birthday present for my boyfriend and I am very pleased with myself. It turned out very good. (Pat myself on the head) 

    The Pattern is a mixture of the one found here: http://www.kokka.co.jp/so-ing/sewing/pdf/2008/quilt_hanten.pdf and the hanten i brought back from japan. Traditionally everything is hand sewed but on the invisible sewing I used my sewing maschine. 

     I have ordered this very cute fabric from an japanese online store which deliveres world wide as long as you can read and write japanese…


    So many cute fabrics! Nobody should give me a credit card (But I am so happy to have one!).


    My master piece 🙂 It is so cute and he likes it. 

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    Mothers Day and Whitsun

    May 12, 2008 at 3:03 pm (Knit)

    The waether was so incredible and that at a long weekend. That´s very rare. Normaly I am looking out at the windows of a class room and wish to be somewhere else. This time I sat at home and finished a birthday prasent and writing at a paper for university. But from time to time I visited the balcony. 

    But here a picture of my knitting progress.


     I know it looks like two different long legs, but they are actually the same lenght 😉

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    Baby Grab Ball

    May 5, 2008 at 9:22 am (sewing, Uncategorized)

    I made another Baby Grab ball. The finished toy is so cute. My grandma used to sew them for all her grandchildren. She explained me how the pattern works over the telefon… But because of my lack of comprehension of space I had tp puzzel abit around and ask a friend…

    But essentially it is really easy and cheap to make. 

    You need:

    Scissors, 1, 2 or 3 fabrics (that depends on your own taste…), a round object (for makind the pattern), a fabric pen (i used a pencil), fluffy stuff for stuffing, some paper and sewing yarn. That should do it. 


    Take your fabric (don´t cut them into squares like on the picture… There are left over pieces from a quilt I made..) And make a coulor check.

    Then make a shape with your round object on the paper. Remember to make it somewhat bigger for your sewing… Copy the shape on your fabric and cut it.  If you take three colours then you need 12 pieces of each colour. 


    Pin two pieces together and sew them together. I started with hand sewing because I normally prefer it while making patchwork but in this case it makes no difference. I made two baby grab balls one with hand stiching and one machine stiching and they both turned out very good. Just that the hand stiching took days instead of hours. So choose your preferd method and stich on one side the pieces together. 

    Pin the third piece to them and close on side up. Then sew the last side together but leave a gab for the filling.


    Then turn the piece inside out. Fill it with your fluffy material. Stuff it tightly because the filling will shrink.

    Close the gab with an invisible stich. Sew the completed pieces at the tips together. 

    Take a yarn colour you like because the stiches will be visible. When you attached them like in the pictures above close them to a triangle. Make 4 triangles. out of the 12 pieces.

    Sew the triangle at the tips toether.

    I attached a bell on one of the corners. Which is good for a baby but should removed when it is grown into a strong tottler, so the child can´t remove the bell and swallow it by accident. 

    Finished! I love my grab ball and I ring it alot. (I will keep on doing it until the baby is born….)



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    May 3, 2008 at 1:09 pm (seasonal, Uncategorized)

    The weather is really nice. The sun is shining. Birds are singing. And everything is blooming. (Evenso I am totally allergic. I can enjoy it.)

    Here are some pictures of Hanami (Flower viewing) in Berlin:








    A very nice springtime to everyone!


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