Long time no see

December 28, 2008 at 11:22 am (sewing)

After finishing my B.A. Degree  surviving the start of my M.A. study and christmas I have at last time to blog again…

I want to show you some of the things I made (mostly at night, but who needs sleep?)

I made a nappy bag for my brother, he wears mostly camouflage and I made the bag from a pair of his old pants. The lining is a beautiful fabrique I bought in Japan. (Japan – Paradise for all crafster!)


The pockets are leftovers from the pants but go very good with the bag. Lots of extra storage, for bottles, napkins and other stuff. 


img_1539 The inside also with lots of extra pockets, I bought all the essentials to size how big the pockets have to be.


img_1535 A corresponding Changing Matt. I decided against a plastic cover which would have been easy to clean – just wipe it – but I didn´t like the feel of it. And I think as soon as one has some practice with changing dipers a normal washable is sufficient. And it feels so much better than plastic. 


img_1537 And a special add on: A selfmade pacifier bead ribbon. It looks cute, but it is very heavy, not suitable for small babys.


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Baby Shoes

July 6, 2008 at 8:14 pm (sewing) ()

After along absent from the internet, due to the workload I had to finish for my university courses.

But I was able to squeese abit of sewing in.

The buny fabric I bought in japan. The shoes became really nice.  The pattern for the shoes can be found here. It is really easy to sew and they are a nice gift!

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A new project, for a new weekend…

June 15, 2008 at 2:09 pm (sewing)

I am still trying out for the aunty of the year award. So there is a great and urgent need for a new project. If so my sister is not really participating…

So what is it everybody needs? A striped sea monster. So I draw the shape of the Loch Ness Monster, and copied it with a 0,5 cm sewing allowance on an old newspaper.


Please no judgement about my drawing skills. Then choose a soft fabric. 

And copy the design to the fabric.

For a 3D effect you need to make 2 pieces of the total shape, 2 pieces of the tummy and foot area and if you want to add wings or other stuff draw and cut them too.

Pin the big body parts together and sew them together. Leave an opening for the tummy and the foot area. 

Pin the foot-tummy part securely in and sew. 

After fitting the pieces in close the tummy but leave a gab for turning and later filling.



Fill the loch ness monster (I used a granulate material, which is washable and safe for small children.)

And close up the tummy.

I hope you could follow my explanations. 

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A tiny projects for the evening

June 8, 2008 at 9:15 pm (sewing)

I found a very nice and easy to do project. I had everything at home and could make it in the evening hours of the weekend. The pattern for this nice headband is found here.

It is very pretty and I completly look like a dork. That´s why it´s now property of my sister 😉

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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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    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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    New Camera

    April 29, 2008 at 6:39 pm (sewing, Uncategorized)

    I have a new camera! So less blurry pictures. Hopefully 😉

    Natrually my camera needed something to feel at home. And I needed something to transport it safely around. And because camera bags are ridiculously expensive I made my camera a bag. 

    By the way my camera is still nameless (I named my laptop and my ipod) so my camera should not be without a name for long. 

    So now to my sewing project.

    Take two fabrics you like (and with might work together, even so I personally think a nice contrast is allways the preferale choice) or which you have lying around. Some interface/ fleece to keep the camera protected from light hits. Take either matching coloured sewing yarn or contrasting. Sew together. 

    I had a little fight with my sewing maschine, for me this maschine is new. I got it as a present from my boyfriends mother after my own sewing maschine committed suicide (had propably something to do with my choices of colours I made over the years, most people thought they were hideous, so why would the sewing maschine be more agreeable?). So the maschine is new and has like all sewing maschines (propably like all maschines) an own idea how thinks should be done… 

    So please don´t jugde my skills too harshly.

    I sewed the back, the vlies and the front together and framed it with a blue ribbon I made from the same fabrik as the back. 

    I made also one long ribbon for closing the bag. It goes around two times and then it holds everything tight together.

    The last picture shows the bag with the ribbon and the little knot at the side. Even so there are tiny mistakes and the white sewing yarn was a bad idea I still like the bag.


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    Baby Quilt

    April 6, 2008 at 11:18 am (sewing)

    Since my brother got knocket up  I am working at this Baby Quilt. It ´s a tessilation design and I really enjoy making it. I have made one nother quilt years ago. I made it with lots of different squares, I still like it but after so many squares it become a bit boring to sew. This Time I make a everything by hand sewing. It takes longer but one can watch telly, without the noise from the sewing maschine. 

    Like always the picture is blurry.Half a piece...

    But the sewing system should be recognizable. Baby Quilt


    Here another not really up to date picture of my progress. Some of the corners don´t match a hundret percent but if your not searching for them they are  barely noticeable. 

    Es soon as there will be a sunny day I make another picture. 

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