Little hand-made creature

little creature 9

With a few friends we decided to meet up once in a while to do some sewing. I am still a bloody novice when it comes to sewing. My problem is that I still always want to make to complicated projects to start with. I’d better follow my friends Susi & Jess who decided to make that day simple pillows. Anyway I ended up creating a little outer space. It was simple enough to practice simple straight lines and have the occasional turns.

What you’ll need:
– Some fabric for the body and a plain colour for the face
– Some little eyes to stick on (much quicker to realise but not recommended for small infants. If it is meant for a baby, I would suggest to sew some eyes on the little man)
– A button or anything else to make the little creature more attractive!

little creature 3

1. Decided on how your little man should look like, draw it on paper and cut the pattern out. Make sure to add a generous border everywhere for the seam.

little creature 1

Little Albert was very busy with his beloved ropelittle creature 4

2. Then draw the pattern on the fabric you chose working with. Use two pieces of fabric. One for the front and one for the back of the little creature. Then cut it out.little creature 5

3. Next part: Pin the two pieces of fabric together, making sure that on both sides it shows the ‘inside’ of the creature (we will turn it onto the right side once we finish sewing. Now sew along the needles making sure to keep a part open to turn it  around. I suggest to keep the opening along one leg since it the easiest from there to access all areas of the fabric.

little creature 2

You always need a few treats during creative sessions!

little creature 6

4. It still looks quite funny. The important part is now to use some stuffing to fill out the little man.once it is well filled, close the area along the leg. To close it, simply sew by hand.

I then cut out of a white piece of fabric little ears and a ‘face’. I glued them all with a glue especially made for fabric. Then I added the little eyes and a big fat black button.

little creature 7 These are the awesome pillows made by Susi & Jess.

little creature 8

Get creative and awake lots of little creature to life!



D.I.Y. Tote Bag

Tote Bag 22

I am a total novice in sewing. I bought (believe it or not) an IKEA sewing machine. Fairly cheap and good enough to do my first steps in sewing. Lili and Gabi have way more experience in it, and so basically they always have to guide me in my sewing projects. A few weeks back I did some screen printing with a friend (some day I’ll show you how to do this), and I wanted to put those printings on a bag. So the bags had to be created. Gabi was kind enough to guide me through and explain me how to use a sewing machine.

This is definitely a good last minute Christmas present idea. It does not require very long and a hand-made present is always very much appreciated!

Material needed:
Any kind of fabric. I didn’t measure it. I compared it with a tote bag I had already at home.
And of course a sewing machine and a pair of scissors.

To start with fold your fabric inside out in two.Tote Bag 1

Then iron it so that the surface is nice and even.Tote Bag 2

Next, fold the boarder to make the hem.
Tote Bag 3

Iron your fold.
Tote Bag 4

Fold another time and iron again.
Tote Bag 6

In the meantime assistants are allowed to be silly with any remaining fabric.

Tote Bag 5

I always knew I’d look good in a mustache – Carolina

Afterwards pin together the two sides of the bag which you will sew.
Tote Bag 7

Then sew both sides.
Tote Bag 8

To make sure that the stitches do not open easily, do a row with a straight stitch and another one on the outside with a zig-zag stitch.
Tote Bag 9

Lizy is very attentive whilst Gabi is showing me how to go on with the bag.
Tote Bag 10

Liz also helps me on the next step which is to fold our prepared hem.
Tote Bag 11

Now sew the hem with the machine making sure you are not closing the opening whilst you are sewing it (I was silly enough to do so. And it is a pain to re-open the stitches!).
Tote Bag 12

Voilà the body of the bag is now finished!
Tote Bag 13

Now it is time to make the straps. Fold the fabric in two. Fold it inside out. We’ll turn it around once it is sewed together.
Tote Bag 14

And fix it with a lot of needles.
Tote Bag 15

And again sew yourself all along each strap.
Tote Bag 16

Now turn the straps inside out. I do really suggest you to make the straps large enough so the turning inside out action is not becoming a real pain! For this bag I didn’t have enough fabric left and it was really tricky to turn the fabric. Lili and Gabi helped me out. It took seriously quite a bit of time. We used the technique of putting a pencil through and turn the fabric over it. Eventually it worked out.

Tote Bag 17

Now pin you straps to the bag.
Tote Bag 18

Sew a square shape. As mentioned earlier my skills are very limited and therefore my squares are not very even. But for a first time try I suppose it is okay.

Tote Bag 20

And here we go the finished tote bag with Miss Liz!
Tote Bag 21

Have a good Thursday!

Nathalie & the gang

Fabric-covered hangers

One day I was surfing the web and I found this really simple and cute idea of covering hangers with a piece of fabric. I can’t remember where I saw it, maybe on Pinterest. Anyway, I tried it and liked it a lot. It can work as a sun glasses holder, necklaces holder or even in the most conventional way — just a place to hang your clothes on.

Here’s what you’ll need: foto1 – Any type of hanger; – Nice fabric; – School glue; – Spray adhesive. If you don’t have spray adhesive you can use just the school glue, I think it should work as well. I just used the spray to make sure the fabric would stay firmly on the hanger.


First, cut a large strip of fabric. Don’t worry about measurements, it won’t make any difference when you cover your hanger. Just make sure it’s quite long.


Let’s begin with the top part of the hanger. Spray the tip of your hanger with spray adhesive and fix your fabric down.


Don’t worry about the glue showing through the fabric, it will dry and disappear. Make sure you leave the tip of your fabric out of the hanger, we will fold it back later.


Now, just pass the fabric through the top part, clockwise direction. Make firm movements so that the fabric won’t be loose; it must be very tight to the hanger.


Now it’s time to finish the top part. Cut the excess of fabric and glue the end tip to the hanger already with fabric. You can use both school glue and spray adhesive to make sure it will be really glued together.


And now we’re going to give a better finish to this part. Fold back the tip that we left at the top of the hanger and glue it. Cut a small square of fabric and put it on the top of this “folding”, just to give it a better look.


It’s time to do the “body” of the hanger. Repeat the same steps from the top: glue the tip of the fabric on the hanger and keep covering it, doing clockwise movements, making sure it’s really tight to the hanger.


If you run out of fabric, don’t freak out. It happened to me here. Just cut another long piece of fabric and continue covering it.


Because the top of the hanger stays in the way, in this part we can’t continue doing the circular movements. Just cut another small square of fabric and glue the part of the hanger that is not covered. Also cut out any annoying thread that keeps getting out of the fabric. And…


Tad-ah! A 99 cents hanger looks much nicer.


You can use it in many ways. I am using this one as a necklace holder. I put it in my bathroom.


I made this one a couple of months ago. It’s close to my front door and I use it to hold sun glasses and keys. Looks cute, right?

Hope you all like it, and let me know if any of you give it a try! I would love to see pics as well.


Home-made Calendar

Calendare 9 Every year I like to make calendars for family and friends. In Germany they sell a lot of empty calendars where you simply glue your photos or any artwork you may like to do. Living in many different places in the past few years, I have found it sometimes tricky to find those calendars. Therefore I have ordered a few times calendars online. They are nice too but I thought it could be a great challenge to make a calendar from scratch. And it is really not that difficult.

Calendare 1

You simply need:

Sticky tape or glue (I prefer to use the sticky tape, it is less messy)
Cardboard or any thicker paper you may like to use (I used those scrapbook papers. The size was 20 cm x 20 cm)
Stickers (or anything else you’d like to put on your calendar to make it look pretty)
– A hole puncher
– Some thread
– You might also need a pair of scissors to cut the thread and a pen to draw the grid.

Calendare 2

1. This is the longest part: Making the grid for the calendar. Figure out what size you want to make each grid. And then measure and draw it. It takes really a bit of time. Watch a movie meanwhile or listen to an audio book to make this task more entertaining. Alternatively you can make a grid on the computer and then print it out. But I believe the hand-made version is nicer to look at.

Calendare 3

2. Now fix the photos on each page. Make sure you put them upside down to the calendar grid since you want to flip the pages, right?

Calendare 4

3. Embellish each page with what ever you like. I still prefer to keep it simple but be as creative as you like! Also you can embellish the calendar grid: I added a few stickers here and there on the grid.

Calendare 5

4. Now it’s time to make the holes to get the thread through. It is important that the holes are aligned. I helped myself with the little black stick which comes with the hole puncher so that all pages are nicely stacked (you can see the black stick on the top left of the calendar).

Calendare 6

5. Now get the thread through the holes. Lay the calendar like on the picture. Allow enough room for the thread so that you can easily flip the pages without breaking the paper.

Calendare 7

6. Last but not least make a hole at the bottom of each page to allow to hang up the calendar on a hook.

Calendare 10

Surprise your beloved ones with good memories! The great thing about calendars: they are useful for at least 365 days!


DIY: customized dish towels

This is the first post in the “Do” section of the blog. Here, the girls and I are going to post sewing and DIY tutorials, craft projects and a bunch of nice ideas to make your things look unique.

Today I’ll show you how to make a cute dish towel. It looks great and took only 20 minutes of my time! It can embellish your kitchen in a functional way, or it can be a nice Christmas gift for friends and family. I found it in an awesome blog called Craftiness is not Optional.

What you’ll need:


– Dishtowel;
– Nice fabric.

Huge list of materials, right?

Now let’s do it! First, you need to cut the fabric according to the size of your dish towel. Mine was 18 inches wide, so I cut my fabric 19 by 4 inches.

Next you’ll have to lay the fabric down, wrong side up. Now with your iron, press the edges in about 1/2 inch:


Flip over and put the strip in the center of your dish towel, pin it down, and (the best part now) go to the sewing machine!


Finally, topstitch around bottom and side edges:




That’s it! Now have fun choosing your cute fabric and go make some dish towels! This is also a good opportunity to be creative: you can sew different strips together and put it in your towel, like a patchwork thing. Just use your imagination 🙂