Christmas gifts

Although I have started on a T-Shirt which I intend to finish and blog about soon, there wasn’t much time to sew in the last couple of weeks. However, I managed to make some pouches for friends of mine for Christmas in several 20-minute-installments. I was able to cut out all the fabrics in one … More Christmas gifts

Notebook Case

There isn’t much to say about this notebook case other than that I bought a new notebook for work ( a small and light one- my back was killing me with the big one) and needed a case for it. I measured the circumference, added 5 cm in each direction and made a paper pattern. … More Notebook Case

Tri-fold wallet

My new wallet is the tri-fold wallet from Lisa Lam’s book A bag for all Reason (German title Taschen für alle Gelegenheiten). The wallet has 8 card slots (although the instructions say it’s only 6) a clever coin compartment (without zipper or fastners) and a slot for notes. I like it and I will use … More Tri-fold wallet


No surprises here, after my success with the polar bear one, I made two more open wide zippered pouches (tutorial by Anna Graham here) and what can I say- my topstitching improved. I even added fancy golden quilting, because golden thread makes everything look better. The blue one is the small size. I used old … More More

Polar Bear Pouch

At first I was sceptical whether I liked the exposed zipper end of this pouch design. But I needed a bag to keep my threads and spools in that would open wide so I wouldn’t have to rummage in it for ages to find the thread I was looking for. Now the pouch is finished I … More Polar Bear Pouch

Double fold wallet

This is another pattern from Anna Graham’s Handmade Style. Initially this was planned only as a prototype but since it turned out pretty good it is now a usable muslin. All the fabrics are leftovers from other projects (outer fabric is a Cotton&Steel canvas). I also didn’t have two zippers of the same colour, so … More Double fold wallet

Shoulder Strap Clutch

  This clutch/handbag sort of manifested itself in my head right after bought the fabric (this wool/poly blend from Frau Tulpe in Berlin). I do own a handful of handbags but I have been using the same old black artificial leather one for nearly 8 years now, except for special occasions. I usually like my … More Shoulder Strap Clutch

Carry-all pincushion

This is the Carry-all Pincushion from  Handmade Style by Anna Graham.  I followed the pattern to the word apart from the placement of the scissors strap. I also made the pouch for the crushed walnut shells, crushed my walnuts with a hammer, and filled the rest of the pincushion with quilt batting scraps.  It sits securely … More Carry-all pincushion

Triangular Pouches

Need a last minute gift? Want to use up small fabric scraps? This triangular pouch is my go-to project for quick satisfaction. I drafted the pattern myself based on a 16 cm zipper (this tutorial outlines the construction method). I sandwiched a layer of fusible interfacing or quilt batting (whatever leftovers I had to hand) … More Triangular Pouches


I’m usually not into cute animal print fabrics. But these are sloths. Lazy, friendly, totally content sloths. And it’s oilcloth. And the colour palette is beautifully muted. And…, anyway. I bought both fabrics at a Japanese fabrics stall at a Dutch fabric market in my German hometown (pretty international project, isn’t it?) for rather a … More Lunchbag