Hat pin cushions

These are my new pin cushion! I tried to make them stylish.

They are all stitched, only the bow has a bit of glue!

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Triangle Zipper Pouch (with neat seams inside and outside)


You need outer fabric, lining fabric and padding material 6 by 12 inch and a 5inch long zip. As well a stripe of material 3 by 1inch for a little loop.

I used for the outside a fabric from  Kaffe Fassett, for the lining a moda one and for the padding a quilting material.

Prepare the little loop first, like I did in the keying tutorial.


Now lay the outer material on top of the padding. The zipper goes with the right side onto the right side of the outer fabric (which still sticks to the padding) and sew it on, use the zipper foot.


Now the lining goes onto this, pretty sides together, use pins to line all pieces neatly together. Turn everything round and stitch the lining on by following the previous seam.


Fold the pieces over, so that you see the pretty sides and the zip and topstitch carefully along the zipper, as in the photo.

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Fold the opposite site over to the zipper and sew it to the zipper(zipper foot), you will create a loop. Always line the fabric tidily  for a good and easy sewing.


Then fold the lining to the other side and sew it to the zip as before, you only need to follow the seam from the other side. All sides need to line up accurate.

Open the zip and turn the fabric in the right position. Carefully topstitch along the zipper. It is a little bit tricky, but good to manage.


The pouch should look like this:


Turn all around again! The fabric and the lining are now on the ‘wrong side’ and opposite each other. The zip is in the middle. Stitch this open sides together and zigzag it.

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Open the zip and hold the lining separate from the top fabric. You will have one big open end. Fit the loop (closed part inside) next to the zip(a half or an inch near) and lay the zip towards the lining. Pin the raw ends neatly together. Start the seam half way along the lining edge and sew to the other end, then zigzag it.

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Turn the pouch in the triangle position. Stich the opening together.


I hope you like this tutorial and it is a help for you next pouch adventure.







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Fabric Basket Tutorial


This basket is good for CD’s, fat quarters, toys, presents etc. It is practical and looks good.

You need two pieces from the outside and two from your inside fabric, plus two pieces of batting material, all should measure 34cm by 30cm.

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Lay the outside fabrics pretty sides together and on each side place one batting material, so that the four parts are neatly joined, then sew three sides, leave one 30cm side open.


Do neatly the same with the inside, but leave an approximately 15cm hole in the other 30cm (opposite) seam.


Now create two handles about 20cm long, like I showed in the key ring tutorial. To give it more strength fit a strip of batting in it.

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Next work on the four corners. Fold each corner seam to seam and measure 6cm from the tip of the corner, draw a line pin it and stitch a couple of times (forwards and backwards) over the line.

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I do not cut the corners off, to give the basket more stability and it is ‘all about the base’.


Place both parts right sides together. You slip the inside into the outside part.

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Pin everything neatly and stich the borders together.


Turn the whole creation inside out through the hole, which you left earlier in the bottom part of the inside (the part you should not sew together).



With a top stitch around the edge under the handles the basket gets the final touch, but you still need to stitch the hole from the inside.


I made another slightly bigger basket with the same fabric.

SDC10157 - CopySDC10158Your basket is done. Try different sizes. Have fun!



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Key ring tutorial

For the key ring you need: fabric 4 by 9 inch, scissors or a cutter, a ruler, an iron and important ‘accuracy’!

Cut your fabric 4 by 9 inch, fold lengthwise iron and open it!

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Fold the raw edges to the middle crease, iron and fold again and iron!

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Now you should have a neat stripe of fabric, which you unfold and fold it again (pretty sides together) so the shorter raw edges meet.

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Sew the edges together. Now you have a circle which you turn to the pretty side and get the fabric back to the creases you ironed before.

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Sew the open side with a topstitch together. Do another top stich on the side of the loop to connect the loop and to create a small pipe way for the metal ring.

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If you want to upgrade your key ring create a small bow from little rest material and slip it over your key ring.

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The key ring is a pretty present not only for Christmas. A smaller version would look fantastic on a zip.

I hope you liked the tutorial!


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Easter egg hats!🐣

Models for egg warmers

Models for egg warmers

Oh no A tuition!


Egg hat tuition

These egg hats are easy and quick to knit. Wool rests are very useful, I normally use wool for needle size 6, 7 or 8.

Cast on 27 stitches (wool for size 7) and divide them evenly onto 3 needles, so you can knit round.

Circle of 27 stitches

Circle of 27 stitches

Now knit 14 rows and then create the top.

14 rows

14 rows

For the top knit the first two of each needle together and bind the last three stitches off. You will have evenly one stitch less on each needle and created three nice seam lines.



Seam line

Seam line

If you want a longer finish for the hat, you just knit a row in between the rows (where you actually remove three stitches).

Now it is up to you to add a pompom or a plait to it or create a ninja turtle.





Happy Easter!🐣

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Hand warmer/muffs for toddlers

I made a few warm and cozy muffs for toddlers. They can be attached to the pram.


The muffs are made with three layers : inside fleece, middle cotton(which you use for quilting)  and cotton fabric with motives appealing to children.

Muffs can be long or folded on both sides.

Muffs can be long or folded on both sides.

On both sides is a little band attached, which I created from the outer material. This is to tie the muff to the pram.

So your toddler gets warm hands while you do your shopping!

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Le Challenge Knitted Winter jacket with lining

This is my short winter jacket. I included cable details on the sides of the front parts and the back part. For the inside I used a cotton fabric and attached a bulky zip. The jacket is very warm, good for hibernation !😊



imageimageLinking up with http://le-challenge.blogspot.co.uk!


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Le Challenge ‘Flower Power’

I chose ‘Flower Power’ as a reminder of the slogan developed in the 1960s/70s to represent peaceful resistance.

I created a cushion with a blossom made with different colourful materials.


First I stitched a few green leaves . In one leaf I sewed the Initials FP, with a narrow zigzag stitch.


Then I created little rectangles and folded the smaller sides 1cm in and stitched one raw side onto my fabric. After folding it , I stitched  the next one on. Working from the inside to the outside the flower blossomed.


The last circle is hand stitched.

On the back I chose a few white flowers as an additional decoration.imageI thoroughly enjoyed making this ‘Flower Power’ cushioned for the ‘Era’ themed challenge. 🙂

Linking up with Le challenge http://www.le-challenge.blogspot.co.uk

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I like to wear a hat, but as it’s difficult to find the right colour and material I decided to sew my own one (three of them). I followed a burda pattern and arranged a few movements differently. 

My winter version:image

How I followed the pattern, sort of:

– trace the pattern on paperimage

– cut them out, you have 6 pieces

–  fold the fabric and lay your pattern pieces on it and cut them out

– for the inside fabric I cut out the 8 main pieces and the band, which I made smaller than recommended (6cm wide)  between them and the visor

– stitch the main pieces together, follow to the circles/lines on your pattern

– create the visor with the interfacing (I only use interfacing for this part) and top stitch the visor

– I sandwiched the visor between the bands and stitched it together



– I did not create two circles like they suggest in the pattern, so I could gain another centimetre for my big hat

– next I sewed the main part to my band with visor and closed the band



– then I turned the hat inside out, pinned the inside to it (right sides together) and sewed it, of course leaving a hole to turn everything image

– lastly create and attach the button, nip and tuck everything and of course close the hole after turning the hat in the right way


–  thanks to the pattern it was easy to sew the hat, so I made two more…my hat-trick!



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Car seat cover

Recently I upgraded my car seat cover and headrest.

Here is a brief description: I used some of my scrap material and cut it in squares and rectangles, stitched them together to a 70 x 150 cm piece. I sew this patchwork and an old blanket right sides together with a ribbon attached on each side (push them inside). After turning everything inside out (the ribbons appear) I placed two buttonholes where the headrest goes.The ribbons and the headrest keep the cover in place. 

For the headrest I made a template and closed it with three push buttons.

Seat cover

Seat cover



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