Monday, February 17, 2014

Sewing for kids

This post is about my latest sewing projects for kids.

My biggest kids project this year was the birthday quilt for my niece. She turned 4 in january.
I have to admit I was very lazy and made a really simple quilt for her.

I used the same fabrics which I just bought for her a few years back.
I already made her lots of stuff out of this fabric for a her room like a bunting, a pillow or a little doll quilt.

I finished the quilt in only 3 days (after work). I used some simple wonky crosses and stars.

As always I quilted it free motion. It's still my fave way of quilting. It's fast and I don't need to measure anything or need to keep an eye to match seams.

It's already the second quilt I made for my niece.
In 2010 I made my first quilt and gifted it to her.
This one is bigger than the first one. It's big enough to cover her little bed but has a very comfy and soft batting so she can cuddle under it .

The backing is a vintage duvet cover which I already used on other quilts before.
The binding was made from the left over fabrics from the top.
I still have a little bit of fabric to make more stuff of her. But hopefully with my next project (christmas 2014) I'm able to use all of it.
I have to admit that I'm not a big fan of these fabrics anymore. So I'm glad when I finally used every little piece.

Last week I got a mail from an ety customer.
She already bought two soft dolls from me and asked for two more as gifts for friends.

I love making these soft dolls. They are fun and cute.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Little patchwork goods

I have always some small patchwork projects going on my sewing room.

They are quickly made and are perfect gifts for friends and co-workers.

Here is a little coaster for a co-workers birthday. I don't know her so well so I went a little all you need gift.

This pillow cover was a friend of mine. Her living room ist mostly green and blue so the colorpallette on this pillow totally match.

For christmas I was invited for a little dinner at my dad friends home. I already made here a few placemats so I went with potholders this time.

A friend of mine asked for a phone puch for herself and a friend of her.
She asked for sth. green for herself and something pink for her friend.

My dad got some placemats this christmas from me. H is not into bright colors so I went with a save dark blue theme. Since dark blue only is a bit boring I had to add a bit of red.

Another one for him (a round coaster for pots) is on my to do list. I have to keep it in mind.

I never had a handmade placemat for myself. So when I made one for my co-worker I hade to make a quick one for me.
I'm using it daily now ;)

I had an old potholder from my grandma. Sadly the fabric on the top was complely torn.
I recycled the padding and made a fresh new one for my kitchen.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Happy new year

Ohhh my gosh.
The new year is so old already.

And still there was no time to blog about christmas and my birthday which was last saturday.
But big promise I will post about it later.

Life is always so busy.
I have the big goal to blog more but with my new job I'm not that much on the pc anymore.
In last job I wrote my blog posts durring my lunch break but since I have a NONE office job.
So computer time is short.
I'm not reading that much blogs and check all my fave flickr pics like I did before which I completly miss.

But I see lots of people leaving platforms like flickr. They go to instgram or leaving the photo comunity completly.

Last night I talked to mr. artistic how much I miss the times when I put lots of work in every pic because I took it with my DSLR.
I changed the lenses and tryed my best to take a fantastic pic.
Since it's easy to take "solala" pic with the smartphone I rarely touch my cam.

Sad story...right ?!
What about you ?

And if you still want to see my "solala" pics you can find me on instagram under crafting_with_love. (and of course I'm still at flickr but not that often like I used to be before)

Friday, December 13, 2013

christmas schedule

Only less than 2 weeks and christmas is here.
My days untill christmas are completly filled with appointments, work and meeting friends.

Especially when me and mr. artistic leaving for our family visits in one week.

But before I'm rushing to work I would like to share my latest work.

I made this little earstud frame a few weeks ago because I wanted a place to showcase my earstuds and of course to make it easier to choose each day.

These earstud frames where made as little surprise gifts for friends.

After one year half finished in my sewing space these christmas coasters are finally done and in a good use in our home.

Every year a new christmas pillow cover this is my new goal for every year patchwork wise.
Last year I made the dresden pillow cover on the left and this year I tried the deear paper piecing pattern.
Definetly worth all the work but I definetly need a new inlay :)

Christmas without baking is not working for me. I had some reese cups from earlier this year  so I had to use them.
Sadly reese cups are hard to get and super expensive in germany so I treasure my reese cup cookies a lot <3

I'm glad that I finished at least one christmas present already.
It's a big swimming bag for my MIL.
I hope she will like it.

Tissue bags are always a fun and quick gift.
So I made a few more just in case I need a gift.

Sadly I have to stop writing.
I need to rush to work :(

Thursday, December 5, 2013

The pants

For all of you who are asking about the pattern for the pants...

...I used this pattern. It's written in german but easy to understand when you know a little bit about sewing.

I hope it helps :)

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Crazy christmas sewing

The past 2 weeks I was busy with sewing clothes again.

When I started sewing in 2006 I mostly worked on clothes for myself.
My interessts changed often but since I a few weeks I really enjoy sewing clothes for myself.

It started with a wonderful christmas fabric which I found for bargain in my local fabric store.

Only 3,90 € for meter. I had to get this fabric.
I took one of my favourite sweaters from H&M and took the pattern from this oversized sweater.

I took my good old serger out I ended up with this fun christmas related sweater.
The fabric is very soft and it's so cozy so I went back to buy some more.

Sadly it was sold out in all colors but I found another great fabric.
So the second sweter was born.

Since I had a little bit of fabric left over I was looking for another quick and fun pattern.
I found an easy pattern for pants and bought is right away.

The pants are very comfy which is very important when you work with kids.
The pattern had a long version too so I tryed it with a very soft fake suede.

A friend of mine liked my christmas sweater so much and the cute christmas fabric was back in stock.
This time I pocked the cream fabric. 

I loved the fabric so much that I needed sth. out of the fabric too.
Of course I made.....pants .

Now to the last sweater.
I used fabric which I bought 7 years ago.
Finally I turned it in sth. great.

I hope you are not sick seeing pants and sweaters only.
But I'm so happy with my new clothes so I had to share .

Thursday, November 28, 2013


For all of you who are wondering if I still do patchwork ... yes I do.

In the past weeks and months I finished lots of small projects which I never posted here.
Since my mac is full of these pics it's time share my work with you.

For a friend of my dad I made 3 little placemats earlier this year.
She already got one last year for christmas but asked for a few more .

She told me that she really like every placemat.
I will visited her in december again and need to think about a little gift.

Maybe some cute pottholder ?

A friend of my little sis asked for pillow case for her little sun (who turned one in october).

She wanted some nautical themed fabrics so I came up with this pillow case.

I used the cute fish fabrics which I bought in Tokyo earlier this year.
For the back I used fabric from a vintage pillow case.

I added a little L since the name of the little boy starts with a L.

I'm not sure if I told you about it but I started a new job in august.
One of my co-workers in a fun and creative lady.
When turned a year older I had to give her something special.

I made this pillow case for me but since I already have so many I thought that this would make a perfect gift.

She makes amazing crafts using old books and newspaper so it's just right for her.

A pillow cover might be a bit borring so I added 3 little matching coaster.

At the moment I'm working on a bag for my MIL (christmas present) and some clothes (pants, sweaters) for myself .

I will post more about it the next days.