Thursday, September 29, 2011

W.I.P.: another blanket

For my daughter I've also made the front part of a blanket. This is a normal sized 1-person bed. I used scraps from the marmble bags that I made for her birthday. Still have to decide what to put at the back....

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

W.I.P. : blanket

A concussion kept me from blogging the last weeks, so I share some foto's of work in progress.

This time a blanket for a junior bed, made from scrap fabric. I still haven't decided on the fabric for the back, an how I will make the edge. I saw some nice examples with piping.

Real fun to use scraps that have a lot of memories.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Tutorial: felt pasta

This is a very easy project. Making pasta from felt. The end result will look something like:

In fact, it is so easy that you can put the tutorial in one picture.

  1. Cut rectangles of about 3 by 4 cm out of felt (orange, beige, green etc).
  2. Cut the short edges with pinking shears (hope this is the correct word, in Dutch kartelschaar, see picture)
  3. Then wrinkle it in the middle and fix it with a couple of stitches: done!
  4. Depends on the size of the doll family how many pasta's you will have to make ...

Monday, September 12, 2011

Tutorial: simple bag for marbles

Here is my second tutorial: this is one of the simplest ways to make a bag for marbles. Ideal project for scrap fabric.


  1. Cut two pieces of fabric, one stirdy for the bottom of the bag, one more thin for the top of the bag, so that the drawstring will close nicely. I cut my pieces: 32 cm by 13 cm. You can combine any size, or even take just one piece of fabric, just as long as the result is about 32 cm by 24 cm.
  2. If you like to add a figure, you could just take any shape and cut it out of felt. This is just optional. 
  1. Sew or serge the two pieces together, right sides facing each other. The result is a rectangle of about 32cm by 24cm.
  2. Optional: pin the applique into place; account when centering/placing the applique for folding the fabric later and also for the seams at the sides.
  3. If you use felt, an easy way to attach the applique is by just stitching along the sides. No zigzag needed here.

  1. Sew or serge along the bottom and side edge
  2. Keep the bag inside out, fold the fabric in twice so that the edge of the fabric is in the hem.
  3. Sew around; make sure to leave open enough space to put a string in. It is nice to have the opening at the middle of the back of the bag. Backstitch at the beginning and the end, to fix the opening. With a safety pin you can now put in the drawstring.
  4. Turn the bag, the opening of the drawstring is now on the inside. Ready!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

6 on a row : pretend and play professions

I’ve always liked to make lists. So why not on my blog. And how many on a row. I chose 6; 6 is a very special number for mathematicians: 6 = 1 x 2 x 3 = 1 + 2 + 3. Now each week 6 on a row

Pretend and play professions
In the last issue of At home kinderen there was a special on pretend and play professions. I like this ideas very much so here my list of professions and the result of my search on the internet.
1.       Chef

My children like to play ‘restaurant’. For which they usually use the apron and chef’s hat that I made for one of their birthdays.

Later I made some pasta from felt. A very easy task.

2.       Postman

I’ve been planning to make some of these for a while now. Still haven’t found the time, but I think they would have a great time playing with it.

On Momfetti I found a nice tutorial for fabric postcards. On In color order a tutorial for a fabric envelope. A mailbox tutorial I’ve found on Giverslog. And a complete set of pretend and play mail carrier set on Twelve crafts till Christmas.
3.       Bob the builder

Inspiration for a felt toolbox I’ve found on Fairyfox. A tutorial for a toolbelt can be found on Make it and love it.
4.       Docter

I found a nice docter’s bag, an example of a VET’s play set, and fabric band-aids
5.       Shop keeper

For my children I made some grocery bags/shopping tote.

I’m still planning to make them some extra felt groceries. I found a nice list of tutorials on Skip to my Lou
6.       Knight

For carnival I’ve made a knight’s outfit. I hope to make a tutorial for that in the future. They wore it with grey tights. The top is easy to put on for littele children. It is even reversible, so that they can choose their outfit.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Tutorial servettenbloem / paper napkin flower

Deze bloemen van servetten of papieren zakdoekjes leerde ik als kind maken van mijn moeder. We hebben er door de jaren heen heel wat mee versierd. Hier een stap voor stap uitleg. Erg simpel en goed te doen met kleine kinderen.

I learned to make these flowers from my mother when I was a little girl. They are easy to make also with young children.


  1. Take a paper napkin or handkerchief with multiple layers. Cut of the sides that hold the layers together.
  2. Cut it in two equal sized rectangles.
  3. Put them on top of each other.

  1. Fold it like a harmonica.
  2. When done, hold it together in the middle with a piece of rope or ribbon

  1. Pull the upper layer upwards and shape a bit
  2. Pull the layers one by one, first one side and then the other side. Done!
  • Combine napkins of different colours.
  • Instead of having a flat bottom like the flower has here, you can also pull them in two directions, giving you a round flower.

p.s. This was my first tutorial, so if anything is unclear I'd like to hear it from you