sewing leather

I tried a new bag and I’m very lucky how it turned out.

Not considering the whole process of construction in advance, I got stuck in a certain stage. How to close the base seames?

I glued a square patch at the left side and small stipes from the right outer side.


in the mood for a hamburger?

Hello my dear readers. I hope you’ve all had fabulous holidays.

Here are pictures of my weekend sewing. Turned out a hamburger, don’t you think so?




This was the pattern. Quilts and More, Issue Winter 2012.


And for all thimble collectors, a show off.


kleine Geschenke selber nähen

Im Advent wird meine Seite besonders oft aufgerufen. Die häufigsten Suchanfragen (laut wordpress) lauten “Geschenke nähen” oder die Begriffe “Geschenk” und “Nähen” kombiniert.

Zu diesem Thema habe ich bisher noch nichts konkretes gepostet, sieht man einmal von den Beiträgen ab, wo ich darüber berichte, dass ich selbst Geschenke von anderen erhalten habe.

Um die Leserinnen und Leser zu unterstützen, möchte ich heute eine Ideensammlung zu diesem Thema veröffentlichen.
Was kann man einfach und schnell selber nähen, ein kleines Mitbringsel oder Geschenk?
Dafür habe ich die Tipps und Nähanleitungen in Kategorien eingeteilt, diese beziehen sich jeweils auf den oder die Beschenkten.


001 Topflappen – pot holder
002 Einkaufssackerl, Einkaufstüten – shoping bag

003003 Tassenteppich – mug rug

für Nähbegeisterte:
004 Nadelmäppchen – needle book


005 Scherentasche – scissors bag


006 Nadelpolster – pin cushion

006_biscornu006 Biscornu

für Babys und Kinder:
007 Eule – stuffed owl

3MegaCam008 Ball aus Fünf-Ecken – patchwork play ball

Taschen und Täschchen:
100_5028009 Tetraeder-Tasche – triangle coin purse

010010 Nalevs Zaubertäschchen (echt genial)

011 Teebeutel-Täschchen – tea bag wallet

012 Handy-Täschchen – cell phone pouch
013 TaTü-Täschchen – tissue holder

Home Deko:
kleinphi_kissen014 Kissenhülle – pillow cover

015 Pyramiden-Windlicht – candle cover

016016 Weihnachtsschmuck – christmas ornaments

017017 Faltstern – origami fabric star

018018 Schlüsselanhänger – key rings English Paper Piecing

019019 Loop-Schal – infinity scarf

preparations for quilting

Dear readers,

you may remember my post about the “French Twist” block. One quilter asked in the comment section “How long does it take to make?”
So this is hard to tell. Simply because of what do you take into account, where do you start to count.

I try to tell you the whole story. I stumbled upon this pattern in a Quilt Calendar, which was a very pleasing realisation in bright colours. Then I remembered that I saw this pattern in a magazine. So I leafed thru a staple of quilt magazines until I found it.
Next step was to scan the pattern and enlarge it. The original in the magazine was 6″. I wanted it to be 9″ at least, but it had to fit on a regular sheet of paper, which is A4 in this part of my world.
Next step was a template of cardboard for cutting the fabric. Then printing the pattern without seams on freezer paper, which has to be cut in A4-size to fit in my desktop printer.

(Okay, I feel this post will get too long, so keep it short)

  • fabric choice (4 fabrics with good contrast)
  • cutting fabric
  • iron on the freezer paper
  • tipping the seams in starch and press the seams for appliqué
  • pinning the four quadrants in place (or should I trace the lines for more accuracy?)
  • sewing the appliqué.

It was quite relaxing to get to that last step. I dare to say this was the most pleasant part of the job. I remember that I started to cut the fabric during preparation of lunch and finished the block in the evening. This is not too fast, I suppose 😉

Be it as it may.  I love blocks and quilts in strict geometric pattern, which can be cut by ruler and rottary cutter and can be sewn by machine.



As you might expect, I love experimenting with patchwork.

Here are some pictures of my latest efforts.

This 9″ block is hand appliqued. Not sure yet whether to sew more of this pattern. Pattern by Patricia Logan published in QNM April 2004 called “French Twist” is with 6″ blocks.100_6380_k

In April I sewed another litte coin purse. It is foundation paper piecing. Pattern for foundation is from Quilting Arts Modern Patchwork 2014 called “Mini Mayflower” by Katie Clark Blakesley.


And these blocks are waiting to be continued:


a quick project

In the www I found a nice tutorial, which I could not resist to try.

Triangle Zipper Coinpurse by Craft Passion

The tutorial is easy to follow. I used a greater size though, 7 inches instead if 5, according to my zipper.

The zipper is not perfect and I’d rather have it in the center of one triangle.  The loop or handle turned out oddly, have to improve at next try.

If you want to give it a go, be sure to read the top comments, there are some great hints in it.100_5027