Our perfect dog bike trailer

We stopped biking since we have our lovely little Shiba Inu girl Akira and it is a pity, because we live in a surrounding where biking is perfect. But I do not have the dog stay alone at home while we are having fun outside. For running with us I do not know how far she comes and for a basket or back pack she is too big.

This spring I said we need a solution. So we did some research and ended up with this trailer with a straight box. Last weekend I made a fitting cushion. I used material I still had around here – a piece of black denim (inkl. a test print with orange fabric color), a piece of 2 inches thick foam material for the bottom and that beautiful jacquard fabric with woven butterflies and flowers.
The top fabric is fixed with hook-and-pile tape, because I cannot wash it. The whole bottom inkl. the two bags for bottles I can put into the washing machine, which might be necessary often for a dog cushion. The hole for the leash getting inside the box I stiffened with faux leather.

We tried to get her used to sit inside and it worked well. She is a clever dog and I think she understands, that it is for her to come with us. The first test drive up and down the street in front of our house went very well even without leash, so we can’t wait to do bigger trips now.

Have fun and a sunny Sunday!

 

Beauty bags from waste paper, magazine pages and transparent htv

I found some big sheets of card stock, that I had left over from cutting with the cutting machine. At the same time I found an oversized magazine with beautiful photographs. I knew I had to make something with it. I ended up with these beautiful beauty bags. They don’t look like selfmade at all, it’s almost a pity 🙂


If you want to make one yourself this is what you need:

the sewing machine and a heat transfer press (it also works with the iron, but more difficult)

25 x 45 cm card stock with cut outs
25 x 45 cm paper collage from magazine pages
25 x 45 cm transparent heat transfer vinyl (I used one with glitter)
1 zipper 35 cm length
16 x 20 cm vegan leather
50 x 34 cm lining for inside the bag

First I heat pressed the 3-layer sandwich with magazine pages, then the card stock and on top the transparent htv to get the main material.

Then I made kind of triangles from the vegan leather on both ends of the zipper.

Add the zipper to the main material.

For the side parts of the bag cut 2 stripes 16 x 7 cm.

First sew the short side of the stripe on the bags bottom.

Then you do the side seams.

Inside of the bag there is the magazine paper. So you need a lining.

Close the side seams of the lining and the bottom corners.

Fit the lining into the bag, mark the slits with a pen and make a cut for the side slits.

Fix and sew the lining to the bag at the slits.


The last step is to stitch the lining to the zipper on top. I did this by hand sitting in the sun.

Ok, this was my first ever sewing tutorial I did in english and I was missing all the right expressions. I hope the pictures were self explaining somehow. Maybe I should rather stick with cutting and art tutorials :-).

Material shopping at the crafts show and my first project: a new iPad mini cover

Two weeks ago I spent 4, yes, four luxury days at Germany’s biggest crafts show CREATIVA together with a crafty friend. It was great to have enough time to look at everything without a hurry and not having the need for “panic purchases”. The only limit was the luggage, because we have been there by train and had to carry everything back to Berlin ourselves (a big thank you to the inventor of the suitcase on wheels!).

It was pure seduction and I discovered sewing again for me, which I haven’t done in ages. I loved the great choice of coated fabric for bags and purses, beautiful thick jacquard pattern fabric, faux leather, cute ribbons and colorful felt.

I learned about a new felt technique and bought dutch hand dyed wool. I will write about it when I tried it being able to show first results.
So our suitcases were more than full, deposited at the train station on the last day and we still came back with a big bag on top to go home. Then unpacking and showing of our treasures was just a little bit like christmas and I did NOT forget to bring gifts (which also reduces discussions about quantities of more or less necessary new crafts materials…hahaha….)

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All new materials and techniques can be combined with electronic cutting, still my first passion, very well.
So I started first to create a new cover for my iPad mini, which I needed urgently, because my existing one falls apart.

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First I have drawn around the iPad and imported the correct shape and size via PixScan mat into Silhouette Studio.

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Based on this pattern I added an outline and the holes for sewing, created a fun german word art and colored the design to find the colors I like most.

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Next I cut 2 pieces with my Silhouette Cameo from faux leather paper (called SnapPap in Germany and similar to the Silhouette Vegan Faux Leather)

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The 3mm thick green felt I cut with the Silhouette Curio with the deep cut blade. Of course it only cut 2mm, but did this very well. This way I had a clear shape, a deep cut line and I could cut the last 1m just with a scissors by hand.

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Then I have stitched together by hand all 4 layers through the holes with a big needle and a thick silk yarn, originally meant for knitting, with a zigzag stitching. With the help of two little pieces of Velcro I made a dot to fix with “yes” or “no”.
Now the iPad is well protected when thrown into my handbag and eye-catching when lost in the crafts room mess.
I really hope this works, because I am searching for it too often …

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Gothic Lolita Mini Hat from paper – cutting file

Today I tried out Inkscape.

After a bit  a complicated installation on my Mac it worked well and I must say: It is a very cool program. You can make svg cutting files with it. This is what I wanted to try. I gave myself a little task, making a gothic mini paper top hat.

I even made it to make it just as non-symmetrical as I had it in my mind and including the bow parts which I kept together with a brad in the end.

And here you see the result.

Hat off!

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Trying to tickle the summer out of its hideaway…

with bright colors, shiny silk and a sexy boxer shorts for plus sizes (S-XXL) with matching iPad case which is perfect also for other little items you have to carry around with you.

Lets cross fingers, that it helps. I am just sick of the cold weather and ongoing rain.

Plaid french knickers silk

plaid ipad case sleeve silk

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iPad fashion for spring and summer

Spring is here! Now my wonderful iPad Mini, which is my reliable companion wherever I go, urgently needed a new cover.
When I got it for christmas I just made a quick felt sleeve and done.
So I digged into my own stock and found some amazing fabrics. And I totally fell in love with a thick woven jacquard at my retailer. So now I had enough material to make a little iPad case series.

Here I also used the satin ribbons I sell separatley as supplies. I got into another color rush when I made these for my creations. Then they seemed to be so useful for all and everything, that I listed them in my Etsy shop in various color shades.

Enjoy the weekend!

iPad mini sleeve bag fashion magazine motif

iPad mini sleeve bag fashion magazine motif

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Neon Neopren iPad Mini sleeve bag

various ribbons in many colors

pink ribbons handmade