Arrowhead Quilt


I never make anything nice for myself. Sadly, I had to part with this amazing Arrowhead Quilt (pattern from Initial K Studio) last month! The pattern was really easy to follow and very basic, just HSTs and large rectangles – good for amateur sewers like me! I made the King sized version, which took about 3 months to complete. I ordered the fabric from the States, and picked it up in Boston while on a well timed trip. (Aside: has anyone found a source for Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton in Europe, because I would love to be able to order them without having to sacrifice 3 hours and an extra 20% at the Berlin tax office).


This quilt was shipped to one of my best friends for her wedding, and I’ve only gotten positive feedback. I really want to make one for myself too eventually!


Quilting this beast was a real challenge! Even though I used a very thin cotton batting, it’s still a 2 meter quilt, and somehow I miraculously fit it through my small sewing machine. But it was a struggle! So instead of quilting it with 1/2 inch spaced lines as recommended, I did mine with 1 inch lines, saved me like 10 hours, oh yeah! I was finding it really hard to keep the lines straight, even with my walking foot guide, so I ended up drawing ALL of my straight lines in with a air-erase marker…… hours and hours and hours!!!! So brutal! I need to find a long-arm quilter next time!

I didn’t add any special pattern on the back, just plain white fabric. I only added a small note, wishing my bestie happiness and love!


I’m pretty happy with how this turned out and am looking forward to making my own.


Sunset-Arrow Baby Quilt

Here’s another long forgotten baby quilt back from February 2016 for baby Ben! I stumbled upon this beautiful HST “Sunset Quilt” from a quilt is nice, and decided to make a very similar boy/gender neutral version. In mine I swapped a few yellows HSTs for greens, but really the changes are minimal. Only after I finished piecing the quilt did I discover that the Sunset quilt was based off of Cortney Heimerl’s Arrow Quilt, so there you have it; Sunset-Arrow Quilt.



The back of the quilt doubles as a car track!


Bean is pretty impressed. Let’s hope baby Ben likes it too!

Potions and Poisons Baby Quilt for Nikolas

Here’s another late addition – I made this quilt for Baby Nikolas back in December 2015. I based it off the free Cotton and Steel pattern: Potions and Poisons, but scaled it down for crib size and used brighter colours!


I filled it with really think batting and used the ‘stitched in the ditch’ method to quilt it together. I used the street fabric as the backing of the quilt so it could be used potentially as a car track on the back. I used the same fabric as the back for this quilt.

Kelly Skirt

S-outside-2Slowly but surely, I am making my way through the sewing projects that I committed to back in August. I bought the Kelly Skirt from Megan Nielsen, and have to date made 2 skirts.


The first one was I made was a trial version; size small with inexpensive corduroy. I accentuated all of the seams using contrasting white thread. I do quite like this skirt, though it is a bit longer than I’d usually wear, and my fabric choice is a bit childish, but I still think it works. Also, it’s just a touch too wide on the waist.


In the next version I made a XS using some more expensive fabric from Frau Tulip (my favourite fabric store in Berlin), in a beautiful thick mustard corduroy. This time, I cut 2 inches on the bottom of the pattern and finished with a cute scalloped hem, which took me way too long, and still I messed up my calculations somehow, and ended with uneven scalloping where the two plackets meet. Merde. Also, Scalloped Hem – 2 inches off the pattern = really short skirt, oops! I also cut the waistband fabric lengthwise along the grain, so that the corduroy stripes ran around my waist, which I think looks better.




Overall, I think this pattern was really great. The instructions were phenomenal, since I’m only an intermediate level sewer, I found the pictures really helpful. I would highly recommend this project to any new sewers, or people who just need a really versatile skirt. I look forward to the next patterns that I buy from Megan Nielsen.


New Bookbag

bagSince starting school again in September, my craft time has been greatly cut back. However, holidays are plentiful in Germany, and after only 6 weeks of classes, it was time for our 2 week long fall vacation… I love you Germany!

Anyways, as the books and notes pile on, I’ve been struggling with fitting everything into my current satchel (it was kind of round… not too good for textbooks and binders), so I decided to make my own. I’ve wanted to sew the Urban Tote from Bag-n-Tell for a long time (see this post), and this seemed the perfect opportunity.

I grabbed my fabric from Ikea (I wanted something tough enough to hold all my books, so I chose some thick upholstery fabric), and all my bits (zippers, clasps, webbing) from the Turkish market. My grand total coming to 21€ – nice!

I really loved the free tutorial from Bag-n’tell (here), but I definitely found it to be tough to follow. As a self-taught sewer, I find purely written instructions really difficult to understand… I had to do a lot of re-reading and youtube-ing.


For the majority of the time I stuck closely to the tutorial, but I did make some changes.

  • I skipped the leatherette trim parts, this didn’t match my fabric.
  • Although I drafted and made the cell phone pocket, I never bother to attach it. I felt it was too big and bulky, plus I’d rather keep my phone somewhere a bit safer, or at least behind a zipper.
  • I originally made and attached to utility pocket and flap, but was not really impressed with how it looked. I preferred the sleeker/safer envelope pocket. Instead I removed the utility pocket, attached another zipper (16cm) and reattached it without the flap, much better (though I did make the rookie mistake of having my zippers open in 2 different directions… oh well).
  • I never did attached a snap to the wallet pocket, and I probably won’t. I like how handy it is, and I often find myself using it to quickly shove my gloves or water bottle in, no snap needed.
  • After using the bag for 2 days, I realized I really missed having a “secret” pocket on the inside of the bag, so I added one of those too. This was pretty awkward to do, but I managed. I placed the pocket on the inner side of the bag with the notebook pocket, so that all the seams were hidden. Due to the limited space/mobility, I could only machine stitch up 3 sides, and was forced to hand-stitch one of the sides (oh well, no one will ever notice inside anyways). The pocket dimensions I used were 25cm width, with 18 cm height, with a 21 cm zipper.


Notes for next time: I’m sure I’ll make another one of these bags, they are great! Though, I’ll definitely be making some more changes.

  • I’ve been using this bag for about 3 weeks now, and I’ve already had to wash it twice. It is a really light colour and gets really dirty.  I’ve always found totes with leather bases attractive, but I never clued in to the functionality. They prevent the bottom of your bag from getting a dirty when you rest it down on the ground (or in my case in my bike basket). Next bag I make will definitely have a darker leather/pleather bottom section.

Overall, I’m really happy with the bag!!! Check it out!



Review: Sonja Dress


Although we did have some scorchers in July, summer pretty much ended early/mid-August here in Berlin.  I feel like I’ve been robbed of 3-4 weeks of prime summer dress weather. In fact, there are some dresses that I didn’t even have a chance to wear once this year. How depressing.

However, that was not the case for the Sonja dress, since luckily I stated early in June and it only took me a weekend to make. You can grab your free copy of the Sonja dress patter (here) via BurdaStyle available from Salme Patterns. They’ve also got some other patterns available for purchase too, as well as some helpful tutorials. I think I would like to try the Buttonless Shirt Dress, or the Sleeveless Pleat Front Dress next.

I was a little hesitant about this dress at first, because I usually shy away from things with halter-style/high necklines, since I am a bit self-conscious about having broad shoulders. Nevertheless, I made this pattern anyways, and I’m so happy I did. 


According to my measurements, I should be a size 6, however after making the dress I needed to take a lot in on the chest. I took it in at least 1 inch along both sides at the side hem after the dress was finished, but still the dress does look a bit too baggy around my waist. I think next time I make this dress I will definitely make a size 4, and also enlarge the size of the darts to create a more fitted form.


I was planning on making another version on the Sonja Dress with the adjustments listed above, but since summer left us early, I think I’ll hold off until next year.  I think it would be really easy to make some cut-out alternations between the bodice and skirt to reproduce the Staring at Stars Zig Zag Dress from Urban Outfitters. Hopefully this cut-out trend will reoccur next summer as well.