Tutorial: No-sew tutu by
Fabric/Material: 4.5 yards of tulle and 1/2″ wide elastic
Cost: About $3 for 4.5 yard
For: 2 yr old Olivia :)
A first:
using tulle! Next time I’ll use 3″ wide rolls instead of yardage, or I won’t use it again, haha! Cutting tulle is horrible!

Santa and his creative elves really spoiled me this year. So much so, that I actually had to get new closet space to fit all my gifts! No kidding! :-O

Here is what I was given over the Holidays:

The Bernina embroidery module to fit my machine, including the Designer v5 software. So pleased with!! However, it’s the most daunting and inspiring gift! The sky is the only limit! When I just got my sewing machine, Maarten asked me if I had already tried it out, to which I answered that I didn’t know how to switch it on. He walked over to the machine, found the on/off button straight away and my excuse was blown :P. I guess him switching the machine on for me was the little bit of encouragement I needed to get started and I may need the same kind of assistance with this add-on!

Wool in every color and texture imaginable! Great for my crochet attempts!

Beautiful scraps and bigger pieces of fabric.

Thread, spools, embroidery thread (really happy with!), snaps in every size possible and the Best Sewing Book by Reader Digest (the earlier better edition :)).

An amount of bias tape, ribbon and ric rac I could only dream of!

A weekly desk calender (although I’m a kid of the internet/digital generation, I can’t handle online calenders); Teach yourself Crochet; a stuffing tool; Amigurimi book and a book about (wool) felting (can’t wait to make felt slippers for my cold feet).

100 patterns for appliques; Embroidered dolls; Ideas for nurseries; Amigurimi&more; 100 flowers to crochet and knit; Sweet plush to crochet (aka Amigurimi world).

Last but definitely not least! A biscornu pincushion made by my grandma in my favorite color! 

Many many thanks to Santa and his elves!!

(and you can’t deny it’s about time to vacuum)

…when your carpet looks like this!

(see all the little pieces of thread?)


I guess hardly anyone knows that one of my favorite crafts is refurbishing small little boxes with fabric or paper. I used to do that a lot as a teenager, I think I may have kept my grandma Omi busy looking for more and more boxes that I could decorate :). I even once decorated a fountain pen, there is a little story attached to that one. I promise you if I find it again, I’ll post the story and a picture :).

Today it was time to do something about the little heart shaped box, that I got from my other Oma (grandma in Dutch, I don’t like translating such names). She died in 1990 and it’s one of the few things I have of hers. Unfortunately time had gotten the best of the fabric of the little box, but that didn’t prevent me from shipping it around the world ;). Instead of leaving it behind or throwing it away, I decided to refurbish it with the polkadot fabric that I got from Omi (my other oma) :).

And what’s better, than combining pieces of 2 Oma’s in 1 box? 3! My 3rd ‘grandma’ is my great aunt, who unfortunately died last year. Cleaning her house I came across an old dress of hers with a lovely brown and blue pattern. Textile wise it’s pretty horrible, nonetheless I didn’t just want to get rid of it, because I was pretty sure I could use it somehow. With that thought I put it in one of the 30 boxes that we shipped from Europe to the USA as well and used it today :). I kept one piece of the original lining as well, as that part was still pretty okay. The inside of the box is perhaps a bit too busy now, but I find the whole idea behind the fabrics much more important than the actual looks :).

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