Playing card holder

When it’s raining, I like to play games inside. I prefer card games like Uno or Skipbo. If you have played these games with kids, you know they often struggle to hold all cards in their hands or to hide them from the other players. If you have small hands yourself, you might know this problem too ;). That’s how I came up with the idea to make this playing card holder…

playing card holder

  • You start by cutting all different parts, shown in these instructions. You can softly draw the dashed lines on the tissue, this is where the stitches will come.
  • Then you apply all pieces to the front part: stitch the Velcro on the bottom and the 3 strips on lines A, B and C. On the beforehand I stitched a bias on top of these strips.
  • On the back part, you only need to stitch Velcro on the topside.
  • When all pieces are applied, take the front and back and put them wrong sides facing. I secured both parts to each other using paperclips. Now you can stitch it together by sewing over lines C, D and E.
  • Next, sew the bias starting in the lower right corner. Follow the direction of the red arrow in the instructions. Stop at the upper right corner, needle in your tissue.
  • Now you can estimate the size of the cardboard, which I used for strengthening. This depends namely on how precise you worked. Take the dimensions between your stiches minus around 0,50 cm. Cut out the cardboard and shove it between the two parts.
  • To finish, you continue stitching the bias.
Playing card holder

Since you can fold the holder, it doesn’t take too much space

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Baby bib

One of my colleagues became auntie last week. It’s the first baby in the family so she was veeery happy. We thought that a home-made Lola bib would be the perfect present for little Fons.

I looked on Pinterest for a pattern I liked, you can find it on this board. Since I had too many ideas for the design, I thought it would be nice to make a two-sided bib.

Schattige babybavet met walvis van Lola tafelzeilOn one side I used Go with the flow Curaçao and added a cute whale to it. The whale had many little corners so I merely used the handwheel to stitch it on the bib. I stitched the Velcro in the top left hand corner. Make sure you stitch it firmly as it will be pulled a lot.


Schattige babyslab met strik van Lola tafelzeilFor the other side I used Spoons Original and added a little bow tie in matching colors. I first stitched the hourglass-shaped part, leaving the sides open. Then, I stitched the middle part on top of it. Don’t stitch the bow tie too close to the border (like I did, oops!) or it will overlap with the bias. Here too you need to stitch the Velcro in the top left hand corner. Finally, I stitched the two layers together with the help of a bias binder foot.

Next week my colleague will visit the little man. I hope the bib will fit. Photos will follow…

Cute Lola oilcloth baby bib with bow tie

Easy does it!

If you are looking for an easy DIY project that willGo with the flow curacao_04 give you instant satisfaction, read on!

I created this so-called “IKEA hack” for the 2015 product shoot. Using a splash of high gloss white paint and some pieces of adhesive foil, I gave this plain step stool an entirely new look.

The best part of this project is that you can change it up anytime you want. As you might know, the adhesive foil is super easy to remove, so you can choose a different print (and paint colour!) whenever you feel like shaking up your kitchen interior! 😉

I had so much fun doing this, so I’m sure you will enjoy it too!

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Visitors in the lola van!

One of my biggest DIY projects in the history of the lola collection is without doubt the lola van – you could already catch a glimpse of it in last week’s post. It’s covered in lola both inside and out, and I must admit I attract quite some attention while driving it 😉

Earlier this week I had some very cute visitors coming over, and of course the van worked like a magnet! Luckily I have my camera with me most of the time, so I was able to take some fun pictures of the boys. The improvised photo shoot reminded me of the fact that, until now, the lola van didn’t really receive the attention it deserves on this blog.

Well, that changed now 🙂 Take a look and discover your favorite designs!

P.S. For more pictures of the exterior of the van, check out the website.

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Pin it!

After a few months of wearing my winter clothes, I tend to get a little bit bored. I’m definitely a summer person when it comes to outfits! Luckily I can always rely on my infinite collection of accessories to bring a splash of colour every day 🙂 . Quite a lot of them are handmade, actually. This tablecloth brooch, for example!

What you need

  • lola tablecloth leftovers (I used heartbeat mint and lollipop sunshine)brooch_1
  • scissors
  • needle & thread or strong glue
  • button
  • brooch with pin

What to do

  • cut a circle out of the tablecloth
  • fold it in two
  • cut a third (60 degrees, to be exact 😉 ) off brooch_2
  • fold the piece that’s left in two again (you should have some kind of pie slice-shaped, four-layered triangle now)
  • repeat this process 8 times, I made 4 bigger circles and 4 smaller, both in different tablecloth designs
  • sew or glue the pieces onto each other, like in the pictures. you should end up with something that looks a bit like a flower 🙂
  • sew or glue a button onto the front
  • glue the brooch onto the back
  • pin it! (and take a selfie, duh)

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awesome agenda

A new year; new ideas to develop, new dreams to follow, and a new agenda to fill with all those great plans and dates. Ofcourse you can get a zillion different agendas in the store that look great. But why bother? Get the cheapest one, and pimp it yourself!

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What you need:

  • some lola tablecloth leftovers (example: melrose)
  • scissors
  • scotch tape

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What to do:

  • Cut  a square out of your tablecloth that is 5 cm wider on each side than your agenda. Check out our newest designs on www.fromlolawithlove.com !!!
  • Open your agenda on it and cut the corners out of the tablecloth so you can wrap everything around your agenda.
  • Also cut out a square where the back of your agenda lays down.
  • Wrap everything around your agenda and attach the edges with scotch tape.
  • You’re all set to fill up the new year with great moments!

melrose agenda lola

Beautiful Chairs To Do It Yourself

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Ofcourse, you can pimp every item you’ve got with creative foil. But sometimes, you just have to admit it works well together. You can go to any local thriftshop and collect some chairs (they don’t even have to match). But your ordinary furniture works equally well .

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Go for any color that compliments your home, you’ll find plenty of them in the online collection (www.fromlolawithlove.com). And the best part of it all is that you can change the colors and style every season. Who wants to live with the same decorations year in, year out, anyway? Well not me, that’s for sure! So have some fun with it, and let me know if it worked out for you.

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