Multi-purpose-case

A few days ago, I made a little all-purpose-case. I have to admit I am not that happy with the result: I worked sloppy,  messed it up in the corners and my wire tension wasn’t very good either which I tried to fix, but then made it worse. It was not my day as you might see 😉 BUT, at least the color combination is lovely, isn’t it…

DIY case

What you will be needing

  • 2 pieces of oilcloth (size A4) – inner and outer part
  • 2 U-shaped parts (8 x 4 cm) – sides
  • transparent tissue (7,5 x 3,5 cm) – name tag
  • Velcro or button – closing
  • Bias tape

And then?

I started with some preliminary work at the biggest pieces. First, I stitched one Velcro on the bottom of the outer part and the other Velcro on the top of the inner part. On the inner part, I also stitched a name-tag underneath the Velcro. To make it easier to put everything together in later steps, I stitched both parts together on 1 mm, wrong sides facing. Next I sewed bias tape on the top of the two U-shaped parts. Finally, I stitched all parts together, using bias binder foot. This is the part where I messed it up so I will let you fiddle a little bit by yourself from here 😉 …

I don’t know yet for which purpose I will use the case but I am considering pencil case or makeup case.

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pencil case

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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

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

Car organizer

One of my friends has a new car. She was telling me about how little space there was to put stuff away. Even though she is the kind of person who always takes too many things with her, people who are extremely organized or who have kids will probably know the problem too… Since I was in a sewing mood (which I am actually all the time) I decided to make her her own Lola car organizer.

I used Donuts Varadero and Love leaf Scuba Blue, two colorful designs of the new Lola collection. I messed around with sketches and paper until I had the design I wanted. For sure I wanted a pocket to put a small bottle in, pockets for pencils and a bigger pocket for a book or a magazine. It was not that easy to puzzle the different parts in place, but I am glad with the result! Little pad on my own back…

Lola car organizer   Lola car organizer

Bal masqué

This weekend I am having a masked ball and I wouldn’t be Lola if I didn’t make my own mask… When doing so I did a lot of improvisation. This DIY project is perfect to do with kids for carnival or a birthday party.

I looked around on the internet for shapes I liked and combined some of them. When cut out, I decorated the masks with glitters and little stars. You can also use plumes, tinfoil, pearls or … To make the mask stronger, I glued a piece of cardboard on the back. To finish I attached a stick to hold up the mask. For the one I used a skewer, for the other I stapled a straw on the cupboard.

My date? He will be wearing a matching bow tie I made for last blog post.

Masked ballMasked ball Lola

 

Safari

Now 2016 started and the weather is getting worse, I am starting to dream about the summer holidays. I don’t know yet where I will be going, but seeing the Big Five is high up on my wish-list. You can understand I was immediately sold when I bumped into this super cute frames!

They were very easy to make. You pack the panels with adhesive foil just like a present, you cut out the animals, you glue them to the panel and done!

What you will be needing

  • 3 cutted out images of cute animals
  • 3 wooden pannels (15 x 15 x 2 cm)
  • 3 squares of adhesive foil (at least 21 cm)
  • Glue

SafariSingle

DIY storage bins

These storage bins appear to be trending in sewing land latelyimage1b, so it was only a matter of time until I would make my own out of oilcloth. Here they are!

What to do

  • Determine what size you want your bins to be and draw a square on your oilcloth in the required dimensions.
  • Next, you will want to attach an extra square to the sides of your first square, like in this template. You end up with a cross-like shape that you have to cut out.
  • Sew the sides of the outer squares together, so that your bin begins to take its shape.
  • Repeat these steps to create a second bin, but be aware of the fact that you have to sew one with the printed side facing inwards, and the other with the printed side outwards. This way, you are creating the outer and inner layer of the bin.
  • Put the inner layer into the outer layer. You can add a square piece of cardboard to the bottom for extra firmness, if you want.
  • Sew the two layers together with a matching piece of cotton border or ribbon.
  • Fold over the edge so that the design on the inside also shows on the outside.
  • You’re ready!

One of my friends, mom of two littles ones with a looooooot of toys, clothes etc., was happy to adopt these bins for extra storage. Is this something you would try at home? 🙂

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