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.


pencil case


Bathroom baskets

My bathroom storage is above the toilet, every time I need something out of it, I am afraid something will fall. Right. Into. The. Toilet. So far, it didn’t happen (bless me!) but to prevent this, I made a few baskets from Lola oilcloth.


Lola basket


One year ago I already posted how to make storage bins. Nonetheless, I will repeat the different steps for you.

  • Determine what size you want your basket to be. Add 0,50 cm on each side for the seam. Draw a square on your oilcloth in the required dimensions. This will be the bottom.
  • Next, you need to draw four extra squares to the sides of the bottom 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, printed sides facing, so that your bin begins to take its shape. This will be the inner layer of the basket.
  • Repeat these steps to create a second layer. Here too, you sew printed sides facing. When stiched, turn the right side out. This will be the outer 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.
  • Sew the two layers together with a matching piece of cotton border or ribbon.
  • As extra you can fold over the edge so that the design on the inside also shows on the outside.
  • Ready!



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

Pretty & Perfect Toilet Paper

pretty_perfect_toilet_paper_lolaToilet paper is easy to stash away in that little room we visit every once in a while. What I love to do there too is read the magazines I have lying around everywhere. And that’s when a little problem occurred: there was no way I could fit ánd the toiletpaper ánd the magazines perfectly in a functional organizer. If you suffer from the same problem , don’t panic! I’ll show you step by step how to solve it yourself.

What you need for your toilet paper storage:

  • 0.5 m of lola tablecloth (example: lola boogy stone LAL01319)
  • 4 m of cotton border in a corresponding color
  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine



What to do:

  • Cut out of your lola tablecloth two rectangles (15 cm x 65 cm + 15 cm x 125 cm).
  • Fold your cotton border in half, slide it over the sides of your tablecloth and sew over it.
  • Put the two pieces on top of each other with the largest piece on top of the smallest one, the two prints facing upwards.
  • Cut out a piece of cardboard (4 cm x 14 cm) and slide it in between the two layers at the upper part.
  • Sew along the cardboard so it gets stuck, this is to make sure your storage hangs straight against the wall.
  • Sew horizontally over your tablecloth after every 15 cm for the small piece and 30 cm for the bigger piece (see pattern).
  • Make a string out of your cotton border (24 cm) and attach the ends to the upper corners of your storage.
  • Now fill it up with your softest toilet paper and your best magazines, you will not want to leave your toilet anymore!!! 😀

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