My own design: sewing a Kilt as minidress


last year I sewed this mini dress.


I like this dress very much.

I dont know how I got the idea to combine this dress and a kilt. LOL

Maybe I’ve seen a kilt or a pleated skirt on the internet. I dont remember hehe

I searched the net for tutorials and pics of how to make a kilt.

The fantastic woolen and the leather straps I found at Ebay UK. For the Kilt only I needed nearly 3 yards 😮

At first I shorten my pattern.

I sewed it the same way like my “old” mini dress. Then I sewed the kilt and put both together.


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to make my Kilt more realistic I added leather straps. They are just decoration because the fabric “under” this front is 10 inches longer. So no reason to “fear” storm and wind when wearing it without trousers hehe

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For sewing special projects like bags or this dress I ordered a brass stamp with my logo to put on leather.

Yes, it has been expensive but I love it

I still have to find a way to sew these small leather pieces. It isnt perfect with hand sewing 😦 and it hurts because the leather stripes has been thick

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I made another Kilt minidress with this blue/green colors. But I still have to put the straps and the logo on it

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What do you think about my design? I so love it and will wear it very often hihi


Ikea Grundtal as a form dress pin cushion

3 month ago my teacher in my sewing course left the class because she found a job in an other store 😦

I wanted to make something special for her to thank her and to show her how much I learned in her course

I thought long and hard what kind of project I could make for her.

Then I saw a picture in a magazine with a christmas wine bottle cover

I wanted to make something like this too. But I didnt knew if Birgid drinks wine or not because I for myself never drink wine and if I would get a gift like bottle covers I would never use it.

My next visit to Ikea got me an better idea. I saw the Grundtal containers with the magnetic back and I had an idea what I would make with them 🙂


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This pin cushion is the second one I made. The first one had to be ready very fast and I didnt had have the time to make photos for a tutorial

This Is how I made it:

What I used:

1 Ikea Grundtal container

2 different fabrics


1 wooden pole 3/8

1/8 plywood

wood plate

foam padding  1 3/4


beads 1/8

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a collection of what I used


I used my form dress as model to make my pattern

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here you can see my pattern has 10 inches ( the red mark will be described later)

Front and back are identical except for the darts. I added half an inch for the fabric

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I started with my container first

A colleague had sawn the wood plate and the plywood for me. Thank you again 🙂

The plywood has been for my form dress, the wood plate for my container

The plywood should have nearly the same width as the container. It will be the bottom of your form dress

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the wood plate will be the “filling” of the container. You need it to glue your wooden pole in it and it will make the container heavier.

I didnt had a wood plate with the right hight .

I found 2 plates which fitted very well together to get the hight I needed. (1/8 under the edge of the container)

My colleague used a holesaw to cut the plates. His working with a holesaw helped me very much, because the drill in it marked the exact middle of my plates 🙂

I put the cover of the container and the oval plywood between the 2 wood plates and drilled a 3/8 hole through all. This way the plastic cover wont break when drilling the hole.

If done, put all of it together, close your container and check if the wooden pole fits well and is straight. Otherwise your form dress will be looking askew


If you use 2 plates like I did glue both together. Check if both holes fit exactly together!

 Paint your wooden pole the color you like. I choosed white.

Now to the sewing part 🙂

cut front and back of the pattern and sew the darts on both pieces

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sew both sides together

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for the next step take the plywood bottom and a piece of vilene.

Add half an inch and paint it on the vilene

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cut the vilene and iron it on your fabric. Add half an inch on your fabric too and cut it

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sew this piece on the bottom of your “dress”

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now glue the plywood on the vilene

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because the glue had to dry I went back to my container

Cut a piece of fabric for the container. It has to be large enough to wrap around the top and the sides of the plates.Glue this fabric on the top.

When the glue has been dried, cut a hole in the fabric. Make sure it has the same size like the one in the plate. It helps to position the plate into the container later

Give glue in the container and except for the top on all sides of the fabric. Put it into the container and stuff the fabric with a small screwdriver in it.

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before clamping the plate into the container make sure the hole from the plate is exactly in the middle !!!

Dry it a few hours

I glued the cover on the container

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Back to the “dress”

Cut a hole the same size like the one in your glued plywood in the bottom of your dress

 cut the foam padding to the width of your bottom.

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put the padding into your dress and cut the length. Be sure the padding is really all the way down to the bottom. Let the padding 1 or more inches longer.

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now mark the hole on your padding

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put the padding out of the dress and write what side of the dress it has been: back or front.

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 use a big scewdriver and shove it slowly through the padding. Start at the mark you made before. Make sure you will stay in middle of the padding!!!

When you take a look at my form dress you will see I didnt stayed all the length in the middle 😦

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Go back and forth a few times with your screwdriver before trying to put your wooden pole through this hole.The wooden pole should go easy through it now.

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place the wooden pole with the padding in your container.Pin your dress on the padding and cut your padding to the right length

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now you have to decide on what position of the wooden pole your dress should be at the end. I let enough place under the dress to grasp the wooden pole with my hand. Mark your wooden pole on the top of the padding and saw it half an inch under your mark.

Glue the wooden pole into your container and let it dry.

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Cut every edge of your padding to make it look more oval.

Start with the buttock.

Cut a 4 inch half-round piece out of your padding.

Round it like seen on the pictures below. Dont cut all in one. Make small steps. Between every cut put your padding and the buttock into your dress and check it

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at the end it will be looking like this

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making of the breast will be nearly the same. Start here with an 4inch padding too and dont forget: small steps

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now cut shoulders and neck

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the picture below shows why I painted a red line on my pattern. The dress just didnt looked well this way.

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Before the next step remove the breast and the buttock padding and insert the wooden pole.

If the buttock padding is inside the dress the hole in the padding you made with the screwdriver wont be exactly in the middle.

Put buttock and breast back into your dress.

to repair my pattern I didnt cut the fabric. I pinned the fabric with needles and sewed it by hand

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fill the side with small stripes of the padding

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sew shoulders and neck by hand too

I added a little decoration to my form dress

The ribbon is glued on the container

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The chain is made with very small beads and wire. This way you can “form” it better around the neck

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And now my form dress pin cushion 🙂

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I hope you will like my tutorial 🙂

How to make the Ikea christmas tree fabric into a 3D wall hanging

One year ago I had so many ideas for DIY christmas decoration. But I havent been good enough.

In the beginning of my blog I posted one special fabric from Ikea. The christmas tree!

Last year I planned to make a curtain but the fabric was way too long.

This christmas I had another idea what to do with it and I knew how to make it 🙂

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I wanted to make a 3D wall hangings with this amazing fabric. The tree should look like its a real one on christmas eve. With gifts and toys.

First I bought a nice ribbon for the border. Not because I wanted it but because on the border of this fabric has been to read “made for Ikea” or something like this. I didnt wanted it to be seen.

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My next step has been to realize my ideas. I started with the christmas packages. In 3D I didnt wanted to place the packages side by side. It should have look more realistic.

For the inlet I cut paddings with 2 different thicknesses in the forms I needed. Every package got a zipper because I wanted the possibility to wash it without the paddings.

On the back of each parcel I put 2 stripes of velcro. The same I did on the fabric.

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Before I put the parcels on the fabric every one got a nice ribbon 🙂

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Here you can see the velcro on the fabric

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My fabric got 4 parcels. On this photo you can see why I  used 2 different thicknesses. Its looks better this way.

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The “toy” has been the most time consuming. I found this rocking horse few years ago in a magazine. I cut it out and kept it. I dont remember what magazine but maybe a horse like this is to find on the internet. Dunno.

I so love this horse. I pimped it with a leather saddle and a leather trace

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Meet Teddy ❤ ❤ ❤

Teddy is the only piece here I didnt sew by myself.

More parcels would have been to much. I wanted another toy but couldnt find pattern I liked. Teddy got a bag with typical christmas colors

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Here are all parts from “under” the tree. To make it more realistic I put red velvet under the tree. For next christmas I will sew an half tree skirt hehe

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A christmas tree without a star is a no go. Here is my star. I wanted to buy golden fabric, but the fabrics I found were very  thin and cheap looking. I used the yellow fabric from my horse

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I didnt forgot to sew little bags for the tree. I put them on the fabric and didnt liked how it looked like. I decided to let my tree “naked”.  Maybe I will get an idea for next christmas

And now my complete Christmas tree

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I hope you like my tree. Maybe you have done something with your fabric tree. I would like to see what other sewer has made with it 🙂

My first apron

I bought  patterns from Burda Style 2 weeks ago. I wanted to make special curtains I have seen on the picture from this pattern. Besides my curtain there has been a pattern for an apron.

No, I dont wear aprons and I dont own one.But my best friend does 🙂

We will meet today. I have to give her the christmas gift (a bought one) . Why dont give a special self made gift too?

I startet yesterday evening and worked till 4 am. Yes, I’m not the fastest sewer so far, but hey, I’m still a beginner. I checked my fabrics, and chose 2 different cottons, same pattern but different colors.

Here is my apron:



I’m damn proud of it. I love the colors and the compass logo makes it more special hihi

How to make a travel pillow

This one I have done long time ago but I couldnt post it because it has been a gift for my godchild Sonja.

She loves to travel a lot with bus, car, train. She never travels without her own pillow.

When traveling she runs with her suitcase in one hand, her bag in her other hand and her pillow under her arm. When I saw this for the first time I thought about how to make it easier for her.

We bought a new pillow for her. Did she choose a small one? NOPE, it has to be a big one LOL

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And this is how I made it for her:


1 Pillow

2 different fabrics ( pillow 1 yard flannel, bag 1 yard cord fabric)

1 Zipper

3 x Clip buckles

2 different ribbons (pillow 40 inches, bag 2x 40 inches)

1 cord 40 inches

2 cord stops

I have chosen a nice flannel with cameras for the pillow.Sonja is an amazing photographer and what better motive I could have bought for her?

First cut the fabric for the pillow,sew the zipper on one of the larger side. (dont buy a zipper about the whole lenghts of the pillow because of the ribbons with the clip buckles.

Then cut the 40 inch ribbon in half.and put the clip buckle on one of it.

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Lay this ribbon in half like on the picture above and pin it with a needle 4-5 inches from the end of this side. When sewing this side, sew 3-4 time forward and back over the ribbon.

Close both shorter sides of the pillow. ( Open your zipper after this a little. Had a real fight to turn my pillow because I couldnt opened the zipper LOL )

On the last side put the second ribbon (dont fold it this time !!! ) in the the same distance as you did with the first ribbon and close this side.

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On the picture above you see the pillow with the ribbons, one folded, the other not. Put the other part of your clip buckle on it. Fold the end of this ribbon 3 or 4 times and sew it together. Otherwise your clip buckle will slip and will get lost.

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your pillow will look like this, when you attach it to a car seat or a bus seat 🙂

It isnt very hygienic to run with your pillow outdoors:Plus Sonja chose a very large pillow. Not so perfect when you will take it on your journey.

Birgid, the dressmaker of my sewing course made the proposal to sew a bag for this pillow. Not for the whole lenghts of the pillow but half of it. So I made the bag big enough to fold the pillow.


Here comes the bag for your pillow:


Cut the fabric:  2/3 the length of your pillow and add on each side of the bag 4 inch more then the width of your pillow.

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Put the cord stops on your cord.

Fold your pillow and take it into your bag 🙂

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If I would do it again I would take a much larger ribbon below. This bag cant be attach directly to your suitcase because the ribbon is to short.

I also would chose a stronger ribbon for the bag and bigger clip buckles.

This is how it looks like.

But it will work this way too 🙂

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