How to knit a boho mini cross body purse (free pattern)

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Recently I’ve started to experiment more and more with knitting and I made this purse. It’s not perfect and I am sure there are better ways to knit this, but this is just how I did it. This free knitting pattern is beginner friendly, you need to be able to knit and purl and decrease (which is easy). It also includes a knittied cord (with a link to the video I used to learn how to do it) and a bit of crochet (you can skip the crochet if want). The purse is basically a seed stitch rectangle with a…

Sewing green: How to repurpose paper for your sewing patterns

sewing green printing sewing patterns on magazine paper

Do you often think about reducing waste, repurposing materials and using only as much as you need when you sew? I wanted to share a quick tip on how I reuse paper for printing my sewing patters: I use old magazines, brochures or snail mail. Most of them come in A4 paper, so I take out the staples and cut them into single A4 sheets. Or most likely rip them apart in single A4 sheets I make sure they’re not bent or soiled in any way, then put them through my printer, like I would with normal fax/print paper. I…

September sewing and knitting

september best of sewing and making by sky turtle

I love fall. I love the rusty colours, the rough textures, the nutty flavours. Everything almost. I took the photo below the other day and realised it captures some of my favourite colours: lots of earthy greens, but also some tones of blue and burgundy. I used the Big Huge Labs palette generator to quickly look at this colours on a palette to see how much it resembled my current fall wardrobe pallete. I am trying to plan better what I make so that I make more things that I wear a lot. What is a lot? Is it every week at…

Adelaide world map vest top

adelaide vest world map

Hello readers, Are you out there? It’s been two crazy busy, but good – wonderful busy- months so the blog was a bit neglected. I did get to do a bit of sewing and knitting and I’ll share with you more soon. Today I wanted to show you how I modified the Adelaide dress pattern by Seamwork to make a vest. How to choose fabric I chose a stiff, tapestry fabric. This world map fabric is made in Spain and I bought it from Barcelona when I was still living there. I’ve used it to make a million things. I…

August in sewing and making

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August was a little quiet here on the blog, which means it was a bit crazy outside this blog. There was some travel and there were a few days of reading on the beach, swimming and eating fresh fish. There were some weddings (3) and lots of beautiful people to meet and see again. I wore my Adelaide dress and other summery garments I had made the years before, which made me feel secretly proud I can sew for myself. There was a lot of running around and too much work for an August, but I’m greatful everything turned out ok.…

Best of July in sewing and making

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Summer’s almost over, just a month left. How did this happen? I know I should complain about the heat and humidity and the bugs and everything that’s not completely cool about summer. But I enjoy those too. Time seemed to fly so that’s why I started documenting my crafty/creative/fun time here. Even if I don’t post a full blog post about each of those cool moments, I get to capture them and maybe feel happy about them in the future. Ideally also see progress in learning new things! See also: Best of June in sewing and making  I made a…

My light chambray Adelaide dress

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There are several reasons why I loved sewing the Adelaide dress from Seamwork. First, because the magazine really inspires me, from the patterns created to the thoughtfulness of the articles. And it’s that thoughtfulness that is contagious. This dress is supposed to take three hours to sew, but I made it across several weekends, cutting it slowly, then sewing it slowly and finishing it, you’ve guessed it, equally slowly. Which is something I’m trying to learn how to do. I really like the pattern and how it’s cut. It’s like Sarai knows women have curves and where those curves are…

Harem style house pants

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I’ve actually made these pants two summers ago and forgot to post them. I wanted to link to them the other day in the How to shop your closet with Pinterest post and realised they were nowhere to be found. These pants were fun to make and fun to wear: a light batiste with pink roses (a type of fabric that I love looking at but never end wearing) and a little bit of elastic thread and they were ready in a couple of hours. I used another pair of pants I had as a pattern and got too lazy to…

3 new pages from my sketchbook

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Do you sketch? I’ve recently started documenting some of the things I like and would try to make and I’ve noticed that sketching not only allows me to better imagine the final garment, but it also helps with the need to make a million things, because sketching somehow counts as a creative process, so I can change my mind about a garment before I sew something that will never be worn outside the house. Like these pj pants, for example : ( Some of these are garment sketches start from something I found on Pinterest, but drawing them gives me the space…

Best of June in sewing and making

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Last month I started documenting the small pleasures, little discoveries and hopefully areas of personal growth in sewing, knitting, making in general. These were my favourite things to discover or do in June: See also: Best of July in sewing and making  Inspired to sew (or at least consider trying) sewing a bra. I’ve been reading and admiring bloggers who make lingerie and especially bras, but I’ve never considered it something I could try, until I read Ingrid’s post about her Watson bra. She says this: “I think one of the reasons I love making lingerie, is that it takes no…