This Sunday, all day I am having a summer sale on my Etsy shop. 20%off everything. That is, of world map fabric bags, shorts patterns and accessories. Check back here on Sunday for the coupon code or send me a tweet @skyturtle on Twitter. later edit: and the sale is ON. Use SUMMERSALE11 at checkout :>

What you need (to do): freeze 4 bananas and a handful of raspberries get 4 spoons of dehydrated milk and a teacup of skimmed milk and 4 big ice cubes no sugar Cut the bananas in pieces – it’s better if you do this before you freeze them. Add the raspberries, the ice, the milk and blend for a couple of minutes. Ta-da! Tip: How to make a smoothie without a blender Smoothies are quick, delicious and healthy snacks. They are so easy to do, you won’t believe it. Yeah, if you have a blender. If you don’t, prepare to…

Want to sew a quick skirt for yourself and don’t have a pattern for it? Make it. I’ve made this quick illustration to explain what measures to take and how to draft a simple pattern for yourself (or someone you can measure:). This is a very basic, easy to sew skirt and perfect for a beginner project or for that Saturday afternoon before you go out :> You will need: fabric (I suggest cotton for starters) a zipper a button (optional) paper a ruler and a pen white chalk or a piece of soap (to trace the pattern on the…

The [short] sewing manifesto –  and why you should start sewing for yourself I’ve been talking to a lot of people who want to sew their own clothes lately. People who aren’t necessarily crafty (do you think you have to be crafty to sew well?), who don’t necessarily buy handmade, who didn’t grow up with a mother or grandma who was a seamstress and didn’t have a roommate in college who used to repair their hems and shorten their skirts. People who want to sew because they thinks it’s fun, because they’d rather wear something they made rather than buying an item that…

I’m making these little white tote bags, painted with acrylics mixed with a fabric medium. For now, I’ve noticed that mixing one part paint with another of medium makes the resulting substance long lasting but not necessarily nice to use with stencils. And the final painting result is just cleaner if I do it by hand. But it shouldn’t be like that, right? Is my paint too thick or too runny? Mm… must investigate that.

Sewing pockets into short pants might look complicated to do and even more complicated to understand if you read the instructions. It’s always easier for me to do something if I see the whole process. Remember my perfect summer shorts I blogged about the other day? Well, I decided I should try a pockets version. It’s really easy. So here we go.

I have a particular respect and admiration for makers. Sometimes you see someone’s work and you immediately feel inspired. It all makes sense. Then you get to know a bit more about the person behind it and everything they do becomes even more beautiful. Are you ever curious of how they work, where they learned it and how the things they make are born? I know I am. Meet Manoli, or Srta. M. She paints. She draws. She experiments. She’s awesome Who is Manoli and what does she do? I’m 25 years old and I live very close to Barcelona;…

If you’re in Barcelona this weekend, drop by the Ciutadella Park this Friday at 7 pm because we’re having an Etsy Meetup. And free workshops; and food I will be holding a yoyo making workshop. If you didn’t make yoyos before, you’ll be surprised to see how easy it is. And you can then use it to decorate your tees, skirts, headbands, bags or even make earrings out of them. If you’ve made them before, join me – it will be fun (and I won’t have to go through the embarrassment of being the only workshop participant :)) What to…

I love it when this happens. When after many trials, I finally get a pattern I love and can use again and again. I’ve been investing more time in learning how to draft patterns lately. And I sort of got over the idea of making a wearable but not perfect (or un-wearable!) muslin. I don’t like wasting fabric and throwing away things but I do like learning from my own errors. This time my errors created this shorts pattern, which is exactly what I’ve been looking for since a million years ago. I couldn’t find a very basic short pattern…