Makers: Manoli’s Paint Brushes and Magic

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;…

Yoyo making workshop in Ciutadella Park this Friday

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…

My Perfect Summer Shorts Pattern

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…

And the Winner is…

Stephanie – comment 29! (I’ll be mailing you today to get your address You will be getting the carrot pouch and the floral bag Thank you all for participating in this giveaway, and for taking the time to leave such nice words. I am also very glad you liked the carrot pouch, I was surprised you thought kids would like it so much, I didn’t think of that before. I decided to give 3 more prizes: Another carrot pouch for Miss M And a €9 coupon that can be used in my etsy shop for Binks, Peggy and Fern. Thanks again everyone!

Giveaway Day May 23rd!

What a great idea the Sew, Mama, Sew! people had! One full day for giveaways! Natually, I am participating too 😀 I am giving away the following: One cotton carrot pouch, fully lined and ready to hide and keep your pencils, makeup or credit cards etc. And one handbag in a baroque floral print in tones of red, orange and burgundy. It’s lined in cotton, closes with a zipper and has an adjustable strap. I will ship internationally, at no cost for you, of course. So if you want these right at your door, all you need to do is…

How to make a fancy button necklace

Fancy? A button necklace? Please… I can hear you but – you didn’t meet Daria yet. She makes the most feminine, funny and classy-chic accessories ever. Out of traditional and less traditional supplies. Check out her blog, kitenhood for beautiful imagery, more accessories and tutorials. Without further ado, here is Daria: When The Sky Turtle asked me to write a guest post, it took a while for me to actually do so. What would I write on a blog that isn’t mine, and will anyone be interested in reading? Then I figured: what’s the one thing that everyone likes? An…

New bags – Mailman, Urban-Fairy and Retronia

Since the planning world domination handbag pattern seemed to be liked, I made three more bags from the same pattern: Mailman, the Urban Fairy and Retronia. Mailman is a roomy handbag in tones of tan, brown and dark blue with an oversized stamped postcard print. It’s lined in cotton and closes with a zipper. The Urban Fairy handbag is made of soft vintage looking tapestry canvas printed with leaf-like shapes, handwriting and fairy faces. The bag has tones of blue, light blue and grey-blue. And last, but not least, The Retronia handbag is made of tapestry canvas printed with baroque-style…

An Oversized Reversed Tuxedo Vest

I loved making this vest from the latest Burda easy. It took me only half a day from cutting the pattern to choosing the fabric to the final piece. The instructions were good, but a bit misleading and it is actually much much easier to sew than it sounds. Actually, I’m pretty sure I can make the second one faster. It was pretty straightforward, I cut the back pieces, the two sides and the lining of the front pieces from bleu-marine jersey knit and the front-pieces from deep blue cotton printed with white seagulls (love this fabric!). Then it was…

Martin’s Sewing Machine Orchestra

The second Martin’s sewing machine performance video ended I wanted to write him, ask him a million of questions and say how cool the stuff he’s doing is. And I did. And he replied! So here’s a very exclusive (sic!) mini-interview with the awesome Martin Messier. Me: Who is Martin and what does he do?:) Martin: I am a composer, and in the last few years I have been focusing on performing on stage by manipulating objects (old alarm clocks, pencils, machines, sewing machines, appliances). Appliances, really? I worked on a project with Jacques Poulin-Denis, we were making music with…

Painting a Tshirt with Acrylics

I bought this fabric medium for acrylics and decided to try it out on a tshirt. I used a cardboard to keep the tshirt flat and masking tape to keep everything in place. I then traced the design with a white pencil and painted on, mixing the acrylic paint with the medium. I then let it dry overnight. I didn’t heat set it, as I want to see how the paint behaves when washed. Since the design is pretty transparent (not because that’s what I intended, but rather because the medium seems to sort of eat the pigment – does…