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1  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: My utter failure in peeling hardboiled eggs on: September 15, 2014 11:35:33 PM
My eggs are so fresh, they still have feathers stuck to 'em.

That would be the problem. If you do have your own chickens and boil the eggs right away you will have problems peeling them. As somebody else said. Put them aside for a week or so before boiling. I do know from personal experience.
"Fresh" eggs in the store are usually a few days old to prevent that problem.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / welcome baby combis on: July 11, 2014 08:42:42 AM
This year there are quite a few new babys in our circle of friends. I tried to sew something for every baby, but fogot to take pictures of some of the outfits.

These two are the ones I did take pictures of.
A onesie and pants for a little boy or girl
(The parents don't want to know the gender upfront. Wow I always wanted to know the gender - if only to facilitate the name-finding)

For the pants I took an image from the fabric of the onesie, chose one fish, digitized it and plotted it.
patterns: Schnabelina's Regenbogenbody (free) and Strampelhose (klimperklein)

A playsuit for a little guy

pattern: Babyanzug Anton (klimplerklein)

Now only one more to go...
3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Louisa dress on: July 08, 2014 06:26:54 AM
When I saw this pattern, I immediatly knew what I would sew for my god daughter's birthday present. (And for my girls for Christmas, but there is still some time left Smiley )

The pattern is the Louisa dress from the belgium label compagnie M
A chic retro-style dress with a big pocket in front - and piping, I love the look of piping!

Just because..  a detail of the piping on the front pocket - piece of cake with the detailed instructions of the dress. I should have bought dark buttons, but I ran out of time and the light ones were in my stash already...

The dress made of baby cord, fully lined and closed with an invisible zipper. I was very surprised what a quick sew it was.
Hope you like it, too

4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: bibs with sleeves - with tutorial on: May 08, 2014 07:06:38 AM
Hi angiruh

The total pattern contains 4 pages, numbered 1 to 4 (landscape - top left, top right, bottom left, bottom right)
across those pages are the two pattern pieces - sleeve (asymetrical as shown on the second pic of tutorial) and bib front (to be cut on fold - dashed line)

Just print all pages with 100% (no scaling up or down) cut off excess beyound dotted line and glue together with arrows matching.
After assembling all four pages cut out the two pattern pieces.

Does this help?
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Easter / Re: Sorbian (Melted Wax) Eggs - again on: April 21, 2014 09:45:54 AM
Thank you for all your comments and
Wow - my eggs as featured project - thank you again
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Easter / Sorbian (Melted Wax) Eggs - again on: April 14, 2014 12:10:02 PM
Hi I thought I'd post this years results, just to keep the tradition. Even though I did not manage to make a whole lot this time. A two-year old plus a four month old don't leave a lot of spare time.

Most importantly the egg for my god child and her older and younger (yet to be born, she is 5 days late currently) sisters are done. She gets one every year.

Lot's of greens this time. After having a white Easter last year I really enjoy the wonderful spring this time.

I posted a quick how-to last year

Hope you enjoy!
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Easter / Re: Sorbian easter eggs - with quick how-to on: March 03, 2014 05:45:35 AM
Thanks for the tutorial. Could you explain more on how the feather tools are made? I don't understand.  I do traditional Ukrainian pysanky but would like to try these Sorbian style eggs.   Thanks!

I use goose or dove feathers. I carefully rip (not cut) off the lower side parts off the "stem", leaving only the sides of the top 1-1,5 cm. The stem has to be quite thin, in order for the feather-stamp to work correctly afterwards.
Then I roughly cut the basic shape and dip the feather in wax. Thus fixated I do the fine cut.
Sorry if my English is not totally correct but I do not know all the special terms considering feathers.

The reference scale is in cm.

Hope that helps
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Bunk Beds with stairs on: April 13, 2013 12:25:16 AM
Wow, this looks great. I like the idea of using the already existing shelves as stairs Smiley
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: zip-up sewing kit on: April 11, 2013 06:44:07 AM
Awesome tutuorial!  While the sewing kit is pretty fantastic, I totally think you could apply this tute to so many other kinds of kits as well Smiley

You are totally right, I should have pointed that out in the tutorial, especially since it is based in parts on Schnabelina's pencil case and she did base knitting kits on her pencil case tutorial, too. - check out her blog (with google translate Wink ) she is amazing.
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / zip-up sewing kit on: April 08, 2013 12:22:54 PM

I have a friend who wants to start (machine) sewing and I thought I'd get her a starter set. But once I looked at the web I found lots of (ugly) and not very well equipped sewing kits. Most of them included stuff I've never used and left out other stuff I find highly useful. I finally decided to make her a special sewing kit with all the stuff I've found helpful.

ETA: as alteredmommy pointed out, this could be modified to any kind of kit - put in a few more loops for knitting needles or crotched hooks, add pockets for stitch markers etc., modify to fit your needs Smiley

Here it is:

room for sewing needles and threader
seam ripper (used it a lot)
chalk pens
tracing wheel
rotary cutter
folding templates (from the scientific seamstress)

1/2in bias tape maker (scientific seamstress - she has cool stuff Smiley )
IKEA fabric scissors (normal and zigzag)
magnetic pin cushion
measuring tape


1. decide on what you want to put into your sewing kit
2. sturdy fabric for the outside
3. lightweight fabric for inside + some contrasting if you feel like it
4. stabilisation - regular floor wipes or batting
5. some elastic
6. old binder for support without the binding mechanism
7. small zipper for pockets
8. endless zipper for outside closure: one side ~ 2 yards, one zipper

lay out everything you want to put inside the case and decide on a rough layout

a. inside flap
I wanted a divider with just a few pockets

cut floor wipe to a square roughly an inch shorter than each dimension of the binder
cut light weight fabric for fabric as big as flap + generous seam allowances
cut 2 pockets each twice as high as final height + seam allowance, fold in half

mark dividers with chalk pen and sew pocket and inner fabric to floor wipe
sandwich pockets in between both layers of inner fabric, with floor wipe on top
stitch around stabilisation - leaving side that will be connected to the middle open, turn around.

b. left outer side

cut stabilisation to same size as binder flap
cut inner fabric to size of binder flap + 1/2 binder back plus very generous sewing allowance - better to cut it away at later point

- pocket - for small stuff like needles an threader
I didn't want any raw edges to be seen, that's why I did everything in double layer.

sew one flap (the smaller part would have been easier Smiley ) to the zipper, right side of fabrid inside

turn around

repeat with other side

cut pocket to desired length

fold fabric around open sides, stitch closed

place pocket on fabric and stabilisation, pin and stitch

loops for pens

place post it below the pens you want to use - mark distances
take elastic and put on markings for slightly stretched distances across pens
I did have pens of different widths - thus the varying marks

align marking on elastic with marking on post-it and sew in place stitching multiple times for and backward (just flap under beginning and ending of elastic)

pockets for copy wheel and rotary cutter

measure across tools, holding measurement tape down where pockets will be sewn to inner fabric
measure from top of pocket to bottom across tools
cut fabric for pocket - twice as high + seam allowance, and width + seam allowance, fold in half
cut elastic about an inch shorter than width - zig zag to one layer at the middle, close side seams, leave bottom open
turn pocket over, stitch below elastic on top
mark dividing line on pocket

fold bottom of pocket, so that the final width measures as much as the distance below the tools.

pin to flap and stitch in place

c. right flap
scissors, pins and needle cushion

cut stabilisation to same size as binder flap
cut inner fabric to size of binder flap  + 1/2 binder back plus very generous sewing allowance - better to cut it away at later point

mark where the elastic to hold the scissors and pins will go
sew on elastic, folding edges under, stitching each seam multiple times

make a single pocket for the pin cushion as the pockets for rotary cutter and tracing wheel

d. putting it all together

mark sewing line on flaps: using edge of stabilisation as guide add 1/2 width of back of binder + 1/4 in (marge to stitch in between all those layers later)
sandwich flap in between sides, sew together

cut another part of stabilisation as big as back of binder

cut back seam allowances of inner fabric to about 1/2 in

cut outer fabric to same size as inner fabric

close on three sides, leaving bottom open, stitching at 1/4 in distance to stabilisation (marge needed to stitch on the zipper)

iron seam allowance inside on forth side

turn inside out,

top stitch folds in between outer sides and back
slide in binder pieces and close with ladder stitch or stitch closed very near the edge

e. put in zipper

startin at dividing seam (see pin) stitch zipper to fabric very close to the edge, leave about 3 inches of free curls

if possible use a edge(blind-hem)-foot for an even distance

at corners, leave needle in fabric and turn 90

put in zipper piece

cut out plastic curls for about 1/2 in on one side, slide in other side first, than put in the side without curls
zip up and check whether everything is aligned, otherwise unzip and try again

when you are happy, sew closed end of zipper together

cut a little rectangle of fabric - a little wider than the zipper plus seam allowance, twice as long, fold in half

sew sides closed an turn inside out, fold raw edges inside

put on zipper and top stitch all around


fill your sewing kit and be happy

credits: I did get the original idea seeing the IKEA sewing kit, and I adapted parts of Schnabelina's tutorial for a pen etui - she does have wonderful sewing tutorials and patterns on her blog (in German)


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