Category Archives: Covers

Indian silk, notebooks and poppies


The other week my husband should have gone to India for work, but because he hurt his back he had to stay at home. Of course I had asked him to look for some gorgeous indian fabrics, maybe sarees. And he passed this question on to his colleagues. So this is what I got:

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Beautiful silk fabric in wonderful colors. Both pieces are about 6 meters long, so that really is a lot of fabric. I’m going to look at both of them for a long time, before I’ll decide what to do with them.
Naturally I wanted to thank both ladies who took the effort to pick these. And of course there had to be a link to India.So I made these two notebooks with an embroidered design on the front which was inspired by Mehndi, one with a lotus and the other with a peacock.




Since a couple of years I have been making these flower scarves, usually with tulips, bluebells, oxeye daisies, or with roses. Now someone asked me to make a scarf with lots of red flowers, including poppies. I never made poppies before, so I had to find a pattern. But there wasn’t a pattern I liked for a poppy with a stem, neccessary for a scarf like the ones I make. So I made my own.



The poppy is crocheted with a limegreen center, it has red petals with a few black stripes. The stem is also limegreen. 



The lady who ordered it was very happy with the scarf, and actually, so am I. So I guess I’ll be making more scarves with poppies; not yet sure in combination with which flowers.

Groetjes, Dorien

For a boy with a hammer



Time flies; not only has it been a long time since the last post on this little blog, but it seems such a short time ago that my sons were born. And now I made this notebook for one of them, for quit a special occasion. As of this week, he will be the chairman of his tennis club. Barely 19 years old, he takes on this responsibility.  He’s looking forward to this a lot and because this mom uses every reason possible to give presents, I made him this.

Since a couple of months I’m the proud owner of new embroidery software.


Absolutely awesome, but it has so many features and possibilities, it needs a lot of study and practise to use it well. So that is exactly what I did for this cover. I found this phrase which I wanted to use and started playing with the words. Different fonts and sizes until I was satisfied, added a hammer and of course a couple of tennis rackets. Et voila:


A book, some bookbinding glue and the embroidered fabric, a little magic and the book was covered.


Groetjes, Dorien

Fancy a game?


First I want to thank you ladies for your comments on my previous post. It had been such a long time, and then to see ‘familiar faces’ again, is heartwarming.

It has been a while, but finally I have something new to show you.

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The pillow cover I was working on is finished. It is not first time I made a ‘scrabble’ pillow, (you can find the other one here ). And because of all the nice comments on it, I decided to give it another try, but this time for the shop.

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I found a beautiful linen fabric which gives the pillow a more natural look, and I made it square (18×18 inch), so a little bit smaller. And of course, this time all the tiles are in English.

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On the back a simple closure with buttons.
It was so nice to be back at the sewing machine.

Groetjes, Dorien

A Bag and 2 Doppers

For my new camera I got a new bag. That way it is a lot easier to take the camera with me, for example the next few weeks on holiday.

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But, do you see my problem? I really like to carry these 2 bottles with me. I’ve seen it is going to be over 30 degrees Celsius, so lots of water is needed. But these bottles don’t fit into the bag, and there is no way to attach them to it.


Do you see the strap on the side of the bag? That is certainly useful.


I made 2 holders for the bottles, with strips with velcro. So now I can carry a bottle on either side of the bag.


Perfect for the next couple of weeks! It is now after midnight, there is still a pile of laundry waiting for me to iron, there is some cleaning to be done and I have to pack. But then, tomorrow morning we are going to Italy. Ciao!!

Groetjes, Dorien

Gift for Son #2

Hello! How was your weekend? We had a wonderful time. On Friday evening we celebrated ‘Sinterklaas’, with lots of laughs and a lot of presents. Everyone has been spoiled with the most wonderful gifts.

The bag for his tripod I showed last Friday, was appreciated very much by my son. For son #2 I made something completely different. He has a kind of daybed in his room, where he spends a lot of time, either gaming or reading, or just lying there, with all his pillows around him. And he doesn’t only like computer games, but also old-fashioned board games. So how about a game of Scrabble?

Lots of tiles and of course a board:

Made into a pillow!


The ‘tiles’ were stitched onto the ‘board’.

Maybe it seems odd that the letter- and word worth tiles are in Dutch, and the words put on the ‘board’ are in English, but that is how we play the game lately; for practicing English vocabulary, it is a great game to play and we both find it very hard to do.


The words used are either describing my son, or encouring words we all need to hear sometimes.

Son was very happy with his pillow, the only thing he would have liked more, was if the tiles weren’t stitched on, so that he could actually play Scrabble!

Groetjes, Dorien

A new Bench for the Kitchen

Hello, how nice of you to stop by. The sun is shining abundantly, so I thought it would be best to make this post now, still quite early in the morning, and then try to go outside as much as possible today. There is a lot of work to do in the garden, so I won’t be bored.

Remember the fabrics I showed last week?


The renovation of our kitchen is almost completed and one of the new items is this lovely bench. Of course I had to make pillows for it.


One side has a very bright floral pattern, the other side a more subtle light blue pattern with small roses. 


In between a stripy fabric with colours of both sides.

It was the first time ever, for me to make a piping. But I’m very happy with the result. Not  too difficult, but it does need concentration.


And one last picture with the table on its usual place:


Groetjes, Dorien

A Rainbow for Fleur

Hi there! I hope you are enjoying a great weekend?

This week I took out my box with scraps. I’ve mentioned before how Fleur likes to move around with her pillow, and you probably can imagine what this means for the cover. All the scratching with her nails ruins the fabric, so I really needed to make a new one.

I started by sewing scraps together on the short sides, and changing the colours very slowly.

Then, starting in the middle, I sewed these strips counter clockwise, going on and  on like a spiral.

Going on in rainbow colours:

As you can see it is not as neat and straight as it probably would have been when only using one kind of fabric. But with quilting this was pretty much solved.

So after adding a back and sides, Fleur has a new pillow cover:


Groetjes, Dorien


Hello, nice of you to stop by. Today I have something completely out of style for me. It is a strange thing, how inspiration works. Usually I use bright, bold colours, but this time I didn’t. I guess it has something to do with the cold outside. It’s freezing, and somehow this made me use what I call ‘frozen colours’. I mean, colours which aren’t bright, but very soft, like pastel.


This is the palette I used. Very soft, but still warm colours.


I had some old clothes hangers, waiting to be covered.


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After a long time of mostly knitting, I’ve been sewing again this week. Maybe you remember the E-book cover I made for my husband? That was so much fun to make, that I thought it would be nice to make more of them, but then for the shop.

Again, I used only scraps, but now only cotton.

So this is what I started with:


The fun of this project is that you only use straight lines, and other than that measurements don’t really matter. Even the smallest scraps can be put into use.


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But to make only one…;..

Of course not! I had another box with scraps, so:


This time with blue shades.

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Groetjes, Dorien

Scrappy Strips


Today we woke up in a white world. The first snow of this season has fallen, and on the radio we hear only Christmas songs, so this certainly gives me a real ‘December’ feeling. It makes me want to drink hot chocolate and eat nice, big waffles. Maybe I’ll make them one of these days. I’ve got this wonderful recipe that belonged to my grandmother, and the challenge is always not to eat too much of the dough!

Maybe I’ve mentioned this before, but a few years ago, I received a large box with strips of fabric, from my neighbor.


This way it doesn’t look as that much, but after I put them all on the table it looks like this:


I’ve used them before to make a piano stool cover and of course for a pillow for Fleur.

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Ever since the box has been standing upstairs, because the strips are so small, I often don’t know what to do with them. They are of all kinds of fabrics, thick, thin, cotton, velvet, wool, etc..

Now I had the perfect idea!


I sewed strips together to long strips, and cut them at different widths and lengths. Together with strips of the background fabric it gives me the idea of a book shelf, and that was exactly what I was looking for.

My husband is not so fond anymore, of all the books in our house. And he is right: they are taking over the house!. So  he wants to have an E-reader. But that calls for a cover, doesn’t it? So that is what I made.

Next to the first book I made a little embroidery.


This panel was folded into three, and with a binding of dark brown fabric it became a soft cover:


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Groetjes, Dorien