what should I do for beginner tutorials?


so when I thought about this weeks beginner tutorial I got stuck. I just did not know what I should do, so I wanted to ask for your opinions.

Do you want tutorials for simple projects, with mostly straight seams, so you have something to show?

Do you want tutorials for simple projects with also some more difficult seams?

Do you want tutorials for parts of projects, like: how to do french seams/bias binding/inserting a zipper/add pockets/and others like this?

Do you want other tutorials?

Please vote in the poll below and also leave a comment, with a wishes/ideas for special tutorials. What did you always wanted to know how to do?

You can vote for more then just 1, if you would like 2 versions best, or even all three, you are also very welcome to write down any other possibility that I did not think of.

Thank you all in advance for your opinions!

keep sewing snd smiling

your TailorFairy

whats on my knitting needles and crochet hook 15-08-24

I did not get much needle/hook work done last week, but I wanted to show you the finished baby booties I made based on a pattern by HookNYarn. The mother-to-be seemed to like them when I gave them to her. I sometimes think giving other people gifts they like is so much more fun then to get presents yourself. ;)

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well and I have been working on another idea the last weeks, giving you a sneak at my crochet-jewellery ;) psst… its still a secret ;)


how to sew… the jacket #106 of burda 8/15: sewing2

IMG_0857 IMG_0855Heyhey,

I survived my exams, but I will not know if I passed it for some weeks, so lets hope for the best.

You can re-read about pattern, cutting and sewing1 of this project so you know what I did to get to this next steps:

DSCF7689 next I pinned the centre back seam and the shoulder parts to the back parts Read the rest of this entry

organizing sewing supplies: sewing needles


my first exam of my master craftsman of tailoring is tomorrow, so send me some luck! ;)

DSCF7734 This is the box I keep my sewing needles organized in Read the rest of this entry

how to sew… a tote-bag part2 *quick/easy*


here is the 2nd part for the tote-bag tutorial, you can re-read the first part here.

DSCF7699 so after finishing the bag last week I needed to make my straps, so I took the length of strap I wanted (58cm) plus 2 times the seam allowance at the top (2 x 4cm). So I cut straps 66cm long. I picked 58 cm length, because its long enough to get comfortable over the shoulder, but still short enough to carry it in the hand… or at least thats what I think ;) Read the rest of this entry

whats on my knitting needles and crochet hook 15-08-18

Saturday I have my first exam for my master craftsman of tailoring, so you will notice I did not get much crocheting done… the little things will be little baby booties… at least I hope so ;) so I can give them to the soon-to-be-mother this weekend.


how to sew… the jacket #106 of burda 8/15: sewing1

IMG_0857 IMG_0855Heyhey,

thank you for your votes what look I should go for. I started sewing this week and here are the first seams I closed. You can re-read the steps before here: pattern and cutting.

DSCF7665I started with pinning the darts in the back parts Read the rest of this entry

how to sew… a tote-bag part1 *quick/easy*


weather is unusually hot for Germany so everything is going a little slower at the moment ;) nonetheless here finally this weeks quick and easy project suitable for beginners. This project includes some more seams then the cowls, so it will need some more time, do not get discouraged. The time will pay off in a nice tote-bag no one else has.

What you need:

DSCF7638 I started by drawing the final size I want my tote to have on a paper, with some free space around it (mine is 30cm x 30cm (12x12inch)) (blue lines) Read the rest of this entry

for which pattern would you like a tutorial? burda 9/15


so this week my blogging schedule got a little mixed up, the latest issue of burda style magazine got to the stores yesterday, so I will talk about the patterns today and let you vote. This weeks *quick and easy*-tutorial will be “how to sew a tote” and will be uploaded tomorrow, so stay tuned!

This burda has lots of nice patterns I would love to make, but sadly they all require quite some meters of fabric. Since money is tight at the moment, I have to make it work with the fabric I still have. So this month the winning tutorial probably will include some pattern alteration so I will be able to use some fabric I still have.

Well this are the patterns I picked (all pictures belong to burda style): Read the rest of this entry

whats on my knitting needles and crochet hook 15-08-10

starts looking like a skirt ;)


how to sew… the jacket #106 of burda 8/15: cutting


as promised yesterday the next steps for the jacket #106 burda 8/15. You can check back on the pattern here. By the way thanks for the vote, the clear winner was turquoise with some print parts. At the end of this post you can design this jacket again and help me pick the better look!

DSCF7632I placed all required parts on the print fabric, shoulder parts, pocket and sleeve-button-facing, and I also placed the centre front part on there, because it is the same as the facing I will need this part cut twice Read the rest of this entry

happy birthday to me!


so another year has passed and I am not sure how I feel about that. It definitely was not an easy year for me and I only can hope the next will be better.

Nonetheless I am glad I found my way back to blogging more regularly and hope I will get around to making videos of my tutorials again. (I am still struggling to fit that into my schedule.) I hope my tutorials are interesting and helpful for you and that if you have a wish or idea for a tutorial you will let me know. I always like your wishes and ideas, they make the best tutorials and sometimes the most fun projects! So do not be shy, just say something and probably lots of people reading it, thinking finally someone made a tutorial for this. I would probably never have that idea, since I am sewing clothes for 16 years now and probably forget some of my troubles that I used to have. Or maybe its something I never made before and I will learn something new, too. :)  

Because money is really tight at the moment and I wish to keep the blogging up, what I need fabrics for, I would highly appreciate it, if you could send me 1$/€ or whatever currency you have via paypal donate as a birthday gift, so I can buy new fabrics for the next tutorials. 

I am wishing you all a wonderful weekend, the next steps of jacket #106 burda 8/15 will be online tomorrow and you can design with me and vote, which look I should go for. So stay tuned! :)

keep sewing and smiling

your TailorFairy


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