How to make a 4 year old happy

Most of the sewing I do for the children it is done for Lynn because it is easy to make a quick skirt or little bag etc. to make a girl happy!

But poor boy really wanted something for himself to be sewn too and he sure new what he needed!


of course

So I spent 2 cups of coffee searching the internet to find a logo to print out- with no luck but I found this instruction to draw it myself.

And then I started the making and I would like to share it here with you as my first


What you will need:

-Sewing machine and thread
-Measuring tape
-Black felt
-Steam-a-Seam or equal
-Felt pen
-Computer,Internet ;)
-Button or Velcro
-A piece of fabric
Min. about 100cm with and at least 70cm long for a small 4 year old.

( you will have to adjust this measurements depending on the size of your super hero....So you need
-a model too)

Start with
hemming the sides of the fabric.
Me as a bit lazy, just zigzagged all the way round..

Then copy your artwork on to the Steam-a Seam paper which then, iron on a piece of black felt.
D0n`t do it like me ; iron a corner of the paper on to your ironing board unless you want to change your board cover anyway..;)!

After this, cut out the Batman sign and iron it on to the fabric in the upper half of the fabric piece.

Then you have to gather the top end of the fabric. The smaller your heroes neck is, the more you have to gather until you have the desired width.

It should look something like this now...

Using the rest of the felt cut a piece of 5 cm in width to make the binding for the collar.
The length will, again, depend on the size of your model + 10-15 cm for the closure strip.

Now fold the strip in half lenghthwise press well and "sandwich" the gathering with it leaving the surplus overhang on one side. Pin well in place and sew it on.

For the closure I used self adhesive Velcro dots.

At the end, for security reasons during the flights I attached some handles made out of thin felt strips sewed on to the sides of the cape!

Now we have a happy little youngster who is ready for new adventures and for take off !!

Don`t forget to warn your pets and neighbour and perhaps store away your beloved vases and chinaware but then have fun with your boy!!


My precious

It`s good to have some precious quick and easy recipes on hand for those mornings when all your plans end up in chaos and at 11h45 you are thinking about what the.... you could whip up for lunch now!


..take a piece of Gorgonzola cheese, put it in a sauce pan and ad 2-3 tablespoons of white wine.

On low heat leave the cheese melting to become a perfect creamy sauce.


you cook your pasta until al dente,


pour the sauce over the pasta and serve


Of course, with some black pepper sparkled over it.

And as we all know we need some green stuff too. ..

(or in this case its orange...)

Here we go:

( kmhm, kmh this should be done before the whole pasta and sauce cooking...)

great some carrots,
add corn kernels
and a hand full of chopped nuts.

For the sauce:

Mix the juice of one orange with cream or vegetable oil ( NO olive oil in this case)

Add a pinch of salt AND sugar.

Mix well.


For the dessert,
indulge yourself with some precious fabric you found in your mail box.

This is AVA ROSE by TANYA WHELAN for Free Spirit. I ordered for my Quilting Bee month.


P.S.: Yes I do love my mail box at the moment ;)


For sunny days

My daughter asked me to make a skirt

with ruffles.

She did not have to insist.

The fabric is Ginger Blossom from Sandi Henderson for Michael Miller. A lovely collection, perfect for sewing summer things :)

It is nice to see when things you create are well appreciated!


Today I made some lucky finds

First thing in the morning on a stroll trough the garden I discovered them,


At last!


on the way to the weekly farmers market in town I stopped at "my" thrift store and spotted some napkins with the most gorgeous appliqued flowers.
( And of course had to make them MINE! )

And then,

back home I found something in the mail box!

Happy making fabric goodness..

...that I ordered from Spoonflower a while ago.

The design is by Kajsa @ SYKO

Make yourself comfortable with a nice cup of whatever you like when visiting her blog and forget about the plans you had...

I`m completely smitten with those apples and I think I will wait a long time before cutting in these sweeties!
( ... did have some plans tough...)

Enjoy your day


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