Easy and fast diy mittens!


It’s getting cold even here in sunny Alicante and I need mittens!

There can’t be easier way to do mittens than this.
1) Draw a pattern around you hand.
2) Cut 4 pieces using the pattern out of nice warm, soft knit material
3) Saw the pieces together, turn around and use!

If you need to add warmth do double layered mittens!

This is also a great way to reuse old knitwear that’s gone unwearable. Out of one old sweater you can easily do a pair of mittens and a beanie! 🙂



Paprika by Maija Isola


Maija Isola’s Paprika was designed 1965.

Maija Isola has designed more than 500 print patterns during her life. Only few did not qualify for Marimekko’s production. Earlier versions of the Design Museum archives have been found in the early 2000’s.

It’s amazing how these old prints from the 1950’s and 1960’s still look fresh and cool.


Petrooli by Annika Rimala


Petrooli was designed 1963 by Finnish designer Annika Rimala.

According to finnstyle.com website “Annika Rimala was a driven Marimekko designer who used cheerful patterns and liberating shapes to define her fashion sensibilities. A student of graphic arts at the Institute of Industrial Arts of in Helsinki, she was encouraged to work at Marimekko by the keen eye of her neighbor. Her first job at Marimekko was in the children’s department in 1959 but within one year, her focused attitude led her to a design position in the factory. Eventually Rimala became Marimekko’s chief fashion designer and her innovative ideas led to her reign the design department for over 20 years from 1960 to 1982.

From the very start, Rimala’s fabrics were met with great success and by 1962 she had gained international success when her designs appeared in Look and Life magazines. In the beginning, Rimala’s prints were small-patterned and reserved but as her popularity grew so did the scale of her prints. Brimming with bold colors and large imagery inspired by the era’s youth culture, Rimala began to blossom as a designer. Continuing to gain popularity, Rimala’s work was featured in more magazines such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazar and Elle.

The creator of many famous prints such as Petrooli, Pallo and most importantly the Tasaraita stripe stretch cotton, her ability to think beyond gender, size and age allowed her to appeal to the masses while retaining stylish know-how.”


Mixing Marimekko fabrics


I got bored with couple of my old Marimekko dresses I had made myself. The old dresses were all made out of the same fabrics.

So I cut the hem off and added a new hem and got some more colorful dresses out of the old ones.

Marimekko is so much about the bold and colorful fabric patterns and fantastic design. But i wanted to add my own mix into it.

The only fabric that is not Marimekko is the checkered top on top left. All the rest are bought from Marimekko. With that brown checkered I combined with Gerda by Reeta Ek.

On top right we have Unikko top combined with Isot Kivet. Both designed by iconic Maija Isola in 1950’s and 1960’s.

Bottom left I have Petrooli by Annika Rimala and added a new hem with Juhlaraita by Fujiwo Ishimoto.

Bottom right I have green leftover material bought from Marimekko factory (it has color error from printing if you look closely) and added an unknown (for me) Marimekko fabric. If anyone knows this print I’d very much appreciate getting the info.Not even Google image find could work out it’s origin.  But my mother-in-law swears she bought it from Marimekko. So far I have no reason to doubt her.

Himmeli – traditional Finnish Christmas ornament


Himmeli is usually an ornamental piece made of straws (I used drinking straws). The name Himmeli comes from the word himmel (the sky) of the Germanic languages.

“The basic elements of Himmeli are the pyramid and the octahedron, that is, the eight-sided deciduous. The simplest Himmeli consists of one large base pattern and six smaller shapes attached to it. The motors are generally rotational symmetric and are hung from their top point on thin sewing thread on the ceiling. Today, the Himmeli is usually seen at Christmas time, but before that it was considered a good luck to harvest. In addition, before it was believed that the size was effective: the harvest was better with the larger Himmeli.” (from wikipedia)

I added some pearls and bells to make mine more festive. But I wanted something very simple for my house. Also mine are outside, so I did not want to do anything that would make me cry if the wind would tear it apart. So this is a safe option to try how it stands the weather. We don’t get much rain here in Alicante, Spain, but we do get stormy winds that could affect badly.

Never the less I’m very pleased how the Himmelis look both the the blinds down and up. I hope the neighbors like them too. 🙂

Old dress transformed


I had a dress I had made of vintage Marimekko fabric some years ago. I have worn that so much, but lately I noticed that I didn’t want to wear it anymore. I always skipped it when choosing an outfit.

I wanted to keep the fabric, so I transformed the dress into a skirt and an updated dress that I actually now want to wear all the time.

The fabric that I added to the old top of the dress is an old Zara sheet material. That mix is not the most predictable mix, but somehow it works.

I have two other vintage dresses made of Marimekko fabrics that I don’t use anymore and I want to update. Those are pink/red patterns, which make a bit of a challenge to find a cool fabric to add. I’d like to find a nice multicolor pattern to mix and not have to use plain fabric.

Making use of leftover pieces


When sewing a lot I get lots of little pieces of good quality material that I do not want to throw away. So at times I try to make some use of those pieces. Quilting is naturally is nice and creative way to get those pieces in use. I’ve done few quilting jobs and will definitely do some more in the future. But this time I was looking for something fast and usable.

Pinterest was once again a great source of ideas. I saw how someone had made a doggy leash of our scrap materials and decided to make key chains the same way (in the middle).

On the left there’s 10 sunhats which don’t need big pieces to assemble. One round piece for the top. 2 small pieces for round the head and 4 rim pieces. You can easily add different fabrics to make cool sunhats.


The squares are coasters. I like having something underneath my glass, so I make different kinds of coasters to also to distinguish which glass is mine. Unique coasters also make a nice addition for parties and dinners.

More inner tube jewelry


I’ve been getting to know the inner tube for three days now. This is some of the stuff what I’ve managed to do. I’ve had so much fun. Now I need more material. One tire just does not go a long way.

Recycling broken inner tubes from bicycles


My husband is a cyclist and goes through some amounts of inner tubes on his rides. Few days ago he came home and threw an inner tube to our garbage bin. I started to think if there was a way to use the very durable material.

I cut the tube from one side and washed it with ordinary hand soap.

I tried sewing a bit. That was really difficult. I need to train that more when get more material. I would love to make bags out of the rubber. I think the bags would look so cool with the black rubber material. But I only have one tube, so that’s not even close enough material wise.

So cutting seemed to be easier. I need to make a trip to the store to find all sorts of lockets and small rings for attaching. I’m really excited about the material. I was using some of these pieces on a dinner party yesterday and I think they look very good.

I can’t wait to learn more about working with the inner tubes!