Category Archives: Sewing

Joulupuu Charity

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Image via awkwardfamilyphotos.com/

Christmas is coming, isn’t it nice? (Although I prefer the Finnish word joulu because it reminds me of the pagan roots of the celebration). The season of giving and over-eating. The best! Have you already started your Christmas-crafting and present buying? Or are you finished already? Either case, I’m here to get your attention to Joulupuu…

Joulupuu is a charity for getting Christmas gifts to those most vulnerable in our society; the kids in the social care system. It’s organized by the Junior Chamber of Commerce and it’s a national event.

joulupuu-logo-pieni-2012

How it works then? Joulupuu has published a list of most wished/preferred gifts on their website. The gifts are then collected between certain dates in one location. In Helsinki that’s Forum Shopping Centre. I’ve also seen Christmas trees with hanging tags where child has written themself what they’d like to get.

Now to the best part…Handmade gifts are cool too! I did the work for you and here are some ideas (picked from the official list) you could make yourself.

Girls/Boys Ages 0-1: Clothes sized 80cm, soft toys
Boys Ages 2-4: Clothes 86-92cm for 2-year olds, 104-114cm for 3 to 4 year olds
Girls Ages 2-4: Clothes 86-92cm to 104-114cm, play food, dolls and their accessories, Hello Kitty, Littlest Pet Shop and My Little Pony-themed things
Boys Ages 5-7: Role playing outfits. Good themes: Pokemon, Spiderman, Turtles. All kinds of superheroes would do well here.
Girls Ages 5-7: Dolls and doll accessories, role playing costumes, Hello Kitty, Littlest Pet Shop and My Little Pony-themed things, jewellery
Boys Ages 8-10: Sports related items, wool socks,
Girls Ages 8-10: Jewellery, wool socks
Boys Ages 11-18: Toiletry bags, sports related items; knitted socks, hats, mittens, scarves
Girls Ages 11-18: Make-up bags, jewellery, bags; knitted socks, hats, mittens, scarves

I’ve seen wishes for bedding sets too. Pillowcases and duvet covers. I would think that for especially older kids anything for building a home would be appreciated. Couple of cool cushions, bedspreads etc. I wouldn’t buy random mugs but for example that starter dinner set at IKEA would be quite bitchin’ and pots and pans would be quite alright too. And this leads to…

I spoke with the organizer Jeni Suhonen and she said that especially teenagers need gifts. Everyone wants to buy presents for babies and young children and teenagers get completely forgotten! Not cool, peeps. The full teenager wishlist include: music, makeup, gift cards to popular clothing stores like Stadium, H&M, Gina Tricot, sports equipment, clothes, books, perfumes and scents. You know, stuff that normal teenager would like.

The full list in Finnish is HERE. The list of all Junior Chamber joining is HERE.

-Thrifty Finn-

 

 

Today’s Good Homo News

tom of finland, finlayson, design

Image via out.com

All is not bad in Finland. Even though gays over here can’t get married, they can sleep in their very own sheets! Wow! Finnish homewear manufacturer Finlayson teamed up with the Tom of Finland  Foundation to produce a line of sheets, towels and whatnot.

out magazine, tom of finland, finlayson

Via out.com

Admittedly these are very cool. You can buy yours from HERE and if bedsheets aren’t your thing, there are items for kitchen coming out too! Hopefully all the products stays in production for long time. That would solve my Christmas giving problems for years to come!

Well done, Finlayson, well done indeed.

-Thrifty Finn-

P.S. You can read about the line in English HERE. In Finnish HERE, HERE and HERE.

 

Trip Down the Crafty Memory Lane

Yesterday, I logged on Craftster after many, many years. I was sad to see that it wasn’t as active as it used to be. For example, my project post from yesterday is still on the 4th page on the latest projects.

It was nice to see all kinds of crafts again though. I’ve been in a sewing and paper craft bubble so long that I forgot what kinds of things are out there but what I got the biggest kick out of was my own old posts. From a time before I had this blog!

These are just some of my work. Most of them were for swaps. I had really hard time with sending away the owls and the Christmas calendar. They were so cute and pretty! The little owls are actually for tossing! I filled them with lentils and if my memory serves correctly, I sent them either to UK or Australia. Good times.

Do you still swap? I haven’t swapped for years as I couldn’t keep up with the commitments but would it be the time to start again? Well, not now, just before Christmas when there are presents to make but after that? Please, share your thoughts and swap memories, they are always fun to read.

-Thrifty Finn-

Inspiration: Finnish Sewing Blogs

Did you know Ottobre, the sewing magazine, is based in Rovaniemi, Lapland? My precious hometown? Well, you do now :D The bigger Ottobre has gotten,  the more and more people in Finland have taken to sewing and blogging. Which is great as crafting and hand-making make peeps happier and helps to live longer. Yay!

I thought you would like to have a look some cool Finnish blogs that focus on sewing for kids. They are written in Finnish but you don’t need to understand the text to get inspired by the amazing creations.

villa ja villa, crafty blog, Finnish

Villa & Villa is written by two women and has all kinds of sewing posts. Kid’s wear, women’s fashion, purses etc. My favourite is the T-shirt made of Roberto Cavalli- end of bolt jersey.

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Made by Ulma, Finnish sewing blog

Made by Ulma does all kinds of crafts but her best work are the clothes she makes for her little toddler boy. What I have gathered from sewing blogs all over the world, inspiration (and fabrics) for little boys are hard to find. Well, here you will find it:

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Tilkunpaikka, Finnish sewing blog

Tilkunpaikka has a style that I would call graphic feminine.  She sews mainly little girl clothes but there are some stuff for adults too. The best part of the clothes she does are the pattern combos.

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Mutturalla, Finnish sewing blogMutturalla- blogger is a mother of five. FIVE! She also works fulltime and finds time to sew. Let’s all feel like a total under-achiever for a moment. Oh and she’s gorgeous too. How annoying. When it comes to her sewing, I’m a huge fan of her detailing and general taste level. Very good indeed.

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nuutikki, finnish sewing blog, craft, DIY Nuutikki sews for her kids and makes cool things for her home too. Her style is similar to Tilkunpaikka, very graphic and romantic although she makes little boy’s clothes too. My favourite part is the variety she shows on her blog.

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There are tons of more blogs to explore and these 5 represent just a small part of the sewing community in Finland. The explosion of sewing has been helped by the rise of indie-fabric manufacturers/shops. There is sometimes quite fierce competition on FB-fabric groups for some of the rarer prints :D I might have to make a post about them soon too.

-Thrifty Finn-

 

Little Presents

Remember the card, Fly The World, I made few weeks ago? Of course you do. Being my huge fan and everything. Well, card wasn’t all I gave, I made a present too! With my freakishly tiny, chubby hands.

vintage gift, present, graduation

I love that paper. It’s vintage shelf paper (is that a thing in English?), I found couple of years ago full roll of. FULL ROLL! A fantastic find, people. Fantastic.

vintage pillowcases, retro

I had better picture of the actual gift but seems that I deleted it by accident. My cousin moved back in with her parents to save money for her studies and now she’s looking for an apartment. I made two pillowcases for her from one of my most prized vintage sheeting. Only reason I was able to sacrifice it, is the fact I have three of them. Anyhoo, Maija really digged the colour so I’m happy too.

THEN another gift I made…Last January, a finnish foodie blogger Hellapoliisi asked on Twitter if someone would like to get some free food from her latest book photoshoot. You know me. I like free stuff and scored two cheesecakes and few other things for my sister’s birthday. Now, couple of weeks ago I finally managed to return the dishes to her and also thank her personally, so I decided to make something for her too…

vintage paper, pink, pattern

First the wrapper…Again vintage shelf paper.  I chose the pink one because Hellapoliisi is all about the pink. You should see her kitchen/studio. It’s ah-MAZING!

hear pocket, apron, pink, black, alice in wonderland

First the detail…I made this double, semi-appliqued heart pocket using cotton poplin. The main fabric is japanese and I bought both from Eurokangas.

hellapoliisi, apron

It’s an apron and that’s Hellapoliisi! I know a bonafide famous person! And more importantly an incredible cook and a successful business owner. Who is super nice too! Maybe I should take few lessons from her :D

Funny story…I managed to drag my butt there because she advertised on Twitter that there will be some crafty supplies for sale. Did someone say crafty supplies and sale in the same sentence? Me be there. Anyhoo, when I got there, turns out the person selling those craft supplies was Maiju, THE Finnish authority on cardmaking. She is pushing blogging and crafting on the back burner and is going to focus more on teaching, so she was getting rid of bunch of her supplies, keeping only her favourites. I bought 3 of her stamps and then she kindly gave me one extra as a gift!

So basically I met two celebs at once. I’m amazed I didn’t geek it out that much. EVERYONE who does paper crafts in Finland knows Maiju.

-Thrifty Finn-

P.S. Hellapoliisi was so nice that she made a fresh smoothie! It was delicious.