Beginning of this year I published my first book. A super tick quilt book full of all paper piecing patterns that I ever designed. Now, half a year later I’m working on my second book. Together with Gerda from Studio Koekoek I’m writing a book about pixels.

Pixel patterns can be used in cross stitching (please do take a peek at the Studio Koekoek website) but of course also in quilting and crochet. In the book ‘Once upon a Pixel’ you’ll find a collection of pixel patterns in the once upon a time theme. Including many fun projects for a children’s room or nursery. It’ll be full of fairy tale figures, knights, princesses and castles.

The last months I’ve worked on making the quilts for the book. If you follow me on Instagram you’ve probably seen some sneak peeks of the projects. Also in my latest vlogs (YouTube – Sugaridoo) you can see some power quilting being done ;)


All test stitchers thank you thank you for all your hard work!


I can’t wait till it’s time to shoot the final product photo’s. Meanwhile we keep writing, stitching and quilting.


Would you like to be the first to place a pre order for the book? Then keep an eye out on the Sugaridoo Instagram and Facebook. With a week or 2 we will be ready to take the first pre-orders

The book will be released end of September 2017 on a craftfair in the Netherlands (Handwerkdagen in Rijswijk). On this same craft fait there will be an exposition of all the projects made for the book.

After the book release there will also be a digital version available as an e-book (in Dutch and in English) via our webshops.


Would you like to give foundation paper piecing a try? But you have no idea where to start? Then I have something for you! This blog post contains a free paper piecing pattern and a video tutorial where I will make this block with you. This is you chance to join the paper piecing fun. Whoop whoop!


Sugaridoo Sampler

This strawberry pattern is one of 38 paper piecing blocks from the Sugaridoo Sampler. I’m sharing it with you, so we can both work on the same pattern. That will make it easier for you to follow along with the tutorial.


Get the free pattern

Go download your own copy of the pattern:


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Yayy! Great, so you have a pattern. Go ahead and print it. Make sure your printer is set to 100% or true scale. This pattern will make you a 10 x 12.5 cm block.


What do you need for paper piecing

  • Cutting mat
  • Add-a-quarter ruler (or any other ruler is fine too)
  • Paper piecing paper
  • Pencil and ruler
  • Fabrics (Small scraps work perfect for paper piecing)
  • Paper scissors
  • Fabric scissors


Let’s get started

So, are you ready? Go ahead and click on the YouTube video below to start your paper piecing adventure!

Did you like making this pattern? It’s one from my first paper piecing book, called the Sugaridoo Sampler. You can read all about it over here! It’s available as a eBook in English and a hard copy book in Dutch.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask them! Just leave a message in the comment below, or in the comments below the YouTube video.

Happy quilting!

Hi there!

This is the second part of the cross stitch mini series! In the first part we discussed our materials so now we are ready to start cross stitching! If you missed the first post, please just check back via the links below. In this series the following topics will be discussed:

Part 1: Materials
Part 2: Cross stitches
Part 3: Following a pattern
Part 4: Back stitches

During this series we will work on a cute little ladybug. Just click on the image below to find the enlarged image of the pattern. I hope you follow along and enjoy your first steps in cross stitching.


Cross stitches
Lets thread our needles and get started! We will start by stitching the row of stitches marked in the picture below. These will be stitched in DMC cranberry pink (601). Each square in the pattern will be one cross stitch on your fabric. The little arrows in the green spots mark the center of the pattern.


This ladybug pattern is a small design, so we will count from the center of the pattern to the stitch at the bottom right. That will be 19 squares to the right and 10 down from the center of the pattern (1). You don’t have to be very precise, just about 19 and 10 stitches will do. Bring your needle from the back to the front and leave a tail at the back of the fabric (2).


Now it is time for the first stitches! I learned to cross stitch in columns up and down. This is not the only way to cross stitch, it’s just one of the options. You can also stitch from left to right, right to left or down and up ;). The following schematic drawing shows how to make four cross stitches going up and down.


Now we’ll move to our ladybug. The place where your thread comes out of the fabric at the front is the bottom left of the first cross (3). We will first make eight half crosses in one row up (3-8).



And in the same way we will make eight stitches down (9-14). When you’ve done a few stitches you will see that it’s not that hard at all!



And there they are, you have made eight nice cross stitches!

Fasten off
Now we finished our first row we can fasten of the tail at the back. At the back of the fabric you will see horizontal stitches (15). To fasten of the tail just pull it underneath the stitches (16) and cut off the end (17).


There it is, your first row of cross stitches! In our next post we will finish all of the cross stitches of the ladybug.

Hope to see you there,

Hi there!

So nice that you are stopping by at this introduction to cross stitching. This week I like to share some basics about cross stitching, so we will have a small series on learning to cross stitch!

Already a cross stitch pro? Than this would be nothing new to you I think, just hop over to take your free pattern! ;)

The following topics will be discussed on the blog this week:

Part 1: Materials
Part 2: Cross stitches
Part 3: Following a pattern
Part 4: Back stitches

During this series we will work on a cute little ladybug. Just click on the image below to find the enlarged image of the pattern. I hope you follow along and enjoy your first steps in cross stitching.


So what will we need to start cross stitching?

  • To cross stitch this little lady bug we will need a piece of embroidery fabric. On aida 5.5 blocks/cm (14 count) the design will be about 7.2 x 7.2 cm (2.9x 2.9″). Make sure to take a larger piece of fabric, that will leave all options open to frame your work or use it in any crafty project.
  • Secondly we will need some yarn. For this project DMC was used in the colors black (310), cranberry pink (601) and dark mauve (3685). We will need about 1 m of black, 1 m of dark mauve and 2 m of cranberry pink.
  • And of course we will need a needle (with a blunt point)
  • and a little scissors.


Pulling a thread
Embroidery floss consists of six treads. Usually we will use two threads for cross stitches and one thread for back stitches. To pull one thread out of the floss, hold the strand between your thumb and finger (1). Take one thread and pull it all the way out (2-6). Just take one thread at the time, when you take two, the strand will tangle up.


Finding the center
Before we start we will find the center of the fabric by folding it. This way you your design will always end up in the center of the fabric. Just fold the fabric twice and you’ll have your center stitch. Most pattern will mark the center of the pattern with small arrows on the side.

When you start stitching you can start with the center stitch of the pattern, or you can count your way the the side of the pattern. I like to use this second options for small designs. With big designs I work my way out from the center.


We will start stitching the ladybug tomorrow! Yay :) Hope this was helpful so far. In the next posts we will make cross stitches, back stitches and learn to follow a pattern!

Have a lovely day,


Hi there!

Yes it is, cross stitching is so much fun! I rediscovered my love for stitching :) And I’m very happy I did! As a kid i used to cross stitch a lot, but haven’t done it much for the last 8 years or so. I still have a Pooh bear ABC lying around that need to be finished, so I’m working on that. And also, I found out a nice little program to design your own patterns, how awesome is that! (Okay this is not new of course, but to me it is haha)

I use KG-chart, a program which you can find here. You can try it for free and that purchase it if you like it. I like it, it’s simple easy to use and gives me all the tools to design things! There where some things I had troubel with, but found a solution for that. Let me give you some pro’s and con’s.



  • Simple program, not too much options to get lost.
  • Nice outputs, you can choose to print a black and white, of color pattern. And also with or without marks.
  • All the DMC colors are in the program, so you can pick the color numbers you like.
  • You can change the marks and colors after or while making the pattern. So it’s easy to change the color scheme for a design if you’d like.


  • You can’t output a PFD. However that can be solved by installing for example cutePDF, that will allow you to ‘print’ to an PDF file. Easy peasy
  • I think the ‘real view’ give a very creamy fabric background. I would prefer a white aida instead. But hey, you can’t always have everything right? ;)
  • You cannot open two files in the program to for example copy paste from one pattern to the other. This can be solve by running two instances of the program, work fine for me.
  • The program did happen to close sometime randomly, so just make sure to press the save button often ;)

This was one of the first little robots I designed with the program. A freebie for you! Please feel free to use and share it however you like. Just don’t sell it ;)

Free robot cross stitch pattern

You can find the rest for the robot family on my Etsy page over HERE.


Did you ever do cross stitching? Or design your own pattern? Would love to read about it!

Have a lovely day today!
Love, Irene


Yeah finally I turned my favorite monster in to a pattern! I’m in love with this funny guy. His happy face, his wiggly toes, just too cute not to cuddle him. He has found a new home in the mean time. I did start to miss him, so at the moment I’m working on a new Pinky just for myself :)

Sweet monster Pinky

Do you wanna make you own Pinky? You can find the pattern in my shops on Etsy and on Craftsy.

Pinky the o-so-friendly monster on Etsy

Pinky the o-so-friendly monster on Craftsy 

I would love to see your version of Pinky if you are going to make him!

Monster feet

Pinky wiggly toes


Those feet! Aren’t they the cutest? I love how they turned out. It’s always exiting to see a design on paper turn into a real crocheted toy!

When you are going to make Pinky and have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask. I’m happy to help along the way!


One more close up of his feet. Sewing everything together is actually my least favorite part of making a toy. Strange isn’t it? Only by putting it together you’ll get to cuddle your monster. But still sometimes all the part will lay around in the house a long time before I will finish it.

Pinky feet

Happy crocheting,
Love Irene






Summer is on the way! Lovely weather and all those beautiful colors outside. This cute caterpillar will fit right in don’t you think?In this blog post you’ll find a free pattern to crochet him yourself!


  • Light blue yarn (~18m)
  • Dark blue yarn (~18.5m)
  • Grey yarn (20m)
  • Pink yarn for the nose
  • Black yarn for the mouth
  • Safety eyes (4 or 5 mm)

Lets start!
Are you ready? Lets start crocheting.

Body, large balls
(Make 5: 2 in light blue, 2 in dark blue and 1 in grey)
R1: 6sc in a magic loop                                    (6)
R2: 6 x inc.                                                           (12)
R3: {1sc, 1 x inc.} x 6                                       (18)
R4: {2sc, 1 x inc.} x 6                                      (24)
R5-R8: 24sc
R9: {2sc, 1 x inc.} x 6                                       (18)
R10: {1v, 1 x min.} x 6                                     (12)

Fill up the ball.

R11: 6 x dec.                                                         (6)
Finish off and leave a tail to be able to sew the balls together later on.


(grey yarn)
R1: 6sc in a magic loop                                    (6)
R2: 6 x inc.                                                           (12)
R3: {1sc, 1 x inc.} x 6                                       (18)
R4: {2sc, 1 x inc.} x 6                                      (24)
R5-R8: 24sc
Place the safety eyes between R3 and R4 with about 3sc in between.
R9: {2sc, 1 x dec.} x 6                                      (18)
R10: {1sc, 1 x dec.} x 6                                    (12)
Fill up the head.
R11: 6 x dec.                                                        (6)
Finish off and leave a tail to sew the head to the body later on.

(Make 2 of these in light blue yarn)
R1: 4sc in a magic loop                                   (4)
R2-R3: 4sc
Fasten off and leave a tail to attach them to the head.

Tail, small ball
(grey yarn)
R1: 6sc in a magic loop                                   (6)
R2: 6 x inc.                                                          (12)
R3: {1sc, 1 x inc.} x 6                                      (18)
R4-R6: 18sc
R7: {1sc, 1 x dec.} x 6                                      (12)

Fill up the ball.

R8: 6 x dec.                                                          (6)
Fasten off leave a tail to attach the tail to the body later on.

Tail, mini ball
(Dark blue yarn)
R1: 6sc in a magic loop                                   (6)
R2: 6 x inc.                                                          (12)
R3-R4: 12sc
R5: 6 x dec.                                                          (6)
Fill up the ball, fasten off and leave a tail.


Putting the caterpillar together.
Sew the caterpillar together. First you attach the five balls of the body to each other.  Then you can sew on the balls for the tail. Then the head with the feelers.  Now stitch on a nose with the pink yarn and a sweet little mouth with the black yarn.


And you’re done! Wasn’t that fun? Go make another one in an other happy color!

Have fun crocheting!

Love Irene