Hello and welcome to Second Skin Blog! If you want to make your own clothes, shoes and accessories you are at the right place.
I started to make my own clothes more than 10 years ago out of a longing for a handmade, not mass-produced wardrobe.
I didn’t want to settle for what was available anymore or bump into someone who wore the same dress as I. Creating my second skin has become my passion.
This passion has led me to explore and practice many crafts, learning something new all the time.
I write about
- hand printing
- shoe making
- leather crafts
- jewellery making
- and whatever new things I discover
Find below my most popular posts for the categories I’m writing about. Clicking on the photos will open the posts.
Making your own clothes is so much fun, here are posts about embroidery, recycling fabric scraps and hand printing that might inspire you.
On Making Shoes
Discover the little-known craft of shoe making! Making your own sandals is a great way to start with shoe making. They are easy to make, once you know the basic techniques. I wrote an e-book on sandal making, in it you’ll find everything you need to know to become the maker of beautiful sandals.
On Making Accessories
Find tutorials and tips here on how to make leather bracelets, wallets, belts and a bag out of cardboard.
For me, there is no yarn more beautiful than handspun yarn. The items you can create with it are totally unique and don’t look like something you see everyday. Find below a handspun crochet hat pattern, and a tutorial on how to hand paint wool tops/yarns.