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Guest Curator: A Cut Above the Rest With CUT Magazine

Mar 24, 2010

by anjacutmag handmade and vintage goods

CUT Magazine‘s tagline, “Leute machen Kleider,” means “People are making clothes,” and that’s what it’s all about. This independent German magazine is made for the young and wild DIY generation — especially for beginners in sewing. Every issue includes three patterns with illustrated, step by step instructions. CUT Magazine also highlights DIY ideas for interior design and, with each issue, one special theme. Past topics have included knitting, fabric dyeing, and DIY bike tuning. Every issue includes interviews with up-and-coming fashion and jewelry designers, gives wonderful suggestions for city trips, and presents creative fashion shoots, so even non-makers can join in the fun. Please welcome the ladies behind CUT Magazine for this special Euro Week edition of our Guest Curator series!

We are four girls with a special love for handcraft, design and fashion: Lucie, Anja, Marta and Miriam. Lucie and Anja started the magazine once they realized just how many others were passionate makers too.

Lucie and Anja: We think one reason that DIY became so popular is that many people have computer jobs and are not working with their hands anymore. Creating something by hand is relaxing and enjoyable. It is rewarding to do something proper with your time and with your own hands. The same could be said for cooking and gardening. With CUT, we are not looking for DIY trends. We are just doing and presenting. We don’t have a big philosophy — it’s just us having fun. And that’s what DIY is for — FUN! 

As a graphic designer and the art director of CUT, Lucie prefers DIY products such as illustrations, type art and paper work. For the second issue, she made a sewing machine out of paper in just two hours and created the whole cover by hand with paper. Anja studied fashion design and is responsible for the fashion and articles of CUT. She loves to sew and is especially interested in jewelry. Marta and Miriam are also graphic designers. The team couldn’t be happier about Miriam’s knitting skills and love her for her self-made hats. Marta’s favorites are photographs. She’s got a good eye for the perfect picture and color combinations.

Here are some of our Etsy picks…

Lady Ascot revisited gingham tilt hat

The retro look again — we like the little hat of MissMors. Her whole shop is really worth seeing. $48.


Making fresh jam from Stawberry 1/12 scale

ChristelJensen does the little dollhouse kitchen stuff. You could also make accessories out of her items. $25.


Sea Foam Minimal Cardigan

This year the oversize jackets continue to be popular over here. We love the colour and the material of leolucaescobar‘s cardigan. It looks really cozy. $41.


Indian Summer/ A set of small prints

The work of JKphotography makes you feel like it’s summer all the time. $20.


Paris Cards

Parisian cards from Norway. darlingclementine‘s illustrations are pure and powerful. $35.


l’ecureuil / the squirrel necklace

We love PetitesCuriosites‘ little animal necklaces — we just had something like this in our magazine. $49.


PATTERN – scorpion PDF

Crochet at its best — funny! Advanced beginners can do this poisonous pal with the pattern and description by mygurumi. $6.


Wall flower in porcelain

The flowers of PrinceDesignUK would perfectly complement a colorful wall. As a plus, convenient for those always on the run — these blossoms don’t need water. $28.


Decal – Glasses

Nerd glasses are the trend of the year. Why just wear them? Put them everywhere! You can also choose your favorite color at illuminantpale‘s shop. $2.50.


Camille Brooch

latenightdrawing is actually an illustrator, but her second passion is crochet — so she brings it together in this cute combination. $17.


Easter Egg Tags

If your Easter bunny needs a little help, damnfrenchdesserts can offer a hand. The graphic design and type made this irresistible for us. $6.


Seduction — Print 8 x 11 inches

Wonderful illustration for kids’ rooms. By HidenSeek, $18.70.


Patterned Cloud and Raindrops 1 – Original ink illustration by Natasha Newton

theblackbirdsings makes wonderful graphic cards. They are also nice on the wall, not just for sending to friends. $30.


SALMON brooch

Funniest brooches for every situation. tinytasty‘s are real yummy. $40.


Hand screenprinted Bird fabric piece 75cm x 75cm

We love the fabric printing and really nice handmade prints you can find in MajaBackstrom‘s shop. Birds — our summer hint. $35.


Bunny – Art sculpture 10 – OOAK

Easter is coming! If you thinks it’s too kitschy, the ArtMind bunny will change your mind. $75.
SALE Lady Ascot revisited gingham tilt hat
SALE Lady Ascot revisited gingham tilt hat
Sea Foam Minimal Cardigan
Sea Foam Minimal Cardigan
Vintage Knitting Pattern - Bestway A 1929 - Jumper with Neck Tie
Vintage Knitting Pattern - Bestway A 1929 - Jumper with Neck Tie
PATTERN - scorpion PDF
PATTERN - scorpion PDF
Indian Summer  - A set of small prints - Clearance sale
Indian Summer - A set of small prints - Clearance sale
Pink tape measure flower brooch
Pink tape measure flower brooch
l'ecureuil \/ the squirrel necklace
l'ecureuil \/ the squirrel necklace
Wall flower in porcelain
Wall flower in porcelain
Decal - Glasses
Decal - Glasses
Camille Brooch
Camille Brooch
SALE--- Seduction   -- Print 8 x 11 inches --
SALE--- Seduction -- Print 8 x 11 inches --
Patterned Cloud and Raindrops 1 - Original ink illustration by Natasha Newton
Patterned Cloud and Raindrops 1 - Original ink illustration by Natasha Newton
Hand screenprinted Bird fabric piece 75cm x 75cm
Hand screenprinted Bird fabric piece 75cm x 75cm
Bunny -  Art sculpture 10 - OOAK
Bunny - Art sculpture 10 - OOAK
Strawberry  Charlotte Cake - Dollhouse Miniature Food Handmade
Strawberry Charlotte Cake - Dollhouse Miniature Food Handmade


  • soule

    soule said 6 years ago

    CUTE!!! i LOVE it!

  • missive

    missive said 6 years ago

    That bird fabric is soooo adorable!

  • Ayca

    Ayca said 6 years ago

    Great find !

  • dreamyvintage

    dreamyvintage said 6 years ago

    Cool! I am wondering if Etsy might have some kind of a magazine. We have wonderful articles here - people might actually like reading it in a magazine format and also learn about Etsy?

  • Ebruk

    Ebruk said 6 years ago

    Beautiful items.I love them.

  • divinalocura

    divinalocura said 6 years ago

    cool work!!

  • martice

    martice said 6 years ago

    very cute :)))

  • AmandaSainsbury

    AmandaSainsbury said 6 years ago

    Looks great fun :D

  • HandmadeHandsome

    HandmadeHandsome said 6 years ago

    Great article.

  • funkomavintage

    funkomavintage said 6 years ago

    the diy "movement" didn't just get popular ! it's been around since the dawn of time...and computering is another "working with your hands"....but making something without a keyboard is also very rewarding.... I'm always happy to see another young generation embrace sewing and crafting and making...It was real lonely out here for the last 30 years or so as yuppies pursued the stock market instead of taking stock of their lives........

  • Huismus

    Huismus said 6 years ago

    Oh my goodness.. what a perfect list of goodies!

  • ArtMind

    ArtMind said 6 years ago

    Ahh super! Have to go and see if they sell CUT Magazine in our international magazine shop in town! Thanks for showing off my bunny, he's blushing a bit of excitement! ;)

  • bklynstitch

    bklynstitch said 6 years ago

    The squirrel necklace is great!

  • ClementinesJewelry

    ClementinesJewelry said 6 years ago

    I love these items!

  • tomatored

    tomatored said 6 years ago

    I love the linen screen printed fabric and the Paris cards are wonderful as well-lots of new favorite shops today!

  • wildish

    wildish said 6 years ago

    Your magazine looks great- love the lego letters on the cover, nice touch.

  • MilkandHoneyHandbags

    MilkandHoneyHandbags said 6 years ago

    Great collection-love that cardigan!

  • nanouke

    nanouke said 6 years ago

    Amazing finds! Love the bunny :D

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry said 6 years ago

    Sounds like an awesome publication! These miniature food sculptures are blowin' my mind!!!!

  • BlueTerracotta

    BlueTerracotta said 6 years ago

    That magazine looks like fun! I love the bird fabric!

  • PattiTrostle

    PattiTrostle said 6 years ago

    Great collection!

  • ZionShore

    ZionShore said 6 years ago

    Looks like really enjoyable reading. Love the Lego cover!

  • mamafamilias

    mamafamilias said 6 years ago

    These are great finds! I'll have to track down a copy of CUT to see more ideas from these ladies.

  • louloudo

    louloudo said 6 years ago

    CUT looks amazing!

  • SugarShaira

    SugarShaira said 6 years ago

    I've never noticed CUT on the better newstands in Toronto but will have to look again after seeing these great selections. I've always had a soft spot for HidenSeek, but now I see I will have to spend some time at theblackbirdsings and ArtMind as well. Thanks for highlighting more wonderful talent! - Rachel Faith from SugarShaira

  • Lindecise

    Lindecise said 6 years ago

    Really fun, liked this! ;)

  • nowonder

    nowonder said 6 years ago

    very stylish items!!

  • ObnocChic

    ObnocChic said 6 years ago

    Does Cut come in an English version, as well?

  • felicitycrew

    felicitycrew said 6 years ago

    Cute picks!

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 6 years ago

    Very cute!

  • TessaKim

    TessaKim said 6 years ago

    Love all the items and lovely article!

  • silkstory

    silkstory said 6 years ago

    So lovely picks and wonderfull girls! Wish you the best!!

  • babinka1981

    babinka1981 said 6 years ago

    Lovely! Euro week !

  • jewelrybyjackie

    jewelrybyjackie said 6 years ago

    This is so great to hear about these lovely tallented women!!! I love all the picks, especially the Indian Summer/ A set of small prints!!

  • steinschmuckdesign

    steinschmuckdesign said 6 years ago

    Fantastic!!!! Thanks for sharing!

  • BambuEarth

    BambuEarth said 6 years ago

    I love the idea of the magazing. Off to take a look at the website! Love all of the finds! I see Artmind was able to get her whole bunny up! :D

  • craftylittlecritters

    craftylittlecritters said 6 years ago

    Love the finds!

  • MinceCo

    MinceCo said 6 years ago

    you hit the nail on the head here with my taste, this is a perfect list! Great story too, good luck with your magazine, I agree, handmade is a good feeling compared to sitting on the computer all day.

  • JKphotography

    JKphotography said 6 years ago

    Oh, this is awesome. And thanks for featuring my small printset:)

  • WoolyBison

    WoolyBison said 6 years ago

    I need to see if there are copies here in Seattle!

  • latenightdrawing

    latenightdrawing said 6 years ago

    I'm gonna have to go and see if I can find that magazine here in Stockholm! And many thanks for including my Camille Brooch:)

  • LittleBeeVintage

    LittleBeeVintage said 6 years ago

    sweet, jk photography is great and the bird print has inspired me - i seriously need that in my new dining room! :)

  • rarebeasts

    rarebeasts said 6 years ago

    Cute stuff, I like it. scorpion is so me.

  • Vanessa Admin

    Vanessa said 6 years ago

    Danke! Beautiful picks.

  • YouAreYou

    YouAreYou said 6 years ago

    OH WOW!! loving it!

  • jodieflowers

    jodieflowers said 6 years ago

    Love it! Awesome!

  • recycledwares

    recycledwares said 6 years ago

    i wish i could make my own clothes. in the 70's it used to be cheaper to make your own, now it's sometimes more expensive.

  • maggiemaevintage

    maggiemaevintage said 6 years ago

    Love that cardigan!

  • puscake

    puscake said 6 years ago

    Love them!

  • NomadCraftsSupplies

    NomadCraftsSupplies said 6 years ago

    Cool finds. I like the squirrel and that cardigan is awesome!

  • sweettidings

    sweettidings said 6 years ago

    great finds! love them all!

  • craftpile

    craftpile said 6 years ago

    beautiful designs...very inspiring!

  • OceanPatch

    OceanPatch said 6 years ago

    I love that little hat! It's so fun to create something and turn an idea into reality!

  • MyJunkyTrunk

    MyJunkyTrunk said 6 years ago

    So much FUN stuff!

  • ScarletandtheSea

    ScarletandtheSea said 6 years ago

    Thanks so much for showcasing a great range of items... want them all!

  • alectonyx

    alectonyx said 6 years ago

    amazing stuff. love them all! I love leoluca.

  • wensaccessories

    wensaccessories said 6 years ago

    Great Picks!

  • Floreal

    Floreal said 6 years ago

    great collection....!/pages/Arlington-VA/Floreal/161181661810?ref=nf

  • HibouCards

    HibouCards said 6 years ago

    wow, I love your picks, refreshing and witty and cute :)

  • odiliafu

    odiliafu said 6 years ago

    Love everything!! So beautiful!!

  • bejeweledbynikki

    bejeweledbynikki said 6 years ago

    I love these girls!!! I wanna play magazine with them :) Bravo ladies! Well done!...and great picks too xo!

  • shopKCQ

    shopKCQ said 6 years ago

    Love the LEGO Cut cover!

  • PyxusPassionProject

    PyxusPassionProject said 6 years ago

    Great picks - and so glad to be introduced to this magazine... I must investigate and find it at a magazine shop in Montreal!

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 6 years ago

    I just love the great picks!

  • floweronthewall

    floweronthewall said 6 years ago


  • polkadotmagpie

    polkadotmagpie said 6 years ago

    Wow...the B7 W Bird fabric rocks my world. Those babies are flyin' to me!

  • GrayDesign

    GrayDesign said 6 years ago

    Great finds! Love the Paris cute!

  • 1dream

    1dream said 6 years ago

    So cute...Thank you.

  • dahliadesigns

    dahliadesigns said 6 years ago

    What fun finds, and that mag sounds great. Thanks for the introduction!

  • preciouspearls

    preciouspearls said 6 years ago

    Very nice indeed! and so creative. the salmon brooch is really funny!

  • Fibrillaria

    Fibrillaria said 6 years ago

    Yet more great Etsy finds!

  • WonderWoolPlanet

    WonderWoolPlanet said 6 years ago

    Lovely finds indeed, go Euro!

  • lunahoo

    lunahoo said 6 years ago

    Great magazine and beautiful finds!! good luck!!

  • artofjane

    artofjane said 6 years ago

    I love the cardigan sweater.

  • pinestreetphoto

    pinestreetphoto said 6 years ago

    they are all so much fun! thanks!

  • carlossantiago

    carlossantiago said 6 years ago

    fun! great job, and really cool looking things. i love the scorpion, even tough I am a Leo!

  • vintagemaison

    vintagemaison said 6 years ago

    I adore the sea foam cardigan - and also the red and white spotty lampshade. Great article, thanks.

  • nikkibag

    nikkibag said 6 years ago

    Just got my third issue of CUT yesterday. Thanks for doing it & please continue!

  • MadCapClothing

    MadCapClothing said 6 years ago

    I find making clothing both therapeutic and very exciting...nothing's better than something coming out looking exactly like you pictured it in your head. The girls at CUT are my kind of ladies!! Great finds as well. My daughter would loooovvvee that scorpion!!

  • birdie1

    birdie1 said 6 years ago

    So fun and cheerful!

  • SassySisterVintage

    SassySisterVintage said 6 years ago

    Such cool items. That little girl with her hair wrapped around the bear is too adorable!

  • CecilandCo

    CecilandCo said 6 years ago

    Fabulous! Looks like a fun place to be! Thanks for sharing these great picks!

  • VirtuoSew

    VirtuoSew said 6 years ago

    Cool! I wonder if there's an American equivalent.

  • gemagenta

    gemagenta said 6 years ago

    Great finds!! :) That magazine looks AWESOME! I wish it was in spanish! or english, I only can say numbers 1 to 10 in german, besides that I don't understand a single word :/ Anyway, great job!! Viva handmade :)

  • urbanknitfits

    urbanknitfits said 6 years ago

    oooh I love it all! I'm really enjoying Euro Week on etsy and this blog post is another fine example!

  • yalipaz

    yalipaz said 6 years ago

    Wonderful finds!

  • saintesmariesjewelry

    saintesmariesjewelry said 6 years ago

    beautiful pictures! I love the daffodil picture!

  • VintageinBohemia

    VintageinBohemia said 6 years ago

    I love the idea of using doll house miniatures to make jewelry **wheels turning**

  • norakaren

    norakaren said 6 years ago

    this feature has a lot of whimsical feeling.

  • sunnywoodvintage

    sunnywoodvintage said 6 years ago

    Oh my, can I move to Europe yet? Love miniature anything.

  • julessabjewelry

    julessabjewelry said 6 years ago

    I have to 100% agree with the virtual jobs vs. 3 dimensional hobbies, crafts and businesses outside of a "day" job. My fellow corporate america crafters love the idea of working with our hands, besides typing! Every day our "secretary spreads" grow but with a little help from a craft or handmade skill I think we'll be come less "spread" out. :)

  • TipieTipieTop

    TipieTipieTop said 6 years ago

    awesome.. and that decal glass is what i want!

  • ecozuzu

    ecozuzu said 6 years ago

    LOVE it! :)

  • SimpleTraditions

    SimpleTraditions said 6 years ago

    So many cool items, I can't pick a favorite:)

  • hankietankie

    hankietankie said 6 years ago

    Lucie, Anja, Marta & Miriam, great magazine! great ideas! great style! thanks for the fun...xoxoxo

  • CositasSeriasVintage

    CositasSeriasVintage said 6 years ago

    absolutely wonderful!

  • TwistedCrystals

    TwistedCrystals said 6 years ago

    I adore the wall flower!

  • lesyeux

    lesyeux said 6 years ago

    i love these girls and i don't even know them. soul sistas.

  • AlpineGypsy

    AlpineGypsy said 6 years ago

    Ooh, what fun! Heidi

  • inaiko

    inaiko said 6 years ago

    love the doll house pieces!!

  • pasin

    pasin said 6 years ago

    Wonderful pieces

  • PrinceDesignUK

    PrinceDesignUK said 6 years ago

    Wow! I'm honoured to be included in your selections ladies! Having seen some of the beautiful images on your site, I wish I could speak better German... Best of luck with the magazine, and thanks again :)

  • SylviaJanssen

    SylviaJanssen said 6 years ago

    Great choices! The cut magazine is soooo cool!

  • janellehaskin

    janellehaskin said 5 years ago

    Beautiful finds ladies!! :)

  • lamarquisedesanges

    lamarquisedesanges said 5 years ago

    What a gorgeous selection !!

  • PyxusPassionProject

    PyxusPassionProject said 5 years ago

    Great picks!!

  • karen4

    karen4 said 5 years ago

    Fabulous. I'm charmed and delighted at the younger generation taking on industrial size at a time. Please remember those of us over 50 who abhore the cookie-cutter patterns of the local chains.... But the former 'hippie' generation who still has the same ideals, just different taste in clothing...all great natural fibers though!! Bravo....Keep creating!! I'm working diligently out there getting the word out about Etsy. Love my artists that clothe me, accessorize me and, work diligently to make me feel and look comfortably cool. Hugs... Karen in CA

  • Giedrecraftideas

    Giedrecraftideas said 5 years ago

    Interesting article! Thank you! Greetings from Lithuania!

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