Hi, I’m so glad you’re here! I’m Damjana, the owner and designer here at Applegreen Cottage.
I create easy-to-understand sewing tutorials and patterns anyone can use, helping you learn to sew while having fun!
I’m a mom to 2 little treasures, a 7-year-old boy and a 4-year-old girl, and partner to an amazing man who supports me in every step of my creative journey that’s turned into a successful small business. And who always helps when I crash the website!
About the Blog
If you love to sew and to create, you’ll feel right at home here!
Feel free to search through my crafty projects, there are way more than 70 free patterns and tutorials here. I’ve been making a lot of things – but do you want to know what my readers say it’s the VERY BEST stuff at AppleGreen Cottage? It’s this:
More About Me
In addition to being
- the Content Creator for the blog and
- an Avid Crafter, I’m also
- a Savvy Sewist (no diploma),
- English and German Language Translator (MA diploma plus 12 years of translation work in corporate finance, accountancy, audit and taxes departments), turned
- Work From Home Mom of two,
- Coffee addict,
- Family Trips Planner, and
- Manager of Lots Of Little Things.
My mission here on AppleGreen Cottage? To make sewing and crafting fun for everyone!
I’m kind of nuts about crafts and easy sewing projects. No wonder! I was lucky to be born into a family where my mom taught me how to hand-stitch, crochet, knit and tons of other things. And I knew how to sew BEFORE I knew how to read and write, and loved it so much! I sneaked behind my grandma’s back to start using her precious Singer machine. Still remember when I broke a needle, pulling really hard on a piece of cotton when I was attempting to sew a softie for the first time. Thanks, grandma, for not being angry – and for explaining to me that we didn’t need to buy a whole new sewing machine because of that! (I really was sure it was THE end for the machine. Pheeew!)
Feel free to contact me: damjana (at) applegreencottage.com. I love your emails and respond to each and every one!
Why the name Applegreen Cottage?
At some point, just when I was thinking of starting a blog, I realized I had surrounded myself with an unreasonable amount of apple green color. It’s still my favorite color (if someone hasn’t noticed) and it’s been spilling over into my projects and anything I create on these pages. And also, a cottage was the space (albeit digital!) I needed to store my creations. That’s how the AppleGreen Cottage blog got its name.
The blog takes more of my sleep time than planned, but hey, everything manageable as long as there’s coffee 🙂
My Sewing Patterns
I started adding payable patterns to my large free-pattern collection, hoping they would some day assure an unlimited supply of coffee for me, or even cover all trips to my local fabric shop store. Then an amazing thing happened: I am so lucky to have readers who LOVE my patterns!
While I might still occasionally spend a little of that money on coffee and fabric, I am happy to say my blog and pattern designs have developed into a business that helps to feed my entire family. Thank you!
UPDATE: And here’s my SHOP (link), if you’re curious 🙂