De Steek started in January 2019 as an Amsterdam-based Sewing Cafe, sustainable fabric store and studio for workshops in the field of fashion & textiles. And now, the products from our store are also available here in this webshop!
De Steek is founded by Dutch sustainable fashion designer Natalie de Koning. Already a teacher in sewing and techniques like natural dyeing for almost 9 years now, it was time to see how it was possible to reach and inspire more people to start sewing, crafting and reapring: makerstore De Steek was born! With the makerstore, also a small shop was developed, focusing on natural, organic, fairtrade fabrics and supplies, where possible also plastic and animal free. These carefully selected materials and tools are now available internationally in this webshop.
Natalie de Koning and other designers at De Steek developed their own sewing patterns! De Steek patterns are characterized by it’s minimalism and the simplicity in construction. They offer designs with less seams, simpler closures and pockets, but not compromising in style and contemporary design.
> Go to De Steek sewing patterns
Workshops & online tutorials
Next to the products that we offer in this webshop and our store in Amsterdam, it is also possible to follow online tutorials or specific workshops and courses in our studio in Amsterdam.
> Go to online tutorials
> Go to Amsterdam based workshop studio website
The mission of De Steek is to sell good quality and the most sustainable materials and tools for sewing and crafting. Fabrics and other materials we sell are natural, organic, fairtrade and where possible plant-based (animal free) and plastic free. Materials are sometimes also recycled or repurposed. (Sewing) patterns we are selling are always modern and contemporary and available for all genders and sizes.
Our vision is to offer a sustainable, fairtrade, but still modern alternative for the fast fashion industry and to inspire people from all genders, cultures and sizes to create and repair their clothes themselves!
Dutch sustainable fashion designer Natalie de Koning (32) is the founder of De Steek. She is also the head designer of De Steek’s own pattern collection, sold on this webshop as sewing patterns. Natalie studied fashion design. First a Bachelor’s degree at the Utrecht School of Arts. After that she also finished a Master’s degree at ArteZ in Arnhem. She first developed two other concepts before De Steek. The first one was I am Nold, a company with which she teached sewing lessons and workshops in Amsterdam. The second one was PULP, a platform and concept store that sold repurposed and recycled fabrics. With De Steek, the two old concepts where combined in one studio in Amsterdam!