Learn How SIMPLE
Digital Patterns Really Are!

Sign Up to Receive
The Ultimate Guide to Digital Sewing Patterns eBook + a FREE Skirt Pattern!

Nora Abousteit from shatterbox on Vimeo.

Check out this fun and informative video from Shatterbox, discussing how our co-founder, Nora, turned her love of sewing into BurdaStyle!

Learn about her beginnings as an intern for Hubert Burda Media, one of Europe’s largest publishing companies, and her journey to building a site that reaches the next generation of sewers, crafters and DIYers!

Shatterbox is a video-based social community for students and young professionals to find inspiration and share ideas about innovative careers. We are so happy that they chose to tell Nora’s amazing story!

- David @ BurdaStyle


  • Me_pecks_large

    May 19, 2010, 12.33 AMby nessys

    This is so lovely – I agree with all the comments – Nora, you are an incredible inspiration! Thank you so much for BurdaStyle – it is a wonderful thing. You go girl! xxx

  • From_unnamed_photo_book_page_02_image_0001_large

    May 16, 2010, 04.40 PMby lrhwright

    This is my first day on BurdaStyle.com. The video was very inspiring, informative, and encouraging. I’m looking forward to greater things here. Thank you.

  • Berg_march_2011_442__large

    Apr 30, 2010, 05.00 PMby fabricaddict

    Absolutely fantastic – Nora you are an inspiration! You and Benedikta have created an incredible site that provides so many of us with so much creative inspiration – we love it too :-)

  • 30dc666f97397fb31c295913f5a1f0ab992d7e22_large_large

    Apr 29, 2010, 01.07 PMby nuiwida23

    Great video Nora, it’s great to learn more about you :)

  • Janine_april_2010_large

    Apr 29, 2010, 07.16 AMby santaelena

    Wow – fantastic work Nora! Thank you for it! I heard you went to highschool in germany – also kann ich Dir ja auch weiter in deutsch schreiben; es ist wirklich bemerkenswert, was Du in solch kurzer Zeit geschafft hast. Respekt! Mein Traum war es auch immer, in die Medien zu gehen. Und wenn sich mir diese Chance irgendwann irgendwo bieten würde, würde ich heute sicherlich auch zugreifen :) Gerade in der Medienstadt Hamburg,

    Ist die Seite so auch für Deutschland geplant? Mich wundert es, dass man z. B. den Sewing Club nur auf Englisch gemacht hat – dies wird sicherlich einige davon abhalten, die des Englischen nicht so mächtig sind. Ausserdem kann die deutsche BurdaStyle Seite einiges von Eurer lernen; insbesondere das “Learning” fehlt dort.

    Ich wünsche Dir weiterhin ganz viel Freude bei Deiner Arbeit und weiterhin auch viel Erfolg.

    Es wäre toll, weitere News von Dir zu sehen oder zu lesen.

    Herzliche Grüße aus Hamburg,


  • Me_small2_large

    Apr 28, 2010, 11.02 PMby tontondiva

    I loved watching the video and glad that Nora had the insight to create such a community! Thanks!

  • Meb_w-web_large

    Apr 28, 2010, 02.33 PMby thehouseofhearts

    Nora I love your passion, drive and entrepreneurial spirit it’s very inspiring! Thank you for sharing this video with us. BurdaStyle is hands down my favorite social network online (yes that’s right it out ranks Facebook in my books!)

  • Sher_portrait_large

    Apr 28, 2010, 09.32 AMby shereesews

    It’s nice to know how my favorite social sewing website was founded! Thanks sew much BurdaStyle.

  • Missing

    Apr 28, 2010, 08.19 AMby bleuedee

    You rock!

  • Missing

    Apr 27, 2010, 10.41 PMby forgetfulmare

    If only this were closed captioned…

  • Bssquare_large

    Apr 27, 2010, 09.17 PMby marcy harriell | oonaballoona

    ich liebe nora.

  • Nora-abousteit1_large

    Apr 27, 2010, 08.38 PMby nora

    Thank you guys for all the nice comments!

    BurdaStyle is only as great as its members and you guys are truly awesome, we’re lucky to have so many talented and nice people that make this site so amazing.

    And now I am a little teary:)

  • Zdj_cie066_large

    Apr 27, 2010, 01.35 PMby skwarynia

    It’s so nice that you shared this info with us. Great video indeed, and very interesting. I love burdastyle too!

  • Photoge01_large

    Apr 27, 2010, 10.17 AMby gedwoods

    I agree with Erin about the teary-eyed, it’s a great video about a wonderful leader and it was fun to get to know “our” Nora a little bit more. Inspiring!

  • 5895503519_d42bddbd6c_o_1__large

    Apr 26, 2010, 09.55 PMby nikkishell

    Ich Liebe BurdaStyle too! :) Well done Nora!

  • Dscf3516rasp1n_large

    Apr 26, 2010, 05.42 PMby stephiaffi

    Really interesting video! Thanks!

  • 029_large

    Apr 26, 2010, 05.17 PMby Erin E

    Is it crazy that I got a little teary? What a great video! I love this website. It’s been a wealth of knowledge for me for the past couple years and I’ve really enjoyed watching the site grow and improve. I especially love the genuine passion behind it and the graciousness of the members and staff. It’s been a labor of love and it definitely shows :) Thank you!

    • This is a question
  1. Sign in to add a post


  • Editors' Pick
  • Pattern Collections
  • BurdaStyle Academy
  • Burda Challenge
  • Backstage Report
  • Fashion & Trends
  • DIY to Try
  • Tips & Techniques
  • Member Highlights
  • Sewing Projects
  • Outta Town
  • Contests & Competitions
  • Archive
  • Guest Columns
  • Videos
  • Meg's Magazine Mash Up
  • As Seen In
  • Podcast
  • Holiday