Saturday, 30 July 2016

Showcasing ~ The Ultimate Beach Blanket ~ Tutorial

Ease of use is something that's important to me. Today's project has straps, making it convenient to roll up and carry. It was designed as a large beach blanket, but could just as easily be used for picnics or watching sport.

Make a large beach blanket or picnic rug. Tutorial by So Sew Easy.

Friday, 29 July 2016

The Pressure to Blog on a Regular Basis

or  Why I Don't Show You Everything I Sew

I know I'm not alone when I say that I feel a certain amount of pressure associated with blogging. Sew something - take photos - edit photos - write blog post -->> repeat. The pressure to blog on a regular basis is all self imposed, though (for me, anyway). No one is twisting my arm, it's not a job. So why do I feel pressure?


Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Naughts and Crosses Travel Game ~ Tic Tac Toe

Naughts and crosses is a simple paper and pencil game, that has been played by generations of kids. Here in Australia we call it naughts and crosses, but in many parts of the world it is referred to as tic tac toe. I was inspired by Sally, from Wonky Patchwork, to make a travel version of the game in a drawstring bag.

Make a travel tic tac toe game with a simple drawstring bag. Also known as naughts and crosses. Threading My Way

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Threading Your Way ~ Features

This week's features (all have been Pinned)...

An awesome refashion, added to the Reusing Shirts & Ties link party.  Thinking outside the square...


Repurposing Men's Dress Shirts into Women's Pants ~ Tutorial by Mariana, from Eco Fashion Sewing... this week's featured blog. Mariana, look out for your blog button in my sidebar. Mariana's blog is a must read if you like  reusing, repurposing and refashioning. Mariana aims to have zero waste with her sewing - something that's not easy to do. Eco Fashion Sewing is full of detailed tutorials and tips. Check out Mariana's gorgeous cardigan refashioned with lace and her Summer dress makeover.

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Family Priorities ~ or Who Gets Quilts Made for them FIRST

My first ever quilt, a zig zag quilt, was made for our youngest son in 2012. I was quite justifiably proud of that quilt, mistakes and all. It was a huge learning curve, but perhaps one of the most important things I learned was that no one else sees the mistakes.


Sunday, 17 July 2016

Showcasing ~ Soft Fabric Ball ~ Tutorial & Pattern

I'm always on the lookout for projects to use up my ever growing scrap fabric stash. Today's fun project fits the bill nicely - soft fabric balls. They can even be stuffed with scraps and left overs.

Learn how to make soft, stuffed fabric balls. Tutorial and pattern by Nina Makes.

Saturday, 16 July 2016

Showcasing ~ How to Make a Roman Blind ~ Tutorial

Roman blinds are a cross between curtains and blinds. They are a timeless window covering that creates a soft appearance. Offering complete privacy when closed, and a clear view when opened, Roman blinds can be customised to compliment any home decor.

Learn how to make Roman blinds. A tutorial by Tea and a Sewing Machine.

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Skirting the Issue ~ Gathered Skirts

Every July, the girls at Simple Simon and Company host Skirting the Issue - an event encouraging others to sew skirts for girls in foster care. This year they're adding quilts and blankets, too.


Sunday, 10 July 2016

Showcasing ~ Makeup Organiser Tutorial

How do you keep your makeup organised for daily use at home, but also stored such that it can be easily grabbed and packed for travel? Today's makeup organiser shows how to do both.