Skirts with an elastic waist are such a practical item of clothing for young girls, and they're easy to sew, too. A few gathers and a little lace will ensure the skirt becomes a well worn garment. Today's tutorial will show you how to make a knee length skirt, complete with the all important twirl factor, suitable for ages two - five.
Tuesday, 17 October 2017
Sunday, 15 October 2017
Saturday, 14 October 2017
With more than two weeks till Halloween, there's plenty of time left to whip up some decorations. Today's showcased tutorial, a Halloween banner, is a quick and easy make...
Monday, 9 October 2017
We are so very fortunate to share our garden with a male Satin Bowerbird. For at least fifteen years he, or his predecessors, have built bowers in the same location, underneath murraya bushes.
Saturday, 7 October 2017
Sunday, 1 October 2017
Saturday, 30 September 2017
A tote bag that doubles as a shoulder bag and a hand held shopper. How cool is that!!! I have a handbag with straps like this, and it is SO handy. I can change how I wear it, depending on what I'm wearing, where I'm going and to suit my mood.
Thursday, 28 September 2017
Bibs are an absolute necessity for babies and toddlers - and LOTS of them!!! Consequently they make great gifts for newborns or to take to a baby shower. Fortunately, they are super quick and easy to sew.
Tuesday, 26 September 2017
It's not hard to find girls' skirt tutorials online. Many of them, however, don't include measurements for specific sizes and ages. That's fine if the child is at hand. Grab a tape measure and all is good. If the skirt is going to be donated for charity, or the little one is not around, a sizing chart is necessary.
Thursday, 21 September 2017
Tuesday, 19 September 2017
There hasn't been much sewing going on here in the last few weeks, and no blogging for over two weeks. It's not often I go for that length of time without at least one or the other on most days.
Sunday, 3 September 2017
Measuring just 11″ x 7″ x 4″ this little backpack is cute, yet roomy enough to be very useful. With adjustable straps and several pockets, this is a functional and practical bag.
Saturday, 2 September 2017
If you have a pair of shorts that you no longer wear, today's showcased tutorial will show you how to prolong their life and get some more wear out of them.
Thursday, 31 August 2017
What do you do with a treasured article of clothing when it no longer fits? Instead of carefully packing it away, upcycle it into a canvas artwork, so it can be put on show for all to see.
Monday, 28 August 2017
This week's features (all have been Pinned)...
An easy to sew project added to the Aprons & Art Smocks link party. A great beginner sewing project...
Simple Hand Towel Apron for a Child ~ Tutorial by Cheryl, from Simply Shoeboxes... this week's featured blog. Cheryl, look out for your blog button in my sidebar. Simply Shoeboxes centres on ways to provide items for kids in crisis around the world, via Operation Christmas Child. To this end, Cheryl and her daughter share many tutorials. Some of my favourites:
Thursday, 24 August 2017
Is there such a thing as too many bags? I don't think so!!! Maybe that's why I've been referred to as the Bag Lady... LOL!!! Today I'm showcasing more than fifty FREE bag & tote patterns and tutorials, all selected from the Bags & Totes collection, here at Threading My Way - handbags, beach bags, messenger bags, tote bags, carry all bags, book bags and grocery bags. Each contains step by step detailed instructions, with lots of photos, showing how you can make a bag for yourself.
Sunday, 20 August 2017
Saturday, 19 August 2017
There's no such thing as too many pockets when it comes to bags. Whether it be on the outside, or the inside, pockets make it easier to keep everything contained and in the right place. And pockets with a zipper, even better.
Thursday, 17 August 2017
What is it that makes a sewing project successful?
An item that looks like the original pattern or tutorial, is technically correct and looks good. One that receives lots of compliments. Perhaps a new technique tackled and another skill added to the repertoire. A new design where everything falls into place. A difficult project that comes together after much hard work. Or simply the fact that it's finished, mistakes and all.
Monday, 14 August 2017
This week's features (all have been Pinned)...
A gorgeous bucket style bag added to the Bags & Totes link party. I love the decorative stitching on the flap...
Fiona's Freeway - Easy Street Bag by Daryl, from Patchouli Moon Studio... this week's featured blog. Daryl, look out for your blog button in my sidebar. Over at Patchouli Moon Studio, you will find Tip of the Morning Tuesday, where Daryl writes about a vast range of topics - for example:
- Fastest & Easiest Way to Clean your Iron with no Odor
- How to Baste a Small Quilt
- What to do with Fabric Scraps
- How to Store Embroiddery Floss
Sunday, 6 August 2017
Saturday, 5 August 2017
Net curtains were all the rage back in the 70s and 80s. We had them on every window. Now-a-days they're not quite as common. Today's showcased tutorial will show you how to repurpose them, if you have some old net curtains lying around.
Wednesday, 2 August 2017
I recently sewed up a darling little dress for a yet to be born baby. Presented in a reusable gift bag, this was my contribution for the baby shower.
Sunday, 30 July 2017
Wednesday, 26 July 2017
Sunday, 23 July 2017
Thursday, 20 July 2017
Tuesday, 18 July 2017
After deliberating for quite a while, I've decided on how to sew my hexagon flowers together. It's been two months since my last hexie post, and I've been steadily stitching away.
Thursday, 13 July 2017
Tuesday, 11 July 2017
The kids have finished their quilts! They are so proud of what they have achieved, and quite rightly so. Today I thought I'd show you the final stages of making the quilt and how we tackled it.
Sunday, 9 July 2017
Today I'm showcasing over 30 free girls' skirt patterns and tutorials - ranging in difficulty, from simple gathered skirts, to more complicated ones with scallops and lots of girlie ruffles. So, whether you are new to sewing, or a sewist with more experience, you'll find many different styles and designs, suitable for girls of all ages. Each tutorial contains step by step detailed instructions, with lots of photos, showing how you can make a skirt for a little girl in your life.
Saturday, 8 July 2017
Because we're all shorties in our family, I'm often asked to take up the hem of pants. Today's showcased post details three different methods for hemming pants.
Friday, 7 July 2017
Tissue pack holders - what a great way to use up tiny pieces of scrap fabric!!! And they take next to no time to make. I've seen various styles of tissue holders around for a while, but it's taken until now for me to make some.
Wednesday, 5 July 2017
Sunday, 2 July 2017
Today's showcased tutorial is perfect for small scraps of fabric, or, as shown in the instructions, suits pre-cut squares. Quick and easy to make, microwavable neck wraps make great presents.
Saturday, 1 July 2017
An awesome set of tutorials added to the Quilting & Patchwork link party. There's a tutorial for every block, plus a couple of extras - 19 in all...
9 Patch Sampler Quilt Along by Margie, from Nanny Craft 4U... this week's featured blog. Margie, look out for your blog button in my sidebar. Over at Nanny Craft 4U, you will find a lot of sewing tutorials - bags, embroidery, home decor, spin the pins, toys, watza Wednesday, and probably Margie's favourite - quilting. Over on Facebook, Margie runs two groups - Nanny & Friends Charity Sew (which you've probably heard me mention), and Nanny Sews & Crafts (where, amongst other things, you can see quilts sewn with Margie's tutorials).
Thursday, 29 June 2017
Sunday, 25 June 2017
There's always the risk of losing small items such as car keys when at the beach. Today's showcased tutorial shows how to make a beach bag with a zippered pocket for keys, as well as slip pockets for sunscreen and drink bottles.
Saturday, 24 June 2017
What do you do with old CDs? I have to admit to cutting and then disposing of them in the garbage. Today's showcased tutorial is a pretty and practical solution - repurposing CDs into useful storage containers.
Sunday, 18 June 2017
Saturday, 17 June 2017
A great refashion, added to the Shorts, Pants & Leggings link party. Prolong the life of a pair of pants...
Turn Old Pants into Shorts by Lisa, from Cucicucicoo Ecological Living... this week's featured blog. Lisa, look out for your blog button in my sidebar. There are 8 pages full of tutorials over on Cucicucicoo - refashioning, sewing patterns and clothing to name a few. If you are new to sewing, check out the Learn to Sew series, and if you like crafting, there's a myriad of craft tutorials. Lisa even has lots of In the Kitchen tutorials.
Wednesday, 14 June 2017
Sunday, 11 June 2017
I know many people avoid sewing anything that involves zippers. However, once you overcome the fear and sew your first zip, you'll wonder why you waited so long. Today's showcased tutorial shows just how easy it is to make a zippered pouch.
Saturday, 10 June 2017
Most rail fence quilt blocks are made with three strips. Today's showcased tutorial is a variation on the traditional rail fence quilt block. Made from flannel (flannelette) shirts, this memory quilt is bound to be treasured and loved.
Friday, 9 June 2017
I like to reinforce bag handles to give them a little structure, even if the pattern or tutorial doesn't call for it. Adding structure doesn't alter how the bag functions - I just prefer the look, and it doesn't increase sewing time by much.
Tuesday, 6 June 2017
Zippers are not the hardest part of making a bag. It's getting those pesky corners just right. Today's showcased tutorial shows how to make corners that look perfect.
Monday, 5 June 2017
A terrific refashion added to the Sewing with Stretch Fabric link party. With instructions to alter a too large t-shirt...
Refashion a Faded T-shirt with a Heart Cut Out ~ Tutorial by June, from Let Go of Being Perfect... this week's featured blog. June, look out for your blog button in my sidebar. Let Go of Being Perfect is all about refashioning and repurposing. Check out 20 Awesome T-shirt Refashions, Bow Front T-shirt Refashion, Refashioning a Dress into a Peasant Top and Making Fabric Bows.
Saturday, 3 June 2017
In 2014 I wrote a post which drew a lot of attention - Sites to Get Your Blog Seen. A year later I updated the post, and now, two years down the track, I'm updating again. I've come across more sites where you can submit your sewing and crafting projects to be featured, so today I'm reposting, with additions to the original. It's a LONG list!!!