Tuesday, 17 October 2017

How to make an Elastic Waist Skirt with a Lace Ruffle ~ Tutorial

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.

Learn how to make a gathered cotton and lace skirt for girls aged 2 - 5. Tutorial by Threading My Way

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Showcasing ~ Easy Halloween Wall Hanging ~ Tutorial

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...

Learn how to easily decorate by sewing a DIY Halloween banner. Tutorial by Swoodson Says.

Monday, 9 October 2017

Our Resident Satin Bowerbird

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.

Satin Bowerbird

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Threading Your Way ~ Features

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

A super fun hair bow added to the Hair Accessories link party. They're quick to make, too...

Confetti Hair Bows by Liz, from Howling at the Moon

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Showcasing ~ Large Zippered Tote Bag ~ Tutorial

Adding a recessed zipper to the top of a bag is not as hard as you may think. And it keeps the contents of your bag safe and sound inside.

Learn how to make a tote bag that closes with a recessed zipper. Tutorial by Vicky Myers Creations

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Showcasing ~ Long & Short Handle Bag ~ Tutorial

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.

Learn how to make a tote bag that can be worn with a long or short handle. Tutorial by Sum of their Stories

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Quick and Easy to Make ~ Baby Bibs

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.

Baby bib patterns and tutorials ~ Threading My Way

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Showcasing ~ Skirt Measurements ~ Sizing Chart

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.

Sizing chart for making girls' skirts, to fit ages 2 - 14 years of age ~ Simply Shoeboxes.

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Spring Gardening in Australia

As promised the other day, here's a few pics of my garden. Most days the weather is glorious - perfect to be outdoors - but it's warming up. It won't be long till it's too hot to garden in the heat of the day.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Back After a Break... Almost

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

Showcasing ~ Small Backpack ~ Pattern & Tutorial

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. 

Learn how to sew a small backpack. Tutorial and pattern by So Sew Easy.

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Showcasing ~ Shorts to Skirt with Godets ~ Tutorial

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.

Learn how to refashion a pair of shorts into a skirt with godets. Tutorial by Cucicucicoo Ecological Living.

Thursday, 31 August 2017

From T-shirts to Canvas Artworks

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. 

Upcycle treasured t-shirts into canvas artworks ~ Threading My Way

Monday, 28 August 2017

Threading Your Way ~ Features

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

50+ FREE Bag & Tote Patterns & Tutorials

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.

50+ Free Bag & Tote tutorials & patterns - handbags, beach bags, messenger bags, tote bags, carry all bags, book bags and grocery bags. Threading My Way

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Showcasing ~ Welt Zipper Pocket ~ Tutorial

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.

Learn how to sew a welt zipper pocket on any bag. Tutorial by Apple Green Cottage

Thursday, 17 August 2017

What Makes a Sewing Project Successful?

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

Threading Your Way ~ Features

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: 

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Showcasing ~ Tea Towel Totes ~ Tutorial

Tea towels are sturdy and come in a wonderful range of colours and designs, making them perfect for turning into tote bags. Read on to see how... 

Learn how to make tote bags from tea towels - two methods. Tutorial by Vicky Myers Creations

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Showcasing ~ Delicates Wash Bag ~ Tutorial

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.

Learn how to make a delicates wash bag from an old net curtain. Repurposing tutorial by Sum of their Stories.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Eva Dress + Little Shopper Tote ~ Baby Shower Gift

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

Threading Your Way ~ Features

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

A beautiful zippered pouch added to both the Purses, Pouches Clutches and the Embroidery, Stitching, Appliqué link parties. I love the sailboat appliqué...

Maritime Zippered Pouch by Klaudia, from Klaudia's Kreativ World

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Text Fabric Makeup Bag Zippered Pouch

I have a thing for text fabric. There's just something about it that draws my eye - even if it's illegible, in another language, or totally random. 

Make a zippered pouch makeup bag using text fabric ~ Threading My Way

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Quick and Easy to make - Baby Burp Cloths

Along with baby wash cloths, burp cloths would have to be one of the easiest items to make for a newborn baby. And, they are such a practical gift for a baby. You'll know for certain, your present is going to be used often.

Make a set of burp cloths for a newborn baby ~ Threading My Way

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt ~ It's Happening

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.

Grandmothers Flower Garden hexagon quilt progress ~ Threading My Way

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Quick and Easy ~ Baby Wash Clothes

Who doesn't love sewing for a baby! I do, that's for sure. And this month I've been sewing up a bunch of tiny items for little ones. 

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Kid Sewn Charm Square Quilts ~ Quilted & Finished

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. 

Tips for helping children learn to quilt ~ Threading My Way

Sunday, 9 July 2017

30+ Girls' Skirts ~ FREE Tutorials & Patterns

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

Showcasing ~ 3 Ways to Hem Pants ~ Video Tutorials

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

Easy to Make Tissue Pack Holders

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

Skirting the Issue ~ Gathered Skirts

Each year the girls over at Simple Simon and Co organise Skirting the Issue - encouraging sewists to make items for girls in foster care, or other disadvantaged circumstances. This will be my fourth year participating.

Simple gathered skirts, with link to free tutorial. Sewn in support of Skirting the Issue ~ Threading My Way

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Showcasing ~ Neck Warmer Rice Bag ~ Tutorial

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.

Learn how to make a microwavable neck warmer rice bag. Tutorial by PA Country Crafts.

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Threading Your Way ~ Features

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

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

Superhero Capes ~ Capes 4 Kids

Capes 4 Kids Australia donates super powered capes to little superheroes undergoing treatments or procedures in hospital. The capes are sewn by volunteers and sent to hospitals across Australia. 

Superhero capes ~ Threading My way

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Showcasing ~ Beach Bag with Pockets ~ Tutorial

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.

Learn how to make a beach bag with pockets. Tutorial by Vicky Myers Creations

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Showcasing ~ Stacking Fabric Baskets ~ CD Repurposing DIY

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.

Learn how to repurpose CDs and make sturdy, stacking fabric baskets. Tutorial by eSheep Designs

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Showcasing ~ Fabric Bookmarks with Felt Circles ~ Tutorial

I'm always on the lookout for quick and easy projects to make as gifts. Today's showcased tutorial fits the bill perfectly.

Learn how to make a fabric and felt bookmark. Tutorial by Apple Green Cottage

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Threading Your Way ~ Features

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

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

Showcasing ~ Easy to make Zipper Pouch ~ Tutorial

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.

Learn how to make a zippered pouch. Tutorial by Sew for Soul

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Showcasing ~ Six Strip Rail Fence Shirt Quilt ~ Tutorial

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.

Learn how to make a six strip rail fence quilt from flannel shirts. Memory quilt tutorial by Joys Jots, Shots & Whatnots

Friday, 9 June 2017

How to Easily Reinforce Bag Handles for Added Structure

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.

Learn how to reinforce bag and tote handles for added structure ~ Threading My Way

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Showcasing ~ Zipper End Tab ~ Tutorial

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.

Learn how to sew perfect zippers with tabs, resulting in professional looking bags. Tutorial by SewforSoul

Monday, 5 June 2017

Threading Your Way ~ Features

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

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

Even More Sites to Get YOUR Blog Seen

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!!!

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Most Used Sewing Tools ~ Hera Marker

Often as not, I eyeball stitching lines when quilting. There are times, however, when precision is important and that's when I reach for my hera marker.

Use a hera marker to sew straight quilting lines ~ Threading My Way

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Showcasing ~ Stela Coin Purse ~ Tutorial & Pattern

A girl can never have too many zippered pouches. Today's showcased tutorial shows how to make a cute star shaped coin purse - perfect for gifts.

Learn how to make a leather coin purse in the shape of a star. Tutorial by So Sew Easy.