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.

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Showcasing ~ How to Use a Twin Needle ~ Video Tutorial

If you've never used a twin needle to finish off the hem of a t-shirt, today's showcased tutorial will show you how. Twin needles are not just for knit fabrics. They are also extremely handy for sewing two perfectly parallel lines on woven fabrics.

Learn how to sew with a twin, or double, needle on your sewing machine. Tutorial and video tutorial by Easy Sewing for Beginners.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

How to Repair a Large Hole in the Elbow of a Jacket

What would you do if presented with a jacket sporting a rather large hole in the elbow? Look at the size of it!!! I posted a photo on Instagram a couple of months ago, wondering if it was worth the effort to mend.

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Showcasing ~ Neck Roll Cushion ~ Tutorial

With its unique twisted ends, today's showcased project is both practical and pretty. Designed for relaxing, the neck roll pillow (cushion) would make a great gift. 

Friday, 19 May 2017

More Fat Quarter & Jelly Roll Friendly Quilt Blocks

Early last month I showed you 20 quilt blocks made using fat quarters, left over jelly roll strips and a few scraps. I've since made another 40 blocks. This really is a super quick block to whip up.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Hexagon Flowers ~ Quilt

My hexagon flowers are multiplying, and at a faster rate than I'd originally thought. Three years ago, when I first began cutting and basting small scraps of fabric into hexies, I had no idea what the end result would be. 

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Showcasing ~ How to Start Sewing Without a Knot ~ Tutorial

I'm so used to starting with a knot when I sew, but that's going to change from now on when I sew with double thread.  Today's showcased tutorial will show you how to start sewing without a knot - leaves the back of your work so neat and tidy.

How to start sewing without a knot - tutorial by Apple Green Cottage

Friday, 12 May 2017

Where to Find FREE Patterns & Tutorials for Girls' Clothes

Back in the 80s and 90s when I was sewing for my kids, unless you could draft your own, patterns for clothes had to be purchased. Now-a-days, with the invention of the Internet, there's no shortage of free resources. To help you save money while sewing, I've found lots of sites where you will free patterns and tutorials to use when sewing for your girls.

Free resources, sites, patterns and tutorials for sewing clothing for girls - Threading My Way

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Upcyle a Button Down Shirt into Useful Storage Bags

What can you do with a button down shirt when it's no longer wearable? Even if the fabric is thinning, they still make quick and easy travel storage bags. I've made another set to show you today - six travel bags from two shirts.

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Threading Your Way ~ Features

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

A lovely cardigan, added to the Jackets & Coats link party. A long cardigan is a must have...

Long Cardigan ~ Free Pattern & Tutorial by Mayra, from So Sew Easy... this week's featured blog. Mayra, look out for your blog button in my sidebar.  So Sew Easy is chock a block full of free sewing patterns, tutorials and tips. If you sew bags or women's clothes, add So Sew Easy to your blog list.

Thursday, 4 May 2017

30+ Girls' Dresses ~ FREE Tutorials & Patterns

Today I'm showcasing over 30 free girls' dress patterns and tutorials - pinafores, sundresses, jumpers, halter necks, maxis, high-low, ruffle, t-shirt, peasant, shirred, bubble and more. There are lots of different styles and designs, suitable for girls of all ages.

More than 30 free dress patterns and tutorials, showing how to make different styles of dresses for girls of all ages. Threading My Way

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Showcasing ~ Scrapbusting Keyring Pouch Tutorial

Good things come in small packages, and that's the case with today's showcased project. Measuring just 3¼" x 2" x 1", they would make great gifts.

Learn how to make a small keyring pouch using scrap fabric. Tutorial ~ Stitch by Fay

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Quilt Sewing with Children ~ Scrap Busting Project

At what age can kids learn to sew a quilt? I don't think there's any one answer to that question, as there are many factors to take into consideration. However, Little Miss and Little Mister have both just finished sewing their first quilt tops, so I thought I'd show you how we went about it.

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Threading Your Way ~ Features

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

A very clever idea added to the Home Decor link party. Pretty and practical, as well as a great way to reuse old CDs...
Quilted CD Coaster / Mug Rug Tutorial by Rochelle, from eSheep Designs... this week's featured blog. Rochelle, look out for your blog button in my sidebar. You may recall I've done pattern testing for Rochelle - Retro Reticule Bag, Diva Envelope Clutch and the Bundled Up Bindle Bag. Her patterns are easy to follow and detailed. She also designs fabric for Spoonflower, my favourite being the Pride and Prejudice collection, one of which I used for a recent grocery bag. While you're over at eSheep Designs, check out the tutorials and techspertise posts.

Friday, 21 April 2017

Easy DIY Shirt Sleeve Drawstring Bags ~ Tutorial

Last month I showed you my ever so easy to make travel storage bags sewn from the body of a button down shirt. What did I do with the sleeves? Today I'll show you how I quickly repurposed them into drawstring bags.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Creative, Money Saving Ideas for Drawstring Cords in Bags

Drawstring bags have so many uses and can be made from scraps of fabric. Today I'm going to show you some of the items I have used for the cords, effectively bringing the cost down, in some cases, to next to nothing. 

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Showcasing ~ How to Stencil with Freezer Paper ~ Tutorial

In Australia, we don't have ready access to cheap freezer paper. Unfortunately, we have to buy it at a premium price from craft stores. For many of you, however, it's available cheaply at supermarkets.

Learn how to stencil with freezer paper. Tutorial by Swoodson Says.

Friday, 14 April 2017

How to Make a Simple Gathered Skirt ~ Tutorial

A gathered skirt is one of the easiest garments to whip up, making it an ideal project if you are new to sewing. It's all straight line stitching, with the addition of some elastic. Today's tutorial will step you through the process of sewing a knee length gathered skirt with the all important twirl factor.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Pencil Rolls ~ great scrap buster

Pencil rolls are a compact way to store and carry pencils. When rolled up, they take very little space, and so easily fit into a handbag, ready to bring out and amuse the kids when out and about.

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Threading Your Way ~ Features

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

A beautiful bag, added to the Purses, Clutches, Pouches link party. And it's all sewn by hand...

1920's Beaded Dance Bag by Lina, from Sew Historically... this week's featured blog. Lina, look out for your blog button in my sidebar. As the title of the blog suggests, there is a wealth of information about historical costumes on Sew Historically. Lina has sewn many costumes dating from 1500 till the 1950s. I love her 1920's black silk dress.  While you're there, check out her refashioning, natural dyeing, craft tutorials and sewing tutorials.  

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Showcasing ~ RFID Shielded Shopping Bag ~ Free Pattern

Last week I showed you Mayra's Anti Pickpocket Bag. Mayra has taken some ideas from that bag, added a few details suggested by readers, and come up with a new shopping handbag that she has named Gleam.

Learn how to make an RFID Shielded Shopping Handbag with the free PDF pattern by So Sew Easy.

Friday, 7 April 2017

Getaway to Coodravale Homestead & Visit to Canberra

Last month we travelled down to Canberra, the capital city of Australia, to see the Versailles exhibition at the National Gallery. We didn't want to stay in Canberra itself, though, much preferring to stay in a rural location.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Quilt Blocks ~ Fat Quarter & Jelly Roll Friendly

A few nights ago I whipped up 20 quilt blocks, using left over jelly roll strips, fat quarters and a few scraps. 

Monday, 3 April 2017

Dress Lengths of the 20th Century...

or How Short Can You Go?

The twentieth century saw more radical changes in fashion, than any era before - most strikingly, the amount of flesh that clothing no longer covered, combined with the fit of garments. Today I thought I'd look at hemlines on women's dresses and skirts throughout last century.

Hemlines of the 20th Century - the long and short of women's dresses and skirts. Threading My Way

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Showcasing ~ Drawstring Car Play Mat ~ Tutorial

Today's showcased tutorial is a play mat, complete with roads, zoo, garage, hospital, park and houses. When not in use, it folds up into a drawstring storage bag, with room for lots of matchbox cars.

Learn how to make a car play mat that folds up into a drawstring storage bag. Tutorial by Vicky Myers Creations.

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Showcasing - Anti Pickpocket Bag ~ Free Pattern & Tutorial

Today's showcased bag tutorial was designed with security in mind. As well as being an attractive addition to your wardrobe, it's also practical and functional, especially if you are traveling or spending time in crowded places.

Learn how to make an anti pickpocket bag that is both functional and strong. Free pattern and tutorial by So Sew Easy.

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Threading Your Way ~ Features

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

A comprehensive tutorial, added to the Pillows & Cushions link party. Much cheaper than buying a ready made body pillow...

How to Sew a Body Pillow and Pillowcase, by Sahana, from Vikalpah... this week's featured blog. Sahana, look out for your blog button in my sidebar. Vikalpah is not just about sewing, although you will find many detailed, well written sewing tutorials. There's also lots of gift wrapping ideas, jewellery crafts, room & wall decor ideas, and edible crafts.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Easiest Travel Storage Bags You'll Ever Make

I needed a few more travel bags for a recent trip, so I grabbed an old button down shirt, and whipped up a few bags that are suitable for packing all manner of bits and pieces while travelling. All up, I made seven bags - today I'll show you three of them.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Showcasing ~ Messy Bun Beanie ~ Tutorial

Having had long hair for most of my life, I know only too well that hats and ponytails don't always go well together. Today's showcased tutorial solves the problem of how to wear a beanie with hair that's tied up.

Learn how to make a beanie that fits over a bun or ponytail. Tutorial by DIY Crush

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Showcasing ~ Fabric Scraps Memory Game ~ Tutorial

I'm always on the lookout for fun sewing projects to help use up my ever growing stash of fabric scraps. Today's showcased tutorial is one such idea - a memory game made with small scraps of fabric.

Learn how to make a memory game using small scraps of fabric. Tutorial by Apple Green Cottage

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Fabric Sewing Basket with a Drawstring Top

A quick little make to show you today, and one I'm very happy with - a sewing basket to take to an upcoming quilting retreat.

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Threading Your Way ~ Features

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

A super fun toy, added to the Softies, Dolls & Toys link party. There's also a version made from a shirt...

Patchwork Rabbit Pattern by Denise, from DIY Crush... this week's featured blog. Denise, look out for your blog button in my sidebar. DIY Crush is choc-a-block full of free sewing tutorials - for women and kids, as well as a section on sewing tips. Denise regularly features sewing tutorials written by other bloggers.

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Pride and Prejudice Grocery Bag

A reusable grocery bag made with Pride & Prejudice fabric - what could be better for a Jane Austen fan.

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Holiday Additions to the Stash

It's always good to get away for a holiday - time to relax and break the everyday routines. Add some sewing related shopping to the mix - even better. I've just returned from a few days away, and as we often do, Mr TMW and I visited a couple of antique shops.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Showcasing ~ Tunic Refashioned from a Top and a Skirt

Love skinny jeans, but prefer to have your butt covered? Tunic tops are the way to go. Today's showcased tutorial describes how to take a crop top, plus a skirt and refashion them into a tunic. Looks complicated, but it's really quite simple...

Learn how to take pre-loved clothes and refashion them into a tunic top that is perfect to wear with skinny jeans. Second Chances by Susan shows how.

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Showcasing ~ Adding a Zipper to a Hooded Sweatshirt

Today's showcased tutorial is much easier than you might first think. I know some people see the word ZIPPER and straight away dismiss the project as being too hard. If this is you, read on to see how to add a zipper to a too tight hoodie...

Learn how to add a zipper to a too tight hooded sweatshirt. Tutorial by Keeping It Real.

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Showcasing ~ Easy Tote Bag ~ Tutorial

Learn how to make a sturdy tote bag that's just the right size for grocery shopping. Today's showcased tutorial will show you how.

Learn how to make a sturdy tote bag that's the right size for grocery shopping. Tutorial by Libby's Lifestyle.