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.

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Showcasing ~ Felt Pocket Kitty Cat ~ Free Pattern

Today's showcased pattern is a super cute softie that's the perfect size for toddlers to carry around, and to slip into their pockets. Isn't the heart face adorable!  

Make a felt kitty cat pocket toy with the free pattern and tutorial by Swoodson Says.

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Most Used Sewing Tools ~ Wonder Clips

Wonder clips are a relatively recent invention. For the vast majority of my sewing life, they just didn't exist. Now, however, they're on my list of must have sewing tools.


Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Easy Sew Pencil Case ~ Tutorial ~ No Zipper Needed

When I think of pencil cases, a zippered pouch usually springs to mind, or maybe a pencil roll. In reality, any container the right shape can be used to store and carry pencils. Today I'm going to show you how to easily make a simple, lined drawstring pencil pouch.


Sunday, 19 February 2017

Threading Your Way ~ Features

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

An awesome refashion, added to the Reusing Shirts & Ties link party. Would you believe a soldering iron was used in this project...

Kintsugi Inspired Trousers ~ Upcycle by Agy, from Green Issues by Agy... this week's featured blog. Agy, look out for your blog button in my sidebar. Agy is an eco-designer who loves sustainable fashion. Every week she posts to the series, Fix it Friday - repairs to anything from clothing to furniture. Agy definitely thinks outside the square, and is very creative with her numerous refashions. If you live in Singapore, Agy runs Refashioning Workshops.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Recent Additions to the Stash

When I showed you my infinity scarves, I told you I'd show you my recent fabric purchases. I visited my local quilt store to buy some batting...

Nocturne, by Janet Clare, for Moda

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Showcasing ~ Rounded Opening Tote Bag ~ Tutorial

A girl can never have too many bags! Add a sturdy, canvas tote to your collection with today's showcased tutorial.


Saturday, 11 February 2017

Showcasing ~ How to Sew Storage Boxes ~ Tutorial

The larger the size of a fabric box, the harder it is to make the sides sturdy so the box stands upright. Today's showcased tutorial overcomes that problem.

Learn how to make a storage boxes from fabric and cardboard. Tutorial by Tea and a Sewing Machine.

Friday, 10 February 2017

Sewn by YOU ~ Drawstring Fabric Baskets

I am always thrilled when readers let me know they've made something from one of my sewing tutorials. Looking at the photos makes my day - every single time!!! I love seeing the fabrics chosen, modifications made and the various purposes the finished items have been used for. Today I thought I'd show you some projects made using the Fabric Basket with Drawstring Top tutorial.


Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Easy to Make Women's Infinity Scarves

More feel good, stash busting sewing to show you today. This time it's infinity scarves - 15 of them. If you've never made garments for yourself, an infinity scarf is a good place to start. The fit is not at all critical, and mistakes are easily hidden.

Chiffon type fabric ~ 9" x 75"/76"/78"

Monday, 6 February 2017

You Might Be Able to Help Me

The other day I started going through ALL the projects added to the Cushions & Pillows link party, here at Threading My Way. Yep, that's a lot of projects - 240 to be exact.


Sunday, 5 February 2017

Threading Your Way ~ Features

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

An awesome cushion, added to the Denim Refashioning link party. I love the frog peaking out from the jeans pocket...


Denim Jeans Cushion by Klaudia, from Klaudia's Kreativ World... this week's featured blog... Klaudia, look out for your blog button in my sidebar. Klaudia makes a lot of sewn projects with pre-loved denim jeans. Her denim owl potholders are a combination of scrappy and jeans. Check out her tutorials and also a large list of helpful sewing resources.

Friday, 3 February 2017

Mini Log Cabin Quilt Top ~ Stashbusting

Here's my finished mini log cabin quilt top. I must say, I'm rather pleased with how it looks, even if it has taken me three years to get to this point.

Make a mini log cabin quilt top ~ Threading My Way

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Library Bag & Matching Pencil Case ~ Charity Sewing

It's that time of year in Australia when kids are starting a new school year. Unlike many other countries, our kids go into new classes at the beginning of the year, straight after the long Summer holidays. To enable them to borrow and take home Library books, most schools require each child to have their own Library bag (book bag).

Easy to make library bag and matching pencil case ~ charity sewing ~ Threading My Way

Monday, 30 January 2017

Scrapbusting ~ Lined Patchwork Drawstring Gift Bag ~ Tutorial

Grab your fabric scraps and offcuts, to make a useful little drawstring bag. It's a quick and easy project that will help you bust some of the little pieces of fabric you've been collecting. Today's tutorial will show you how...

Learn how to make a small, reusable, lined drawstring gift bag. Tutorial by Threading My Way


Saturday, 28 January 2017

Showcasing ~ Valentines Day Bag ~ Tutorial

Today's showcased tutorial shows how to make a sweet little bag that's just perfect for Valentines Day. That gives you just over two weeks if you would like to make one for this year.

Learn how to make a sweet heart shaped bag for Valentines Day. The reversible bag is perfect for valentines, candies or small toys. Tutorial by Cucicucicoo Ecological Living

Showcasing ~ Shibori Denim Hearts Pencil Case ~ Tutorial

Today's showcased tutorial has everything - playing with dye to create fun effects, upcycling denim jeans and embellishing with a little hand stitching, all to create these adorable pencil cases. They'd be perfect for Valentines Day!

Make a pencil case by using the Shibori method to dye old denim jeans. Reverse appliqué hearts for Valentines Day

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Women's Toiletry Bags ~ Charity Sewing

Feel good, stash busting sewing sums up the Women's Toiletry Bags I'm showing you today. They would have to be the easiest toiletry bags I have ever sewn.

Easy to make women's toiletry bag ~ Threading My Way ~ charity sewing

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Reusable Fabric Grocery Bags ~ Adding a Bottom to the Bags

Complete with blurry iPhone photos, I'm going to show you some reusable fabric grocery bags that I made my Mum for Christmas. I've made so many of these bags now, that I've lost count. But this was my first time adding a removable, solid bottom to the bag.

Make a reusable fabric grocery bag with a flat bottom. How to add the solid bottom insert to the Michelle Patterns shopping bag pattern ~ Threading My Way

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Threading Your Way ~ Features

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

Some super cute hearts, added to the Denim Refashioning link party. Two different versions in the one tutorial. Can't work out which are my favourites...

How to Make Denim Hearts from Old Jeans by Claire, from Pillar Box Blue... this week's featured blog. Claire, look out for your blog button in my sidebar. If you like repurposing denim jeans, Pillar Box Blue is a must read. Check out Claire's upcyced maps, crafts and DIY.

Thursday, 19 January 2017

How To Easily Make an Appliquéd Strip Quilt

The other day I showed you the quilt my daughter and I made together. We are both very pleased with how it turned out, and it seems, you guys like it too. I've had a few people ask me how we put it together, so I'm going to give you a few more details to enable you to make one, too.

How to make an appliquéd strip quilt ~ tutorial by Threading My Way

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Joint Effort ~ Christmas Present Quilt

I have a quilt to show you today - one that was finished in time for Christmas in 2016. But I didn't do all the work. This was a collaborative effort with my daughter.

Small lap quilt ~ Threading My Way

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Diva Envelope Clutch ~ New Bag Pattern

The Diva Envelope Clutch is a portfolio style bag, which looks like an envelope when open. Made with eSheep Designs' latest pattern, the clutch makes it easy to carry around folders and papers without the hassle of lugging a big bag or briefcase.

Diva Envelope Clutch Pattern and Tutorial by eSheep Designs ~ Threading My Way

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Showcasing ~ How to Make a Sock Monkey ~ Tutorial

Today's showcased tutorial will show you how to make an adorable sock monkey. I've always loved sock monkeys, but this would have to be the cutest one I have ever seen.

Learn how to make an adorable Sock Monkey. Tutorial by Easy Sewing for Beginners.

Friday, 13 January 2017

Piped Cushion Covers ~ easier than you think

Whether you call them cushions, pillows or throw pillows, I'm thrilled with how this set turned out. Although they appear to be the same shape as a pillow you might sleep on, in reality, these cushions are much smaller, and are destined to sit on a lounge (sofa).

Make a set of piped cushion / pillow covers ~ Threading My Way