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.

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.