Sunday, 16 June 2019

Showcasing ~ Tea Towel Tote ~ Tutorial

No matter how many fabric shopping bags I have, there are times when I could do with more - I forget to put them back in the car, they need washing, or I use them for something else. Today's showcased post features a tutorial showing how to turn a tea towel into a tote bag that's perfect for grocery shopping.

Learn how to make a tote bag from a tea towel. Tutorial by Sum of their Stories.

Saturday, 15 June 2019

Showcasing ~ Convertible Tote Bag ~ Pattern & Tutorial

I like bags that can be worn in different ways - my norm being cross body bags that can comfortably have the strap shortened to double as shoulder bags. Today's showcasing post features a bag that can be used as a backpack, a cross body bag and a shopping tote.

Learn how to make a convertible tote bag that can be worn as a backpack and a cross body bag. Free tutorial & pattern by So Sew Easy

Thursday, 13 June 2019

Winter Down Under ~ A Tour of Our Garden

Its officially Winter in Australia. We've had a few cold (for us) days, but the last week has seen balmy temperatures in the low 20ºCs (68ºF) in the middle of the day - getting down to 3ºC (37ºF) at night. It will get colder than that, but nothing like the temperatures many of you experience in the Northern Hemisphere. 

Australian native daisy

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Travel Storage Bags ~ Double Drawstring Bags ~ Tutorial

Drawstring bags are SO easy to whip up, making them a great sewing project for a beginner. Whenever I have the need to pack a bag, whether it be for an overnight stay, a holiday, or travel, I keep my backpack or suitcase organised with drawstring bags in an assortment of sizes. I usually make them with a double drawstring so the top stays closed. Today's tutorial will show you how...

Learn how to make travel storage bags - drawstring bag tutorial - Threading My Way

Sunday, 9 June 2019

Showcasing ~ Children's TeePee ~ Tutorial

Children don't need a lot of expensive toys. What they do need are simple toys and props to develop their imagination and creativity. A teepee is one such item, providing endless hours of creative play.

Learn how to make a children's fabric teepee. Tutorial by Magnolia

Saturday, 8 June 2019

Showcasing ~ Sew a Zippered Pocket on Any Bag ~ Tutorial

There's no such thing as too many pockets in a bag - never, ever!!! Whether they be internal or external, pockets keep bag contents secure, tidy and easy to find. If your favourite bag tutorial or pattern doesn't have enough pockets, read on...

Learn how to add a zippered pocket to any bag. Tutorial by AppleGreen Cottage.

Friday, 7 June 2019

Sewn by YOU ~ Fabric Baskets with Drawstring Closure

I absolutely adore it when I come across projects you have made with one of my tutorials. I love seeing the end results - the fabric combinations and modifications that make it yours. Today I thought I'd show you some awesome baskets I found on Instagram, all made using my Fabric Basket with Drawstring Top tutorial.


Sunday, 2 June 2019

Showcasing ~ Choosing Colours & Fabrics for Quilts

There's a reason fabric companies sell bundles of pre-cut fabric. They're colour co-ordinated, and in most cases will work well in the same project. But what if you want to pick and choose fabrics yourself? This is where I come unstuck. I know what works, or doesn't, when I see the fabrics together. But pulling fabrics from my stash, or the fabric store, can result in frustration, as I don't know why some fabrics work and others don't. Read on to find the answers... 

Learn how to choose colours & fabrics for quilts - focus print, hue, tone, contrast - From My Carolina Home

Saturday, 1 June 2019

Showcasing ~ Mini Biscornu Embroidery ~ Tutorial

I've been sewing for many, many years, but the thing is, one person can't know it all. There's always new, interesting facets of the hobby to explore and learn. Do you know what a biscornu is? Well, I didn't until today...

Learn how to make a mini biscornu pincushion. Tutorial by Sum of their Stories.