Monday, 16 December 2013

Friendship Bracelet Kit...

Friendship Bracelet Kit ~ Threading My Way

I missed out on the Friendship Bracelet craze during the 80s and 90s. As an adult at the time, I was more interested in jewellery of the precious metal kind. However, when Fiona suggested I make up a friendship bracelet kit, it solved my question as to what to pop into one of the fabric baskets I'd made.

Friday, 13 December 2013

Hair Ties Tutorial...

A young girl can never have too many hair accessories. If you are after some last minute gifts, hair ties made from fabric covered buttons are SO easy to make... just a few minutes of your time. Today's tutorial will show you how to make two different styles.

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Seagull Cushion...

Seagull Cushion ~ Threading My Way

I'm thrilled with my latest cushion!!! It's just perfect for someone who lives near the beach. I made the seagull cushion as a Christmas present, but I'm oh, so tempted to keep it for myself. I don't live anywhere near the beach, but I still think it looks great sitting on my lounge.

Monday, 9 December 2013

Easy Ideas for Gift Wrapping...

In case you missed it, here's the post I wrote for the Seasonal Sewing Series, over at So Sew Easy.

When Deby asked if I wanted to contribute to the So Sew Easy Seasonal Sewing Series, I immediately agreed. Not only did it sound like a fun series, but I could get a head start on planning and sewing for Christmas.

Sunday, 8 December 2013

Saturday, 7 December 2013

Fabric Basket with Drawstring Top ~ Tutorial...

Finally, here's the tutorial showing how to make my latest fabric baskets with a drawstring top. The tutorial will show how I made both the Fabric Baskets for the Boys and the Fabric Baskets for the Girls

Fabric Basket with a Drawstring Top TUTORIAL... Make a fabric basket that is enclosed with a drawstring top. Step by step instructions showing you how. ~ Threading My Way

This basket is essentially a drawstring bag joined to a fabric basket with handles. It's not hard to make, but it is quite a long tutorial. The finished dimensions - 7" x 4" x 6" (w x d x h), with the drawstring section adding roughly another 6" to the height.

Thursday, 5 December 2013

A Little About Me...


Have you come across ChrisW Designs? Christine is a fellow Aussie who designs and sells PDF bag patterns. I have my eye on the Amy backpack. I know it's only 3 weeks till Christmas and I have a quilt to finish, not to mention lots of other things, but I know a little one who would love this bag.

If you pop over to Christine's blog today, you might learn a little more about me.

  ... Pam

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Car Boot Liner...

It will probably come as no surprise to you, that I carry a lot of gardening supplies in the back of my car. To prevent mess and dirt in the car, I've always used PVC tablecloths, but it's always been difficult to make the sides stay up while I'm loading the car. To be more exact, I'm usually trying to hold the sides up and trying to not get in the way of the nursery guy loading the car for me.

Monday, 2 December 2013

Progress on my Second Quilt...

Last week I bought my first jelly roll. Not so long ago, I didn't even know what a jelly roll was. Fat quarters were the limit of my knowledge of cut fabric, other than straight yardage. I have yet to enter into the world of charm packs and layer cakes, too, but I'm sure it won't be long.

Sunday, 1 December 2013

30+ Easy to Sew Gifts...

30+ easy to SEW gifts for a Handmade Christmas ~ Threading My Way

Looking for ideas to sew your own gifts for the festive season? Our ongoing, themed, sewing link parties are a great place to start looking.

Last night I went back to the beginnings of some of our link parties here on Threading My Way. That's almost two years worth of ideas!!!

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Superhero Capes...

I'm madly sewing for Christmas, and with almost a month to go, there's every possibility that I may accomplish everything on my list. Here's my latest finish... Superhero Capes, modelled by Raggedy Ann.

Monday, 25 November 2013

Fabric Baskets for the Girls...

Fabric Baskets for the girls ~ Threading My Way

Earlier this month I showed you my Fabric Baskets for the Boys. This time I've made a girlie set of baskets, using the beautiful Saffron Craig fabric, Magical Lands. I was lucky enough to match the blue with a polka dot from my stash.

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Monday, 18 November 2013

Making Wrapping Paper ~ New Art Smocks...

The kids have been using our old t-shirts to protect their clothes while painting. The adult t-shirts do the job, but they're not a good fit, even though I adjusted them. The t-shirt sleeves are loose and drape across the paint, which doesn't worry the kids in the slightest, but I thought it was time to make some that fit properly.

Saturday, 16 November 2013

Threading Your Way ~ Features...

This week's features...

A fabulous pair of curtains, added to the Home Decor link party...

New Curtains by Marci, from Stone Cottage Adventures

Friday, 15 November 2013

Double Thank You...

I've been lucky enough to receive two awards from fellow bloggers, but I've been totally slack in telling you about them. The first was way back in March of this year... eight months ago. Better late than never. I hope you agree, Amy??? Thank you, Amy, for passing on the Versatile Blogger Award. If you are into sewing for tweens, little ones or American Girl dolls, then you'll want to pop over and say Hi to Amy at Sews N Bows. You'll be glad you did! Almost all of Amy's posts have a twist that bring a smile to my face or, in many cases, bring on outright laughter. 

The second award was only two months ago, so I don't feel quite so guilty about that one. Thank you, Danya, for passing on the Sunshine Award; a blogger-to-blogger award for blogs that inspire and bring sunshine into people's lives. Danya is a fellow Aussie, who blogs about parenting, art and craft with kids, cooking, sewing and photography. I have pinned lots of Danya's creative arts and crafts activities, for the little people in my life. If you have young children, add Danya Banya to your blog roll.

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Going Coastal Long Shorts

Going Coastal Long Shorts... Pattern Review ~ Threading My Way... pattern by Puperita, fabric by Little Ladybird

Now I know that for many of you, it's definitely not shorts wearing weather at the moment. Here in Australia, however, the temperatures are climbing and we're headed into Summer. It's been unseasonably hot during Spring and the kids have been wearing shorts for some time now.

Monday, 11 November 2013

No Frills Extra Large Tote Tutorial...

No Frills Extra Large Tote... TUTORIAL showing how to make this roomy tote bag ~ Threading My Way

Sometimes I need an extra large tote to carry things from one place to another. Nothing fancy, no need for pockets, just a bag that will let me carry largish items easily. Today I'll show you how I made my No Frills Extra Large Tote. It's a super quick and easy make.

Saturday, 9 November 2013

Friday, 8 November 2013

Pillowcase Tutorials...

Margie, from Nanny Notes 2U, is running a sew-along, in support of Pillowcases for Oncology Kids, a charity I've supported in the past. I often sew pillowcases, both for charity and as gifts, so, as well as showing some of my latest creations, I thought I'd do a round up of free pillowcases tutorials I've found online.

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Easy Ideas for Gift Wrapping...

The Seasonal Sewing Series, hosted by Deby, from So Sew Easy, has started. There will be a new giveaway every day, Monday to Friday, for the whole month of November and a grand prize giveaway 27th November.

I'm pleased to be contributing to the series today, with lots of EASY ideas for Gift Wrapping.

You won't want to miss today's giveaway... 4 PDF bag patterns of your choice from ChrisW Designs.

... Pam

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Fabric Baskets for the Boys...

Fabric Baskets for the Boys ~ Threading My Way

I'm joining Madam Samm, from Sew We Quilt and Amy from Sew Incredibly Crazy, in a blog hop...  anything and everything For the Boys. There will be 70 different bloggers posting ideas and inspiration for Boy Sewing... something we all say there's not enough of.

Monday, 4 November 2013

What's Happening in November...

A quick heads up on some sewing related happenings in November...

Deby, from So Sew Easy is hosting the Seasonal Sewing Series. The series will be jam packed with sewing tips and projects, with a giveaway every Monday to Friday throughout November. I'll be guest posting 7th November.

Softies for Mirabel, is an annual handmade toy drive, helping kids who are affected by parental substance abuse. Toys can be knitted, crocheted or sewn. More details over at Meet Me At Mikes. I missed out last year, but I've asked Erin to make sure I don't forget this year.

Sunday, 3 November 2013

Threading Your Way ~ Features...

This week's features...

A fabulous refashion, added to the Bags & Totes link party. There are now over 400 bags and totes in the collection...

Men's Shirt to Handbag ~ an Upcycle Tutorial by Jill, from Creating My Way to Success

Friday, 1 November 2013

Batman Themed Presents...

Batman Themed Presents ~ Threading My Way

Na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, Batman! 

We have a little member of the family who is obsessed with Batman, so I thought I'd indulge him and make some Batman themed presents.

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Arm Protectors...

Protect your arms while working in the garden ~ Threading My Way

Mr TMW asked if I would make him something to protect his arms, while he's clearing lantana from our block of land. He wears a long sleeved shirt, but the lantana still causes cuts and scratches. Here's how I quickly made him some arm protectors. They took just 5 minutes.

Monday, 28 October 2013

Grocery Bag Holder...

I try not to use plastic bags when I go shopping, but somehow or another I still end up accumulating them. Hopefully by now, most of them are biodegradable. So, much as I might prefer to pretend I don't have any, I do and I needed a better way to store them. They were shoved inside another plastic bag.

Saturday, 26 October 2013

Threading Your Way ~ Features ~ Gift Wrapping

As I'm trying to be organised this year (I can dream, can't I), this week's features are projects I love from the Gift Wrapping link party. They are all easy to make and inexpensive. Many of them are recycled projects, also.

Repurposed Sweater Sleeve Gift Bag by Susan, from Organized 31

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Photo Shoot Backgrounds...

Choosing Backgrounds for a Photo Shoot - what NOT to do ~ Threading My Way

I know next to nothing about photography and taking great photos. Sometimes, I'm lucky and I can fluke a good shot, but it's definitely a hit and miss process.

Monday, 21 October 2013

Scrappy Fabric Basket Tutorial...

Today I'm going to show you how to make your own Scrappy Fabric Basket, using small pieces of fabric from your stash. Measuring 6.5" x 4.5" x 4" (16.5cm x 11.5cm x 10cm), this handy sized basket is sturdy enough to stand up by itself. Let's get started with the tutorial.

Saturday, 19 October 2013

Friday, 18 October 2013

Christmas Fabric Baskets...

Christmas Fabric Baskets ~ Threading My Way

I keep seeing the word Christmas being mentioned and I've actually just finished writing my first Christmas post... a guest post that I'll tell you more about next month. That means I've done some Christmas sewing and I feel SO, SO organised!!!

Monday, 14 October 2013

Darling Daisy Dress...

Darling Daisy Dress ~ pattern review Threading My Way
In August, I was lucky enough to win a copy of a PDF pattern for the Darling Daisy Dress, by Sew Like My Mom. Thanks, Mie, for hosting the give-away. You were right; it really is an easy project.

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

How to Lengthen Kids' Jeans...

As kids grow, their clothes often become too short, whilst they fit everywhere else... simple solution; add extra length to extend the life of pants and jeans. Today's tutorial will show you how to easily add a band to the bottom of kids' jeans.

Monday, 7 October 2013

Shorts for Boys

Another two pairs of Mud Puddle Splashers made. They really are my go to PDF pattern for boys' shorts; such a quick and easy make. I've never timed myself sewing them, but they really don't take long.

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Scary Sewing Stories...

Have you seen the Scary Sewing Stories over at Simple Simon and Co? If you'd like a laugh, have a read of this weekend's stories. They won't all make you laugh, however. Some are cringe worthy. 

One of the stories may, or may not, be mine...

... Pam

Saturday, 5 October 2013

Threading Your Way ~ Features...

This week's features...

A far out quilt, added to the Quilting & Patchwork link party. This quilt has the 60s covered perfectly!!! I can't decide which parts I like the best... the cool hippie chick with her bell bottoms, the groovy combie van, or the outta sight love bug.

Let's Twist to the 60s Quilt by Daryl, from Patchouli Moon Studio

Friday, 4 October 2013

Holiday Memories Cushion...

Whenever my daughter and I holiday in South Australia, we spend some time visiting the Fleurieu Peninsula. Whatever the time of year, we love walking along the beautiful beaches. South Australia isn't just wineries, although we do like to visit those, too. 

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

What's Happening in October...

A quick heads up on some sewing related happenings in October...

The 2nd season of Refashion Runway has started over at The Renegade Seamstress. Sew along with your own refashions and vote for your favourites.

Hopeful ThreadsKristy, from Hopeful Threads, is teaming up with Dona, from Sewing Miles of Smiles, for Hats Off!.. a sew-along making hats for the patients Dona regularly cares for in her community. Hats can be sewn, crocheted or knitted and in any size from preemie to adult.

Monday, 30 September 2013

Backing Up Your Blog...

How to BACKUP your Blogger Blog ~ Threading My Way

How often do you backup your blog? I usually remember to backup mine once a week, but I really should back it up EVERY time I work on it. Better safe than sorry!!! Here's a quick how to on backing up a Blogger blog...

Saturday, 28 September 2013

Threading Your Way ~ Features...

This week's features, all of which are pinned to my newest Pinterest board... features from Threading Your Way with Threading My Way.

A beautiful dress, added to the Dresses for Girls link party. There are now over 350 dresses in the collection...

Playdate Party Dress ~ Tutorial by Pamela, from Sovanisa

Friday, 27 September 2013

Beach Huts Cushion Tutorial...

Beach Huts Cushion TUTORIAL... how to make a set of cushions with button closures ~ Threading My Way

Today I'll show you how to make a set of cushions, with button closures. In Australia we call them cushions and I believe it's the same in the UK. In other parts of the world, you might refer to them as pillows.