Friday, 23 December 2016
Monday, 19 December 2016
How are you going with preparations for the festive season? Have you wrapped presents yet? If not, I have some ideas to help you out - creative gift wrapping suggestions, many using recycled items, and all low cost.
Friday, 16 December 2016
Nothing makes a gift more personal than a handmade card - doesn't have to be fancy. Sometimes a simple card looks the most effective.
To help you with preparations for the festive season, today I am showcasing 19 cards and gift tags that I have chosen from the Gift Wrapping link party here at Threading My Way.
Wednesday, 14 December 2016
... the easiest Gift Tags you'll ever make
Over the last fews weeks, I've been experimenting with making Christmas tags, and so far I've shown you three sets...
- Sew Your Own Paper Christmas Tags
- Paper Shopping Bag Gift Tags
- Cardboard Off Cuts and Fabric Scraps Gift Tags
Today's gift tags are the easiest to make yet!
Monday, 12 December 2016
Sunday, 11 December 2016
This week's features (all have been Pinned)...
A really cool tip, added to the Sewing Tips & Techniques link party. This is the first video I've featured...
How to Press a Hem Quickly and Easily by Linda, from Sewing Bee Fabrics... this week's featured blog. Linda, look out for your blog button in my sidebar. Sewing Bee Fabrics has a huge collection of written tutorials, and also some video tutorials.
Saturday, 10 December 2016
I don't know about you, but for me, the festive season almost always involves gifting at least one bottle of wine. And so I thought I'd show you some pretty nifty reusable wine bottle gift bags that have been added to the Gift Wrapping link party here at Threading My Way.
Friday, 9 December 2016
I'm on a roll making gift tags for Christmas this year, experimenting with different methods and styles. Believe it or not, this is my first year making my own and I honestly don't think I'll ever go back to store bought. Today's tags are made with fabric scraps and cardboard from packaging.
Wednesday, 7 December 2016
Monday, 5 December 2016
Sunday, 4 December 2016
Saturday, 3 December 2016
Monday, 28 November 2016
Sunday, 27 November 2016
Whether you call them clothes pins or pegs, a container to put them in is a must. Grab a pair of denim jeans and make a bag that's not only sturdy, but drains quickly, enabling it to be kept outside, no matter what the weather.
Friday, 25 November 2016
What do you do with those small pieces of interfacing that are too tiny to use in most projects? I tend to shove them into a bag, and hope that one day I'll make something small enough to make them useful. At some point the bag of scrap interfacing gets so large, I bin the lot. Not any more...
Wednesday, 23 November 2016
I've made some more drawstring bags for babies in the NICU at the Northern Hospital in Melbourne (Australia) - a quick, feel good project that uses up just a little of the stash.
Monday, 21 November 2016
In less than two weeks, it will be Summer - the hardest time in our garden, due to the heat, dry weather and strong winds. Time to show you around while the plants are at their best.
Sunday, 20 November 2016
A clever idea, added to the Everything Baby link party. Includes both written and video tutorial...
Reversible Stay-On Bib Tutorial by Domenica, from Easy Sewing for Beginners... this week's featured blog. Domenica, look out for your blog button in my sidebar. If you are new to sewing, or even not so new, Easy Sewing for Beginners is for you. Domenica will step you through the basics of learning to sew, as well as providing instructions on how to use a sewing machine. Check out her reversible book cover and how to make fabric labels.
Saturday, 19 November 2016
I'm on a roll making Christmas Gift Tags. A few days ago I showed you my sewn gift tags. Today I have some more tags that have been whipped up on the sewing machine. Chances are you'll have everything you require on hand, if you'd like to make some.
Friday, 18 November 2016
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Two months ago I showed you my new Grocery Bag. That post attracted a LOT of attention, so I thought I'd mention that the pattern I used to make it is on sale, at Michelle Patterns*, right now, through to midnight PST - 23 November 2016, with the discount code - holiday
Tuesday, 15 November 2016
Monday, 14 November 2016
... also known as Cloth Table Napkins
It's not hard to find lovely paper serviettes (napkins) to compliment your table decor. Problem is, they are single use only, and, small as they are, don't help the environment. I'm down to half a packet of paper serviettes and once they're gone, it'll be be serviettes from fabric for my guests. Today's tutorial will show you just how easy they are to make.
Sunday, 13 November 2016
... and it's still running till Christmas
Twelve Christmas DIY Challenges have been set. Now let's see who can meet them!
Whether you choose traditional Christmas colours, or items that can be used year round, the festive season is a great excuse to make something new for your table setting.
Saturday, 12 November 2016
It's all in the presentation! Today's showcased tutorial shows how to gift lollies in these adorable little bags.
Just because it's Christmas doesn't mean snacks need to be junk food. Balance out the fun food with a few healthy snacks.
Friday, 11 November 2016
... made from fabric scraps
Only 45 days left till Christmas!!! And those days will pass by very quickly, which is exactly what the kids want. Me on the other hand - I need more time to get organised.
Thursday, 10 November 2016
Christmas is a good excuse for something new to wear. Given it may be worn for such a short time, the less money spent the better. Alternatively, making a garment that can be worn year round overcomes that problem - Christmassy without being too Christmassy.
Wednesday, 9 November 2016
... made with Chip Packets
Christmas decorations don't have to be fancy or cost a lot of money. Think outside the square and use things you might normally throw out.
Tuesday, 8 November 2016
Monday, 7 November 2016
... from fabric scraps
Today's 12 Days of Christmas DIY Challenges just might help us to lessen the mountain of paper that's often thrown out during the festive season. Over the last couple of years, I've made good inroads into using more reusable gift wrapping solutions.
Sunday, 6 November 2016
A fun organiser, added to the Fabric Baskets link party. With a unique fold over bunting top...
KAIA Mini Fabric Bin ~ Pattern by Damjana, from Apple Green Cottage... this week's featured blog. Damjana, look out for your blog button in my sidebar. Over at Apple Green Cottage, you will find sewing tutorials, activities for kids and crafts. Damjana's tutorials are detailed and easy to follow. Check out her Fabric Sailboat Toy, her Polka Dot Zipper Pouch and her Felt Play Food.
... from an item found in the garden shed
Christmas decorations don't have to be glitzy and store bought. Think outside the square and make something from materials already at hand.
Saturday, 5 November 2016
A handmade card conveys the message that a lot of thought has been put into the gift. It's personal and means so much more than a store bought card.
Friday, 4 November 2016
Thursday, 3 November 2016
Denim Jeans Fabric Basket
Denim jeans - we all wear them, from toddlers to adults. The styles and colours may vary, but they've been a fashion statement since the 60s. Whether they be work clothes or dress jeans, eventually the denim will give. You repair them once, maybe several more times, but sooner or later they'll leave the wardrobe and head to the repurposing pile.
Wednesday, 2 November 2016
Can you believe there's only 53 days till Christmas! With this in mind, Jill, from Creating My Way to Success, has co-ordinated a small group of bloggers to bring you 12 Days of DIY Christmas Challenges.
|For 12 days starting today we will set a challenge a day to create something for Christmas using just the resources you have on hand.
The idea is to show that Christmas Shouldn't Cost the Earth.|
If you're reading this, chances are you love to craft, but why not craft with the resources we have on hand - let's get creative!
If you enjoy looking at beautiful gardens, Wendy's Secret Garden is a must see on a visit to Sydney. It's free, easy to get to and affords spectacular views of Sydney Harbour, Lavender Bay and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Sunday, 30 October 2016
What do you do with an old umbrella that's no longer functional? Today's showcased tutorial shows how to salvage the fabric and turn it into a raincoat for a backpack.
Tuesday, 25 October 2016
Sunday, 23 October 2016
This week's features (all have been Pinned)...
A terrific idea for Christmas, added to both the Kitchen Accessories and the Embroidery, Stitching & Appliqué link parties. This is one of those, why didn't I think of it ideas...
Figgy Pudding Tea Towel ~ Tutorial by Fiona, from Celtic Thistle Stitches... this week's featured blog. Fiona, look out for your blog button in my sidebar. Celtic Thistle Stitches is all about motivating others, and hosts two monthly link parties - New To Me, where you can add any posts about something new you have done, and Ho Ho Ho and On We Sew for any Christmas / Holiday makes. Check out Fiona's beautiful quilts and her sewing tutorials.
Saturday, 22 October 2016
Today's showcased sewing tutorial is such a unique, fun idea - cushions (throw pillows) that are designed to look like luggage tags. Made from map fabric and hessian (burlap), they have a definite vintage charm.
Thursday, 20 October 2016
Sunday, 16 October 2016
Felt is easy to work with. It doesn't fray, cutting down on sewing time, and it keeps its shape well. Today's showcased tutorial uses small amounts of felt to make a bright, fun project.
Saturday, 15 October 2016
When I was a teenager, I carried a rope basket with me everywhere. Today's showcased sewing tutorial reminds me of my treasured basket from many moons ago. Mine wasn't coloured like this one, though.
Thursday, 13 October 2016
or Why I Don't Always Strive for PERFECTION!
There's no point in doing something unless you do it well. That's how I normally approach things, and at times I can be a bit of a perfectionist. However, to apply that approach to everything in my life, even to all my sewing, would cause me to be a total stress head. Ha, ha.. my family would say stress head describes me to a tee!
Tuesday, 11 October 2016
If you're scared of sewing zippers - don't be. Once you've sewn your first zippered pouch, you'll wonder why you waited so long. Be careful, though - sewing them can become addictive. And there's no shortage of uses for the purses and bags you sew - makeup bags, lingerie bags, toiletry bags, pencil cases, jewellery holders, coin purses, keychains... the list is endless.
Monday, 10 October 2016
A great way to reuse an old pair of jeans, added to the Refashioning with Denim link party. Such an easy project...
Denim Draft Excluder for Doors & Windows ~ Tutorial by Claire, from Pillar Box Blue... this week's featured blog. Claire, look out for your blog button in my sidebar. Pillar Box Blue is all about reusing and revamping things into something more beautiful. Claire loves to repurpose denim jeans - check out her Vintage Suitcase and her Wall Pocket Organiser. Amongst many creative and unique ideas you'll find many creative ways to reuse old maps, over at Pillar Box Blue.