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.

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.