Monday, 17 September 2018

Missing in Action

It's been a couple of weeks since my last post, and will be a while till the next, as my Mum has broken her hip. It's been a stressful time, especially for Mum, but she is making good progress, and champing at the bit to get back to her garden. Every now and then I'm able to get to a computer and update the Daily Featured Tutorial over there in the sidebar, but for the time being, that's about it.


See you when I can.

... Pam

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Where to Find FREE Patterns & Tutorials for Making Bags

Bags and totes don't have to fit perfectly like garments, making them one of the easiest, and most popular, projects to sew. Whilst there are lots of great bag patterns that can be purchased, there's no shortage of free ones, too. To help you save money while sewing, I've found lots of sites where you will free patterns and tutorials to use when sewing totes and bags.

Free resources, sites, patterns and tutorials for sewing bags and totes - Threading My Way

Sunday, 2 September 2018

Showcasing ~ Denim World Map on a Floor Cushion ~ Tutorial

I live in denim jeans. It's a rare occasion when I swap them for another garment. Hard wearing as they are, however, they don't last forever. Don't throw them out - there are so many uses they can be put to. Today's showcased tutorial is one such example - and it only requires very small scraps of different coloured denim.

Learn how to utilise old denim jeans to add a world map to a floor cushion. Tutorial by Pillar Box Blue.

Saturday, 1 September 2018

Showcasing ~ Dad's Barn Quilt Block ~ Tutorial

Many quilts from long ago were made with old pieces of clothing, instead of new fabric like we use today. Today's showcased tutorial is an example of upcycling men's button down shirts into a quilt.

Learn how to upcycle men's shirts into the Dad's Barn quilt block ~ Tutorial by Joy's Jots, Shots & Whatnots

Friday, 31 August 2018

Seven Years Blogging ~ Things I've Learnt

Seven years blogging - can you believe that? To be honest, if it wasn't for Rochelle sending me an email this year, the seven year mark would have totally passed me by.

What I've learnt in seven years blogging ~ Threading My Way

Saturday, 25 August 2018

Showcasing ~ Mini Backpack Coin Purse ~ Free Pattern

Don't be deceived - this is no ordinary backpack. Measuring just 3½" x 3" x 2", it's a cute, little coin purse. Wouldn't these make great presents.

Learn how to make a mini backpack coin purse. Tutorial and free pattern by So Sew Easy

Friday, 24 August 2018

Thursday, 23 August 2018

What Do You Do When a Project Goes Wrong?

Do you ever think everything is going along swimmingly with what you are sewing, only to find that you've made a mistake quite early on in the process, but didn't notice. That was me with this hand stitched project.

What do you do when a sewing project doesn't go to plan ~ Threading My Way

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Monday, 20 August 2018

Sunday, 19 August 2018

Showcasing ~ Receiving Blanket, Swaddling Blanket ~ Tutorial

Who doesn't love sewing for babies? I know I do! I think it has something to do with welcoming a new little one into the world - not to mention most of the items are tiny, cute and fast to whip up.

Learn how to easily make a receiving / swaddling blanket. Tutorial by Libby's Lifestyle

Saturday, 18 August 2018

Showcasing ~ Bucket Bag ~ Free Pattern & Tutorial

With a finished size of 15" x 11", today's showcased bag is not only roomy, but has seven pockets inside. The stylish bucket bag is designed to be made with thickish materials, such as upholstery fabric or leather.

Learn how to make a fabric or leather bucket bag. Tutorial by So Sew Easy

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Text Fabric ~ Reusable Grocery Bag ~ My Favourite

It's no secret that I LOVE text fabric - doesn't matter what the text says, or even if it's legible or in another language. I think that just adds to the appeal.

Make a reusable fabric grocery bag ~ Threading My Way

Sunday, 12 August 2018

Showcasing ~ Snow Globe Coaster ~ Free Pattern & Tutorial

We call them coasters in Australia. You might call them mug rugs. Whatever you call them, today's showcased project is super cute - and definitely required thinking outside the square by the creator.

Learn how to make a sewn snow globe coaster. Tutorial by Clever Chameleon.

Saturday, 11 August 2018

Showcasing ~ Bandana Bunny ~ Free Pattern & Tutorial

Softies come in all shapes and sizes, the main criteria being that they are soft and cuddly - a toy that a child can snuggle up to. Adorable and cute, like today's showcased project, just adds to their appeal.


Friday, 10 August 2018

Why a Skirt is a Good Beginner Project...

or When a Project Doesn't Go to Plan


Why is a simple gathered skirt a good project for a beginner? It's all straight line sewing, with the addition of some elastic. You can't go wrong - or can you?


Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Silk Screen Printed Silhouette Quilt ~ Finally Finished

It's finished!!! At long last I have finished the silk screen printed silhouette quilt - over four years in the making.


Monday, 6 August 2018

Showcasing ~ DIY Magnetic Pin Jar ~ Tutorial

Today's showcased project involves no sewing whatsoever, but you'll use it almost every time you do sew. And, it only takes one minute to make...

Learn how to quickly make a magnetic pin jar ~ eSheep Designs

Sunday, 5 August 2018

Threading Your Way ~ Features

This week's features (all have been Pinned)...

A fabulous tutorial, added to the Sewing Accessories link party. A clever way to carry unfinished quilt blocks and spools of thread when out and about...

Needle Turn Appliqué Roll-up Block Keeper ~ Tutorial by Joy, from Days Filled with Joy... this week's featured blog. Joy, look out for your blog button in my sidebar. Joy sews at an amazing pace - a mixture of quilts and easy to sew projects, many of them suitable for gift giving. Some of my favourites...

Saturday, 4 August 2018

Showcasing ~ Vintage Handkerchief Jewellery Pouch ~ Tutorial

We grew up with hankies, not tissues. They were the first item I learnt to iron. Yep, you read that right. We used to iron our handkerchiefs!!! Hard to imagine now. I'm kicking myself for throwing out so many pretty handkerchiefs over the years - so many things I could do with them now, today's adorable bag being one of them.

Learn how to make a jewellery pouch from a vintage hankerchief. Drawstring bag tutorial by Sum of their Stories

Friday, 3 August 2018

Winter Garden in Australia ~ Signs of Spring

Long time readers of Threading My Way will know that while my blog is mainly about sewing, gardening is my passion. It's my happy place. Since it has been a while since I've shown you pics, I thought it was about time to rectify that.


Sunday, 29 July 2018

Showcasing ~ Reusable Fabric Christmas Crackers ~ Tutorial

The beauty of hand made Christmas Crackers is the ability to put your own gifts inside. Typical store bought crackers contain a joke, a party hat and a plastic novelty. Making your own crackers, the contents are limited only by your imagination.

Learn how to make Christmas crackers / bon bons. Tutorial by Days Filled with Joy.

Saturday, 28 July 2018

Showcasing ~ Lined Tote Bag with Handle Cover ~ Tutorial

What I love about today's showcased project is the handle cover. Not only does it keep both of the handles together, it also makes holding the bag easier - no more straps digging into your hands.

Learn how to make a tote bag, with a handle cover. Tutorial by Tea and a Sewing Machine

Pillowcases & Blanket ~ Skirting the Issue

Once again the girls from Simple Simon and Company are running Skirting the Issue, a month long sew along in support of children who could do with a little something to brighten their lives. What began as sewing skirts for girls in foster care, has now grown to include quilts, blankets, pillowcases and dresses.


Tuesday, 24 July 2018

Sewn by YOU ~ Drawstring Gift Bag with Divider

Last week I showed you my drawstring gift bag, made with a divider to form two compartments. Susan, from Super Mom No Cape! has already made her own version of the bag. In fact, she's made two bags. 

Make a drawstring gift bag with a divider - Super Mom No Cape!

Sunday, 22 July 2018

Showcasing ~ Hedgehog Softie ~ Free Pattern & Tutorial

When I was a kid, it was just dolls and teddy bears. Thankfully things have changed, and softies now come in the shape of any animal you can image. What could be cuter than a family of soft hedgehogs!

Learn how to sew a hedgehog softie. Free pattern & tutorial by Sewing Bee Fabrics.

Saturday, 21 July 2018

Showcasing ~ Denim Jeans Peg Bag ~ Tutorial

Pegs or clothespins - whatever you call them, they need to be contained in something. Today's showcased tutorial will step you through the process of upcycling a pair of old denim jeans into a peg bag, or clothespin bag.

Learn how to upcycle a pair of denim jeans into a clothespin peg bag. Tutorial by Vicky Myers Creations.

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Reusable Double Wine Bottle Bag ~ Gift Bag

I am so pleased with the wine bottle bags I've recently made. Each holds two bottles of wine, is easy to make and looks good, too.

Make a reusable wine bottle gift bag ~ Threading My Way


Monday, 16 July 2018

Drawstring Gift Bag with Divider ~ Nail Polish Bag ~ Tutorial

If you've been reading Threading My Way for any length of time, you'll know that I like to get creative when giving presents. Drawstring bags are an easy way to cut down on paper and they become part of the gift, too. Today's drawstring bag is a little different, though - it has a panel inside, to divide the bag into two compartments.

How to make a drawstring gift bag with a divider to hold nail polish. Tutorial by Threading My Way


Sunday, 15 July 2018

Showcasing ~ Secret Pocket Coathanger ~ Tutorial

Today's showcased tutorial is rather nifty - one project with two purposes. It would be very handy if you travel, although I can see several uses for this in my own wardrobe at home.

Learn how to cover a coathanger - with secret pocket. Tutorial by Libby's Lifestyle

Saturday, 14 July 2018

Showcasing ~ Quilted Christmas Wreath Pillow Cover ~ Tutorial

Today's showcased tutorial will help you get organised early for Christmas. I know, the festive season seems so far away, but every year it comes around faster than I would like. Planning ahead is the key!!!

Learn how to make a quilted Christmas wreath pillow / cushion cover. Tutorial by Super Mom No Cape!

Sunday, 8 July 2018

Threading Your Way ~ Features

This week's features (all have been Pinned)...

Some very helpful tips, added to the Sewing Tips & Techniques link party. Covers all the basics...

Beginner Tips for Machine Appliqué by Stephanie, from Swoodson Says... this week's featured blog. Stephanie, look out for your blog button in my sidebar. If you are new to sewing, Stephanie's blog is a must read. She covers a wide range of topics... refashioning, craft upcycling, sewing patterns, softies and quilting to name a few. Stephanie sews for both herself and her children.

Sunday, 1 July 2018

Showcasing ~ Running / Money Belt ~ Free Pattern & Tutorial

I don't know about you, but my mobile phone goes almost everywhere with me. That doesn't mean I live on it - it's just there if I need it. Now if I was to take up jogging, or even walking, I'd want my mobile with me, but without the hassle of a large bag. And that's where today's showcased tutorial comes in - a light, small bag to clip around the waist.

Learn how to make a running belt to keep valuables handy & safe. Free pattern & tutorial by So Sew Easy

Saturday, 30 June 2018

Showcasing ~ Carry Cot for a Mini Baby Doll ~ Tutorial

Today's showcased tutorial is so cute - a little carry bed for a mini baby doll. This is such a fun toy for little kids - pretending to carry their baby around just like their parents, especially if there's a newborn in the family.

Learn how to make a portable carry bed for a baby doll. Tutorial by Crafting for Shoeboxes

Friday, 29 June 2018

Felt Finger Puppets ~ Free Patterns & Tutorials

Finger puppets provide endless hours of fun for children. They help develop a child's creativity, imagination and confidence. Finger puppets are a great accompaniment to nursery rhymes and stories. And they are SO easy to make - a few scraps of felt and a bit of stitching.

Free tutorials to make felt finger puppets. Threading My Way

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Sunday, 24 June 2018

Showcasing ~ Quilted Tablet Cover ~ Tutorial

Imagine a world without electronic gadgets!!! Yep, I lived in that world, but I wouldn't be without technology now. Whatever devices we carry around, they need protection. If you own a tablet, today's showcased tutorial might be just the ticket.

Learn how to make a quilted tablet cover. Tutorial by From My Carolina Home.

Saturday, 23 June 2018

Showcasing ~ Mini Pouch ~ Pattern & Tutorial

Today's showcased project really is tiny. Measuring just 2" x 2" these cute little pouches can be used for many things, including gift wrapping, keychain pouch or even a doll's handbag.

Learn how to make a mini pouch using small scraps of fabric. Tutorial by Apple Green Cottage

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Google Fix Re: Changes to Commenting on Blogger Blogs

Regular readers to Threading My Way will have noticed an absence of blog posts in recent times. Apart from Features and Showcasing posts, it's been three weeks since I've written a blog post, and almost a month since a sewing post.


Saturday, 16 June 2018

Showcasing ~ Stash Buster Play Mat ~ Tutorial

Today's showcased project is practical, looks great, and will enable you to bust some smallish pieces of fabric in your stash - a washable play mat.

Learn how to make a baby playmat. Tutorial by Sum of their Stories

Saturday, 2 June 2018

Threading Your Way ~ Features

This week's features (all have been Pinned)...

A lovely refashion, added to the Women's Tops link party. A wonderful transformation from a sleeveless dress...

Dress to Tunic Refashion by Susan, from Second Chances by Susan... this week's featured blog. Susan, look out for your blog button in my sidebar. If you are interesting in refashioning clothes, Second Chances by Susan is a must read for creative, innovative ideas. Here's a few of my favourites...

Thursday, 31 May 2018

Google Response re Changes to Commenting on Blogger Blogs

In response to yesterday's post on Changes to Commenting on Blogger Blogs, Rochelle, from eSheep Designs, alerted me to the fact that a member of the Google team has shed some light on the issue. Thanks, Rochelle!


Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Changes to Commenting on Blogger Blogs

Starting May 25th 2018, Google has made changes to the way commenting operates on Blogger blogs. I am assuming that the changes are because of privacy and the GDPR, but I cannot verify this.

Google has changed the way Blogger bloggers are notified about comments ~ Threading My Way

Sunday, 27 May 2018

Showcasing ~ Upcycled Fabric Bunting Garland ~ Tutorial

Fabric bunting is a quick and easy way to add a decorative touch. Today's showcased uses upcycled fabric to make a garland to hang up in a REfUSE cafe.

Learn how to make bunting from men's shirts. Add lace and appliqué ~ Tutorial by Sew for Soul

Saturday, 26 May 2018

Drawstring Laundry Bag

I seem to have made a lot of drawstring bags in recent times - soccer boots bag, produce bags and gift bags for charity. Well, here's another - a simple, unlined drawstring laundry bag.

Make a drawstring bag to carry dirty clothes home from the gym ~ Threading My Way

Sunday, 20 May 2018

Showcasing ~ Upcycled Jeans Fish Pillows ~ Tutorial & Pattern

Today's showcased tutorial uses the interesting, and often hard to recycle bits of denim jeans, such as seams, buttons, and pockets, to add details to a fun project.

Learn how to make fish pillows from upcycled jeans. Tutorial by Pillar Box Blue.

Friday, 18 May 2018

Cotton Muslin Reusable Produce Bags

I've had the reusable grocery bags sorted ages ago. There's always a supply in the car, with extras at home if needed. And I always try to have a small fold up bag in my handbag, for spur of the moment trips to the shops. But it's only in recent times that I've actually done something about the never ending supply of plastic that ends up at home as a result of putting fruit and vegetables into plastic bags.

Make some cotton produce bags from muslin ~ Threading My Way

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Showcasing ~ The Perfect Purse ~ Free Pattern & Tutorial

Looking for a stylish, roomy bag with lots of pockets, including zippered ones? Today's showcased tutorial might just fit the bill.

Learn how to make a roomy shoulder bag with lots of pockets. Tutorial by Life Sew Savoury.

Saturday, 12 May 2018

Showcasing ~ Easy Bow Tie ~ Free Pattern & Tutorial

If your man needs to wear a bow tie, but doesn't want the fuss of tying his own, today's showcased tutorial will step you through the process of making one for him. No one will know he didn't tie it in the traditional way.

Learn how to make a no tie bow tie. Free pattern & tutorial by So Sew Easy