Monday 24 December 2018
Sunday 9 December 2018
Saturday 8 December 2018
Little, and not so little girls love the all important twirl factor of a circle skirt. There's a problem with directional fabrics and circle skirts, however - the print will end up being upside down at the back. Today's showcased tutorial shows how to overcome that problem to successfully make a circle skirt using directional fabric, with the added bonus of being able to use smaller cuts of fabric.
Sunday 2 December 2018
Saturday 1 December 2018
Now-a-days I tend to use wonder clips as much, or even more than pins. My pins are always at the ready in a pincushion that sits next to my sewing machine. Stored in a box, my wonder clips are not as easy to quickly grab. Enter the pincushion that has a section to securely hold wonder clips - no more fumbling in a box.
Sunday 25 November 2018
Tuesday 20 November 2018
Last week I reviewed the book, Handmade Bags in Natural Fabrics, just giving you a sneak peak of the bag I made. Time to show you the whole bag, and tell you where it's headed.
Sunday 18 November 2018
With just a few small pieces of felt, half a dozen seed beads and some embroidery thread, you can make the most adorable unicorn ornaments. Hang a few from the Christmas tree, or make a garland of unicorns to hang on a wall, or the mantel piece.
Monday 12 November 2018
I was given a copy of the book in return for writing a review.
A month ago now I told you I had a couple of book reviews to share with you. Here is the first of them today - Handmade Bags in Natural Fabrics by Emiko Takahashi. To review the book properly, I've sewn up one of the bags, which has given me the chance to try out a pattern, follow instructions and see how easy it is to find the required information.
Saturday 10 November 2018
Saturday 3 November 2018
Have you started thinking about Christmas yet? I figure if I don't think about it I may have more time to get organised - if only... LOL!!! Today's showcased tutorial is perfect for adding to the festive season decor.
Sunday 28 October 2018
Christmas doesn't have to be all reds and greens. For a unique look, repurpose some denim jeans offcuts into fun Christmas trees. They're a win win!!! You'll have some great looking decorations, whilst using up all those hard to know what to do with bits and pieces of denim.
Saturday 27 October 2018
Every now and then, something comes along where you think WOW - such a unique, clever idea!!! Today's showcased project is just that. Read on for the Exploding Fabric Box - perfect for storing sewing accessories such as sewing machine needles - both new and used - and all manner of small bits and pieces.
Saturday 20 October 2018
Sunday 14 October 2018
I'm always on the lookout for easy quilt blocks - something that sews up really quickly. Makes me feel I've achieved a lot in a small space of time.
Wednesday 10 October 2018
Monday 8 October 2018
Sunday 30 September 2018
There's something about real books, that digital books just don't have - how it feels to turn the pages and the smell of the paper. And to keep your place, you need a bookmark, unless you're someone who turns over the corner of the page. Me, I prefer a bookmark.
Saturday 29 September 2018
Fabric baskets are perfect for storing all manner of bits and pieces. And, they're a great way to show off some favourite fabric. With a finished size of 9½" x 9½" x 5½", today's showcased baskets were made with baby storage in mind - a perfect gift for a newborn.
Monday 17 September 2018
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.
See you when I can.
Wednesday 5 September 2018
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.
Sunday 2 September 2018
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.
Saturday 1 September 2018
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.
Friday 31 August 2018
Saturday 25 August 2018
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.
Friday 24 August 2018
Thursday 23 August 2018
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.
Tuesday 21 August 2018
It usually takes a while for readers to start creating projects from one of my tutorials. Not so my latest tutorial - the Drawstring Gift Bag with Divider.
Monday 20 August 2018
Have you seen the new link in the sidebar here at Threading My Way? Look over in the sidebar halfway down.
This is the first one...
Featured Free Tutorial
Sunday 19 August 2018
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.
Saturday 18 August 2018
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.
Tuesday 14 August 2018
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.
Sunday 12 August 2018
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.
Saturday 11 August 2018
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
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
Monday 6 August 2018
Sunday 5 August 2018
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...
Saturday 4 August 2018
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.
Friday 3 August 2018
Wednesday 1 August 2018
Sunday 29 July 2018
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.
Saturday 28 July 2018
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.
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
Sunday 22 July 2018
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!
Saturday 21 July 2018
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.
Wednesday 18 July 2018
Monday 16 July 2018
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.
Sunday 15 July 2018
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.