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

Friday, 11 May 2018

Easy to Make Gathered Skirts

Gathered skirts are SO easy to make. All straight line sewing, you can whip one up in no time at all, making them a perfect project if you are new to sewing.

Easy to make gathered skirts for girls ~ Threading My Way

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Double Four Patch Quilt Block

Last week I whipped up 22 quilt blocks using fat quarters and a few scraps of fabric. A post by Margie, from Nanny + Friends Charity Sew prompted me to dig out suitable fabrics from my stash.


Sunday, 6 May 2018

Threading Your Way ~ Features

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

Six colourful bibs, added to the Everything Baby link party. What a fantastic way to use up small scraps of fabric...

Baby Bibs by Klaudia, from Klaudia's Kreativ World... this week's featured blog. Klaudia, look out for your blog button in my sidebar. Klaudia does a lot of recycling with denim jeans. Here's a few of my favourites...
While you're there, check out her tutorials.

Friday, 4 May 2018

Drawstring Soccer Boots Bag

A new pair of soccer boots calls for a new bag to carry them around in. And what better than a roomy drawstring bag.

Make a drawstring bag to hold soccer boots ~ Threading My Way

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Sunday, 29 April 2018

Showcasing ~ Donut Pattern Weights ~ Tutorial

No sewing at all involved in today's showcased tutorial, but I can guarantee you'll use them all the time in your sewing room if you make some. I know I would!!!

Learn how to make donut pattern weights ~ My Golden Thimble

Saturday, 28 April 2018

15 Free Tutorials ~ Grocery / Shopping / Market Bags

In many parts of the world, single use plastic bags have been banned. Even where there is such no ban in force however, more and more people are reacting to the mounting evidence that our planet would be better off if we find more sustainable alternatives to single use plastic bags to carry our shopping. It's time for us all to ditch single use plastic shopping bags.

Today I'm showcasing more than fifteen FREE bag & tote patterns and tutorials, all selected from the Bags & Totes collection, here at Threading My Way. Each contains step by step detailed instructions, with lots of photos, showing how you can make a bag for yourself.

Free reusable shopping bag, market tote, grocery bag patterns & tutorials ~ Threading My Way

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Showcasing ~ How to Foundation Paper Piece

If you've never done Foundation Paper Piecing, today's showcased tutorial is for you. Or, if you're like me and get confused at the beginning of a FPP project, EVERY single time, the video tutorial will be a great refresher.

Learn how to do Foundation Paper Piecing. Free tree pattern & video tutorial by The Crafty Nomad

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Showcasing ~ How to Weave a Floor Rug ~ Tutorial

Rag rugs appeal to me. Made using fabric off casts, they're a great way to upcycle old linen, they look good, and they're practical too.

Learn how to upcycle and weave a floor rug. Tutorial by The Farmhouse in the Field

Sunday, 8 April 2018

Showcasing ~ Liberty Fabric Clay Dish ~ Decoupage Tutorial

I don't know about you, but I find shallow dishes are the perfect way to hold small bits and pieces in my sewing room, with the contents constantly changing depending on my current project. Today's showcased tutorial doesn't involve any sewing, but does use up very small scraps of fabric.


Saturday, 7 April 2018

Showcasing ~ Five Pocket Zippered Pouch

Today's showcased project features a pouch containing three zippered compartments, with two slip pockets between. Measuring 9" x 7½", this roomy bag could be used for many things - makeup, travel sewing kit, to protect small tablets and eReaders, or a purse organiser in a larger bag.

Learn how to make a zippered pouch with five pockets - eSheep Designs

Sunday, 1 April 2018

Threading Your Way ~ Features

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

An easy to sew garment, added to the Women's Skirts link party. A flattering style...

Easy Pleated Skirt ~ Free Pattern & Tutorial by Mayra, from So Sew Easy... this week's featured blog. Mayra, look out for your blog button in my sidebar. If you like to sew clothes or bags, So Sew Easy is a must read. While you are over there, check out Mayra's 

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Christmas Decorative Stitch Lotus with Deborah Louie

Last post I told you about the three day quilting retreat I was lucky enough to attend. Today's post is all about day one of the retreat - decorative stitch appliqué with Deborah Louie.


Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Three Day Quilting Retreat

Once again I've been lucky enough to attend a three day quilting retreat. That's right, three solid days of sewing, with no gardening to distract me. With over sixty ladies in attendance, that's a lot of sewing happening.


Sunday, 25 March 2018

Showcasing ~ How to Sew Felt Carrots ~ Tutorial

Kids love playing with felt food. While role playing in pretend kitchens, they are developing their imaginations and making sense of the world they live in.

Learn how easy it is to sew felt carrots. Tutorial by Apple Green Cottage

Saturday, 24 March 2018

Showcasing ~ Patchwork Drawstring Toy Bag ~ Tutorial

Take a mini fabric panel, combine it with scraps of fabric, plus pre-loved shirts or pillowcases, and you have a pretty drawstring bag. Today's showcased tutorial will step you through the process. 

Learn how to make a patchwork drawstring bag with fussy cutting and scrap fabric. Tutorial by Sum of their Stories

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

How to make a Simple Skirt with Embroidered Denim Band

Skirts are not only comfortable and practical to wear, they're also super easy to sew. Today's tutorial will show you how to make a slim line, gathered skirt, complete with an embroidered denim band.

Learn how to make a gathered skirt with an embroidered denim band. Tutorial by Threading My Way

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Showcasing ~ Felt Pocket Bunny ~ Free Pattern

Today's showcased pattern is a super cute softie that's the perfect size for toddlers to carry around, and to slip into their pockets.

Learn how to make a felt Easter Bunny. Free pattern by Swoodson Says.

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Easy to Make Reusable Kitchen Cloths

No matter how tidy you are in the kitchen, there's always the need for some sort of cloth to keep the bench clean.


Sunday, 4 March 2018

Showcasing ~ Zippered Keyring Pouch ~ Tutorial

Today's showcased tutorial is the perfect project for using up some of those fabric scraps. Measuring 3¼" x 2" x1", these super cute little zippered keyring pouches would make great gifts.

Learn how to make a keyring zippered pouch. Tutorial by Stitch by Fay.

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Easy to make ~ Denim Jeans Pocket Tote Bag ~ Tutorial

Kids love to imitate adults in many ways. Carrying bits and pieces around in their own little bags is one such example. Today's tutorial will show you how to make a kid sized tote bag, utilising an old pair of jeans and some cotton fabric.

Learn how to make a denim and cotton tote bag. Tutorial by Threading My Way


Saturday, 24 February 2018

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Joey Pouches for Wildlife ~ Easy Sew Scrapbusting

Late last year, I sewed my first ever item for an animal - joey pouches for injured Australian wildlife. These little pouches were super easy to sew, and making them has used up some of my flannelette stash.

Sewing joey pouches to help injured Australian wildlife ~ Threading My Way

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Threading Your Way ~ Features

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

Some awesome baskets, added to the Fabric Baskets link party. It's time I experimented with the embroidery stitches on my machine...

Embroidered Fabric Baskets by Daryl, from Patchouli Moon Studio... this week's featured blog. Daryl, look out for your blog button in my sidebar. If you like to sew bags, Patchouli Moon Studio is a must read. While you are over there, check out Daryl's 

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Scrap Busting ~ Flannelette Quilt

Another quilt finished! This was such a quick make, and I'm really happy with the result, especially given that the top is made entirely from flannelette scraps.

Scrap busting flannelette quilt made with small sqares of fabric ~ Threading My Way

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Showcasing ~ Reusable Cotton Produce Bags ~ Tutorial

We all know about the problems associated with plastic. Thankfully, in many parts of the world, shops are not allowed to hand out single use plastic bags. Today's showcased tutorial highlights the use of reusable bags for carrying fruit, vegetables and bread.

Learn how to make reusable, cotton produce bags. Tutorial by Tea and a Sewing Machine.

Saturday, 3 February 2018

Silk Screen Printed Silhouette Quilt ~ Progress

It's almost two years since I showed you how the silk screened silhouette is progressing. This quilt has been four years in the making, with the majority of the time spent deliberating how to attack each upcoming stage.

Silk screen printed silhouette quilt ~ Threading My Way

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Drawstring Library Bag

Children have a habit of growing up, and way too quickly. What was once cute becomes babyish all too quickly. Little Miss presented me with some fabric to make a new library bag - one that was more suited to her age.

Learn how to make a lined drawstring library bag ~ Threading My Way

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Maxi T-shirt Dress to Midi Gathered Skirt ~ Refashion

Little Miss recently presented me with a bag of sewing that she wanted me to do for her. Amongst the items was the maxi rainbow t-shirt dress I had made her a couple of years ago. It still fitted fine, but she no longer liked how it looked on her. 

Turn a rainbow t-shirt dress into a gathered midi skirt ~ Threading My Way

Sunday, 28 January 2018

Saturday, 27 January 2018

Showcasing ~ Embroidered Felt Baskets ~ Tutorial & Pattern

Embroidery, appliqué, pearl beads, seed beads and felt - all of these elements combine to make two exquisite little round baskets. The larger baskets measures 3" x 2¾", and the smaller basket 2¼" x 2¼". Today's showcased tutorial steps you through the process.

Learn how to embroider felt and make it into a felt basket. Tutorial by KSB Crafts & Stitches

Thursday, 25 January 2018

Challenging Myself ~ Making 100 Drawstring Bags

My enthusiasm for sewing is back this year and I am on a roll. And much of that is due to the sewing / blogging community that I love - that's you guys!!!


Tuesday, 23 January 2018

What to do with Spoonflower Border Fabric

I have to admit, that the first time I received Spoonflower fabric, I was surprised at the amount of white fabric on all four edges. Somehow or another, I felt I'd been gipped - totally forgetting that I'd been able to order custom designed fabric (not mine) in a very small print run. The disappointment only lasted a minute or two. 


Sunday, 21 January 2018

Showcasing ~ Fabric Hanging Basket ~ Tutorial

Fabric baskets are great for holding all manner of bits and pieces. Add a strap which folds down out of the way when not needed - even better. Today's showcased tutorial will step you through the process.

Learn how to make a hanging fabric basket ~ tutorial by Apple Green Cottage

Saturday, 20 January 2018

50 Sewing Projects to Use Up All Those Little Scraps of Fabric

If you're anything like me, you'll have a healthy stash of little pieces of fabric. Mine is growing at an alarming rate, as I find it hard to throw away even the smallest of scraps. Today I'm sharing 50 projects from the ongoing sewing link parties here at Threading My Way. All can be sewn with small, left over pieces of fabric or with tiny scraps pieced together.

50 Sewing Projects to Use Up All Those Little Scraps of Fabric ~ Threading My Way


Thursday, 18 January 2018

How I Organise and Store My Fabric Scraps

After years of trying various methods, I finally have an efficient system of organising and storing fabric scraps. I always used to feel disorganised, but not any more. Maybe my method will work for you, too...


Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Small Lined Drawstring Gift Bags

Little drawstring fabric bags make a great alternative to wrapping paper. They not only look great, but can be reused instead of thrown away like paper. Win win - two gifts in one and no waste!!!


Sunday, 14 January 2018

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Threading Your Way ~ Features

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

A fabulous refashion added to both the Women's Tops and the Reusing Shirts & Ties link parties. Shows how to deconstruct a shirt so you can make your own...


Bardot Top Refashioned from a Man's Shirt by Agy, from Agy Textile Artist... this week's featured blog. Agy, look out for your blog button in my sidebar. If you are into refashioning and mending, Agy's blog is a must read. Check out these creative projects - Kintsugi Inspired Trousers, Mambo Skirt and Resort Chic Wrap.