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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.