Thursday, 17 October 2019

30+ DIY Halloween Costumes ~ Tutorials, Templates, Patterns

In many parts of the world, Halloween is a time honoured celebration. Not so in Australia where I live. It's only in recent years that Halloween has started to be celebrated. It hasn't been adopted by everyone, but it is becoming more popular, especially with young families.

30 Free DIY Halloween Costumes - tutorials, patterns, templates, inspiration ~ Threading My Way

Saturday, 5 October 2019

Showcasing ~ Men's Denim Jeans Messenger Bag ~ Tutorial

Denim is a sturdy fabric, and as such, it is the perfect fabric for a man's bag. Grab a pair of old jeans and upcycle them into a unique messenger bag. Worn fabric will just add to the look!

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

Tuesday, 1 October 2019

8ply Striped Knitted Beanie & Old Photos

I had the photos put into this blog post not long before Mum went into hospital - just the text to add which I'll do quickly now. Mum's still in hospital, so time is very limited.

8 ply striped knitted beanie ~ Threading My Way

Thursday, 19 September 2019

Tuesday, 10 September 2019

My Favourite Reusable Fabric Grocery Bags ~ in Action

Two years ago I made a few fabric grocery bags in a new design. In shape, they resemble the old plastic bags that used to be given out at the checkout. But unlike those single use plastic bags, these ones are strong and sturdy.

Make a strong, sturdy fabric grocery bag ~ Threading My Way

Sunday, 8 September 2019

Showcasing ~ Embroidered Hooded Baby Towel ~ Tutorial

Practical gifts are the way to go when welcoming a newborn into the world - something that looks great, but that you know will be used over and over and over.

Learn how to embroider a hooded baby towel. Tutorial by Sum of their Stories

Saturday, 7 September 2019

Tuesday, 3 September 2019

Quilters Meet & Greet

I do not consider myself a quilter - even though I've made a few quilts. I've been sewing for many years, but it's only in recent years that I've added quilting to my repertoire. So I was pleasantly surprised when Benita invited me to the 2019 Online Quilters Meet and Greet, with a Great Grand Prize - link to enter at end of post.  It's a great opportunity to meet real quilters, and also a good time for me to look at the progress I've made on my quilting journey.


Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Letting Go of Stuff ~ in My Sewing Room

The more I declutter and get rid of unused things in my sewing room, the easier it gets to let go of even more items that I'll never in a million years get around to using.


Sunday, 18 August 2019

Showcasing ~ Counting Quiet Book

I love sharing quiet books with children. They're as much fun for me as the child I'm reading to / playing with.

Make a number quiet book - walk in the park ~ Celtic Thistle Stitches

Saturday, 17 August 2019

Showcasing ~ Shadow Appliqué Pillow Cover ~ Tutorial

I've done plenty of appliqué work, but until today, had never heard of shadow appliqué. I love the effect, and what's more, it's a perfect project for using up lots of small scraps of fabric.

Learn how to do shadow appliqué and make a scrappy pillow cover. Tutorial by Clever Chameleon Quilting.

Tuesday, 13 August 2019

No Zip Pencil Case ~ Easy to Make Drawstring Bag

Time was on my side this week. Consequently I managed to whip up some drawstring bag pencil cases - no zipper required.


Sunday, 11 August 2019

Sock Softies ~ 10 Free Tutorials

Softies can be elaborate creations, or they can be simple enough to be made by a child. Today's roundup showcases softies that are all made from socks.

Sock Snake ~ Tutorial by Julie, from Sum of their Stories

Saturday, 10 August 2019

Showcasing ~ Simple Embroidery Scissors Case ~ Tutorial

Embroidery scissors have quite sharp points, and as such, really should have their own dedicated case for when out and about. Today's showcased tutorial will help, if like me, you need to make a small case for your scissors.

Learn how to make a small case for embroidery scissors. Tutorial by Sum of their Stories.

Friday, 9 August 2019

Drawstring Toiletry Bags

Sewing has been sporadic as of late here at Threading My Way. My motivation is back, but time is not always on my side, both for sewing and blogging. So, a quick post today to show you some drawstring bags I recently made.

Drawstring toiletry bags ~ Threading My Way

Sunday, 4 August 2019

Showcasing ~ Drawstring Backpack for a Softie ~ Tutorial

We adults inevitably end up carrying the softies that our kids insist they must bring along when out and about. Not any more! Today's showcased tutorial solves that problem - the kids can carry their own softies in their very own drawstring adventure bag.

Learn how to make a drawstring backpack that will carry a softie ~ tutorial by PA Country Crafts

Saturday, 3 August 2019

Showcasing ~ Sashiko Coin Purse ~ Tutorial

In my handbag I carry a both a wallet and a coin purse. The small wallet is for notes and credit cards, whilst the coin purse separately houses coins, USB drive and a Swiss knife set with all sorts of gadgets such as scissors and a nail file. Having both a wallet and coin purse means I can easily carry one or the other, or both.

Learn how to use the Sashiko technique to make a coin purse ~ Tutorial by Vicky Myers Creations

Sunday, 28 July 2019

Showcasing ~ How to Make a Tutu Skirt ~ Tutorial

How old is too old to wear a pretty tutu? Read on to find out how to make one for your favourite little girl - or for yourself.

Learn how to make a no-sew tutu skirt. Tutorial by AppleGreen Cottage

Saturday, 27 July 2019

Showcasing ~ Reusable Splash Balls ~ Tutorial

If you are in the Northern Hemisphere in the middle of a long hot Summer, keeping cool with be uppermost on your mind. For kids, that means water play, sometimes in the form of splash balls, water bombs and super splashers. Ditch the plastic balloons - check out today's showcased tutorial, and make some reusable splash balls.

Learn how to make reusable splash balls by upcycling old bathing suits - swimming costumes. Tutorial by Cucicucicoo Ecological Living.

Saturday, 20 July 2019

Showcasing ~ Emma Bag Made with Selvedges

After my last post showing you my selvedge fabric basket, I thought I'd show you a larger project made with selvedge fabric - a cross body handbag.

The Emma bag made from selvedge fabric. Sewn by Patchouli Moon Studio. Pattern by ChrisW Designs.

Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Selvedge Fabric Basket

I am absolutely thrilled with my latest creation - a little fabric basket made with selvedges. With a finished size of 5" x 3" x 5" it's a handy size to hold bits and pieces in my sewing room - to help keep it tidy.

Make a selvedge fabric basket. Pattern review - Patchouli Moon Studio ~ Threading My Way

Sunday, 14 July 2019

Showcasing ~ Shibori Table Runner and Table Mats ~ Tutorial

For a long time, I've been fascinated with shibori dyeing, but I have yet to give it a go. Today's showcased tutorial starts with shibori dyeing and ends with a beautiful set of table mats and a table runner.

Learn how to do shibori dying to make a table runner and table mats ~ Tutorial by Vicky Myers Creations

Saturday, 13 July 2019

Showcasing ~ Reversible Quilted Fabric Plate ~ Tutorial

Today's showcased project is something I've never seen before - a quilted fabric plate. It's unique, practical and I love it.

Learn how to make a quilted fabric plate. Tutorial by eSheep Designs

Thursday, 11 July 2019

Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt ~ Progress

Progress has been slow on my Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt. Truth be told, progress has been non-existent, until last week that is. Last July I worked out how I was going to hand sew the hexagons together, but progress stalled.


Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Grocery / Shopping / Market Bags ~ 15 Free Tutorials

There is no doubt about it - the amount of plastic we are creating, using and disposing of is harming the world we live in. One way we can all help is by bringing our own reusable bags when we go shopping. Refuse both the single use plastics and the so called thicker reusable plastic bags on offer. Today I'm showcasing fifteen FREE fabric bag & tote patterns and tutorials, all with step by step instructions and lots of photos to help you make your own bags.

15 free reusable shopping, grocery bags and market tote tutorials and patterns. Threading My Way

Sunday, 7 July 2019

Showcasing ~ Appliquéd Jeans Tote ~ Inspiration

Blue and yellow is one of my favourite colour combos - it works every single time. Add some denim to the mix, and the effect is even more striking.

Appliquéd Jeans Tote ~ Klaudia's Kreativ World

Saturday, 6 July 2019

Showcasing ~ How to Make a Scrunchie ~ Tutorial

Scrunchies are back!!! The must have fashion statement from the 80s is making a return, and I, for one, am not unhappy about it.

Learn how to make a scrunchie for your hair ~ tutorial by AppleGreen Cottage

Thursday, 4 July 2019

Reusable Tote Bag ~ Easy to Make ~ Repurposing Tutorial

You have the reusable grocery bags sorted, and you are remembering to bring them for the weekly food shopping. But what about incidental shopping? Do you have a bag at the ready for when you find yourself making unexpected shopping purchases? Today's tutorial will show you how to make an unlined, lightweight bag that will easily fit inside your handbag, so you'll always have one on hand.

Easy to make unlined, reusable fabric tote bag ~ Tutorial by Threading My Way

Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Upcycled Drawstring Travel Storage Bags

A couple of weeks ago I showed you my new travel storage bags. I am on a roll. I've made a few more - not as pretty as the last lot, but just as functional.

Drawstring travel bags made from an old sheet ~ Threading My Way

Sunday, 30 June 2019

Showcasing ~ Felt Embroidered Scissors Cover ~ Tutorial

I don't know about you, but I have many pairs of scissors, strictly for sewing. The cut anything else scissors live on the other side of the room to my sewing scissors. However, I don't have any covers specifically for scissors, to keep the sharp points from damaging other items when I'm out and about. I must rectify this!

Learn how to make a customised felt cover for scissors. Tutorial by Sum of their Stories.

Thursday, 27 June 2019

Infinity Scarves ~ Beginner Sewing Project

Here are the infinity scarves I talked about last week. Such an easy project - perfect for a beginner. Mine are sewn with stretch fabric. Woven fabric would be even easier to make.


Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Darning Holes in Jeans

Here are the jeans I referred to last week when talking about the return of my sewing mojo - three pairs of men's jeans, all with holes in the crotch area. I honestly feel we should all start to learn how to repair clothes like our grandparents or great grandparents. They put much less strain on our planet, using far less resources per person than we do now-a-days. 


Sunday, 23 June 2019

Showcasing ~ Patchwork Kamino ~ Business Shirts Refashion

Men's pre-loved button down business shirts are a valuable source of fabric, especially in larger sizes. Today's showcased project is made from three men's shirts recycled into a new garment.

Learn how to use repurpose button down shirts, using a pattern, to make a kamino. Vicky Myers Creations

Saturday, 22 June 2019

Showcasing ~ Denim Jeans Hanging Mason Jar Vase ~ Tutorial

I can't get enough of denim jeans repurposing. Denim jeans are my uniform of choice - have been since I was 15 years of age. Today's showcased tutorial doesn't require any sewing...

Learn how to repurpose old denim jeans into a hanging mason jar vase. Tutorial by Pillar Box Blue.

Sunday, 16 June 2019

Showcasing ~ Tea Towel Tote ~ Tutorial

No matter how many fabric shopping bags I have, there are times when I could do with more - I forget to put them back in the car, they need washing, or I use them for something else. Today's showcased post features a tutorial showing how to turn a tea towel into a tote bag that's perfect for grocery shopping.

Learn how to make a tote bag from a tea towel. Tutorial by Sum of their Stories.

Saturday, 15 June 2019

Showcasing ~ Convertible Tote Bag ~ Pattern & Tutorial

I like bags that can be worn in different ways - my norm being cross body bags that can comfortably have the strap shortened to double as shoulder bags. Today's showcasing post features a bag that can be used as a backpack, a cross body bag and a shopping tote.

Learn how to make a convertible tote bag that can be worn as a backpack and a cross body bag. Free tutorial & pattern by So Sew Easy

Thursday, 13 June 2019

Winter Down Under ~ A Tour of Our Garden

Its officially Winter in Australia. We've had a few cold (for us) days, but the last week has seen balmy temperatures in the low 20ºCs (68ºF) in the middle of the day - getting down to 3ºC (37ºF) at night. It will get colder than that, but nothing like the temperatures many of you experience in the Northern Hemisphere. 

Australian native daisy

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Travel Storage Bags ~ Double Drawstring Bags ~ Tutorial

Drawstring bags are SO easy to whip up, making them a great sewing project for a beginner. Whenever I have the need to pack a bag, whether it be for an overnight stay, a holiday, or travel, I keep my backpack or suitcase organised with drawstring bags in an assortment of sizes. I usually make them with a double drawstring so the top stays closed. Today's tutorial will show you how...

Learn how to make travel storage bags - drawstring bag tutorial - Threading My Way

Sunday, 9 June 2019

Showcasing ~ Children's TeePee ~ Tutorial

Children don't need a lot of expensive toys. What they do need are simple toys and props to develop their imagination and creativity. A teepee is one such item, providing endless hours of creative play.

Learn how to make a children's fabric teepee. Tutorial by Magnolia

Saturday, 8 June 2019

Showcasing ~ Sew a Zippered Pocket on Any Bag ~ Tutorial

There's no such thing as too many pockets in a bag - never, ever!!! Whether they be internal or external, pockets keep bag contents secure, tidy and easy to find. If your favourite bag tutorial or pattern doesn't have enough pockets, read on...

Learn how to add a zippered pocket to any bag. Tutorial by AppleGreen Cottage.

Friday, 7 June 2019

Sewn by YOU ~ Fabric Baskets with Drawstring Closure

I absolutely adore it when I come across projects you have made with one of my tutorials. I love seeing the end results - the fabric combinations and modifications that make it yours. Today I thought I'd show you some awesome baskets I found on Instagram, all made using my Fabric Basket with Drawstring Top tutorial.


Sunday, 2 June 2019

Showcasing ~ Choosing Colours & Fabrics for Quilts

There's a reason fabric companies sell bundles of pre-cut fabric. They're colour co-ordinated, and in most cases will work well in the same project. But what if you want to pick and choose fabrics yourself? This is where I come unstuck. I know what works, or doesn't, when I see the fabrics together. But pulling fabrics from my stash, or the fabric store, can result in frustration, as I don't know why some fabrics work and others don't. Read on to find the answers... 

Learn how to choose colours & fabrics for quilts - focus print, hue, tone, contrast - From My Carolina Home

Saturday, 1 June 2019

Showcasing ~ Mini Biscornu Embroidery ~ Tutorial

I've been sewing for many, many years, but the thing is, one person can't know it all. There's always new, interesting facets of the hobby to explore and learn. Do you know what a biscornu is? Well, I didn't until today...

Learn how to make a mini biscornu pincushion. Tutorial by Sum of their Stories.

Tuesday, 28 May 2019

30+ Projects to Refashion, Upcycle & Repurpose Denim Jeans

For Mothers Day, my daughter bought me a gorgeous denim tote bag - repurposed from a pair of jeans. This got me thinking about my own stash of pre-loved denim jeans. Some time ago I culled the ever-growing pile, giving over half to an Op Shop. However, I still have a whole tub full left.

What to do with old denim jeans. Ideas and tutorials to repurpose, refashion, upcyle and reuse - Threading My Way.

Sunday, 26 May 2019

Showcasing ~ Gardening Tool Bag ~ Pattern & Tutorial

A bag for carrying gardening tools and plants is right up my alley. It might be just the thing to help me keep track of my secateurs and trowel - I'm forever losing them in the garden.

Learn how to make a Gardening Tool Bag. Pattern & tutorial by So Sew Easy

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

25+ Fabric Baskets ~ Free Tutorials ~ Storage Solutions

Fabric baskets are a great storage solution. Easy to sew, they can be made in the size and colours to match any decor or room in your house.

25+ fabric baskets. Free tutorials and patterns. Storage solutions ~ Threading My Way.

Sunday, 12 May 2019

Showcasing ~ Zero Waste Refashion ~ Skirt + Tunic from Dress

Utilising every single part of the original item is not as easy as it sounds when it comes to refashioning women's clothes. I find there are usually bits and pieces left over. Today's showcased project shows how it's possible to have zero waste in a refashion. 

Refashion from dress to skirt + tunic - Second Chances by Susan

Saturday, 11 May 2019

Showcasing ~ Baby Bib Pattern ~ 3 Sizes

There's something special about sewing for a baby - welcoming a new little one into the world. What better than an easy to sew bib - a much needed item that you know will be used over and over.

Learn how to sew baby bibs. Free pattern in 3 sizes by Apple Green Cottage.