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.

Tuesday, 7 May 2019

Soccer Boots Bag ~ Drawstring Bag ~ Tutorial

A plastic bag just doesn't cut it when it comes to carting around soccer boots and all the gear that's needed when playing for a team sport - not in my world, anyway. What's called for is a sturdy drawstring bag, that keeps everything contained, is light to carry around and is easy to stuff into a larger bag. 

Make a bag to carry soccer boots and shin pads. Drawstring bag tutorial by Threading My Way.

Thursday, 2 May 2019

Daily Free Featured Tutorial

Some time ago, I introduced a new segment to Threading My Way. I've referred to it, but am not sure if I devoted a post to it. Each day I post a new Featured Free Tutorial - a project I think you'll find useful.

Daily Featured Free Tutorial

Sunday, 28 April 2019

Showcasing ~ T-shirts Upcycled to Bath Mat ~ Tutorial

Need a new bath mat? Today's showcased tutorial will show you how to make a raggedy high-pile bath mat from old t-shirts.

Learn how to repurpose t-shirts into a bath mat. Tutorial by I Am Sew Crazy

Learn how to repurpose t-shirts into a bath mat. Tutorial by I Am Sew Crazy

Saturday, 27 April 2019

Showcasing ~ iPad Backpack ~ Pattern & Tutorial

Where would we be without our electronic gadgets? When I was a kid, they didn't exist. Now, I'd be lost without them. Whatever the device, they all need some sort of cover, both for protection and ease of carrying around.

Learn how to make an iPad Backpack. Free tutorial and patter by So Sew Easy

Sunday, 21 April 2019

15+ Scrappy Quilt Tutorials

If you save small offcuts and scraps of fabric, you'll be all too well aware that they seem to multiply at an alarming rate. Once you've sorted out how to store them, what do you do with them? Quilts are a good solution, as they typically use smallish pieces of fabric.

Free quilt tutorials - bust your scrap fabric stash - Threading My Way

Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Autumn Down Under ~ A Tour of Our Garden

Long time readers of Threading My Way will know that, although this is predominantly a blog about sewing, gardening is actually my happy place.

Liriope surrounded by ferns and bromeliads

Sunday, 7 April 2019

Showcasing ~ Drawstring Bag for a Bride ~ Tutorial

I tend to carry around a decent sized handbag. Having recently attended a family wedding, I had to downsize significantly for the night to a little clutch purse. The bride, on the other hand, usually doesn't carry a purse. Today's showcased tutorial solves the problem, resulting in a small, discreet and easy to carry little bag. 

Learn how to make a drawstring bag the perfect size for a bride or bridesmaid. Tutorial by Sum of their Stories.

Thursday, 4 April 2019

Monday, 1 April 2019

Behind the Scenes _ And a Little Hand Sewing

There has been very little sewing happening at Threading My Way during the last six months. Time has been limited, and what spare time I have has generally been spent out in my garden - my happy place. 

Sunday, 31 March 2019

Showcasing ~ Pencil Holder Tray ~ Free Pattern & Tutorial

Whether it be my computer desk or my sewing table, I find I can keep my work space tidier if I have a small tray close at hand. Today's showcased project comes in three sizes - a sturdy fabric basket perfect for organising pencils or sewing bits and pieces.

Learn how to make a sturdy fabric tray. Tutorial by Apple Green Cottage

Saturday, 30 March 2019

Showcasing ~ Sewing Machine Cover ~ Tutorial

I hate to admit it, but I don't have a cover for my sewing machine - not unless you count a tea towel draped over the top. Hmmm - it's about time I got my act together and whipped one up. Read on for today's showcased project, if like me, you are in need of a sewing machine cover.

Learn how to make a sewing machine cover. Tutorial by Plum and Petal Sews.

Saturday, 23 March 2019

Showcasing ~ Ironic Tote Bag ~ Tutorial

What do you do with clothing labels? Well, after seeing today's showcased tutorial, you might just have to begin collecting them. I know I will be!! A bag that looks great, is lots of fun and made from upcycled materials.

Learn how to make a tote bag by repurposing clothing labels. Tutorial by I Am Sew Crazy.

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Creative Ways to Organise & Store Fabric Scraps

If you do a lot of sewing, you'll soon find yourself with small offcuts - little scraps of fabric that multiply at an alarming rate. There was a time when I used to throw the small pieces away. Not anymore!!! Anything larger than 2" x 2" is kept and stored for future use.

Creative Ways to organise and store fabric scraps ~ Threading My Way

Sunday, 17 March 2019

Creative Sewing & Craft Rooms / Spaces

I'm always on the lookout for cost effective ideas I can implement in my sewing room - ways to save space and store all the paraphernalia associated with my hobby. So today I thought I'd share some great ideas I've come across, many of them from the Sewing Spaces link party, here at Threading My Way

Saturday, 9 March 2019

Showcasing ~ Scissors Pouch ~ Pattern & Tutorial

As sewists, most of us own several pairs of scissors in varying sizes. Rather than have a separate holder for each, make one holder that houses five pairs of scissors - three at the front and two at the back.

Learn how to make a fabric pouch that fits five pairs of scissors. Tutorial and pattern by So Sew Easy.

Sunday, 3 March 2019

Showcasing ~ Embroidered Hexies Needle Book ~ Tutorial

When you sew for a hobby a needle book is a must for easy, safe storage. Or maybe you call it a needle case like I do. If you're like me and have lots of hexies already made, half the work is already done for today's showcased project.

Learn how to sew a needle book embellished with embroidered hexies. Tutorial by Sum of their Stories

Tuesday, 26 February 2019

40+ Projects to Make With ~ Selvedges ~ Selvages

Whether you call them selvedges or selvages, they are the self finished edges that prevent fabric from fraying. Often thicker than the rest of the fabric and prone to puckering, selvedges are often discarded.

Sewing projects to make with selvedge / selvage fabric ~ Threading My Way

Saturday, 23 February 2019

Showcasing ~ Mesh Backpack Swimming Bag ~ Tutorial

Today's showcased tutorial is a swimming bag that not only dries quickly, but is partially made with mesh - no nooks and crannies for sand to hide in. It's easy to carry as a backpack, and also has a handy pocket.

Learn how to sew a mesh swimming bag - a backpack with a pocket that dries easily. Tutorial by So With Sparkles.