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Friday, April 18, 2014

Fat Quarter Shop



This Easter weekend, I'm spending time in the garden digging and preparing the beds for planting, and choosing what seeds to plant this year. 
So, I thought I'd see what themed fabrics I could find for the garden!
As always - you can find anything at the 









Beautiful!!

I hope things that grow in my garden this year look this pretty!

For heaps more fabrics, notions and patterns, take a trip to



You're sure to find all your sewing needs there!

Happy Fabric Shopping.



Monday, April 14, 2014

A Round Tuit 201


Welcome to this week's linky party. A place where you can link up your posts and creations, and be inspired by others.

Sorry there are no features this week. I've been away on a little family holiday and will be back tomorrow.
Hope you'll still join in and I'll be checking out the links as soon as I'm back!


Tuits are very hard to come by, especially the round ones. For years people have been saying, "I'll do it as soon as I get a round tuit". Well now you can have one of your very own, and all those jobs that have needed doing will finally get done!
 
  
Link up your own projects - old or new - no rules - just share your creativity and inspiration!
I'd love if you grabbed the button - then you can have your very own Round Tuit!
And of course we all love visitors and comments so do visit some of the other links!
By linking up here you're giving me permission to use photos from your post in features here on my blog.
I will feature my favourites on this post next week.

Friday, April 11, 2014

The Fabric Fairy

Here in Australia, we're now in autumn and heading towards winter.

Time perhaps to start looking at some warmer sewing projects.



is the perfect place to look for some fabulous knit fabrics!

Take a look at the selection of Aztec knits fabrics they have:

Aren't they beautiful???

And for an eco-friendly fabric purchase, I spied some recycled fabrics!



Also in black:

Then there is the stunning range of Nosh Organics Fabrics from Finland:




No trip to a fabric shop would be complete without checking out the clearance section.

See what I found...


Isn't it cute???

So - why not head on over to The Fabric Fairy and see for yourself what you can find.
You won't be disappointed.


Happy Fabric Shopping!

Monday, April 7, 2014

A Round Tuit 200

Welcome to the 

200th Round Tuit 

here at Creating my way to Success!!

That must mean this party has been going for almost 4 years! WOW! I'm still loving setting it up each week and browsing through the many links, making friends, discovering new blogs and gaining inspiration every week.

Thank you to everyone who has linked up and joined in this party. And here's to the next 200!

Let's get started.

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Welcome to this week's linky party. A place where you can link up your posts and creations, and be inspired by others.

Tuits are very hard to come by, especially the round ones. For years people have been saying, "I'll do it as soon as I get a round tuit". Well now you can have one of your very own, and all those jobs that have needed doing will finally get done!
 
 
 
Here's my favourites from last week's party:
 
First of all, this gorgeous 
Crocheted grocery bag from Elisabeth Andree:
If you're a regular reader of my blog then you'll know I've been updating my shopping bags lately with environment friendly options - so this really caught my eye and I just had to feature it!


Next, this cool re-fashioned top from Vintage Zest:
Just love it!!


Finally, these cute 
Wine Charms made from scrabble letters by Muslin and Merlot
So cute! I'd love to make myself a set of these.


For those featured, feel free to grab a 'featured on' button from my buttons page.
Creating my way to Success
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Now it's your turn:
Link up your own projects - old or new - no rules - just share your creativity and inspiration!
I'd love if you grabbed the button - then you can have your very own Round Tuit!
And of course we all love visitors and comments so do visit some of the other links!
By linking up here you're giving me permission to use photos from your post in features here on my blog.
I will feature my favourites on this post next week.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Today I'm....


Today I'll be at our local pool for a 12 hour swimathon.  There are 10 of us in our team - including my 2 girls and some of their friends. We will each take turns swimming laps so that our team swims continuously for the 12 hours.
We're doing this because we can, to raise money for those who can't.
All funds raised will go to supporting those with MS.

It's going to be a great, fun day, and a very worthwhile cause!

Hope you're having a great weekend too.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Wrapped in Fabric

Time for some Fabric Shopping!
Today I'm browsing through the gorgeous fabric shop 

right here in Australia.


Wrapped in Fabric has all your sewing needs - from fabric to notions, patterns, kits and books.

Here's a small selection to tempt you..

How about some Australian Fabric:


Or how about this gorgeous 

Perhaps you need the inspiration of a pattern, like this cute


Or maybe you need some Haberdashery - like this


Why not give a gift to someone special. How about this adorable book from Ayumi Takahaskh - Patchwork Please:


Whatever you're looking for, you're sure to find it at 


So head on over there now and take a look for yourself!

Happy Fabric Shopping.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Shopping bags from bedding - an upcycle tutorial


Four years ago now, I made my first set of shopping bags from an old sheet that we never used. I used them every week for my food shopping:

I made myself a second set too - so that one stays in the car, in case I forget to put the other set back after emptying my shopping out each week!
Four years on, these bags are still going strong.

I decided to make them after my supermarket 'green' bags began to tear and rip. One even biodegraded in our tropical heat and I found it in tatters one day on the floor!  Some of the ladies who worked in the supermarket told me that often the bags begin to smell after a while too.  

These bags from sheets have lasted and lasted so well. I've never had to repair any stitching or tears, can put meat products direct into them knowing that if the packet leaks, the bags just get thrown in the wash and they're clean and fresh smelling once again!

So have I convinced you yet? Do you want to make your own set of environment friendly - and pretty shopping bags?

I made myself a new set, just so that I could make up a tutorial! I'm sure I'll find a friend who would like a set that will gain them as a gift, as there are only so many shopping bags a girl needs!!

So, here's how to make your own sturdy shopping bags from old bedding.

I bought an old doona (duvet) cover from a charity shop for a few dollars to use for this.
First lay it out and cut off the seams.

Then for each bag you need to cut:
1 piece 90 x 43cm (35.5 x 17")
2 straps 62 x 10cm (24.5 x 4")



Main Bag Part

 Fold the main bag part lengthways in half, WRONG sides together.

The next part makes the bottom of the bag sit better when packed full of groceries.

Lift up the bottom fold of the bag with your fingers inside the fold. 
The fold is shown in the pictures, as it is too confusing to try and explain in words!

Pin both sides and stitch.

Now trim the seams very close to your stitching:


Then turn the bag right sides in again making sure your seams are flat.  


Stitch along those seams again - a little wider than your regular seam to make sure you completely enclose the seam you trimmed.  This completely covers the raw edges and is called a 'French Seam'. It's a neat way to finish seams if you don't have an overlocker (serger)

Turn your bag right sides out and that's the main part done!


The straps

Take one strap piece and fold the long outer edges into the centre. Then fold the whole thing in half again to completely enclose the raw edges. If you find it easier you can iron each step here to hold the fabric in place before stitching.
Then top-stitch along both sides of your strap. Repeat for the other strap.


Attach the straps to the bag

Open up the top of your bag and place one strap approximately in place like this:

Fold the top of your bag inwards about 1cm (0.5") and place the edge of the strap on top edge to edge.

Then fold the top of the bag over once more together with the strap, then lift the strap upwards and pin into place. This way the raw edge is once again completely hidden.

Repeat with the other side of the strap:

Turn the bag over and attach the other strap to the other side of the bag in the same way - matching the placement up with the first strap:

Stitch all the way around both the top and bottom of this seam.

Also stitch an extra box and cross at each handle for extra strength.

That's it!  One shopping bag finished!

Ready to fill up with your groceries!

I made 8 bags from one side of the doona (duvet) cover - which was King Size. That is generally enough for my weekly shop.


One of the best things I like about these bags is the long straps so when I'm carrying the heavy bags in from the car I can carry them over my shoulder:


I put all my shopping bags in a small tote (one I made from a pretty net curtain) and try to keep it in the car ready for my weekly shop!

Of course I had to test out this new set of bags for my weekly shop a few days ago!




I always get nice comments on my pretty shopping bags.
I hope you make yourself a set too - I'd love to see pictures from anyone who does!!

If you liked this tutorial, I have over 100 free sewing tutorials for all sorts of different things at all different levels of ability from beginners to experienced sewers:



Happy Upcycling, Sewing and of course Shopping!

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