Monday, October 23, 2017

A Round Tuit 385

Happy Monday from Cairns!
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, once again they are Halloween themed!
 
First of all, Halloween Spice Biscuits from I wasn't expecting that.



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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.

And I'll also pin each feature to the Round Tuit Pinterest Board.


Monday, October 16, 2017

A Round Tuit 384

Happy Monday from Cairns!
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:
 Since Halloween is just around the corner I thought I'd share some of the fun ideas people have had for this time of year!


First of all, some repurposed jars and bottles for Halloween fun from Chas' Crazy Creations.




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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.

And I'll also pin each feature to the Round Tuit Pinterest Board.


Friday, October 13, 2017

Teaching your kids to sew



Over the years my two girls have shown an interest here and there in learning to sew. This interest comes and goes but I always make sure to grab the moments when they're keen and interested and help them give it a go and learn. I believe that learning to sew - and other crafting skills are valuable ones for kids to learn - you can read my reasons why in my post:



But back to my girls sewing. Over the years, they've made a few things pencil cases are always a favourite:






I've encouraged them to design their own things too - here's ...well..ok, another pencil case, designed by my younger daughter:

And a cuddly turtle, designed and made my by youngest.


There were other things they made - it just seems to be the pencil cases I took pictures of!

Then a couple of years ago, I decided to put together an e-book which was a short course for kids to learn to sew. Something with a bit of structure to help kids (or indeed adults) learn some basic sewing skills which would enable them to sew all kinds of different things - particularly learning to follow tutorials as there are so many great tutorials available online now - you can learn to make just about anything!

My girls agreed to be the 'pattern and tutorial testers' for my book. After I had written each individual tutorial, I would give it to them to try and follow and make the item themselves. They would then be able to give me feedback on what they found easy or difficult and I could adjust the patterns and tutorials accordingly.

I decided to incorporate my favourite thing and one I'm passionate about into this learn to sew book too - clothes upcycling.  So the contents of this e-book can be made using an old pair of jeans and some co-ordinating fabric.  

My girls both had a pair of coloured jeans that they'd grown out of that they wanted to use - and they chose their own matching fabric to use with them.  
We had a lot of fun with creating this e-book together, and the girls learnt a lot about sewing too!


Here are all the things they learned to make following the tutorials in my e-book. Those in the picture below are the ones I made as examples while I created the tutorials - and I also used a coloured pair of jeans!


This e-book is available as a PDF download for just
AU$9.99

So why not help your kids learn a useful lifelong skill and make some fun things along the way.

Click here to buy a copy, or here to go to my e-book page and read about my other e-book for making a set of eco-friendly shopping bags - also upcycling an old pair of jeans in the process!

Happy sewing and upcycling!



Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Inspirational Bag Tags - the perfect gift!



Some scraps of denim, keyrings and a little printed fabric together make these cute inspirational bag tags - perfect for sporting bags!

This tag is one of several my girls have made and currently have for sale in their own Junior Madeit store
2 Little Lightbulbs.


My girls made several bag tags with quotes of their own choosing printed on the fabric, like this one.


My girls are both swimmers, and so a few of the tags are geared towards swimming! Like this one.


The bag tags are unique, hand-made items that would make great Christmas gifts.

They are only AU$5 each!

Why not take a look at the selection in their store?

Maybe you can do a little early Christmas shopping there!



Thank you for your support!



Monday, October 9, 2017

A Round Tuit 383

Happy Monday from Cairns!
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 adorable crocheted dog from Lalka Crochetka.



Next, a free pattern for a 
crocheted pumpkin Unicorn from Frau Tschi-Tschi.




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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.

And I'll also pin each feature to the Round Tuit Pinterest Board.


Friday, October 6, 2017

4 Things to make with Faux Fur




A few years ago I started making these cute little furry creatures, which I called Little Jems.  

They are made from a section of drainpipe covered in faux fur scraps, and can be used for holding all kinds of little trinkets,  or perhaps as a desk tidy, or even a novelty can holder!



This in turn led to more sewing with faux fur, and a house full of fluff flying everywhere as I sewed!!

I then found other things to sew with the faux fur. Pretty much anything I made was a hit with kids, and I have to admit to having lots of fun choosing from the amazing range of colours and patterns of faux fur you can buy!!
Here are some of the things I made - with tutorials in case you want to try making your own!!





And Furry Animal Backpacks.


And last but not least I even made a furry fabric drinks holder for myself!!


Have you ever sewn with faux fur??
What have you made?


If you like the look of any of these sewing tutorials, why not check out all my other ones? There are over 150 Free Sewing tutorials available on My Free Sewing Tutorials Page.

I shall be linking this post to many of the fabulous linky parties whose pretty buttons and direct links can be found on my linky party page.


Monday, October 2, 2017

A Round Tuit 382

Happy Monday from Cairns!
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, how to sew this awesome 
bean-bag chair from Tea and a Sewing Machine.




Finally, a cute reversible DIY velvet clutch from The Style Safari.





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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.

And I'll also pin each feature to the Round Tuit Pinterest Board.