Friday, January 20, 2017

The Kathryn Bag



Several years ago I created this bag - The Kathryn Bag, named after my Mum and a photo I have of her when she was a little girl where she had a large fabric bow in her hair - just like the one on the front of this bag!


 The original bag I made (red and white - shown above) was claimed by my older daughter. But a few times recently my younger daughter has borrowed this bag to go shopping.
Since she liked the style of it, I thought she'd like one of her own!

My daughter chose the fabrics she wanted from my stash.  I had a pair of jeans - bought from a charity shop for $1! and some cute Eiffel Tower fabric given to me by a friend.


When I got my pattern pieces out to cut the bag, it was nice to find I'd used my girls' old paintings from Kindy!  A great way to 'use what you've' got and keep those memories!

Fortunately the pattern fitted into the jeans legs - the main bag parts from one leg, and the base and strap from the other leg!


I'm really pleased with how this bag turned out, and how easy it was to follow the pattern - having not looked at it in years!

And here's the inside, with two pockets - one zipped and the other just a simple slip-in pocket.


Best of all my daughter likes it too!

The pattern for The Kathryn Bag is one of those contained in the 
Free E-book for my subscribers:

'How to turn what you've got into what you need.'

To get your copy - which includes the pattern and tutorial for 
The Kathryn Bag, plus two other bonus sewing tutorials, click here.

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Monday, January 16, 2017

A Round Tuit 345

Happy Monday from Cairns!
Well, my first week back at teaching went well. I'm enjoying the work and my students are great!
Now heading into week two, it's also the final week of my daughters' long summer school holidays, so it's all about getting ready to go back to school! and for my youngest - getting ready to start high school! All very exciting and a busy week of preparations ahead!
I'm going to try to find time to squeeze in a little bit of sewing as my youngest has asked if I can make her some notebook covers for her high school books!


So, without further ado, let's get this party 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 awesome Pom Pom Scarf from Vegan Dollhouse.



Finally, even MORE pom poms with this cute
No Sew Pom Pom Throw from Thistlewood Farms.


For those featured, feel free to grab a 'featured on' button here.
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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, January 13, 2017

No more plastic bags for 2017!


How many plastic bags do you use each week when you go shopping?

Would you like your own set of pretty, sturdy and reusable bags and little cost to you?
How about making 2017 the year you stop using single use plastic bags?

Why not make your own reusable shopping bags? I've been using these bags for several years now. They are made from old sheets and are large, durable and super easy to wash if they do get anything spilled on them from split packets - so there's no need to wrap anything in more plastic before putting them in these bags!

After forgetting to take my nice, pretty, reusable bags into the shop a few times, I decided this was the next problem I needed to solve, and so made myself a pretty handbag with a nifty hidden pocket in the bottom to store these bags in, so that I will always have them with me and will never leave them in the car again!

I've made several of these bags for myself and family and friends.
And I've had a great response from others who have purchased my e-book and made the bags: (thanks Wesens-Art)


You can make your very own Eco-friendly Shopping Handbag, complete with a full set of shopping bags - a handibag and some fruit and veg grocery bags. All you need is a basic sewing know-how, some time and some old bedding, a pair of old jeans and some co-ordinating fabric, which could also be old clothes, curtains or bedding!

My e-book with all of these patterns and tutorials is now available for just the cost of a cup of coffee ($3.99)!

PLUS, $1 from each book sold will be donated to the WWF to further help protect our amazing environment and planet.

For a little more information and to purchase this e-book - go here.

I appreciate your support!


Monday, January 9, 2017

A Round Tuit 344

Happy Monday from Cairns!

Today I go back to work teaching English! It's going to be a big change but I'm looking forward to this new challenge!

We've been making the most of family time over the holidays, getting out and about and doing some fun things like ten pin bowling, trips out for morning tea and BBQs at the beach!



How about you? I hope your year has started well. Have you been crafting, cooking or DIYing yet?
Let's get this party started and find out!

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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, since I'm continuing to learn and practice my crochet this year, this cute crochet coaster pattern caught my eye from Annemarie's Haakblog.




Finally, since I'm going back to teaching next week, I've been thinking about my packed lunches - and these Spicy Chicken Lettuce Wraps from Delightful E Made caught my eye!




For those featured, feel free to grab a 'featured on' button here.
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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, January 6, 2017

150+ Free Sewing Tutorials



Over the years I have been blogging, I have gradually built up a huge resource of my own sewing tutorials.
My Mum and Granny were both dressmakers and taught me to sew as a child, but I didn't really develop much of an interest in sewing until I had my own kids and began making things for them.

Being a teacher, I have carefully recorded how I've made things, and created over 150 sewing tutorials with detailed photos and descriptions, so that I can share the 'how tos' and others can have a go at making things for themselves and others too.  

Creativity and making things are such important skills to learn and have. Sewing just happens to be my medium.  My Mum and Granny used to sew mainly clothes for us out of necessity - it was cheaper to make than buy.  That is no longer the case for clothes now, but it still holds true that to make your own clothes and other things gives not only a great deal of personal satisfaction, but also results in unique and one-of-a-kind things to keep for yourself or give as gifts.  Designer products if you like - not just the mass produced store-bought things that everyone has!

Sewing has allowed me to make so many things for my kids and others over the years, as I've received many requests for things that you may not be able to just go out and buy, like, 
a carrot pencil case for a friend's birthday..


or penguin suits for a whole class of kids when they won

A bag for a friend whose old one had broken, but she loved the style and wanted another just the same.


Or even just a bag for myself, exactly the size, style, shape and colour I want!


I have made so many different things from bags to clothes, pencil cases to oven mitts and novelty gifts for Christmas.


So how do I find these sewing tutorials?

All my sewing tutorials are grouped together to make them easier to browse through or look for specific things.
You can start on the main page here and choose from there what type of sewing tutorial you are looking for.

I have tried to make each tutorial as clear and simple as possible to anyone can have a go at them. I even sometimes go back and use my own tutorials to make things again!
I have also turned each of the tutorials into PDF versions which can be downloaded for free if you prefer that! All links can be found on my tutorial pages or on each individual post.

I hope I can encourage and inspire others to sew and create in their own way - perhaps saving money, developing their skills of dexterity and creativity or simply just having fun!

Please do go take a look at My Free Sewing Tutorials

and I would love to see pictures of anything you make with them too!


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Happy creating and sewing!

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, January 2, 2017

A Round Tuit 343

Happy Monday from Cairns!
And welcome to the first Round Tuit party of 2017!!

I can hardly believe this linky party has been running for over 6 and a half years! I still enjoy checking out everyone's entries each week and it's always tough to pick just 3 favourites!

I hope everyone will still continue to stop by and link up this year and I'd love if you shared this party and more people came and linked up too!

2017 is a year of change for me with going back to teaching, but also continuing with the blog - you can read more about that here.

But for now - let's get to this party and see what everyone has been up to and has planned for this year!

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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 
cute crochet hot water bottle cosy pattern from Happy in Red.



Next, a great example of use what you've got with a 
DIY herb drying rack from Grandma's House DIY.



Finally, a recipe that caught my eye, looks delicious and I'm definitely going to try this year:  
Coconut Curry Quinoa Risotto from Healthy Helper.



For those featured, feel free to grab a 'featured on' button here.
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.

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