Monday, September 26, 2016

A Round Tuit 329

Happy Monday!
After 2 weeks of teaching, I'm back to sewing and blogging this week - and have my girls home too as it's the second week of the school holidays. I've got plenty of plans of things to make and do - so keep coming back to see what I get up to!
Last week I did manage to fit in a little sewing - just a quick upcycle - 
making a fabric origami bag from an old nightie!


But now it's time to see what you've all been up to this past week. 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, this awesome top made from fabric scraps from The Honey Thread - definitely my kind of project - use what you've got!



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 and my Saturday Spotlight feature post next week.

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

Hope you have a great week!

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Crochet, Parties and Celebrations!

It's time once again to show you some of the brilliant link ups to this week's Round Tuit.
This week I've chosen to feature some crochet projects and party or celebration ideas.


First of all the crochet projects.



And the party/celebration ideas.


I hope you enjoyed this week's features and that you have a wonderful weekend.


Thursday, September 22, 2016

Squeezing in a quick clothes upcycle - fabric origami bag from sleepwear



I've been doing some teaching work for a couple of weeks so I haven't had much time for sewing and blogging. However, I did manage to slip in a quick little upcycle yesterday.

After upcycling the old school uniforms in my stash over the past few weeks, I moved onto the next clothing item I found - nightwear!  I had an old nightie and a pair of PJ shorts.

Yesterday I cut up the nightie - to make a fabric origami bag using my own tutorial here. This one I made from a couple of old sundresses that my girls grew out of years ago!


And here's the one I made yesterday using my old nightie!

The straps are just perfect for the drawstrings for the bag too!


They are such soft and pretty little bags, and so easy to make. They make great gift bags or little toiletry bags. I think I might claim this one for myself!


This isn't the first time I've made a bag like this from old nighties. I did the same a few years ago with others!


So now the only item of sleepwear I have left to upcycle is this pair of PJ shorts, (and a little extra fabric from the nightie too).

I only have two more days of teaching work, then should have more time to get back into my sewing and upcycling!  I will share soon what I make next!

Any and all suggestions welcome.

For plenty more clothes upcycling ideas and inspiration, do take a look at the ongoing long term linky for clothes upcycling projects and feel free to add your own projects and ideas too!


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.



Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Upcycle those Uniforms



Over the past couple of weeks I've been upcycling my daughters' old school sports shirts into teddy bears. The shirts are old styles and so aren't worn anymore, but there was nothing physically wrong with them, so I didn't want to throw them out - and I thought since they were their school uniforms, maybe little keepsake memory bears might be a good idea!

The two white bears were to be given away - one as a trophy for a school recycling contest my daughter set up, and the other as a gift for a friend who works at the school. 
The two green teddies were for each of my daughters to keep. Those were their old house coloured shirts, so maybe they will go to future interhouse competitions as mascots? (the light in different photos makes them look different colours, but they are both green!)


The bigger teddy was made from the old style of uniform shirt for our swim club. Again, there was nothing wrong with the shirt itself, but no longer worn as the style has been updated to a new one.
I think this teddy will enjoy coming to all the swim carnivals as our new mascot!




A couple of years ago, I upcycled a lot of these old swim club uniforms into bags to sell and raise money for the club.


I also upcycled my girls old school dresses - which was their uniform in the early years of junior school - into teddy dresses, notebook covers and fabric baskets.


AND, a few years earlier, I'd upcycled their first old dresses into hair accessories!

Oh my goodness - looking at all of that, it makes me see just how many uniforms my girls have gone through!  We've always tried to buy second hand uniforms, and then pass them on to others afterwards, but sometimes they are too old and worn to do so and into the upcycle pile they go.  Kids go through so many clothes as they grow don't they!  But it's nice to be able to either pass them on to someone else who can wear them, or make them into something new they can continue to use!


So that is all my uniform upcycles so far, but there are so many more out there, like this one from the 600+ clothes upcycling linky,


An upcycled military uniform iPad case from Hong Kong Chic.


And there are heaps more to be found - as you can see from my Upcycling Uniforms Pinterest Board, where I'm adding more all the time as I find them.





Have you ever upcycled an old uniform - school, sports, military or other?  I'd love to hear more ideas and see pictures. They can be a great memory keepsake to make!

For heaps more clothes upcycling ideas - and to add your own, take a look at the 

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, September 19, 2016

A Round Tuit 328

Coming into my second week of teaching English and it's also the first week of the school holidays! I didn't manage to keep up as much as I'd hoped with my sewing, upcycling and blogging last week, but did get a few more upcycled teddies made - here's a sneak peak - will be posting more photos and details tomorrow!

How about you? What have you been up to this week?
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, this 
Cute and Squishy Quilted Bag from Tea and a Sewing Machine.



Finally, since I've been making a few teddys lately, this caught my eye - a 10 minute teddy sleeping bag tutorial from Gluesticks.



For those featured, feel free to grab a 'featured on' button here.
Creating my way to Success
----------------------------------------------------------
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 and my Saturday Spotlight feature post next week.

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

Hope you have a great week!


Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Teach 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 last year, 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!