Monday, April 28, 2014

A Round Tuit 203

Good morning!
Can you believe we're almost a third of the way through the year already?
I've got heaps planned for this week and am going to get straight to it!  So let's get started...



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, a great upcycle of a 
workout tank from an oversized t-shirt by Grits and Giggles:
I love that - adapt what you already have in your wardrobe for new clothes that you will actually wear!


Finally, some beautiful 
springtime leaves bags from Sewing for Utange:
There are so many beautiful upcycled jeans projects on this site - and all made to raise money for a great cause!  


For those featured, feel free to grab a 'featured on' button from my buttons page.
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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.

Friday, April 25, 2014

To market, to market! More new bags!


We get all our fruit and vegetables from our local Rusty's markets here in Cairns each weekend.

The supermarket shopping bags we've been using for the past few years were looking a bit worse for wear..


So I raided my stash for some nice tartan fabric for the outside, and some old curtain lining for the inside and made a set of new bags.


They're a good large size so 3 of them fit it all our fruit and veg for the week.


 (these pictures don't show our weekly shop - just what was left in our fruit bowls when I made the bags.)

I also made a new set of produce bags (see tutorial here) from net curtains, since some of our original set seem to have gone missing, and we buy more fruit and veg than we used to so we need more anyway!

I'll salvage what I can from the old bags and at the materials to my stash.
For now - I like our new market bags, which should last us for years to come!



Aside from these - I have my supermarket shopping set, made from old bedding (see tutorial here)

I also have a foldable reusable bag (like this) in each handbag I own, so hopefully I will never need to use plastic bags when I'm out shopping!

Do you avoid plastic bags and use your own bags for your food shopping?


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

What I learned today!


This morning my car didn't want to start to take my girls to school.
 I did eventually get it going but noticed the battery light had flashed up.  After dropping off my girls I went straight to our garage and fortunately they managed to squeeze my car into their busy day.  It looks like it just needs a new battery since the current one is 4 years old and apparently that's a good run for a car battery!


But what did I learn?

I did mention to the mechanic something I'd noticed in recent weeks in my car that I thought might be relevant and it turned out it was!
I drive with the radio on all the time and don't switch it off. So when I start my car up, it automatically comes on to my favourite station. Recently however, when I start my car, the radio doesn't come on, and I've had to retune it most times to find the station I want.  
Apparently this is a sign of a low battery charge - the battery keeps the 'memory' of the radio going, but can't do this if it's charge becomes too low!

So - if I ever notice my radio losing its 'memory' again, I'll know to get the battery checked!  

I just thought I'd share this on here - as someone somewhere might read this and be able to get their battery checked before the car won't start all together.  Maybe it's an obvious thing to some, but it wasn't to me!

I do believe in the importance of sharing little snippets like this on the off-chance they may help someone else one day!

Hope you have a lovely day.



Note: the picture was taken on my lovely unexpected walk home from the garage this morning!

Monday, April 21, 2014

A Round Tuit 202

Back from a week's family holiday in Perth over on the West Coast of Australia - seeing the sunset over the sea for a change, I'm now enjoying the last of the Easter long weekend and what has been a wonderful 2 week family break.

Thanks to all for linking up last week - some amazing projects and it was hard to choose just 3 favourites to feature here!

I'm looking forward to seeing what you've all been up to this week.
This morning I have a job interview! My first since having kids 11 years ago!! Yikes!! So please keep your fingers crossed for me. I'll let you know how I go!

For now - let's get started on those Round Tuits!


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 
Amy Butler Dog Beg from Made By ChrissieD:
How adorable!!!!


Finally, an upcycle!!  This time it's a 
purse transformed into a toddler backpack by Find Daily Joy:



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.

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.

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
----------------------------------------------------------
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.

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!!

Why not make a stylish new handbag to carry all your new shopping bags in to make sure you never forget them again! My new e-book contains the main tutorial and pattern for the handbag (made from old jeans) with a special section just for your shopping bags, plus some extras too! Go here to read more.



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!