Setting sewing goals for 2017

As I sit down at my sewing machine, I feel calm. I feel like I'm in my happy space. I'm creating something and I love the feeling that it creates.
 
But too often, I don't take the time to sew. I have piles of fabric sitting in my cupboard, just waiting. Piles of unrealised happiness. 
 
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Threadistry Best of 2016

Wow! Another year almost over, and it's time for reflection on the year gone by, before setting some goals for the year ahead. Threadistry has been steadily growing and my vision is slowly becoming a reality. Thank you all for joining me on this journey! Read more about Threadistry Best of 2016

Make your Christmas glow with 21 Reindeer sewing patterns

Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer is absolutely my favourite Christmas song. I can relate to being a little different and people not really understanding me. I didn't have quite as dramatic a moment of finding my place in the world, but I'm so much happier being a part of the sewing community and finding a place to be myself.

So as I look around at my Christmas decorations, I realise I'm not doing enough to celebrate this beautiful icon of Christmas. It's time for me to sew a reindeer, with a red nose of course. Read more about Make your Christmas glow with 21 Reindeer sewing patterns

Surprise Santa with the Cutest Christmas Stocking Sewing Patterns

One of my favourite Christmas traditions is putting out the Christmas stockings before we went to bed. It was so exciting to think about Santa coming and the stockings being filled with toys in the morning. Now that i have kids, I get to experience the same joy of their faces.

As a kid, my parents bought plastic stockings from the discount store that fell apart after a few years (and then my brother and I would fight about why did one kid get a new one and not the other). I like the idea of something more permanent, and something with the homemade touch.  Read more about Surprise Santa with the Cutest Christmas Stocking Sewing Patterns

Countdown to Christmas with Cheery Advent Calendar Sewing Patterns

I love the lead up to Christmas and one of my favourite parts is watching the kids update the Advent calendar each day. After the battle for who gets to do which days is over (although with most calendars having 24 days, it works out evenly for people with 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8 or 12 kids), it’s fun to watch them hang their ornament and work out how many days to go until Santa visits.

Do you count up or countdown? We usually count up (which gives the kids a chance to do some mental maths each day to work out the days to Christmas. Read more about Countdown to Christmas with Cheery Advent Calendar Sewing Patterns

Harrowing Halloween Trick or Treat Bag Sewing Patterns

Halloween is right around the corner. You've organised a costume (did you sew something?), but have you forgotten the most important thing for the kids?

Trick or Treat Bags!!!

How are you kids going to bring home their stash? It's time to sew a trick or treat bag (or 3!)

There's lots to consider when deciding which trick or treat sewing pattern to make. Size - it needs to be big enough to hold the right amount of candy (or maybe you should make a small one to encourage your kids to come home early without such a big pile of sugar!). Should your DIY trick or treat bag match the costume, or are you just going with a generic spooky Halloween theme?

Whatever you decide, here are my favourite handmade Halloween trick or treat bag sewing patterns and tutorials: Read more about Harrowing Halloween Trick or Treat Bag Sewing Patterns

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