Wednesday, December 15, 2010
I was walking through the grocery store and saw the big Symphony candy bars on sale for $1. Actually, they weren't the biggest of the Symphony bars, but they'll work. I instantly thought of these great Snowman Wrappers and thought they'd be great gifts for my kids' teachers. And since my kids only go to school Monday through Thursday, and tomorrow is their last day before Christmas break, I needed something that I could throw together at the last minute.
I used fleece for the hats and homespun cotton for the scarfs.
Saturday, November 27, 2010
First, figure out how much you need to cut off and measure it with your little hem ruler. I measured up 1-1/2", which means I was cutting off a total of 3". Be sure to double whatever your measurement is.
Then pin the heck out of it.
Next, sew all the way around the bottom. I used my zipper foot so that I could get as close to the hem as possible. Be sure to remove your pins as you go.
Stop to take a picture of a cute kid.
I finished mine off by serging off the extra and making a nice finished edge. If you don't have a serger, you could cut it off with scissors and use a zig-zag or overlocking stitch to finish the edge.
Here's the final project. You really can't tell they're hemmed unless you look really, really close.
Saturday, July 31, 2010
Have I told you about my resolve to feed my family better? In a nutshell, I'm trying to stay away from processed foods as much a possible, so that includes cutting out high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, artifial sweeteners, and as much extra additives as possible. Plus, I recently got a Nutrimill grinder and have been trying out new recipes.
I used this recipe for English muffins and I am pretty impressed with how they turned out. They weren't very holey like store bought muffins are, but it might be because I used fresh ground hard white wheat flour to make them a little more healthy. When I added the amount of flour called for, it made the dough a little more stiff than I think it should've been, so you might want to add a little flour at a time. Even without the holes, they are delicious and I've been eating them for breakfast along with peanut butter and strawberry freezer jam. That combination of complex and simple carbohydrates, plus protein is enough that I really am not hungry again until lunch time. Love it!
Also, if you aren't going to be using these up within a few days, you should store them in the fridge or freezer. Mine started molding after about 5 days and I was annoyed! Then I realized that they aren't preservative laden like store bought and I felt better.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
So back to this skirt. My baby will be sixteen months old tomorrow, so I've finally decided to cut it up and try taking that waist band off and making it into something I can use.
Monday, July 26, 2010
I got this giant 5 pound box at City Market last week for $8.88! That's $1.78/lb!
I made blueberry muffins, blueberry pancakes, ate a bunch fresh, and still had a whole bunch left over. That's when I decided to freeze them. The best way is to freeze them in a single layer on a cookie sheet, then put them in a container.
First, wash them and drain them pretty well. Any water leftover on them will just freeze them together and to your pan. Then spread them out in a single layer on any type of pan with sides. Sides are important.
Let them freeze for at least an hour. You want to them freeze individually so that when you put them into a container and put them back in the freezer, you don't end up with a brick of blueberries. You'll probably have to use a spatula to free them from the pan, unless they were completely dry to begin with.
Put them in some type of container. I used a freezer bag, but any kind of container would work just fine.
Now you have them ready for anything! I like to use them frozen in smoothies or thaw them out for pancakes or muffins. And here's my tip for putting them in pancakes. Instead of adding them to the batter, drop them on top right after you've ladled the batter onto the griddle. Delicious!
Thursday, July 8, 2010
-Cotton print fabric of your choice. The remnant bins are especially good for this.
-White flannel for the middle layer. I've used whatever leftover flannel I've had and it works fine, but it can sometimes show up through your top layer if you have a light print. I like to use the plain white for this purpose.
-Cotton chenille. You can find it with all the other baby soft fabrics, like minkee. It can be pretty spendy, like $12/yd, so try to buy it on sale or with a coupon. I have found it at both Walmart and JoAnn, but prefer the stuff from JoAnn because it is softer.
The rest is super easy. Cut one 11" x 18" rectangle out of each fabric, the cotton print, the flannel, and the chenille. If your print has a pattern with a definite up or down, be sure to pay attention to that.
Lay out your flannel layer first and smooth it out. Then put your chenille down, right side up. Then put your print on top, right side down. This is really important! You want what will be the front and back of the burp cloth facing each other. Smooth everything out and pin the heck out of it to hold it all in place.
Sew with a 1/2" seam allowance. We're going to sew most of the way around, but we need to leave an opening for turning. I start on the short side, a few inches away from the bottom corner. Sew all the way around, turning corners as you go, until you get back to the same short side that you started with. Sew a few inches down that side and then stop, leaving a hole for turning.
I seem to NEVER remember to take pics while I am actually working on the project, so here's a little illustration of how to sew to leave the hole open.
Clip straight across each corner, being careful to not cut any of the stitching. This will help the corner turn easier and look better. I use my seam ripper to gently pull the corners out nice and neat. The last thing is to just top stitch all the way around, which is going to close the hole. Before you start sewing, fold the hole in so that it matches the rest and pin the hole shut. I start sewing at the top of that hole and just work my way all around. Use an 1/8" seam allowance.
If I am giving them as a gift or selling them in my shop, I either use two of the same fabric like in the picture, or I'll use two coordinating fabric. Then I tie them together with a ribbon to make it pretty.
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Monday, June 14, 2010
Here's the how-to. Cut a basic rectangle. You'll need it to be double the circumference of the subject's chest and however long you want it to be, plus about an inch for hemming. Since I was trying for a size 4, I just used the whole width of the fabric, minus the selvage edge. I can't remember how long I made it. You'll also need two rectangles for the sleeves. I believe mine are 12 x 4 inches.
Now on the sides of the dress, place the right sides together and sew up the length of the dress. I used my serger, but if you don't have one, then you'll want to finished the edges somehow. One way is to sew your seam allowance with a straight stitch and then zigzag close to the edge to finish it. Or use an over locking stitch.
Once you have it sewn into a tube, hem the top and the bottom edges all the way around. I just use a rolled hem and eyeball it.
Hem both long sides of both sleeves. Then finish the short raw edge. I serged mine, but zigzagging would work, or you could do another rolled hem.
I don't have any pictures of the shirring, but here's a basic run down.
1. You need elastic thread. My shopping options are Walmart and a local quilting store. I was able to find it with the notions at the quilting store.
2. Hand wind the elastic thread onto the bobbin, making sure not to stretch it at all. Use whatever matching thread you want on top.
3. Turn your fabric right side up and start sewing your lines. I started pretty close to the top of the dress. Backstitch a couple of times to secure it and then sew all the around, stopping in the same spot that you started. Be sure that your elastic thread in on the wrong side of the fabric, underneath.
4. I used my pressure foot as a guide on how far apart to make the lines, so they were about 1/2" apart. I made 10 rows. Your first row should be gathered, but it won't look like it's gathered nearly enough. Keep going. The more rows you get, the more tightly it gathers.
5. Once you get all of your lines done, mist the shirred part with water and watch it shrink up. It is really cool!
After you've gotten the dress body done, turn your sleeves right side up and sew along each long side to gather them up. I sewed about 1/4" in to give it a little ruffle on the edge. Then mist them with water to shrink them up.
Now you'll need to sew them on. I eyeballed where they needed to go because I didn't have a model to test it on. I made my back straps a little closer together than the front and I think I like it that way.
Don't stretch the fabric out where the straps are going to attach. Pin them on and sew into place. Be sure to back stitch a few times on each edge to make them nice and secure.
And there you have it! One adorable little sundress. And one adorable little Whitney.
Sunday, May 30, 2010
I'm making ring slings, bibs, appliqued tie onesies and maybe some hairbows if I don't run out of time. Stay tuned for a tutorial or two.
Saturday, March 6, 2010
And, yes, that is pink carpet.
Monday, February 8, 2010
I started with some 5 x 5 inch squares of fabric that I bought at the quilt shop. How nice to only have to cut them into quarters!