Archive | April, 2011

Pot Holders

21 Apr

This year I am doing something different for Mother’s Day. I am making my  mom a gift set and thought I would share the process with you. First, I am making a set of potholders and they are really easy to make. Sew, let’s get busy ladies!

Materials needed:

Fabric color of your choose (100% cotton fabric) cut 4 8″x8″ squares

Thread color of your choose (100% cotton thread)

Insul-bright (cut 4 8″x8″ squares)

Warm and natural (cut 2 8″x8″ squares)

Pins

Scissors

Bias tape (double fold) for the loop

Cut 4 8″x8″ squares to make 2   potholders.

Place right sides of fabric together and the ugly side should be facing you. Pin along the three sides of the potholder to hold the fabric in place. You will leave one side open so  the potholder can be turned inside out. I always place my pins in the direction in which I am sewing.

Sew a 1/4 ” inch seam allowance around the three sides of the potholder. Make sure that you back stitch at the beginning and end. This will re enforce the stitches. Make sure when you finish sewing the 3 sides that you turn the potholder inside out. You should be looking at the pretty side of the potholder.

Next, we are going to make  a sandwich. Sounds good to me. Cut 4 squares 8″x” 8 of insul-bright and 2 8″x8″ squares of warm and natural. You will notice that the size is the same as the square fabric we cut. Now, take one square of the insul-bright and lay it down with the shinny side facing down. Grab one of the warm and natural squares and lay on top of the insul-bright. Next, place another insul-bright square and place the shinny side up facing you. Now your sandwich is complete.

Sorry this is not a very good picture I know. Next, we are going to place the sandwich we just made inside of the potholder. Take the sandwich and place in the opening of the potholder and work it until you get it to the bottom and the sides. If you need to trim some of the sandwich feel free to do so. Some times it is easier to work with.

We can’t forget about our loop for the potholder.  Cut a small piece of bias tape (double fold). Then place the bias tape inside of the opening to  make a loop and sew across making sure that you sew the bias tape and continue all the way across. I would back stitch at the beginning and end. You can add bias tape around the edges of the potholder and quilt the potholder if you wish.

I hope that you had fun today with me!

Ta Da! Your finished!

Binding has been added here.

Sewing Room

18 Apr

Vintage plaque dress hooks

I hope that everyone had a great weekend. Oh my how the time flies by so quickly! Over the weekend I spent sometime in my favorite room which of course is the sewing room.  Some time ago I had written a post about  old vintage apron patterns that I had found online. Well, I finally went shopping this weekend and found a poster frame to make a collage  and I will have to say I was pleased how it turned out. While in the midst of shopping  yesterday, I came across something that I thought was perfect for the sewing room,  and of course you know me ,I found a set of three vintage plaque dress hooks and came home and placed them on the wall and they worked perfectly. I think it looks good! What do you think ladies?

Sewing Room

Collage

Shhhh! I have a secret!

15 Apr

Shhhhh! I have a secret! Thought I would share with you the fabric that I chose for this project. As we know Mother’s Day is right around the corner so I thought I would make my mother something for Mother’s Day. Can’t  tell you just yet what I am making because it is a secret. So stay turned more to come.

While I was in my sewing room something mysteriously appeared before me and guess what that may be. Shhh it’s our secret!

my confession

I hope that everyone has a great weekend and I will see you on Monday!

Week 2 of Quilting Class 101

14 Apr

This week Rebecca  over at Chasing Cotton is teaching a design class. I am not brave enough to design a pattern for a quilt yet. So I had my 50% off coupon for JoAnn Fabrics and while I was there they had all the McCall’s patterns for 99 cents and of course I could not refuse. I sat down and went through the books to see if I could find a quilting pattern and sure enough I did.

Quilting Pattern

Here is a picture of the pattern that I chose for the quilting class. The pattern is McCall’s and the number is M6341. Sew happy quilting!

Mexican Beef and Rice

12 Apr

Thought I would share one of my favorite recipes with you. I can’t remember where I found this recipe but I have been cooking it now for a long time. So before you go to the store you may want to add the ingredients to your list.

Ingredients:

1 teaspoon Olive Oil

1 Green Bell Pepper

1 White Onion

1 pound lean Ground Beef

1 can (16 ounces) Diced tomatoes, undrained

1 can (11 ounces) White Shoepeg Corn

1 can (15 ounces) Red Kidney Beans, drained

1/2 cup Rice

1/2 cup Water

add some Hot Pepper Sauce to taste

Directions:

In a large skillet over medium heat add oil. Add pepper and onions; cook until tender. Next, add ground beef to skillet  and cook until no longer pink. Add the remaining ingredients; stir. Bring to a boil. Then reduce heat and simmer for about  15 to 18 minutes. Enjoy!

Note: I use a rice cooker rather then add rice to skillet. Adding the rice to the skillet makes the rice really soft which I do not care for.

I hope that you enjoy this recipe!

Oh My! This looks so good

11 Apr

I am always looking for new recipes and found a Gooey Butter Cake over at Gingerbread Bagels and oh my it sounds so good. If you should try this recipe please post a comment  and let me know what you thought.

Sewing a Dish Soap Apron

8 Apr


I don’t know about you, but I am tired looking at this same old dish soap bottle. So, I started to think how could I add some character to this little old bottle. Well, I did my research online and came across a dish soap apron that I thought was cute. I chose to do a very basic apron to see how it was going to turn out first and I will have to say I am pleased with the outcome. So, I plan on making more with maybe lace and or adding Ric Rac to add a little more character. The neat aspect of the apron is to keep in mind it’s just like if you were to make one for yourself. The bottle apron is perfect for someone who is a beginner in sewing. Making the apron does not take a long time and is SIMLPE to make! When you click on the link above you will be able to print out the pattern for the apron. On the pattern it will say place on fold make sure to do that or your apron will not come out correctly. When you finish cutting out the apron you should have one piece of material. If you end up with two pieces of material then you did not cut on the fold.

All I did was turn the apron where the wrong side is facing up and sewed a 1/4 seam allowance. Then I turned the fabric to the right side and added the Bias Tape (Double Fold) and Ta Da! your done! Don’t forget you can add buttons if you wish. You also can add pockets too.

Back of apron

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