Monday

Table Runner


Update:

I just took the table runner down from my blocking board and here it is on my side table!


I got a wild hair to make this really cute table runner that I found on Ravelry (I spend waaaaay too much time there!).

Here is the pattern!

I ended up not being able to find the color in the original pattern, which I liked alot, but I did find the brand in a different color and stayed with that! It is going to be a Christmas gift so I thought the more neutral cream would be better than the gray.

The finished product before blocking is actually tiny, but it stretches tremendously!

Here it is in the process of being blocked... I'll let it dry over night and then wrap it up for Christmas!


Here's a close up of the pattern. Cute huh?


Total time to make this project was about 5 hours. Not too bad!

Let me know how it comes out for you! Happy Crafting!

Friday

Candy Corn Update

Well, it took me a little longer to find time to test this recipe, but I was able to do it before Halloween!

I LOVED the results! I'm a huge fan of candy corn in general, but I'm pretty much the only one in my family.


However, even those who detest store bought candy corn loved this recipe! I give this two thumbs up for results... But, I'll tell you know, the process was tedious.

Get the recipe here.

Some changes that I made to the recipe:
1. I did use raw agave which caused the "white" color to be more of cream color.

2. Being allergic to corn products, I had to make my own powdered sugar, since store bought has cornstarch as the second ingredient. This is very simple to make though! Take white sugar, place in blender (I use a coffee grinder that is dedicated to non-coffee items). That's it!

3. Instead of the 1/3 cup of cornstarch called for in the original recipe, I used two heaping teaspoons of arrowroot powder. You can usually find this at a grocery store with a large organic or natural food section.

Results!

This is what the mix looks like after the boiling and mixing together of wet and dry ingredients.


The recipe said to allow the mix to cool for 20 minutes before working, but this was setting up too fast to wait and I started working it right away and adding the different dye colors.
Warning:
It is VERY hot!


Because of the darker color from the raw agave, I had to change the colors up a bit. Here it is ready for cutting... kinda looks like bacon!


The cutting begins!


Have at least one helper to assist with getting this done quickly. I was only half way through the "dough" before it hardened enough that I could not form the ropes but had to settle for candy corn "drops" instead!


The dough was fairly greasy from all the butter, so I placed the finished product on a cookie sheet covered in paper towels. It worked really well and soaked up all the extra butter!


Even my husband who hates store bought candy corn couldn't keep his hands off of these delicious morsels!


Let me know how they turn out for you!

Tuesday

Hemming Jeans: The Tuck Method

As requested, here is a tutorial on how to hem jeans that have a specialty thread. Or if you just want to keep the extra length as an option later.

I use this method when hemming jeans for children. Then as they grow, I can let the hem out and take up a smaller amount.

There are a lot of pictures for this tutorial... I hope you enjoy!


Hemming Jeans: The Tuck Method

Turn up the cuff to the desired length and measure from the fold to the hem. In this case, 2 inches.


Measure from the hem to the thread line. In this case, a little less than 1/2 an inch.


Add the two measurements together, place the ruler on the thread line and mark at the length.
Tailors chalk is perfect for this as it will come out with steam with you're done!


Take the chalk and, using a straight edge, mark all the way across the leg.


With both legs on top of each other, use a marking wheel to mark the line on the other sides of the denim.
Note: Because denim is so thick, you will have to push fairly hard and go over the line several times to ensure that you can see it once you move the legs away from each other.


This is what the bottom leg will look like after the marking wheel. It looks like it's a bold enough line, but trust me, it magically disappears once you get it over to the machine, so go ahead and mark all sides again with the chalk.


Here it is with the chalk over it, much better!


Fold edge of hem down to the chalk line.


Sew on the right side of the thread. It's orange in this case, but sometimes it will be navy. In that case, use the chalk to make the line more visible.


Flip the extra fabric inside the leg and make sure that you can see the original hem. This make require a tug on the hem, depending on how thick the fabric is.


If you are going to be leaving the extra length, skip this step!
If you know this is the perfect length, cut the extra fabric, leaving about a half inch of fabric all the way around the hem.


If you have a serger, sew the edge to keep the edge from fraying. If you do not have a serger, use a zig-zag stitch to do the same thing.
Note: Be sure to only sew the extra fabric. You don't want to catch the hem thread!


If you left the extra fabric, this is where you pick up!
Flip the serged edge inside the leg and sew on top of the fold, on the left side of the thread.


Once both legs are done, use a steam iron to remove the chalk lines.
Here's the top of the finished hem.


And here's the inside!


Happy crafting!

Friday

Hemming Jeans

I recently had the opportunity to hem the jeans for Tiffany Ivanovsky who has been featured on TLC's Extreme Couponing!

She will be wearing the jeans on Rachael Ray soon! She hasn't been on yet, but as soon as the video is up, I'll post it here. It's pretty cool that "my" jeans will be on national TV!

So, in celebration, I'm going to bombard you with pictures of the jean alteration process as well as a video of my new sewing machine in action!

Here is the original hem.


Hem after being fearlessly severed from the rest of the jean.



Original hems cleaned of all topstiching and ready to be reattached.


Original hem after being reattached!


Sewing the topstiching back on!


Here is the video of the new Juki 5550. It's short and a little choppy, but I was videoing it one handed while trying to insure that I didn't sew through my fingers... which yes, this machine is capable of! Oh, and it's sewing through 12 layers of denim here... yeah.

video

Finished jeans with the original hem!


So there you go! Hemming while keeping the original hem is as easy as 1..2..3.....4...5...6 ;-)

Happy crafting!


Sunday

Sewing Baby Blankets

I just got approached to possibly start sewing baby blankets for a woman who makes them as a home business! She says she can't make them fast enough to fill all her orders and would like to hire me.

I'm super excited!

Pray that this works out as I would love to start paying off my new sewing machine A.S.A.P!

Saturday

Candy Corn

This isn't really an "heirloom" per se... but for today, let's just pretend!

I was looking for a good homemade candy corn recipe to try, just like I attempt every October, and I can across one that uses agave syrup as the base instead of corn syrup!

Being allergic to corn, this made me very happy. I can't wait to give this recipe a try... here is the original version on the Sugarcrafter website

Photo copyright: Sugarcrafter.net

Isn't it pretty?

I've had some issues with agave candy not holding its shape at room temperature, so I'll update you on how that goes. In the meantime, wish me luck and maybe I'll even send you some of the finished product ;-)