Thursday, July 25, 2013

Burrito Pillowcase

I belong to a sewing group that is comprised of amazing women.  I joined the group last year but the ladies have been together for about five or six years.

The sewing group is called "Sew Much Fun".  We get together twice a month for about two hours at a time and create projects for charity.  All the fabric and notions have been donated by local businesses and people in the area cleaning out their fabric stashes.

Everything we make goes to charity in one form or another.  We make items to sell at a craft fair each year and are able to give money to charities through the sales.  We also make items specifically for charities such as book bags for the library and senior center, duffel bags for children having to leave their homes, and pillow cases for the children's home.

Another lady takes all our scrap fabric and makes dog beds for the local animal shelters.  Nothing goes to waste.

This month we are making pillowcases, book bags, and finishing up projects from last month.

Here is a terrific tutorial by The Twiddletails Blog that I followed to show you the pillow cases we are making.   What's unique about these pillowcases is that there are no raw edges showing.  It's also a great way to learn a French Seam.


Our pillowcases are a little different than the actual tutorial in size but not by much.  Depending on your pillows, you might want to play with the size a little.  In the tutorial, the pillowcase also has a nice trim feature that you might like to try.

Fabric Measurements:

Body of Pillowcase is 26" x 41"
Band of Pillowcase is 26" x 10"

Burrito Pillowcase or Magic Pillowcase by Substance of Living
 Pin right sides together of the body and band along the 26" side.  Sew using a 1/4" seam allowance.

Burrito Pillowcase or Magic Pillowcase by Substance of Living
Right sides are still together and you've sewn along the edge attaching the band to the body of the pillowcase.  Now you want to roll up the body.

Burrito Pillowcase or Magic Pillowcase by Substance of Living
Bring the bottom of the band up and over the rolled up body and match edges to edges.

Burrito Pillowcase or Magic Pillowcase by Substance of Living
Pin  the band together at the edges enclosing the body of the pillowcase.

Burrito Pillowcase or Magic Pillowcase by Substance of Living
Sorry for the change in band/body fabric.  Sew the band raw edges together leaving the sides open.  See the body rolled up inside the tube?

Burrito Pillowcase or Magic Pillowcase by Substance of Living
 Band is sewn and the body of the pillow case is rolled up inside.

Burrito Pillowcase or Magic Pillowcase by Substance of Living
Pull out the rolled up body of the pillow case through one of the openings of the band tube.

Burrito Pillowcase or Magic Pillowcase by Substance of Living
Isn't that the coolest thing?  Now your rough edges are nicely tucked up inside the band of the pillowcase.




Our next step is to create the French Seam that will hide all our rough edges throughout the remaining pillowcase.
Burrito Pillowcase or Magic Pillowcase by Substance of Living
Pin wrong sides together (the inside of the pillowcase together).  Stitch using a 1/4" seam allowance.

Burrito Pillowcase or Magic Pillowcase by Substance of Living
Trim all the way around leaving the top of the pillowcase open.

Burrito Pillowcase or Magic Pillowcase by Substance of Living
Trim as close as possible to the seam and make a diagonal cut at each corner.  This will make turning the pillowcase wrong-side out and making the final seam.

Burrito Pillowcase or Magic Pillowcase by Substance of Living
Turn pillowcase right-side out and retrace your stitches.  This time you'll want to be sure to catch all your raw edges, so use a 1/2" seam allowance.

Burrito Pillowcase or Magic Pillowcase by Substance of Living
Look at that!  No raw edges and a clean seam all the way around the inside of the pillowcase.

Burrito Pillowcase or Magic Pillowcase by Substance of Living

Burrito Pillowcase or Magic Pillowcase by Substance of Living


Your turn:

Do you belong to a sewing group?  Ever wanted to get one together?  What projects have or are you currently making for charity?






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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Decorating with Bandanas

Bandanas have to be one of the most widely used pieces of fabric known to mankind.

Bandanas hid the faces of the bad guys (Bandits) in the old Western movies, they held back ladies' hair in the '70s,  bikers use them to keep the sweat from soaking into their helmets and of course keeping their hair nice and neat.  Bandanas are used as handkerchiefs, napkins, used to tie a pant leg so it doesn't get caught in a bicycle chain, and used as an over-all fashion statement.

Did you know that besides wearing a bandana, it can be used to decorate your home or next party/event?

Kates, the hostess of Kates Entertaining Ideas draws out her tables showing where everything goes.  Isn't that a great idea?  I need to start doing that in addition to pre-setting my table with dishes and labels.
Burlap and Bandana Table by Kates Entertaining Ideas
Burlap and Bandanas Table


Emma over at Hello Beautiful used her bandanas as a banner welcoming guests.
Bandana Banner by Hello Beautiful
Bandana Banner


I really like how Unique Baby Gear Ideas used bandanas around the table with the grass skirt as well as on the front and backs of each chair.  Doesn't this table look like it's sitting on top of a barrel of hey out in the barn?
Cowboy Western Bandana Baby Shower by Unique Baby Gear Ideas
Cowboy Bandana Table


Janet from The Painted Piglet shared a way to make everyone happy at a biker function.  In fact, Dollar Store Crafts showcased this project.
Bandana Floral Centerpiece by The Painted Piglet as seen on Dollar Store Crafts
Bandana Floral Centerpiece


Martha Stewart has a tutorial for a bandana tablecloth that is shown in this pretty silver color on Tip Junkie.  If you'd like to see the one Kendra from Me and My Insanity made it is red, white and blue.  Perfect for Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day celebrations.
Martha Stewart Bandana Tablecloth as seen on Tip Junkie


Amy from Tilly's Cottage made these absolutely adorable bandana pillows.  What an ideal way to bring in pops of color and personality.  If you add a zipper to the pillow cover, you can easily change out the look for each holiday or season.
Homemade Bandana Pillows by Tilly's Cottage
Bandana Pillows


Have you ever used bandanas to decorate?  What other ways can you see using bandanas?







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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Barbecue Salmon Salad

Barbecue Salmon Salad by Substance of Living
Barbecue Salmon Salad Sandwich

Besides anything Italian as far as food goes with DH, I believe tuna salad is a close second.

Almost a month ago, I slipped in a six-pack of canned Pink Salmon along with the canned tuna into our cart at Costco.  Upon arriving home DH noticed the salmon and wondered (aloud) if I'd made a mistake thinking I'd picked up another type of tuna.

I (sheepishly) told him that I had not but thought it would be fun to try.  Again, he wondered (aloud) what we were going to do with canned salmon and wasn't it full of bones that need to be picked out?  This salmon was labeled Alaskan Wild Caught, Skinless and Boneless. 

I crossed my fingers and gathered my courage (several weeks later) and tackled the canned salmon.   To my surprise, there really weren't any fillers, like the salmon burgers we've tried, and the meat was flaky not fatty.
Canned Salmon with Chopped Onions by Substance of Living
Canned Salmon with Chopped Onions
When I was little, I remember one of my Aunts used to make smoked salmon salad and I was trying to come up with something similar but without using liquid smoke.  So, I opted for Thick and Spicy Barbecue Sauce by Walden Farms.
Options for Salmon Salad by Substance of Living
Optional Ingredients for Salmon Salad

I have to admit, as adventurous as DH is, I think deep down he was a little worried.  He was probably wondering if I'd finally lost my bag of marbles.

Then he was pleasantly surprised.  In fact, it was his idea to heat it up and serve it more like a Sloppy Joe style sandwich.

He is such a smart man.  Don'tcha think?!

Mixing the Barbecue Salmon Salad by Substance of Living
Mixing the Salmon Salad

Barbecue Salmon Salad Ingredients:

3 Cans Salmon, drained
1 Cup Barbecue Sauce
1 Small Onion or 1/2 a Medium Onion

Directions:

Chop Onion and mix all the ingredients together.  Served chilled or heat in the microwave or on the stove.

Ways to Serve and Enjoy:

  • Over Crostini
  • Toasted Sandwich
  • Stuffed and baked in Mushrooms
  • On a Bun
  • Salmon Loaf
Barbecue Salmon Salad Sandwich by Substance of Living
Barbecue Salmon Salad Sandwich
This really brought back a lot of childhood memories of spending weekends with my Aunt.  She made the simplest food exquisite. 

Even though I was a child, my Aunt still set the table.  One of my first solo visits, I asked my Aunt if we were celebrating a holiday or someone's birthday.  I couldn't believe how fancy the table was set.  She used china for her everyday dishes, cloth napkins even at lunch, and fancy iced teas.  In fact, she put the chips in a bowl.  She didn't plop the whole bag down.

Looking back on it, I think she was trying to make me feel special and maybe not so homesick.  To this day, I like to slow down once in awhile and set a full table even if it's lunchtime.  Put a few sprigs of fresh mint in my tea and use sparkly colored sugar over my grapefruit.

Remember eating S'mores around a campfire, hotdogs at the ball field or eating popcorn at the movie theater?  What foods remind you most of your childhood?  What childhood memories do you recreate in the kitchen?







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Monday, July 1, 2013

Books to Read During the Month of July 2013

This month's book selection is based on love.  I've been in love with my sexy hunk of a husband for over 13 years and let me tell you, these books taught me a few things.  Love comes in different forms - sometimes love is scary; blossoms through lies and doubt; it even follows us through to our next life.

Have you ever listed all the reasons why you love the one you're with?  Were you able to come up with 100 different reasons?
"Love is patient, love is kind.  It is not jealous, [Love] is not pompous, it is not inflated, it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury, it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth.  It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.  Love never fails..." -- 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 The New American Bible for Catholics

Colters' Wife by Maya Banks
Colters' Wife



I Think I Love You by Stephanie Bond
I Think I Love You by Stephanie Bond



"Love me without fear, Trust me without questioning, Need me without demanding, Want me without restrictions, Accept me without change, Desire me without inhibitions.  For a love so free . . . Will never fly away." -- Dick Sutphen

Love, Lies & High Heels by Debby Conrad
Love, Lies & High Heels by Debby Conrad


Her Dear and Loving Husband by Meredith Allard
Her Dear and Loving Husband by Meredith Allard
  
Love Unlisted by Stephanie Haddad
Love Unlisted by Stephanie Haddad

I learned something from these books.  What I learned was that I like the fact that my love is pure and uncomplicated.  The love I feel for my handsome husband is respectful, healthy, fun, with a little bit of lust thrown in like frosting on a cupcake.

Please let us know what you thought of this month's book selection.  The only request we have is that your comments to be mindful of others and something you would say in the presence of your grandmother or a child.





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