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Pumpkin Pancakes

This year we successfully grew 4 pumpkins in our garden. After making 2 pumpkin pies and several breads I had just a little leftover (from just 1 pumpkin!).  We often make pancakes on the weekend. The boys love to help measure, mix and flip until the first 2 pancakes are off the griddle at which time they seat themselves and dig in while I finish making the rest.

So one morning I added the leftover pumpkin puree and some spices to make some thoroughly delicious and festive pumpkin pancakes! Great for Halloween, Thanksgiving or any other time of the year. Since pumpkin is full of nutrients, I don’t mind serving these all the time!

Ingredients:
2 cups flour
6 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground allspice
2 eggs
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1-1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree
1-2 cups milk

1. Combine flour, baking powder, sugar and salt and spices in a large bowl. Add eggs, oil, pumpkin and 1 cup of milk. Mix together and add more milk as needed until you reach a good pancake consistency. You don’t want it too thick more on the runny side is better.
2. In a heated pan  or griddle over med to high heat, pour batter in 2-4″ circles. When the batter starts to bubble it’s time to flip. I use a non-stick griddle so I don’t have to butter the pan.
3. I serve this with warm real maple syrup and a dash of powdered sugar.  These are delicious the next day as a little snack served cold or with apple slices.

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Halloween Fabric Garland

I think Halloween just might be our families favorite holiday. Maybe it stems from the years I spent as a teenager helping my mom in her costume shop. I loved seeing the enthusiasm customers brought to finding the right costume for 1 night of the year. It’s a chance to pretend to be something else good, pretty, scary, strong. It’s a holiday that even lets adults pretend to be a kid!

This Halloween garland is so easy and the kids loved to help. Ripping the fabric was productive destruction and with my boys guided destruction is usually best!

Time: 45 minutes
Level: EASY peezy

Materials:
1/2 yard of 4 different Halloween fabrics (makes 4 1/2-5 ft of garland)
7-9 ft of jute string
scissors

1. Fold 1/2 yard matching up selvage edges. Make small cut through both layers of fabric every 1″.


2. Rip fabric strips by grabbing fabric on each side of small cut.  You may be able to rip both layers at the same time. This was what the boys loved most!


3. Tie jute string between two posts, chairs, something to give you a taut string.
4. Fold strip in half to make a “loop”. Place fabric loop behind string. Reach from behind through the loop and grab the lower section (tails) of loop, pulling them through the loop. Pull tight .


5. Repeat step 4 for the remaining strips of fabric until you reach the desired length of garland.
6. String you garland where all will enjoy. Ours is currently on the front porch entrance. You may place yours inside on the mantel, hallway entrance, above a doorway, etc!

Fabric Jewelry – A Composition

For some reason I really love jewelry in the summer. Maybe because more of my arms and neck are visible with a summer wardrobe (it’s snow country here in the winter). Maybe I have more time to think about adding an accessory in the lazy summer mornings? I don’t know. What I do know is I like these easy ideas for accessorizing with your scraps!

Braided Fabric Bracelet from Craftaholics Anonymous– so easy, I’m making oodles of these in all colors…use regular cotton and use fray check on the edge if needed or fold raw edges inward before braiding.

http://www.craftaholicsanonymous.net/easy-fabric-bracelets-and-tutorial

Fabric covered bracelets from Fave Crafts. Use plastic or wood bracelets and cover them with strips of fabric…super easy!

http://www.favecrafts.com/Bracelets/Fabric-Scrap-Bracelets/ct/1

Fabric covered Necklace from Elegant Musings by guest writer Tilly and the Buttons

http://blog.caseybrowndesigns.com/2011/03/springtime-accessories-fabric-necklace-tutorial/

Amy Butler also has a tutorial for a similar necklace here http://www.amybutlerdesign.com/pdfs/FabricNecklace.pdf

Scrap Fabric Necklace from Smaller

This one I can’t wait to try out…small and colorful! Would coordinate nicely with the first bracelet, right?

http://smallmagazine.typepad.com/smaller/2009/06/small-projects-scrap-fabric-necklaces.html

Button Necklaces from Very Purple Person

Super cute, easy, fast and would coordinate with the button earings in the previous post.

http://verypurpleperson.com/2010/04/fabric-button-necklaces.html

Ruffled fabric necklace from Craftaholics Anonymous

Sooo sooo easy!

http://www.craftaholicsanonymous.net/vintage-ruffle-necklace-with-tutorial

Fabric Earings – A Compilation

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”  -Pablo Picasso

Those scrap piles keep growing faster than I can  and sew projects. The summer months have been busy with farmers markets and art festivals.  So I thought I’d give you a sampling of fabric earings tutorials I found on the www. Hope you enjoy!

Fabric Button Earings from blog Casa de Lewis

Made these, like a jillion pair and love them. Note a metal glue, like a super glue vs hot glue gun worked better for me

http://www.sadalewis.com/2011/06/fabric-button-earrings-tutorial.html

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Fabric Scrap Earings from DIY Fashion

This would be so funky…just might have to make these for a night at Music on Main

http://diyfashion.about.com/od/diyjewelrymaking/ss/ScrapEarrings.htm

Recycled Water Bottle and Fabric Earings from Fave Crafts

This one also has a YouTube video if you prefer the video tutorial.

http://www.favecrafts.com/Green-Crafting/Repurposed-Reverse-Fabric-Earrings

Fabric and Wood Earings from The Craft in Me

These look really easy and I like the look. They would probably be really light-weight too!

http://thecraftinme.blogspot.com/2010/04/fabric-earrings.html

Stack-em Up Fabric Cubes

I have 4 friends that are all preggers right now! It is such a fun time with babies arriving soon!  I’m a little inspired by all the baby-mania and here is a fun way to use up some scraps and create lasting toys for those little ones in your life!

Level: If you can sew a straight line-you got this one!

Time: about 30 minutes

Materials:

Scrap fabric – 3 prints (A, B, C) , 2 pieces of each print cut to 4″ x 4″ square for a total of 6 pieces

Light weight iron on interfacing (Pellon 911FF)

Thread

Stuffing (poly-fill works well)

1.  Cut out 6 4″ x 4″ squares of fabric and interfacing.  You should have 2 pieces of each print (A, B, C)

2. Iron interfacing to Wrong side of each piece of fabric.

3. Using this diagram, stitch squares together to form block.  Stitch fabric A-B-A-B. Then stitch fabric C to end piece A, stitch second piece of C to the bottom of the same end piece A.  Stitch end piece A to end piece B to form main square of the block. Then stitch pieces C to A then to pieces B. Leave a small opening for turning and stuffing when you stitch the last 2 pieces together.

Download the template here http://www.scribd.com/doc/97938721/Fabric-Cube-Template#fullscreen

4. Turn right side out. Stuff with batting.

Coasters II

So my oldest son (Big W) is so excited about coasters. I have a plastic cover I’ve made for our table so that my 2 boys under 5 years old cannot do much damage to it. Despite the table already being adequately protected, Big W insists that everyone use a coaster at the table.  So here is coaster idea number 2 in what might be a series!

Level: If you can sew a straight line….

Time: 1/2-1 hour

Materials

Scrap fabric in 5 1/2″ squares

Iron-on interfacing lightweight (I used Pellon 911FF)

Iron-on batting interfacing – 5″ square per coaster

Miscellaneous scrap fabric for decorative sides

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1. To create the coaster shown above I used a solid 5 1/2″ square of fabric on one side. To create this striped side, cut 4 pieces of fabric 2 1/2″ wide x 8″ long. Iron on lightweight interfacing (pellon 911ff) to the wrong side of each piece.

2. Stitch 2 pieces lengthwise together, press open and then topstitch 1/8″ from seam. Continue until all 4 pieces are stitched together to form one larger piece.

3.To get the diagonal effect of the stripes, place the 5 1/2″ square on the larger striped section at an angle. Using the square as a template, pin in place and cut along the edge. You now have 2  squars that are 5 1/2″

4. Place batting on the wrong side of 1 square. Have the iron-on side facing the wrong side of the fabric. Press following manufacturer directions.

5.Place square with iron on batting right side facing on second square. Pin in place. Stitch 1/2″ around the edge leaving a 3″ opening on once side for turning right side out. Clip the corners.

6. Turn right side out, press. Topt stitch 1/4″ from edge around all 4 sides closing up the opening as you sew.

For this set I made 4 diffrent coasters – one as shown above.  I added a band to one side of a solid square before stitching by taking a 3″ wide strip of fabric, fold the ends lengthwise towards the center and press, then stitch the band to the  square at an angle (you could also make it go vertical or horizontal).  I made one with a solid square on each side and then a different coaster using 2 triangles. I folded the 5 1/2″ square diagonally to make a triangle then added a 1/2″ seam allowance to the longest side. With right sides facing match up the longest sides and stitch, press and topstitch. You now have a 5 1/2″ square

Use your imagination. Create hexigons, circles, hearts, etc…have fun!

Play Ball!

With 2 boys in the house I know that things can get, well, rough, to say the least. They are 200% boy. Each boy has recently earned their own set of stitches and I’m simply amazed we haven’t had the need for stitches sooner than this!

So moms of boys and of course girls, you will definitely appreciate these soft balls perfect for playing with inside the house, bedrooms, etc. They are soft, squishy and when Son A chucks it full force at Son B’s head, it won’t hurt (as bad.) Oh and it probably won’t even break the living room window! Bonus!

Level-Beyond Easy Peazy

Time: Seriously about 15 minutes

Materials

Scrap fabric measuring at least 10″ x 5″ – I chose 3 different fabrics here but you could do 6 different fabrics too

Lightweight Iron-on interfacing (I used Pellon 911FF)

Poly fiber stuffing (what you find inside pillows)

Hand sewing needle and coordinating thread

1. Print template. The template should print on a 81/2″ x 11″ paper. The template itself should measure approximately 9.5″ tall (top to bottom).   Click on this link (or copy and paste to your search bar), download template and print. http://www.scribd.com/doc/97350448/Scrappy-Ball-Template

Template Print on 81/2″ x 11″ paper

2. Cut out template. Trace template onto scrap fabric. Cut out fabric along traced lines. Do the same for interfacing. You should have 6 pieces of fabric and 6 pieces of interfacing.

3. Iron interfacing to the wrong side of fabric. Do this for all 6 pieces.

4. Arrange the pieces as you  like. Sew two pieces, right sides together, back stitch at beginning and end of stitch, along the long side

5. Stitch a third piece to these joined pieces. You now have 1/2 of the ball.

6. Repeat 4-5 for the other side of ball.

7. Join both halves of the ball by lining up the top and bottom (where the three pieces come together) with right sides together. Stitch all the way around the ball leaving a 3-4″ opening for turning and stuffing.

8. Turn right side out. Stuff the ball so it is firm or desired squishy-ness.  Stitch the opening closed using a needle and thread. (or if you’re less patient, use a zipper foot on your sewing machine to stitch)