-Head of romaine lettuce (if you are really lucky, you Mom grows it in her garden and brings it over fresh out of the dirt :)
– 2 grilled chicken breasts (set aside to cool down)
– cherry tomatoes
– bell pepper
– green scallions
– feta cheese
– lemon (squeezed on top!)
– vinaigrette dressing, I recommend Newman’s Own “Olive Oil & Vinegar”
– top with a little oregano and fresh cracked pepper
So, yes I double as an old lady… but not just any old lady, a dorky old lady. Which brings me to my no-sew Cupcake Pincushion. The pincushion is bad enough, but I had to turn it into a cupcake and am excited about it! Thanks to the beauty of the blog world, I am not going to show you my five previously attempted Cupcake Pincushions, I will just pretend that my 1st attempt turned out OK great. Thankfully my Mom loves me enough to act happy when she opened it on Mother’s Day. With a little time and some practice, I could perfect it but I have 15 days of teaching left and a very hyper 9 month old so today isn’t the day… any hoo, I think it turned out pretty cute all things considered…
You will need:
-a small plastic cup (the kind used for punch/wine)
-a rubber band
-(optional for embellishment:) ribbon, buttons, pom poms, a stone… etc
This is the cup; the short and wide kind. If you can’t find one, use a regular plastic cup and cut it evenly so that that it is short.
Pull the fabric tight to form a dome.
Make sure the rubber band is super tight and begin to glue the fabric down to the cup all the way around.
Trip the excess fabric and remove the rubber band.
Now measure the height of your cup and add about 1/2″ – 1″ to that. That will be the length for your fabric strips. They will need to be about 1″ wide. Start hot gluing the strips and slightly overlap the strips to give it the “cupcake wrapper look”.
Add your “cherry” on top with a button, a bead or a pom pom. I used two buttons for the “abstract” look. If you want to, add a ribbon around the wrapper.
Trace around the bottom of the cup onto your felt and glue that piece on.
I was proud until I googled images of other Cupcake Pincushions that were hand-crocheted and ones with french seams… but then again isn’t the point of Mother’s Day to make a good ole homemade gift for your amazing Mom?
dash of paprika
Step 2: Make your background squares for the names “clean” and “dirty”. I used a completely different fabric because my inner fabric was so busy. They need to be 4″ x 5″. Fold and iron all the way around then sew them both on one of the outer fabric panels.
*Here is where I messed up. I kept on making the bag BUT I should have embroidered at this point! I had a friend embroider the words “clean” and “dirty” on after I was totally done but it was really hard for her because of the bag’s shape. Also, some of you might just want to sew a “C” or a “D” on it. Either way, it will look better if you do it now because you wont see the back.*
Step 3: Layer one side of the bag in this order; inner fabric right side up, zipper lined up with the top of the fabric and then the outer fabric wrong side up. Sew along the top line making sure to sew all the way to the end.
Step 4: Flip the fabric around so that the wrong sides are together. Repeat the same order on the other side of the zipper. Sew across the top line in the same way.
Step 5: Unzip the zipper half-way ( a crucial part or you will not be able to flip your bag. Now sew the outer fabric together (right sides together). Then sew the inner fabric panels together leaving a 2″ opening on one of the sides. Flip the bag inside out. Sew the 2″ hole closed. You should now have a lined zipper bag, but we wont stop now….
Step 6: Now you will sew a line right down the middle of the bag to make two individual compartments. Measure to the center of the bag and mark with pins. I used a decorative stitch because it will be seen anyway. I also went over it 3 times to make sure it is good and stable. Across the top, (parallel to the zipper but right under it) sew about 1″ long.
Step 7: Get your lovely friend to embroider the works on for you. However, if you do not have that option, there are many other cute things you can do! You could sew the letter “C” and “D” on it. You could use an iron-on. You could paint or silk screen… the possibilities are endless. Here is my finished product…
Happy lingerie bag making!!
… don’t mind if I do! The homemade Eggplant Parmesan turned out so yummy, so I will share my recipe… (note: please say the word “ish” after reading each ingredient)
All you need is:
-2 contrasting fabrics (5/8 yd of each)
-2 yards on ribbon (for top strap)
Start with your 2 contrasting fabrics. They should be about 24″ each. Pin and sew right sides together but on one side, leave a 2″ opening (just like you would if you were sewing a pillow).
Turn the apron inside-out (really right side-out) by pushing all of the fabric through the opening. Once apron has been all turned out, put your finger inside to push out the corners. Iron the apron flat (and pretty!)
Now you need to add the accent ribbon. Measure (or don’t) about 5″ from the bottom of the apron. Pin the accent ribbon and sew it on. Don’t worry about the edges because you will finish it with the quilting binding.
Time for pleats. I learned a bunch of “fancy” ways to pleat in college but, sorry Prof. Hargrove… Just find the center of the apron. Pull about 2-2.5″ back, fold fabric in to meet in the middle then then lay the sides down to make little “doors” on the fabric.
Do this 2 more times… measure about 4-5 inches on both sides of the middle to make a total of 3 pleats.
Almost done… pin your quilt binding on the 2 sides and the bottom (not the top!). When you come to the corners, fold them under and down like you are making the corner of a bed.
Lastly, time to pin the ribbon (which will be the wait-tie) onto the apron. You will sew it right onto the front. I pinned mine from the back because with my ribbon it was easier from the back to line up and sew a straight line.
Fold the ends of the ribbon and sew to prevent fraying…. and voila! A Midi apron!