Sunday, July 11, 2010

Onesie Tutorial

You'll need stabilizer, double-sided fusing material, a hoop, scissors, thread, and the fabric of your choice. For this onesie I was provided the butterfly flannel by a client, and luckily had several threads on hand to choose from.

Next, cut out your shape from the fabric.

Lay out the fabric however you like best. Consider adding detail to the back side of the onesie, for a fun touch.

Cut out a piece of double-sided fusing and follow instructions for applying to the fabric. (note: the correct and easier way is to cut out the general shape, trace the shape on the fusing, cut and apply the fusing, then cut the shape to the exact shape you want.)

Remove the paper and follow the fusing instructions to adhere to the onesie.
Next, cut out a piece of stabilizer at least as big as the embroidery hoop. Lay out and combine all layers.
Sew along the outline, adding antenae free hand style, if desired.
Pull threads from top through the bottom. Do this by lightly tugging on the length of the bottom thread (from the bobbin) until you see a loop pop through. Gently pull on the loop as the top string comes through to the bottom. Tie the two threads together and trim.
Trim excess stabilizer.

Finally, iron the onesie flat.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Flag Cake

At first I thought it was a cheesy, cliche thing to make for 4th of July, but then I got in the spirit of it and it seemed like a good idea. I will post the recipes I used later (but not the disaster butter cream one). Dunkin Hines bailed me out on this one. So, for your 4th of July pleasure:

Onesie Tutorial Coming Soon!

I'll be posting a tutorial on how I make my onesies, stay tuned!
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Go-To Quick and Easy Cookies

I discovered these No Bake Cookies I on, submitted by Denise. I got rave reviews from the 12-14 year olds I teach on Sundays, and my husband really liked them too. Oatmeal, peanut butter, and chocolate = yummy goodness!

1 3/4 cups white sugar
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup butter
4 tablespoons unsweeteded cocoa powder
1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter
3 cups quick-cooking oats (old fashioned oats work if that's all you have, but changes the texture a bit)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, milk, butter, and cocoa. Bring to a boil, and cook for 1 1/2 minutes. Remove from heat, and stir in peanut butter, oats, and vanilla. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto wax or parchment paper. Let cool until hardened.

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