Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Sisters and Banner Embroidery Hoop

 I finished another embroidery hoop! I have only one more to do before I think I will have a complete set to hang up. 
It's been so fun! :)

I think this embroidery hoop project turned out particularly cheerful--perfect for my three girls' play room.

I cut out a lot of little triangular pennants one night while watching a show with my husband. 
Then the next night I arranged them how I wanted them and put a little spot of glue on each to hold them in place. 
Unfortunately, sometimes that little spot of glue was too close to the top of the triangle flag and it was very difficult to push my needle through, so be careful of that.

After I had them all glued in place, I did just a simple back stitch along the tops to make it look like a little bunting banner.

After that was complete, I embroidered on the word "Sisters." I couldn't decide to do a simple block print or cursive, but in the end I thought the cursive would look better, even if they have a more difficult time reading it; they'll learn soon enough.  

I've been using the same floss and fabric throughout so that each embroidery hoop project will coordinate with the others. I like how they are turning out--cheerful and fun.

Plus, I love that my girls love playing with each other, so I thought having just the simple word, "sisters" implied more than the word itself. It's a good thing to be hanging on a toy room wall.


Monday, September 29, 2014

Canning Peaches--a family affair

Every year we look forward to peach season, and this year was no exception. 
We love them!
 We eat them fresh, put them in pies and breads and main dishes, we jam them and we can them. 

I took some pictures of our canning extravaganza we did with my in laws this year--there were so many peaches!
But the old saying of "many hands makes light work" is so true. We visited as we peeled, sliced, jarred, and processed and the time flew by.

 I should have counted--I know we ended up with well over 50 quart-sized jars full of them. 

Great Grandma and I were on peach slicing duty--we had the messiest job for sure. 

We had 4 generations helping us out--Great-Grandma, Grandma and Papa, the moms--Sister-in-Law and Me, plus our kids coming in and out--they were mostly serving as official samplers. 

All-in-all a delicious, fun day that we will be enjoying the fruits of all winter long. 

We even finished the day off appropriately with a fresh peach pie!

Here's my recipe from our early blog days.

And, if you are a peach fanatic as we are,
then here is our Pinterest board with more fun ideas:

Monday, September 22, 2014

Nursing Cover Tutorial

Have you noticed those wonderfly convenient and perfectly handy and sometimes life-saving
(or at least self-respect saving) nursing covers around? The ones that curve out in the front so you can see you little baby under there... without everyone else seeing what's under there. And have you ever thought, 'they look so simple, I wonder if I could make my own'. Well they are, and you can. So if you want to make your own or one as a gift, here you go!

You'll need:
3/4 yard of cotton fabric
2,  1 1/2 inch D-rings
15 inches of boning

First cut your fabric.
Cover- 33 x 27" (or how ever big you want your cover)
Straps- 24 x 2.5"
5 x 2.5"

Make the strap. First fold the long piece lengthwise (so its long and narrow) with the right sides together. Sew 1/4" from raw edges half way down, then begin to angle in so your strap will taper slightly, sew across the end. Turn right side out and iron so the seam runs down the center back of your strap.
Sew the second, shorter piece, first folding lengthwise (so its long and narrow) with the right sides together. Sew 1/4" from raw edges. Turn right side out and iron so the seam runs down the center back of your strap.
Hem the shorter sides of the cover.
(Fold the edge toward the wrong side 1/2" and then 1/2" again, iron and sew along the first folded edge.) Now hem the bottom edge the same way.

To hem the top edge... 
Fold the edge toward the wrong side 3/4" and then 3/4" again, iron. DON'T sew yet!
*** this hem will also act as a casing for the boning, 
so MAKE SURE it is WIDE ENOUGH to slide the boning inside!***
 Fold the shorter strap piece in half (so the raw edges are together and the seam is on the inside of the fold). Slip 2 D-rings onto your short strap piece. Pin the strap pieces in place with raw edges tucked in the hem and the seam side down. Strap pieces should be 15 inches apart, centered along the top edge. (check out he picture).

Sew along the folded edge (sewing the straps onto the cover).

Fold the straps up and pin in place. Stitch along the very top edge of the cover, sewing the straps in place. 

(see up close)

(and from the front side)

Cut a piece of boning 15 inches long.

Insert the boning  into your casing so it curves away from you if you put the cover on.

When the boning is centerd, stitch up and down a couple times across the casing on each side of the boning so it can't slide out of place. 

Thread the long strap through the D-rings and you're ready to go!


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