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Apr 27, 2017

Jar Cover Tutorial

I made a second jar cover!


When making the first one of these I had a bit of trouble because I tried using one piece of fabric and folding over the hem, but since the diameter is so small that method was not working. I realized I needed to use two fabric rounds and sandwich the elastic between; it worked like a charm so I decided to make a quick tutorial!

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First, you will need a bit of fabric, elastic, and some basic sewing tools (thread, needle, etc...). Begin by determining the size of your jar and the fabric rounds. My jar top was 3.75"; after rounding up to 4", adding 0.5" seam allowance, 0.75" for elastic casing (I used 0.5" elastic), an extra 0.5" so it would sit below the lip, and multiplying those extras by two to account for both sides of the cover I drew a 7.5" diameter circle and cut out two. My general recommendation is to add 3.75" to you jar diameter if you are using 0.5" elastic. 

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After doing the math and cutting out two rounds you will take one of them and add in "guide" stitches at 0.5" an then 1.25" (there will be a 0.75" space between the lines). These "guide" stitches are optional, I feel they help me when doing tight circles. With right sides together, stitch the rounds together using a 0.5" seam allowance and leaving an approximately 2" wide opening. 

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Turn and press your round. Seriously, press the seams, it will make the rest of the steps so much easier. Now that you've got a completely flat round with crisp seams, stitch completely around the edge at 0.75" spacing to define the elastic casing. 

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Thread the piece of elastic into the casing (a safety pin is very helpful when scooting it through). Measure and cut your elastic; there should be very little tension when the elastic sits around the jar. Now stitch the ends of the elastic together, a zig zag stitch is good to use for this. 

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Finish up by closing the open space along the edge of the round then spread out the fabric gathers evenly. You now have a jar cover! Hurrah!

Apr 25, 2017

More Purple Yarn

I'm using up the last of the purple yarn on charity hat number nine.

Charity Hat IX WIP

This hat is nearly done so expect the finished hat post soon.

Apr 20, 2017

Blue Chocolate Bark

A few weeks ago Katie, Chelsea, and I made blue "chocolate" bark! The first batch we made had pretzel bits sandwiched between the layers of chocolate; for the second batch we added Oreo pieces! Yum!

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Here is a quick guide on how to make some yourself.

candy melts/melting chocolate in various colors
inclusions such as pretzels or Oreos
sprinkles or toppings
microwave safe bowls
cookie sheet
table knife

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Begin by melting your base layer of chocolate/candy melts in the microwave (use a medium power and stir frequently). For a small cookie sheet we used about half a bag of chocolate chips. Once the chocolate is completely melted and a smooth texture, pour it onto your cookie sheet and spread out evenly.

Next add some inclusions! We broke our pretzel sticks and Oreos into small pieces and distributed them evenly over the chocolate base layer.

Now, melt more chocolate and drizzle it over the top. We used three more colors at about half a bag each. After all the chocolate is added, take your table knife and pull it through the chocolate to make a marbled/swirled texture. Add sprinkles over the top for the finishing touch.

Let the chocolate cool completely (possibly in the refrigerator or freezer) then break it up into pieces and enjoy!

Apr 18, 2017

Charity Hat VIII

For the eighth hat I've knit for charity this year I decided to use thicker yarn and try out Riverlands Hat by Dumpling Designs. The elongated stitches are fun! They are a little hard to see with this two toned yarn, but if you look closely you will see them around the brim and in large sections on the right hand side.

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There are some errata in the pattern so I definitely recommend checking out the notes from ATexasYarn if you plan on trying out this pattern, I found them incredibly helpful!

Apr 13, 2017

Some Seedlings

My carrots are still alive! After all the snow and my cold frame collapsing I figured they were goners, but the little roots are really growing and are likely close to harvest time.


Another exciting garden thing is my sunflowers reseeded! The birds weren't very diligent about eating the extra seeds so I've got little sunflower seedlings!


The only seeds I've started are sweet peas (flowers) and a variety of pumpkins. The sweet peas have sprouted and one of my pumpkins seeds has too! Hurrah! The pumpkins are in my cold frame with the carrots, keeping safe from the frost.


Not much other gardening news, I collected seeds from all the tomatoes I grew last year, but I think I'm skipping tomatoes this year since I haven't started them yet. I'll probably be shopping at all the local nurseries for my plants and I need to make a plan so I don't spend too much money.