quilted potholders.

potholders
I took a stab at using some fabric scraps to make these simple potholders.  It was pretty easy, and took almost no time to complete! you will need:

insul-brite lining
fabric, 2 pieces cut 10×10 inches, and a little more for the strap
sewing machine
thread
pencil
Iron

1. Cut two fabric square pieces 10 inches by 10 inches.
2. Cut two or three batting pieces depending on their thickness , 10 inches by 10 inches.
3. Cut one strap 10 inches by 2 1/2 inches.
4. Lay your strap flat, right side down on ironing board. Fold over the edges a bit and iron flat. Fold piece in half and sew seam.
5. Attach the batting pieces to the WRONG side of one of the fabric pieces.

7. Take the strap and lay it on the RIGHT side of the fabric piece in the top left corner.
8. Now lay the other piece of fabric on top of the fabric piece with the strap on it.
9. Pin all the layers together.
10. Sew all of the layers together with a 3/8 inch seam allowance. Leave a 2-3 inch opening on one of the sides.
11. Trim the corner edges of the potholder.
 13. Pull the potholder through the gap you left unsewn. Pop out your corners of the potholder.
14. Iron the potholder flat, ironing the little gap closed.
15. Topstitch around the potholder edges with a1/4 inch seam allowance, sewing the gap shut.
15. Draw straight lines in both directions on the potholder with chalk or a pencil. Make them evenly spaced, about 2 inches apart. Stitch on the lines, quilting the potholder.
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265. chevron pillow.

Ive pinned lots of things chevron, but cant’s say I own anything with the pattern yet. I really want a chevron rug, and I almost bought a chevron chair, but I think its too on trend and after a few years I will find myself looking to replace it. So when I realized the big pillows that came with my couch have zippered covers, I realized this would be my perfect opportunity to sew some new covers for them – and finally introduce some chevron in my life. I went safe with grey; although I think a teal or orange could be nice too.

Last summer I took my very first sewing class ever at the Needle shop in bucktown and we sewed a pillow case with an invisible zipper. So i took those skills and applied them to this giant chevron pillow. Only back then it would take me about 3 hours to make this. Now it only took me about 30-40 minutes! The pillow to the left of it, with the birdcages, is the pillow I made in that class last summer.

264. margarita cupcakes.

Its was my dear friend, carrie’s birthday earlier this week and I have plans to see her tonight, and nobody loves margaritas more than she does!
I made her these once years ago, and she always raves about them, so I thought it would be fun to surprise her with a birthday treat!
You can find the recipe in Vegan Cupcakes take over the world. They are definitely a crowd pleaser! They are a light cake with hints of lime and tequila. It has a thin coat of lime icing with the edges dipped in sprinkles to look like margarita salt. Yum!

161. peanut butter surprise cookies.

I made two batches of these cookies to bring to my friend’s birthday dinner later in the evening.

They are your typical old fashioned peanut butter cookies, with a little bit of chocolate in the middle. Probably not my favorite cookies in the world, but they were not overly sweet, and had a nice crunch to them, but are a little soft in the middle too. The people at the party liked them!

here’s my vegan version.
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup peanut butter
  • 4 tbsp earth balance
  • 1 egg replacer
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • pinch salt
  • 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Whisk flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together in a medium-sized bowl. Set aside.
  2. Cream earth balance and sugar together in a standalone mixer or with an electric mixer.
  3. Add peanut butter and egg replacer and mix on medium speed until well blended.
  4. Add flour mixture a little at a time, using spatula to scrape sides while you mix in on low speed.
  5. When blended, remove dough with floured hands and form into a log.
  6. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  7. Cut 1/2 inch cookies from log and place on a baking sheet.
  8. Place ~6 chocolate chips in the middle of each cookie, and wrap with hands into a ball. Work quickly to keep dough as chilled as possible.
  9. Bake for 10 minutes, then cool on a wire cooling rack before serving.