Thursday, August 25, 2016

Making Simple Felt Ice Pop Holders

Today I am sharing with you a quick tutorial on how to make felt ice pop (or frozen yogurt) holders.  My kids were forever using up napkins and paper towels to keep their fingers from freezing while eating their pops.  I figured out how to make a simple version and want to share it with you.  The project literally takes 15 minutes from start to finish.  They are that simple.  And, they are a great way to use up scrap felt you may have lying around.

Supplies needed:

Scrap felt (they need to be at least 10 inches in length and 4 inches in width)
Scissors, both pinking and regular
or, Rotary cutter with pinking blade, if preferred over the scissors
Matching thread

Cut your felt into 10 by 3 1/2 inch strips.

Fold in half and sew on each long edge with a 1/4" seam allowance.

Take your pinking scissors or rotary cutter and fancy up the edges on the outside edge of the pocket.

Now your pocket is complete.  Make as many as you want in as many colors as you want.

And, that's it.  You're done.  The kids love they have something to hold their pops in and keep their fingers warm.  I love it because we are not wasting paper towels and napkins on their pops.  And, they are completely washable.  Win win all the way around.

Happy Sewing!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Making simple crockpot applesauce, all natural and sugar free

Today I am going to talk to you about making crockpot applesauce.  It is so easy and its a great way to quickly use up apples that are going over the hill or a large bag of frozen apples.  I was given one of those large bags of frozen apples and decided to make them into a batch of applesauce.  I photographed it along the way to show you how easy it is.

The only things you need are:

About 3 lbs of apples (well, that's what I had, you can use any amount really)
A bit of water
A crockpot
A potato smasher
A food processor
Canning jars (or any holding container, I just prefer canning jars)

If you aren't using pre-frozen apples, peel, core, and slice your apples.  Place in crockpot and add just a little bit of water.  For this recipe, I used about 1/2 cup.  Apples generate their own juices as well so you really don't need much at all.  Cook on low for about 3-4 hours, or till apples are nice and soft.  

Once soft, take a potato smasher and smash down the apples.  They will be all smashed but a bit lumpy as seen below.  Allow to cool completely before moving on to the next step.

Place the cooled smashed apples in your food processor and, using the pulse button, chop till they are the consistency you are looking for.  

Remove from food processor and keep repeating till all apples are done.  Now is the time, if you so choose, to add some cinnamon to it.  I do sometimes and don't others.  This time, I did not.

Put in canning jars and refrigerate.  3 lbs of apples turned into 2 1/2 quarts of applesauce.  This will last in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.  You could also freeze your final results for another time.  This is also a great cheap way to make a large batch of baby food applesauce since it is all natural and sugar free.

I hope you can make a batch sometime soon.  It is a great easy way to make a tasty healthy treat, especially with apple season right around the corner.  It is also a great way to not let your softening apples go to waste. 

Bon Appetit!

Friday, August 19, 2016

My Lego ebook! Update and big news!

I am pleased to announce the my new ebook, A World of Tiny Fashion, is available for pre-order!  It will be released on August 27th!  This has been a labor of love for 2 years!  I had such fun making the patterns and testing them out.  Check out the trailer below for a bit about it.  And, keep scrolling down for more teaser pics from my pattern collection.

Included in the book are over 50 patterns that are great for play, storytelling, or history.  Special free bonuses are included with the purchase of the book.  If you are looking for clothes for history, fantasy, modern times, or even stuff for your horses, look no further than here.  No sewing is required.   I guide through the complete process from how to prep your cloth to final assembly.  Enjoy a few teaser pictures from the book.

A World of Tiny Fashion, the No Sew Guide to Making Lego Clothes.  Available for pre-order now to be released August 27th!  Order your copy today!