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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Noodlehead boxy bag

I bought some special material to try to make  noodle head's boxy pouch. I looked forward all weekend to sewing it.

I tried. I failed. I forgot that my machine does not like to sew starting on the edge. I usually have to start an inch from the edge or else the thread bunches.

So I tried to rip out my work and ended up putting a hole in the fabric! So, I cut off an inch to the width and sewed a no guts boxy pouch.

I wish blogger would let me add pics because the finished result turned out awesome! The bag was 5x4x3.5 I love the size!!!

I took some more material and made a noodle head pouch. Sort of. I did my own thing at first to accommodate my machine.

I plan to sew another one Tuesday and thought I'd blog what I did in case anyone wants to try it this way. Basically, I used the no guts tutorial for the changes.

Until next time!

Coconut lemon bars

I wanted to make something to take to hubby's workplace today. I opened up my favorite cooky book and found this recipe- coconut lemon bars.

The way it was made reminded me of my pecan squares recipe. I didn't have walnuts and raisins in the bars sounded gross, so I left them out.

They were a big hit at work. Everyone seemed to really like them. The 32 bars were gobbled up quickly in less than an hour.

I will make them again but for now I'm having fun trying new recipes.

The funny thing was everyone referred to them as pecan bars. They did kind of taste like there were nuts in it, but not one.

To make, preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Make crust-

Spray 9 by 13 pan lightly and mix 2 cups flour with 1/2 cup melted butter and 1/4 cup packed brown sugar. Press into pan and take for 10 minutes.

While it's baking, beat three eggs. Add 2 cups packed brown sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 2 Tablespoons lemon juice, beat all together. Then stir in 1 cup shredded coconut. Pour filling into partially baked crust and bake an additional 25-30 minutes. Do not overbake. It may appear undone, but it will continue to cook while it's cooling. These chewy bars are rich, so cut into 3 by 1 inch bars after they are cooled. The top will be brown. I used lemon powder reconstituted so they weren't really tart, but they tasted delicious! (It may be more tart with actual lemon juice)

Blogger isn't letting me add any pics! :-(

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Sheep bag done

I finally finished the sheep bag tonight. I started it last night, but ended up having to rip it all out. I've been feeling out of sorts since Friday but feeling much better now. I have three more boxy bags that I want to finish next week.

This sheep one is already spoken for, but I have enough material to make one more- then my material is all gives! :-(  I'm happy that I got to sew with this material. I can't wait to order a new sheep print to make more bags. But first, I am going to make myself use some of my already owned fabric. I have way way too much!

Friday, April 15, 2016

Boxy bags rambling thoughts

I tried to make a larger boxy bag a few weeks ago. I cut out the dimensions like it said. The finished bag was 4 inches tall but was too wide and long.

The second attempt I cut off more of the bag and made it shorter. I thought cutting the corners smaller would make it taller. Nope! It came out 1 inch tall! I was about ready to throw in the towel, but decided to give it one more shot. I cut it down to 10 inches wide and kept it 15 inches long. I cut the corners 2 inches starting at the seam lines. It came out 4 inches tall. And looks exactly how I wanted it to be. Tall! I had used a 14 inch zipper.

When I went back to read the dimensions it said, 15 by 10. I could have thought it said 15 by 18, no wonder I messed up. So, that's why I chose 10 inches. But when I went back to the site, it said 18!??

Anyways, next bag will be 10.5 ( to allow for seam allowance) by 15 and sew the zipper on the 15 side.

I think I've figured out the secret. You cut the corners how tall you want it to be. So, since it was 10 inches wide and I cut the corners 2 inches off, then that leaves 8 inches. 4 inches on each side. 4 inches tall. I'm going to test out this theory later on when I make another bag. The finished bag was 9 inches long, almost 5 inches tall and almost 5 inches wide.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

It's been too long

It's been too long since I have done any sewing, but I will have to put it off a little while longer while I am recovering from a dentist visit. I have so many plans of things I want to sew that it's hard to wait, but be patient and I'll be listing them in my Etsy shop soon.