Freckles in April: August 2012

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Flour Sack Project: Drawstring Bag

 In case you don't have the memory of an elephant, the only other project I've gotten around to posting for my Flour Sack Project was a method for wrapping. This one is..also a method for wrapping. I think that tells you something about me. Mainly that I hate spending money on wrapping paper and boxes and stuff. And that I don't love wrapping things.

I've wrapped a bunch of presents in these bags and it's faster (for me) than wrapping something in wrapping paper. Seriously.

Flour sack dishtowels have four sides (obvs)- two of which are selvage edges and the other two of which are hemmed. The hems are open on either end. Which makes for a super easy drawstring bag.

Open hem!

Fold your towel over on itself (right sides together) with the hemmed side at the top. Place whatever it is you're wrapping on top and adjust until it's about the right size.

Start sewing UNDER the hem. If you sew through it you won't be able to get your string through.

Pink around your two sewn edges so they don't fray. Then turn your bag right side out. Iron if you've actually planned ahead and aren't supposed to be walking out the door with a wrapped gift in the next two minutes.

The black is where my stitches were. The white on white wasn't particularly visible in pictures.
Take a safety pin and thread the end of some ribbon on it.

Use the safety pin to work the ribbon through the hem of your bag.

Knot your ribbon, stick your present inside, add a pretty gift tag if you're so inclined and you're done!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Recipe: Pita Bread

I know I've had pita bread before, though I couldn't tell you when. I remember it was fine...nothing special. Probably store-bought and full of junk. Didn't make much of an impression.

When I ran across this recipe from Perry's Plate I added pitas to my grocery list. I got to the store and looked over my options with a sort of resignation. I picked up a bag of whole wheat pitas, looked at the ingredient list, and immediately put it back. I'm no pita expert but I was pretty sure a simple flat bread shouldn't require 17 ingredients.

I did a quick Google search from my phone right there in the bread aisle and discovered that pita bread, like most breads, requires only flour, water, salt, sugar, a little fat and some yeast. All things I happen to keep on hand at home.

My Google search led me to this recipe. As I do with most yeast breads, I threw all the ingredients in my bread maker, turned on the dough cycle, and left it alone for a couple hours.

I followed the recipe exactly after that. I divided it into 8 pieces, rolled them into discs 1/8-1/4 inch thick, then baked them at 400 degrees on a preheated cookie sheet.

I was slightly boggled by how perfect they turned out on the very first shot. That doesn't happen for me very often.

Not only did they puff and create perfect little pockets, they were freaking delicious. I ate one straight from the oven smothered in butter. The next was devoured as a pita panini stuffed with roasted slices of squash and red bell pepper, a bit of cheese, and a whole lot of basil hummus (I vegetarianized this recipe. Not a ham fan). It was so so good.

Also, please check out my homemade panini maker.

Thank you, Natalie, for that suggestion. Two pans and a couple cans of pumpkin and the whole wide world of paninis has been opened to our family.

I did half white wheat flour and half all purpose flour. I didn't want to brave 100% whole wheat on my first shot but I will on the next go round.

Find the full recipe for homemade pitas here.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

DIY: How to Lengthen a Pair of Pants (or Skirt)

Aaron, bless him, is of the tall and skinny persuasion. Pants that fit him in the waist are never long enough in the leg.

He recently got himself a new pair of church pants that needed at least another inch of length. There wasn't quite enough in the hem for me to give him that much without a little help. Here's a little ninja trick to get the very most out of an existing hem.


First, unpick your hem. That line in the middle by my index finger is where the bottom of the original hem was.

Cut a strip of fabric about 2 inches wide. This will be inside the hem so it doesn't really matter what it looks like but I still went with something that at least sort of matched the pants. A pattern could be fun though.

Match up the fabric with the edge of the pants, right sides together. Leave some free at the end.

Sew the fabric to the pants using a narrow seam allowance. Again, leave some free at the end.

Here's the extra I left at either end. Sew the ends together as close to the pants as possible.

Like so. Minus the finger.

Trim the extra then bust out your iron. Press your seam up toward the pants.

Then fold under 1/4 inch of the fabric at the end and press.

Then fold your extra fabric under and press.

Stitch in your new hem.

And done!

A quick run through the wash got rid of the old seam lines and Aaron's pants hit his shoes. And he brags to pretty much everyone at church that I lengthened his pants. Glory to me!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012


I pinned these Free People boots back when it was still cold enough for boots to sound like a good idea. I love the colors and the detail and Navajo type print. I did not love the almost $500 price tag. And when I clicked over I didn't love how they looked from the other angles. They're kind of..large? I dunno. But they still stuck in my mind.

I saw these boots at Target last week and was like, YES. That would do the trick nicely. They look a lot like the short version of the Caballero boot. The colors are gorgeous and I like the buckle detail.

Bonus: I tried them on and they're super comfortable.

Freebird Caballero Boot - $498
Target Kalea Boot - $29.99

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Temporarily Breaking Radio Silence

I'm not coming back from my summer blog break quiiiite yet but I wanted to post about this.

My husband is an engineer who works with inventors to develop their ideas. He also does a little photography on the side. When this inventor came along with an idea for a lens holster Aaron was so stoked. Engineering AND photography?!? Be still his heart. When the prototype arrived I had to watch him demonstrate it like 50 million times and act amazed every time. It actually is really cool though and we are both super excited about it.

Now, the project is on KickStarter! Take a look! Share with your friends! Pledge if you feel so inclined!
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