TMNT Skirt: Sew What’s in Your Wardrobe?

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Hello there! I made it a second week in a row! If you have been following this page at all, then you know that when I write “I’ll be updating this page often now”… I don’t, haha! I’m really trying this time though, so thanks for joining me. 🙂

Besides this page, one of my other goals this year is to do a complete wardrobe over hall. If you’re anything like me, you don’t necessarily enjoy shopping for clothes but have your own distinct style and still want a sweet comfortable wardrobe. Making your own clothes can add great value to your overall style because you cut out the hassle of not finding your size or particular fabric/design you want. I don’t enjoy breaking my bank either and sometimes I just can’t justify buying a pair of shorts for X amount of dollars when I can make a custom pair for less than half the price. I’ve been slowly adding to my collection piece by piece but so far I have only made six articles for my wardrobe.

The latest addition was kind of accidental but, I love this piece so much! I went to the garment district downtown with the intention of buying this awesome TMNT fabric for a shirt I wanted to make for my brother’s birthday gift. Well, one thing led to another and the shirt I made for him was too small! It would have been smart of me to ask him his size. DUH! Ha-ha! Well, this is the result of that shirt and the newest addition to my wardrobe. I got that TURTLE POWER!

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I’m a fan of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series and when I find time I still play my NES and SNES TMNT games. I absolutely love the first two TMNT movies and have them on VHS. If you’re wondering; no I was not a fan of the most recent TMNT movie. I really loved the puppetry/mechanical heads in the original live action movies and while I found myself able to sit through the “remake”, I was disappointed with the CGI turtles overall.

ANYWAY, so when I originally saw this fabric, like I mentioned earlier, I wanted it for a shirt  and what I envisioned was something similar to a bowling league shirt. I used a black cotton fabric for the triangles on the side of the shirt and for the bias tape around the edges. Below is a photo of the shirt prior to me turning it into a skirt. The bias tape at the bottom of the shirt and the triangles had not been added yet.

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I didn’t have enough fabric left to make the shirt bigger and I considered keeping it as a pajama shirt but I ultimately decided to make it into a skirt. Basically all I did was trim the shirt and a 2 inch wide waistband from it. I attached the fabric waistband to the top and then cut and added a 1 inch wide elastic band to the inside of it. The elastic band was cut to the size of where I wanted the skirt to hang on my waist.

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I absolutely love the way this skirt turned out. I’m stoked I was able to utilize the shirt and my brother didn’t mind! It was cheap too. I bought one yard of the TMNT fabric for 7$ at Michael Levine’s. The black fabric I bought for 2$ a yard at Lady Fabric.

I’ll continue to build my wardrobe and share with you all my progress. In the meantime you should sew what’s in your wardrobe! Designing your own clothes is really rewarding. When someone compliments a particular piece of clothing and asks me where I got it, I say, “I made it myself!” Ha-ha! Let me know what you create and of any suggestions you might have for my wardrobe. Till next time! 😀

..Athena..

Bolster Buds: Make Your Own Decorative Pillows

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Hello there! We are well into the middle of 2015 and I’m so happy to be posting again! Trips back to Long Beach and school work have been filling up my days but I’m gearing up for a hot summer jam pack full of projects. I officially got my AA degree and have decided to not continue school at the moment. I want to now focus all of my energy on sewing and this page. Since I plan to be constantly making something, my goal is to update this page every week. This blog has always been an opportunity to share my experience and progress with others in hopes to inspire and bond with other crafty folks, but mainly to motivate myself to stay consistent with my work. So far it doesn’t seem like it has been successful, ha-ha! I started this page two years ago and so far have only posted a handful of times but, arts and crafts have been a passion of mine since I was a kid embroidering pillows for my mother’s birthday. It’s just fun and I want to continue to work on projects and meet others on their crafty journey too! So, with all that said MachineLovers, I’d like to share with you a great little tutorial I found by another crafty blogger.

I was recently asked to make a cover for a cylinder pillow. I’ve made plenty of boxed pillows but, never a round one. I decided to check out how others approached the bolster pillow and found some great tips from other artists. I ended up using this tutorial for a corded pillow over at diydesign. Since the pillow I was making the cover for was going to be used daily as a down pillow I decided not to add the cording for a more comfortable feel. This was the result:

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I loved how this cover turned out so much that I ended up making another cover with the cording. It was my first attempt at cording, (or piping) but I feel it came out pretty nice none the less.

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For the corded bolster I made the pillow form myself using the same technique for the cover just not adding a zipper to it. I stuffed it with some polyester fill.

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The brown fabric I bought from Joann’s online for 6$ a yard and the cording ran a $1.25 a yard. For the black cover I used a black and grey knit fabric from Micheal Levine’s for $7 a yard. Polyester fill I already had but also not a pricey buy. All in all a pretty cheap alternative to buying decorative pillows at a home furnishing store.

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This Bolster Bud will now be shipped to Virginia as it’s a gift! Head over to diydesign for the sweet tutorial. Oh and also on a side note, when finding the appropriate width for the body of your bolster we do indeed take the diameter of the end of the pillow form plus one and times it by Pi (3.14…). However this diydesign tutorial says that 7 x 3.14 = 19.84 which is incorrect but the author states in the user comments that this was a simple mistake. Just wanted to mention that as I was a bit puzzled for a moment reading this tutorial, ha-ha! Post photos of your Bolster Buds too! I’d love to see them!

-Athena-

Crafty Tip Tuesday: Save Glass Bottles For Guests To Paint

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Hello there and happy Crafty Tip Tuesday! This will be a recurring themed post that I hope to bring you every so often. I’ll share tips on topics ranging from arts, utilitarian design, sewing, cooking, to basically anything I think would be beneficial to you in your life; as it has been in mine. Let’s jump right in!

Here at the warpzone, we aren’t shy about enjoying a glass of wine or two, including some shots of whiskey or bourbon. 😉 I usually collect the bottles and recycle them. Well, one week we had an unusual amount of bottles from a get together and instead of recycling them right away, we decided to get creative with them.

CRAFTY TIP #1: Save glass bottles to offer your guests one to paint! 

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This has been a hit with all my friends; even the ones that don’t paint one still love the idea. We always keep acrylic paint handy at home but, if you don’t, consider investing in some cheap paint in bulk. It’s well worth it, especially if your guests let you keep the bottles! Everyone that has painted a bottle at my place has been so sweet about leaving it behind; they like the idea that it will stay in a collection of painted bottles. And I definitely but them all on display. Of course if anyone ever wants to take their bottle home, they are more than welcome too!

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I’m basically getting FREE ART for my home and I’m always pleasantly surprised at the new designs offered by each person. I suggest painting the bottles a solid base color first and leave them handy like that. That way, your guests don’t have to wait for the initial base coat of paint to dry; they’ll already have a nice blank canvas to begin with. 🙂

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This is a fun, engaging activity to do with old and new friends alike. I look forward to sharing more Crafty Tip Tuesdays with you! Let me know of any crafty tips you might have. If you allow me to, I may feature it on here as well; giving you full credit of course. 🙂  Until next time MachineLovers. ❤

::Athena::

MachineLove 101: How to add Bias Tape to Your Projects

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Hello MachineLovers! All is well in good ol’ Hollywood, California. ❤ Been a bit of a heat wave this summer but, no complaints here. I’ve been trying to keep myself busy with work and a few projects here and there. I really want to make this blog priority though. Yes, I know, I keep saying that I’m going to post more often and don’t… but maybe if  I keep reminding myself too, I’ll actually do it! Updating this page gives me that extra push and reason to continue to sew and hone my skills. Also, it gives me the opportunity to share with you my progress and hopefully help you with your work too. Today I have another lesson from MachineLove 101 for you! I am pleased to present you with this tutorial on how to add bias tape to your projects.  If you’re unfamiliar with bias tape, check out my other tutorial on how to make your own here.

I’ve been working on a pair of pants for a friend and I decided to finish the raw bottom edges of the pant legs with bias tape. While simply hemming the pants would have been a quicker option; I didn’t want to loose the length of the pants as I was working with minimal fabric.

Since I won’t be going around any corners, as there are none on the bottom pant legs, I won’t be able to show you how this is done. I apologize in advance but, I promise the next time I bind a quilt I will add this short tutorial as well. Now, let the taping begin!

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What You’ll Need:

  • The project you’re working on; shirt, quilt, pants, tea cozy, whatever you want to add bias tape to, grab it!
  • Bias tape
  • Pins
  • Rotary cutter/ Scissors
  • Thread
  • Your Machine ❤

Step 1: Lay bias tape along raw edge

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I usually begin attaching my bias tape to the front side of my project; I feel this gives the front the sharper look the tape has to offer. Essentially though, you can begin attaching your tape on either the back or front side. Now, let’s find the raw edge of your project you want to tape or bind. Once you do that, open up your bias tape and take a look at it. You should see 4 sections to your bias tape and 3 creases.

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You want to line up the bottom section of the bias tape (#4) with the raw edge of your project, as seen in the photo below. It helps to lay your bias tape down near the stitch where your two fabrics meet on the raw edge, that way all stitch ends will be in the same area. As you can see in the photo, I have my bias tape laying a little over this stitch.

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Step 2: Fold down corner of bias tape

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Fold down the top corner of the bias tape over its self; meeting the edge. This fold is necessary to hide the raw edge of the tape. There are a few ways to do this but, I prefer this quick folding method. We’ll eventually see the polished look this fold will give my tape.

Step 3: Pin and Cut excess

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Pin bias tape the length of you project. In my case, I pinned it around the bottom pant leg, as seen above. Once you reach back to the beginning of the pinned tape, cut off any excess bias tape.  When cutting the excess tape make sure it extends pass the folded corner at the beginning, as seen below. Then pin your tape over the folded end, lining up those three creases.

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(Don’t have enough tape? If you don’t have enough bias tape to extend pass the original folded corner; grab both ends of the bias tape. Undo the folded corner, pin the two ends of the tape so they are the perfect length of your project. Stitch them here and cut off excess. Pin to your project. This may even reduce bulk but, I enjoy the above folded method if you have the extra tape. 😉 )

Step 4: Sew on bias tape; stitch #1!

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Now that we have our bias tape pinned, let’s make our first stitch! Get your machine and sew along crease 3 on the tape. I use just a straight stitch for this. Once you sew the entire length of your project you should have a nice stitch along crease 3, as seen below.

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Step #5: Fold tape down and over; Pin 

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Fold the bias tape along stitch #1, as seen above. Once you do this, turn your project wrong side out; we now must fold the bias tape over onto this side. Use the 3 three creases as a guide, folding on each crease as you go around the raw edge of your project.

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When folding over to the other side, make sure to line the tape up with stitch #1 on the opposite side, as seen above. Then pin bias tape to this side of your project, as seen below.

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Step #6: Sew stitch #2!

Now that we have our bias tape completely pinned down, let’s do our 2nd and final stitch to attach it on this side.

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Sew as close as you can to the edge of your tape, as seen above. This way your 2nd stitch will line up with the 1st stitch as much as possible. Stitch around the complete length of your project.

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Once you do this you’re pretty much done! Yay, and check out the tape where I originally folded it to get rid of that raw edge. Looks good right?

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This completes the tutorial on how to add bias tape to your projects. Let me know what you make and link me to your work, I’d love to see it! I hope this tutorial was beneficial to you. It was super fun to make! ❤

::Athena::

MachineLove 101: How to Make Bias Tape without a Tape Maker (and with)

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It’s here! I am pleased to finally bring you this tutorial on how to make bias tape without a tape maker (and with 😉 ). When I first began learning how to sew and more importantly how to manipulate fabric; I didn’t have all the sweet tools I was coming across in all the video tutorials I found online. Many of these tutorials on how to make bias tape were helpful but, it would have been nice to come across a guide that was for a sewer like myself; one who didn’t quite have all the helpful tools for their projects yet. While making bias tape without a tape maker is not a difficult task to accomplish, it does require a little more attentiveness and I hope this tutorial will help you in your effort to make beautiful bias tape!

What the heck is bias tape?!

DSCF5885I didn’t know myself up until about two years ago what bias tape was. Once I discovered how to use it though, it not only improved the quality of my work but I now enjoy making it! Bias tape is pieces of fabric sewn together in a long strip. It can be utilized in a number of ways such as the finish for raw edges, going around corners and as decoration. Use it to finish quilts, collars, pant bottoms, just about anything you’d like. Pre-made bias tape can be bought in craft stores or online but, being able to produce your own opens up a greater world of creativity for your work. You get to pick the fabric and the size; the possibilities are endless! I’ve read some bloggers state that bias tape is not necessary but, believe me, you will see the quality of your work improve when you take the time to utilize it.

 

What You’ll Need:

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  • Fabric of your choice (how much tape will you need for your project? the bigger the project the more tape you’ll need and the more fabric.)
  • Rotary cutter; if no cutter try with scissors
  • Rotary mat
  • Ruler
  • Chalk or something to mark your measurements with
  • Pins
  • Iron
  • Thread
  • Your Machine ❤

This tutorial is catered to those who don’t have a store bought bias tape maker, however, I will be including directions for utilizing this tool as the steps come up. Don’t worry, if you don’t have a maker just skip these steps and continue on. Also, I wanted to share that in my experience with making bias tape, in regards to ironing, I have never accidentally burned or singed myself while using the iron. I know that this can be a concern for some but, it is possible to keep a safe distance while ironing and still produce a beautiful tape. Don’t get discouraged; I find making bias tape a fun challenge now and I hope you’ll feel the same. Once you have all of your materials and you’ve designated a table top for your work area, we’re ready to get started!

Step 1) Find and fold along the bias

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Lay out your piece of fabric on the rotary mat, or on your table top if using scissors. Let’s find the bias so we can cut and make our strips for the tape. The bias is the diagonal line of direction across woven fabric. Cutting along this line of direction gives our fabric a nice stretch; key for going around edges and corners. Once you have your fabric laid out, grab one of the corners and bring it down over the top, making a nice fold as pictured above. This is where we will cut to make our bias tape.

How big do you want your tape?

No matter how big your tape, it will be folded into four equal parts and only a quarter of the size will be seen when attached to your work. So let’s say you’re finishing up a quilt and you decide you want the border to be 1 inch wide. For a 1 inch wide border you would cut your bias strips 4 inches wide (1 inch x 4 = 4 inches). Or maybe you’re making a shirt and you want the collar to be half an inch (.5 inches), then you’ll cut your strips 2 inches wide (.5 inches x 4 = 2 inches). Maybe you want your bias tape to be smaller and you want the finish to be 5 millimeters wide, then you would cut your strips 2 centimeters wide. (5 mm x 4 = 20 mm / 20 mm = 2 cm) When using a bias tape maker it may very in terms of the measurements they use. For the bias tape kit I have it uses millimeters and states the size on the maker. However, the size it states is half the size of the strip needed. Again, these measurements will vary from maker to maker but I just wanted to share my experience with the tools I use.

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Step 2) Mark your measurements and cut

Once you’ve decided how big you want your tape to be, it’s time to measure and cut. I want my bias tape to have a finish of half an inch, so I will be cutting my strips 2 inches wide. Grab your chalk and ruler to help you measure. For the first cut, since the fabric is folded here, we will measure and mark half the size we need, so when we unfold it, we will have the exact size we want. This is just for the first cut; after this, continue to measure the rest of the strips the full size, which for me, is 2 inches.

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Mark your fabric and with your rotary cutter and ruler, or scissors, continue to cut your strips along the bias. Don’t be shy about using the smaller pieces at the end, these all can be used for the tape as well. Try your best to cut each strip exactly the same length, it will make it much easier for you when connecting them later.

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Step 3) Connect your strips together; pin and cut!

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Look at all these awesome strips we have! Now let’s connect them. How you connect them is very important. When I made my first bias tape it was for a collar on a shirt (shown below). I was so excited about making it that, as I was pinning and sewing away, I didn’t realize I had sewn one of my strips to the wrong side.

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Mistakes are going to happen, so just make sure your fabric is facing the right way when pinning them together before you sew.

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How we determine this is by laying down one of our strips, front side up. Next, grab another strip and lay it on top of the first one near the ends; front sides of the fabric facing each other, like so.

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Cut off the excess tips so you have nice square edges.

 

 

 

 

Great, now pin these two pieces together. We will be sewing from the bottom left of the strips, vertically up the middle to the top right corner. Place your pins parallel to this line.

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Now, grab the strip on top and bring it down, folding it over the pins, as shown below. When folded, the second strip should now have the front side of the fabric facing up as well. You can now pin on your next piece, following the same steps. Repeat this until every strip is used and pinned together. See photos below for examples.

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Step 4) Sew your strips together; get that iron hot too! 

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Yay! Now that we have all of our strips pinned together, it’s time for some machine love! Load your machine up with some thread, minding the thread tension. Sew along the middle of the pinned strips. Once sewn, go ahead and cut off the excess fabric, as shown below.

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Next, fold the strip back over and turn it wrong side up. Open up the flaps of the stitch and iron them.

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Continue this at every pinned section until all strips are sewn together. You should end up with nice pressed stitches connecting every strip.

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Step 5) Make friends with your iron

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Look at us now!!! We have our tape nearly done, woohooo! This long strip we’ve sewn together will now have to be folded and ironed. My strip is 2 inches wide and will yield a half an inch wide tape. So I will be folding both sides of the fabric over half an inch. Grab both sides of the fabric, folding inward, meeting them in the middle, as shown.

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I find it helpful to use my index and middle finger, one on either side of the tape. Iron the tip and once you do, use the ring and pinky finger as well to hold down more of the fabric at a time while staying away from the iron.

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Continue this until you have ironed both sides down the entire length of your sewn strips. Is it starting to look more like a tape? 🙂 Once you’ve folded and ironed all of your tape, we just have one last fold to make!

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Have a bias tape maker?

I wanted to include this just in case someone was looking for a tutorial that does utilize the bias tape maker. The benefit of having a bias tape maker is that it folds the fabric for you as you iron, instead of you having to fold and hold it yourself. As I mentioned early, a kit will usually come with various sizes of makers but, it may also come with a tool called an awl. This tool is simply used for pushing the fabric through the bias tape maker. If you don’t have an awl, a long needle will do just find.

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First step is to feed the tip of the fabric (wrong side up) into the wider side of the maker; curving the sides up a bit to fit snugly through the opening.  Make sure you’re using the right size maker for your strips. Once you have the the tip partially in the opening, use the awl (or needle) to push the fabric the rest of the way through. Do this by utilizing the long opening at the top of the bias tape maker, as shown.

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One you’ve pulled the fabric through start ironing your tape. Use the hook at the top of the maker to continue to pull the fabric through it. Continue this until you have completed the entire length of the tape.

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Step 6) Where many have gone before: The Final Fold

This isn’t a necessary step but, I believe pressing a middle fold can be useful. It can be used as a guide when attaching it to another piece of fabric. Take your already folded bias tape and fold it one more time, right down the middle. Press the fold with the iron and continue this until your entire piece of tape is folded.

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When you open the tape after pressing it, you should see three creases separating four parts of your strip. Did you press it all? Great! That’s it, you’re done! You made your very own custom bias tape. Pretty sweet! 🙂 ❤

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That completes this tutorial on how to make bias tape without a tape maker, and with. I hope you found these steps to be helpful and I wish you continued success in attempting to make your own bias tape. I do sincerely have a lot of fun making bias tape, however a pain it may seem, hahaa! 😉 In my next tutorial I will show you how to attach your custom bias tape to your projects. Stay tuned MachineLovers! ❤

::Athena::

Patchwork Bear Headgear by MachineLove

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MachineLove is back with sweet patchwork headgear! Inspired by fluffy gear and spirit hoodies, this piece comes with tassels and button snaps for maximum party usage! Rage hard in this hat and stay comfy. ❤

Hello MachineLovers! I know I’ve been away for so long but I wanted to share with you this awesome little hat I cooked up for a friend. He was heading off to Burning Man and asked me to make some fresh gear for him. After going through some examples of pieces he liked from etsy, I settled on making a hat for him. This was my first attempt at a hat of this kind.

I did patchwork for the initial body. I picked up some scraps of this funky fun furry material from a bargain bin in the garment district downtown for 2-3$ a piece, I chose two similar colors that would look great alternated. For the lining I got a yard of a nice cotton fabric with a complementing flower pattern. This i purchased for a $1.99. Using thread and button snaps I already had I got to work. This was the result!

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I’ve seen these hats go for $60+ online but for as little as pretty much 10$, I made my own spirit/furry/bear headgear and you can do it too!!

::Athena::

catch  you later with some weedy creations! ;D ❤ stay lovely!

 

Sweet Somethings : White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookie Recipe

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Hello Machine Lovers! Today’s February 14th and as many of you may know, it’s Valentine’s Day here in the states. Now, while I prefer to show my love to those that matter most all year long ::wink:: , I thought I’d do a special post for all those hopeless romantics out there that love celebrating Valentine’s Day. After all, it can be a really fun holiday if you enjoy crafting or in this case, baking! Lately, I’ve been obsessed with making white chocolate macadamia nut cookies (as they are my favorite) and have been cooking batches non-stop. Usually when making something I’ve never attempted before, I like to do my research first and check out different recipes. Allrecipes.com is one of my favorite sites and after lurking from page to page comparing and contrasting a few selected recipes, I decided on a great one. I tweaked a few ingredients, methods, and measurements to my taste and now have a delicious recipe for heart-shaped cookies you can try, for your family or Valentine! ❤

What You’ll Need

Ingredients:

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Above is the recipe with my special touch. I’ve tried this recipe 3 times now and it really is tasty! If you’d like to see the original recipe I found on Allrecipes.com though, follow the link here: YUM!

Great, now do you have all of your ingredients for these delicious white chocolate macadamia nut cookies? Here they are  again pictured below, in case you need to do a mental check list.

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Besides the ingredients you’ll also need a few tools.

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  3. Whisk
  4. Heart Shaped Cookie Cutter – the size of the cutter is up to you, mine’s about 2 x 2.5 inches.
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  7. Non-Stick Cookie or Regular Cookie Pan with Slip Mat (pictured below)
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OK, so I want to take a quick moment and talk a bit about the Slip Mat here. I was just recently introduced to this little tool and it has made such a big difference in the way I cook. I’ve never used Non-Stick Pans, so before I would have to vigorously butter the pan or spray it down with PAM in between batches. With the Slip Mat there’s no need to butter pans or get a non-stick one any more. Just lay this bad boy down on your pan and you’re ready to go. The brand I use is Sil-Eco and it’s incredibly easy to wash as well, just wipe clean. I believe this is an essential tool for any baker. If you don’t have a Slip Mat or a Non-Stick Pan, no worries. Just butter those pans!

Now that we have ALL of our tools and ingredients, let’s make these heart-shaped white chocolate macadamia nut cookies!

Step 1: 

Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.

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Step 2:

Melt the Butter (3/4 of a stick) in your microwave or over the stove top, then pour the melted Butter into the large mixing bowl. I put my butter in the measuring cup then nuked it in the microwave for a minute.

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Step 3:

Once you have your melted Butter in the bowl, now it’s time to add your White Sugar and Light Brown Sugar. First, throw the 1/2 cup of White Sugar into the bowl.

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Now throw in the 3/4 cup of Light Brown Sugar.

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Mix all three of these together with your whisk.

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Step 4:

Our next step will be to add the 2 Eggs.

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Beat each egg, one at a time, into the mix until you have a nice creamy texture. Something like this:

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Step 5:

It’s time for the Vanilla Extract! Measure out 1 teaspoon of Vanilla Extract.

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Add the Vanilla Extract to the mixing bowl.

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Step 6:

We’re ready to add the rest of the ingredients! Measure out 2 1/2 cups of Flour and add to the mixing bowl. Then follow that with 1 teaspoon of Baking Soda, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Whisk a bit.

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Step 7:

Here comes the fun part! Now with your hands, mix all the ingredients until you get a nice thick cookie dough.

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I rolled mine into a ball but, it should look something like this when it’s fully mixed:

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Step 8:

Let’s add the White Chocolate Chips! Measure out 1 cup of White Chocolate Chips. I used Ghirardelli chips.

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Add the 1 cup of White Chocolate Chips to the cookie dough.

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Step 9:

Measure out 1 cup of Chopped Macadamia Nuts. They’re a bit pricey but well worth it. The macadamia nuts I found were already chopped and package by the 1/2 cup, so I got two of these packages.

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Add the 1 cup of Chopped Macadamia Nuts to the cookie dough.

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Step 10:

Now it’s time to mix again. With your hands, mix the Chips and Nuts into the cookie dough. This is how my finished dough looked!

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Step 11:

Yay! We now have our cookie dough and we’re ready to shape it! Grab your Cutting Board, or whatever surface you choose to work on. Take a good amount of the cookie dough, if not all, and shape it into a nice block. Depending on how thick you want your cookies to be, smash the cookie dough to a height you’re happy with. I made my block about a centimeter high.

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Step 12:

Now it’s time to cookie cut! Grab you heart-shaped cookie cutter and beginning at a corner, stamp your cutter into the dough, staying as close to each cut as you can.

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Continue to do this until you have cookie cut the entire surface of your block of dough.

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Step 13:

Remove the excess dough from around your cookie cuts.

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Continue to do this, putting the extra dough to the side or back into the bowl with the rest of the dough, until you have your individual heart- shaped cookies. Beautiful!

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Repeat Steps 11 – 13 until you have used all of your cookie dough. I was able to make 18 cookies with my 2 x 2.5 cookie cutter from this dough.

Step 14:

Time for the oven! We have finally completed making and shaping our cookie dough, now let’s cook ’em up! Arrange your cookies about two inches apart from each other on your Non-Stick Cookie Pan or Regular Cookie Pan with Slip Mat. Pop your Pan and cookies into the 350 degree oven for about 10 – 12 min. Depending on how thick you made the cookies you may need them to cook a min or two longer. You want them to be golden brown, so make sure you watch them during the 10 – 12 min. Repeat this step until all cookies are baked!

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Viola! We’re done! You now have some delicious homemade heart-shaped White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies for you and your Valentine. ❤

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Share them with anyone and everyone! You now can give your heart away to whom ever you please and more than once, since you have a whole batch of them! For a cute gift idea, wrap your cookies in cellophane and tie a bow of string or ribbon around it. This is a wonderful treat your loved ones will surely appreciate. Who doesn’t love sweets made with love and care? This year, don’t shower your Valentine with sweet nothings, give them sweet somethings. 😉

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I really hope you all get to try this recipe and if not, I hope you still enjoyed my Step by Step how to on this fantastic treat. These really are my favorite cookies and they’re so much fun to make but, after this week I’m going to need a break from all the sweets, hahaa! I’ll be coming back next post with some sewing projects I still have in the works. I’d like this blog to be more sewing/ quilting oriented but, as the title description says, “all things crafty” and I just couldn’t resist posting about this recipe! With that said, whatever your plans are this February 14th, remember to continue spreading the love all year long Machine Lovers. You’re never alone here @ Machine Love. I’ll speak to you soon. ❤

:: Athena ::