Creative Doings December 30, 2008


This is a fun and easy project to work on when its cold and blustery outside. I keep one in my studio at all times during the winter. It helps relieve those aches & pains that come with hovering over a sewing table.


Wheat Sack Supplies Needed:


Sewing machine and thread

Fabric - at least a fat quarter

Wheat berries - 3 1/2 cups per sack

Essential oil - a nice calming scent



Step 1: Pick the fabric you like. You can create a pattern using paper for future/multiple use or just measure your piece and cut. Cut the fabric to be 14 x10 inches.


Step 2: Fold your fabric, right sides together so your piece will now measure about 7x10. Sew down 2 sides together leaving one of the short ends open. Trim the corners.


Step 3: Turn your fabric inside out so the right side of the fabric is showing. Give it a quick press with a hot iron to press out your seams. Turn under the top (open) edge about a 1/2 inch and press.


Step 4: Pour your wheat into a large bowl. (this can be purchased in the bulk section of your grocery store for very cheap) Add a few drops of essential oil (optional). This creates a nice aroma as the wheat is heated up. Some of the favorites are lavendar, vanilla, lilac, etc. Stir the wheat to help distribute the oil.


Step 5: Fill your sack with wheat.


Step 6: Pin the edge you turned under and sew closed.


Step 7: Include a small note with directions. The wheat sack should be heated in the microwave on HIGH for 2 minutes. The pack can also be stored in a freezer bag and placed in the freezer to be used as a cold pack.
Enjoy!

Creative Doings December 14, 2008

Ok, here it is. My first attempt at a Gingerbread house. My favorite part was making the windows. I crushed butterscotch candies and sprinkled them in the openings of the windows before I baked the pieces. The candies melted and filled the openings perfectly. The effect is a warm glow.