Monday, August 22, 2011

Orange Chocolate Chip Scones

Now that you have either bought or made an apron , why not bake up this yummy treat, while wearing it ?

2 cups flour
1/2 regular sugar, or sugar substitute like Aprava or Splenda
1/2 tsp Baking Power
1/2 tsp. salt (I always use granulated Sea Salt)
1/2 cup chilled butter
2 eggs
1/4 cup frozen orange juice...or fresh squeezed
1 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
grated orange rind...use only the orange part of the peel
1 tsp. vanilla

In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar,baking powder, and salt. Cut the butter into small pieces on top of flour mixture. Using a pastry blender or two knifes, cut the butter into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs. In a separate bowl, stir together eggs, orange juice, and vanilla. Add the peel. Combine all with the flour mixture. Dough will be very moist. With floured hands, knead in the chocolate chips until mixed well. Do not over handle dough. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured cookie sheet and shape into a 8 or 9 inch circle. With a serrated knife, cut into 8 wedges. Bake for 20-25 minutes at 425 degrees. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack for 10 mins. Serve warm.

Adding bias tape to a straight edge, the easy way !

If you are like me , you have had trouble adding bias tape the traditional way. I never seem to be able to get it to look nice, it always comes out sloppy and uneven.
So I have come up with a way to have it come out perfect and looking great everytime.

1. first be sure the longer edge of the bias tape is on the bottom.

2. Then open the bias tape and sandwich the fabric between the tape.

3. close the bias tape to enclose the fabric

4. Sew all layers at the same time, making sure to keep the fabric inside the bias tape, you can pin it all together if you want to to be sure you have it all done right.

5. When you are done sewing this is what the right side should look like.

6. This is what the wrong side of the fabric should look like. All edges are enclosed and bias tape is sewn together, nice, neat and pretty .

7. All done, your edge is finished and looking good.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Today I want to talk about adding special extras to your aprons. Usually an apron pattern will have you make an apron with a pocket, it is usally shown plain without an embellishments. for me that will not do. Why not add a special little something to the pocket, like a baby rick rack butterfly with pearls for the body, or add an applique of something taken from the main fabric such as a chicken from the Hot Chicks apron I made for a client. Add Jumbo rick rack to the top of an apron pocket, or if you have an embroidery machine add a design to the pocket. Pockets are small and the embellishments will be small too, so it will not take too much more of your time and will add interest to what could be "Just an apron".

To make this butterfly, Cut a 5" and a 4" piece of Baby rick rack. Place each piece in a figure "8" pattern. Use Basting Glue to hold in place. I also make sure that the ends are in the center, because that will be covered by the beads. Sew in place using Monofilament Thread as the top thread and matching thread in the bobbin. fOR THE BODY : Hand sew a length of 5 pearl beads, that will get smaller in size, one large bead, three medium beads and one small bead. Stitch through the beads three times for added strength. I added a medium width Rick Rack to the top of this pocket as well.

To make fold over Pocket : I make the make alittle long than called for in the pattern. After sewing the pocket together, I will fold over the top and add some Rick Rack under the flap, I sew this is place, then I add a button to the top of the pocket. After all this is done, then I sew the pocket.

This is a gathered Pocket, make the pocket alittle wider than called for in the pattern, sew together, the gather the pocket the width you want it to be. I sewed a piece of Rick Rack over the gathering stitches and added a Metal Apple button to this apron.

As you can see there are many ways to make your pockets interesting. All these ideas can be used in children's clothing as well. Experiment, see what you come up with. I would love it if you shared some of your creations with me.