Wednesday, 21 April 2010

No Sew Bunting

This ingenious No-Sew Bunting comes from Children’s Artist Maggy Woodley , you can find out more about her and her Blog Red Ted Art here. 

Sewing is something that I really can’t do – I don’t know why, but my thread always breaks or gets all muddled up and my lines are never straight. Bah! Recently, I visited a friend’s house and she had sown a beautiful bunting for her son’s Birthday. It reminded me that my sewing skills indeed are rubbish, but that I really wanted to have a go too. So I sat and I sat and I sat. And I thought and I thought and I thought. My twitter friends came to my rescue when I asked about iron on ribbon: Wonder Web. What wonder wonder web is! Basically you place it between the 2 pieces if fabric you want to sew and iron it on. (It melts). Would this work for bunting? I saw. I tried. I succeeded. Now you can too!

What you need: My bunting is 3.5m in length. For this you will need: Fabric (approx 6″x24″ x 4 patterns or less patterns/ more fabric), Wonder Web (25mm, 8.5meters), Cotton Bias Binding (25mm, 8.5meters), Scissors, Card (6″x6″), Iron & Ironing board, 2 Tea towels – at the end some pins – but you can manage with safety pins/ paperclips, pen or even cloth pegs, pins do work though!

Step 1: Draw a template on the card, I made the bottom of the triangle 6″, drew a 6″ line from the centre and joined the top of the line with the botton part of the triangle. Makes nice dimensions, but ANY triangle will do

Step 2: With pencil, draw the triangle shape on cloth – mind how the pattern goes it may look better in a certain direction. If you top and tail triangles, you save cloth, as well have less to cut. I cut 3 of each of the 4 patterns: 12 triangles. Am sure 9 would like nice too!

Step 3: place 2 pieces of cloth together, cut a strip of Bias Binding the along one long side, cut a piece of Wonder web and place on Bias Binding. “Wrap” binding round the edge

Step 4: place on tea towel, put another towel on top. Hold in place – it is v easy that the bias binding moves, so be careful. Place HOT iron on top. Check nothing has moved and repeat with hot iron - I leave it a little while so that the wonder web really melts. Don’t burn it though!!!

Step 5: tidy “tips”. And repeat Step 4 on other side of triangle. I make the bias binding longer on this side so it sticks out. This way you can trim to a nice crisp edge. Make up all 12 

Remember to place a tea towel underneath and on top – else you will get a sticky iron and ironing board!

Step 6: Trim all edges

Step 7: Lay “hanging” Bias Binding (I used 3.5meters) on floor and space out flags evenly – you can do this with a ruler or just roughly by eye. Mark middle of the bias as to where they need to go with a pencil or pin them.

Step 8: This was the trickiest bit of all, as it 
is such a long piece. And then iron section for section. Keep checking everything is nicely aligned. I press briefly with iron so that it holds, check it and if ok, then put the iron for longer, so that it really sets. I then went over the whole lot again making sure all the wonder web has melted and secured tightly.


It took me two leisurely evenings of watching TV to make TWO SETS!

Maggy is running a give-away on her site to win her No Sew Bunting” Owls In The Wood”, which I have to say is stunning. So pop over and enter now

Monday, 19 April 2010

Neapolitan Cakes

The fabulous newly wed Mrs Lucia-Wright, who writes The Thoughts and Musings of Mrs Lucia-Wright has kindly shared this recipe for Neapolitan Cakes. 

Recipe for the cake:

Marbled Buttercake Ingredients

125g butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
150g caster sugar
2 eggs
185g self raising flour
80ml milk
Pink food colouring
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
2 teaspoons milk, extra.

Butter Cream Ingredients

125g butter, softened
240g icing sugar
2 tablespoons milk
pink food colouring
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
2 teaspoons milk, extra.

What to do:

You should preheat the oven to 180 degrees (160 in a fan assisted oven), line a 12 hole standard muffin pan with cases (if you use fairy cake cases you'll probably get double the amount).

Beat butter, vanilla, sugar and eggs with an electric mixer until light and fluffy, then, a bit at a time stir in the sieved flour and the milk.

Divide the mix between three bowls evenly. Colour one lot pink, blend the cocoa with the extra milk and stir that into the second lot. The third bowl can be left plain.

Use a teaspoon to drop alternate spoonfuls of each mixture into the cases and swirl together with a skewer to create a marbled effect the smooth the surface.

Bake the cakes for around 20 minutes until they are sent and spring back if pressed down.

Turn cakes onto a wire rack to cool.

Make the Butter cream by beating the butter in a small bowl with an electric whisk until it is as white as possible. Beat in the sieved icing sugar and milk gradually. Then, as with the cake mix divide into three bowls and colour as before.

Once the cakes are fully cooled, spread them with the butter cream as shown in the photo.

These cakes look really impressive and apart from the slightly time consuming element of dividing the mixture (plus the added washing up) they're really easy to make.

Wednesday, 14 April 2010

Make it, Bake It Needs You!!

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