Sewing: Week Twenty Six Outdoor Pillows

June 25, 2016 |  by  |  Sewing, Tutorials  |  No Comments

Outdoor Pillows: 3ten.ca

Outdoor pillows, yes, that’s right, it’s time to get a bit of our summer grove on and get the deck or patio ready for the heat. I love outdoor fabric and as a result I’ll be sharing a few projects with you over the next few weeks. The best part about outdoor fabric is that it’s fade resistant up to at least 500 hours. Now, here in Alberta where the sun shines from about 5am until 11pm that’s not many days, so I don’t leave them out all the time because I do want them to last.

Build a little box or have a spot in the garage for them when they’re not in use. That’s just smart planning.

Okay, let’s get started on these outdoor pillows!

What you need:

  • 1 yard of outdoor fabric
  • 2 zippers 14-20 inches
  • 2 pillows 16×26
  • machine
  • zipper foot
  • serger
  • matching thread
  • pins

First up, pick out your fabric. I selected this bright bold print. Now, the tricky part is to ensure the print looks good on your pillow. I cut out 4 pieces that measure 17×27 allowing for a bit of room and the seam allowance.

Outdoor Pillows: 3ten.ca

You can see below that I was careful to take the pattern into consideration.

Outdoor Pillows: 3ten.ca

The first thing you’ll want to do once your fabric pieces are cut is to serge each edge. The outdoor fabric has a great tendency to fray and you don’t want that. By serging each edge you’ll save your fabric from falling a part. It’s time consuming, but smart.

Now that the edges are serged, it’s time to get the zipper ready for install.

With right sides together (and words or pattern facing the correct way) match up the bottom edges. Top stitch 1 inch from the edge. The length of each stitch will depend on your zipper length. I’m using a 14 inch zipper. The bottom edge measure 27 inches. I’m going to top stitch 1 inch from the bottom edge and 7.5 inches from edge side edge. Then, I’ll be leaving a hole in the middle of the 2 pieces that measures 12 inches. You want this hole smaller than your zipper.

Outdoor Pillows: 3ten.ca

Time to line up the zipper.

Ensure you’ve got the correct side of the zipper, line it up with the right side of the fabric. Now, when you get past the hole be sure to tuck the zipper into the inside of the pillow case and match it up with the inside edge.

Use your zipper foot and attach the zipper. Do this again on the other side, too.

Outdoor Pillows: 3ten.ca

Outdoor Pillows: 3ten.ca

The zipper is done – looks good, eh?

Now serge up all the other 3 sides and stuff with your pillow.

Outdoor Pillows: 3ten.ca

Finally, put them out in the sun and you’re done. Time to sit back, relax and enjoy the work you’ve just done.

Outdoor Pillows: 3ten.ca

Outdoor Pillows: 3ten.ca

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Recipe: Gluten Free Toblerone Cake

June 23, 2016 |  by  |  Eats, Recipes  |  No Comments

Gluten Free Toblerone Cake: 3ten.ca

Gluten free Toblerone cake – heck ya! I made this cake on Sunday because it was a special day. Did you have a happy Father’s day? My dad is the best, like flat out the best. We had a great talk and I sent my love all the way to Ontario. This cake, however, might have made his day just a bit brighter. It certainly made our day shine!

Okay, let’s get started on this deliciously rich Toblerone cake.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 3/4 cup and 2 tablespoons of gluten free flour
  • 6 tablespoons of cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup of soya milk
  • 1/2 cup of oil
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla
  • 1/2 cup of boiling water
  • 50g of Toblerone
  • Toblerone Buttercream:
  • 100g of Toblerone
  • 1 cup of powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup of salted butter
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon of soya milk

First up, gather all of your ingredients and mixer. Get the ingredients all measured and ready because then it’s just easier when it’s time to mix. Lastly, set the oven to 350 degrees.

Gluten Free Toblerone Cake: 3ten.ca

Next, mix all the dry together: sugar, flour, cocoa powder, salt, soda and powder. Sift them together and put them in the mixing bowl. Then, add in the egg, milk, oil and the vanilla. Mix well. Then, add in the 1/2 cup of boiling water and beat.

Gluten Free Toblerone Cake: 3ten.caGluten Free Toblerone Cake: 3ten.ca

Pour into a square pan lined with parchment paper and bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes.

Gluten Free Toblerone Cake: 3ten.ca

Finally, time for the butter cream. Take Toblerone and melt it in a double boiler.

While that’s melting, beat the butter until it’s nice and whipped. Once the Toblerone is melted and cooled a bit, stir it into the whipped butter. Add in the vanilla and soya milk. Then, a bit at a time, whisk in the powdered sugar and combine well.

Once the cake is done, take out of the oven and let it cool, then cut in 4.

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It’s important to let the gluten free Toblerone cake cool before you ice it because you don’t want the icing to melt and make a mess.

This cake will make two little cakes that are two layers high. Don’t try and make a 4 layer cake because it will topple over on you. Rather than having a toppling mess, make two little cakes. Therefore, if there are two of you, you can each have your own. Haha.

Place the first layer of chocolate cake down and then add decent amount of icing, yet not too much. You don’t want the icing to squish out of the cake, but rather just the right amount of icing to ‘glue’ them together. Spread around and top with another layer of cake. Then, ice the whole cake.

Gluten Free Toblerone Cake: 3ten.ca

Gluten Free Toblerone Cake: 3ten.ca

Take the 50g of Toblerone and chop it all up quite finely. Then, create a crust on the cake with all the bits of Toblerone chocolate. Done – that’s it, all done.

Gluten Free Toblerone Cake: 3ten.ca

Slice up and eat.

Gluten Free Toblerone Cake: 3ten.ca

This gluten free Toblerone cake is so good and rich – sure to satisfy any chocolate craving. Happy Thursday and see you again soon. Bye!

Recipe: Gluten Free Toblerone Cake
 
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Serves: 8-12
Ingredients
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • ¾ cup and 2 tablespoons of gluten free flour
  • 6 tablespoons of cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon of baking soda
  • ⅛ teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup of soya milk
  • ½ cup of oil
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla
  • ½ cup of boiling water
  • 50g of Toblerone
  • Toblerone Buttercream:
  • 100g of Toblerone
  • 1 cup of powdered sugar
  • ½ cup of salted butter
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon of soya milk
Instructions
  1. First up, gather all of your ingredients. Get them all measured and ready.
  2. Set the oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Next, mix all the dry together: sugar, flour, cocoa powder, salt, soda and powder. Sift them together and put them in the mixing bowl. Then, add in the egg, milk, oil and the vanilla. Mix well. Then, add in the ½ cup of boiling water.
  4. Pour into a square pan lined with parchment paper and bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes.
  5. Time for the butter cream. Take Toblerone and melt it in a double boiler.
  6. While that's melting, beat the butter until it's nice and whipped. Once the Toblerone is melted and cooled a bit, stir it into the whipped butter. Add in the vanilla and soya milk. Then, a bit at a time, whisk in the powdered sugar.
  7. Once the cake is done, take out of the oven and let it cool, then cut in 4.
  8. It's important to let the gluten free Toblerone cake cool before you ice it because, you don't want the icing to melt and make a mess.
  9. Place the first layer of chocolate cake down and then add decent amount of icing, yet not too much. You don't want the icing to squish out of the cake, but rather just the right amount of icing to 'glue' them together. Spread around and top with another layer of cake. Then, ice the whole cake.
  10. Take the 50g of Toblerone and chop it all up quite finely. Then, create a crust on the cake with all the bits of Toblerone chocolate. Done - that's it, all done.

 

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Sewing: Week Twenty Three Chair Throw

June 19, 2016 |  by  |  Sewing  |  No Comments

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Chair throw for week twenty three. So, this is embarrassing – I missed week 23. I know, I should know how to count, right? Right. In all the excitement I miss counted, so here we are making up for it! This is week 23 of 52 weeks of sewing and next week will be week 26. A bit all over the place, but that’s okay because it happens every so often.

Okay, the chair throw. How did this come to be?

Well, in the winter of 2013 I was attempting to make a quilt. Sort of a modern one where all the lines are just free-styled across the fabric. The first 4 photos are from that project. It took mea bout 10 hours to cut the fabric, lay it out and pin it all. It measured 100 x 120. Huge, I know.

Chair Throw: 3ten.ca

Chair Throw: 3ten.caChair Throw: 3ten.ca

So many pins!

Chair Throw: 3ten.ca

Okay, so how did we get from there to this chair throw? Well, I wasn’t ever going to finish the quilt. It was too big and my machine isn’t fit to have all that fabric (50 inches or so) bunched up on the side while I try and ‘quilt’ a seam down the middle of the blanket. Ah, nope – not going to happen.

So, the main lesson of this post is to know when you’ve come to an end. That’s where I was with the quilt. The second lesson is, don’t discard fabric – it can be repurposed. It took me 2 hours to undo all the pins and take out the 15 seams I had already made.

Then, I had to pull out all the threads – another hour.

As a result, this chair throw, which measures 60×80, took almost 15 hours when it could have taken 1 hour. Life is funny sometimes, right?

Just like any blanket, serge with right sides together and leave a small space to turn the blanket right side out. Then, stitch up that seam.

Chair Throw: 3ten.ca

Chair Throw: 3ten.ca

Done – fits well on this chair or at the end of our guest room bed.

Chair Throw: 3ten.ca

Happy sewing and thanks for visiting. See you again soon.

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