Monday, July 22, 2013

Fabric Baby Book

I loved making this baby fabric book with the help of Threading My Way. It was a gift for a friend who had a baby girl earlier this year. Here's how to make one.

- 1/2 yard or so of batting
- pieces of plain cotton material (we used 6 rectangles 40cm x 20cm in size)
- material pictures to applique

How to Make
1) Cut pieces of material to 40cm x 20cm in size. We cut 6 pieces to make 12 pages in total.
2) Applique the pictures to each page. Make sure there is enough room in the middle for stitching down the center.
3) Decide the order of the pages and which piece is to be the front/back cover.
4) Cut 3 pieces of batting to the same size (maybe a tiny bit smaller) as the rectangle pieces (40cm x 20cm).
5) Place the batting to the wrong side (inside/no pictures) of the front/back cover.
6) Pin together the inside front cover/inside back cover to the front/back cover already against the batting. Make sure that this is done with the picture sides facing each other/together.
7) Sew all the way around the edge, leaving an opening at the bottom edge for turning.

8) Clip corners and turn right side out and stitch opening closed.
9) Repeat steps 5) 6) 7) for the other pages. (sew pages 1/8 to 2/7) (sew pages 3/6 to 4/5).
10) Stack pages together to make the book, then center pages making sure pages are in the correct order of how you want them to be.
11) Pin along the center to secure the stack. Then sew along the center.

Little Ladybird

Monday, July 08, 2013

Non-Bake Lemon & Coconut Slice - GlutenFree

Here is a recipe for a non-bake lemon and coconut slice that my grandmother gave to me when I was growing up. I've changed it recently to be gluten free. 
It's so easy and quick and everyone loves it!

1/2 cup sweet condensed milk
125g butter
250g gluten free tea biscuits (finely crushed)
(for non gluten free recipe, use 250g of arrowroot biscuits)
1 teaspoon of grated lemon rind
1 cup coconut

1 cup icing sugar (I use CSR brand gluten free)
15g butter
2 tablespoons of coconut
3 tablespoons of lemon juice

Mix all ingredients well and press into a thin glass or baking dish
Refrigerate for at least an hour
Ice with lemon icing
Sprinkle with desired amount of coconut
When icing has set, cut into squares

Enjoy cooking and eating this beautiful slice with your kids, grand-kids or someone special!

Little Ladybird