Craft Projects

No-Sew Tablecloth

No-Sew Tablecloth

We needed a new tablecloth in the Smith household BIG TIME. I only have one tablecloth that I like, and therefore only one that I use. So I am always always always washing the darn thing. But I love it! Too bad no one sells any cute tablecloths anymore. Target let me down. Amazon let me down. WalMart let me down. Everything else is either way expensive (and still ugly) or some plain color (boring).

So my neighbor and I went fabric shopping and we found an awesome fabric that picks up the blues I love and the green in the kitchen. Perfecto!

No-Sew Tablecloth hem tape

We also found some SUPER hem tape that is able to be washed — totally necessary for a tablecloth.

Here are your directions to make your own tablecloth. Buy fabric. Buy hem tape. Iron a hem. Iron in hem tape. DONE!

Make sure you are hemming the nice part of the fabric onto the underneath of the fabric.

No-Sew Tablecloth iron

For real, it is that easy, although it does take about an hour. I got two yards of fabric that was 54″ wide — I didn’t trim any off for my rectangular tablecloth. Then, I started ironing a hem onto one edge. Don’t hate me for being the world’s best eyeballer, but I didn’t measure a single thing. I simply eyeballed all the way down the edge. It is freakishly straight.

No-Sew Tablecloth corner

The only tricky part about the tablecloth is the corner. Well, really all four of them. When you get to a corner, fold one edge over the other and cut at an angle. Put your hem tape and iron. Let it cool, then add more (if there are un-hemmed spots) and iron again.

Once your edges are all hemmed, iron the whole cloth and throw it onto your table!

No-Sew Tablecloth 1

Isn’t this fabric great?! I love how it pulls in the color of my kitchen.

No-Sew Tablecloth 2
Well, I bought four rolls of hem tape and only used one…. guess who is totally making another tablecloth…. if I can actually find another fabric I like. I am sooooo picky.

Have a great weekend!!!

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Recipes

Homemade Strawberry Jam

Homemade Strawberry Jam

I got the most random appliance for Christmas (I asked for it, btw) — a jelly and jam maker! I absolutely love making homemade jams and jellies and thought I’d share a recipe or two with you guys.

Today I made strawberry jam. It’s the hubby’s favorite and it is so soooo delicious. I like making my own because I don’t have to put nearly as much sugar in it as the store-bought jellies. Plus, it is tastier.

Here’s what you need (yes, real measurements! I know, that’s crazy coming from me.):

  • 2 lbs Strawberries
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1.5 tbsp pectin
  • 3/4 cup sugar

Before I start I should add that this recipe will work on the stove as well. The jam maker is preset to make jam or jelly and has a stirrer in the middle so nothing burns. It’s just a glorified pot. (But it is awesome!)

First, cut up your strawberries into little bits. If you like your jam chunkier, leave some bigger chunks of the fruit.

Next, mash your berries with a potato masher to get some of the juices loose and the strawberries extra squishy.

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Add your strawberries, butter and pectin to your jam maker and turn it on. In my jam maker, the preset time for jam is 21 minutes. If you make it on the stove, cook on medium heat for about the same amount of time.

Side note: I had no idea what pectin was before I started experimenting with my jam maker, so here’s what I’ve learned. Pectin is a natural substance found in apples that helps fruit to gel up. For fruits with a lot of pectin in them, you do not have to add pectin to make the jam or jelly (although it doesn’t hurt). Berries don’t have a lot of pectin, so you need the added stuff. I buy mine on Amazon.

After 4 minutes, add in your sugar. Cover and walk away and let the pot do its work.

Jam

Come back in 21 minutes to a steamy pot full of delicious jam. If you want to can your jam, do it immediately while the jam is still boiling hot and you won’t have to boil your jars to seal them. Simply place your seal and your lid onto the can after it is full, then flip it upside down. The heat from the jar’s contents will seal the jar and make it last for about a year.

The jam will also burn badly if you spill it on yourself. I learned this the hard way after spilling a bunch of boiling peach jam on my hand. Be careful!!!

If you are going to use some right away, plop it into a container and place it in the fridge. Once it is cool, try it out!

jam on toast

(Don’t just my white bread. … It’s what the hubby likes and mine was out :p)

The main reason I am sharing this recipe is that when I got my jelly and jam maker it came with a recipe book. This recipe book called for a ton more pectin (which is expensive) and a TON more sugar. I’m talking three cups. Gross. I think the recipe I have here is a really good one that I plan to use from now on with this jam.

Enjoy!