One of the things that I found more rewarding to sew, is to create (other than the most common clothes/curtains etc.) Sewing Supplies (as Pressing Tools) and a whole bunch of everyday objects that almost everyone usually buys.
In this two-parts-post I want to challenge myself and create two pressing tools: the Tailor’s ham and the Sleeve (Sausage) Roll (see it here)!
Let’s go into detail:
- cotton fabric (the same I’ve used for the pencil case!)
- woolen fabric
- sawdust (the one for hamsters/rabbits can go just fine!)
For the pattern, you can go freehand, or download this FREE one I’ve drafted (affiliate link); I’ve drawn my own after reading fifteen hundred tutorials on the internet, seriously: you name it, I’ve read it!
I decided to do it big (huge), so I can use it on long seams without move it too many times, but not so great to have troubles to put it away … Although with my new sewing room (inspiration in progress!) there shouldn’t be problems, if only I can somehow pick the fabrics/clothes to reuse scattered everywhere!
Make your own Ham!
Cut 3 times the pattern shape from cotton fabric (I’m recycling a duvet cover, if you use store-bought fabric cut it on it just once, the other two can be cut in white cotton), marking seams and darts with a felt pen or, better, a Frixion (affiliate link) pen (my new fav tool – you can delete it with your iron!!) onto one of the pieces that will go on the outside of the ham
Cut the same shape into the wool fabric, marking the same as you did in the cotton one
My pink Frixion (affiliate link) pen marks! Lovely, isnt’it?
One ham’s side will be in cotton, for pressing seams on fabrics which can be ironed with high temperature, the wool side will be useful for pressing seams onto fabrics which need low settings
Create two pairs of ham shapes, in this order:
- pair #1: put one wool piece with the right side facing the table; on top of it put a cotton piece (white, if you’re using it) no matter where the right side is;
- pair #2: put one cotton piece with the right side facing the table; on top of it put a cotton piece (white, if you’re using it) no matter where the right side is.
(I used the serger here too… lazy girl!)
… and press them toward one side (tip: press them all 4 inwards in one piece and all 4 outwards in the other, to reduce the bulk!)
Sew together the two halves, right sides together, matching darts.
Sew all around, leaving a gap between the top darts (the shorter ones, if you’re using my own pattern you’ve downloaded here (affiliate link), then turn the whole thing right side out.
Fill with sawdust, placing a bowl or a black trash bag open underneath: the mess is guaranteed, believe me or not!
The sawdust in fact ends up everywhere, and when I say everywhere …. You’ll thank me that you have put something below, trust me 😉
Use something like a wooden spoon to compress the sawdust and make sure that there aren’t points where it remains fluffy, otherwise our “ham” at the end will have an irregular shape (lumpy ham… bleah!) and will not stand!
Once filled to the brim (and I mean to the brim!) just pin and finish the upper opening sewing it by hand!
Vacuum cleaner anyone?