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Finished Projects

Alright. Last week was a whirlwind of birthday sewing and school work. I managed to make three jolly roger raglans for my nephew and two nieces. We went to my niece’s birthday party last Friday, she likes the movie Nightmare Before Christmas, so I tracked down fabric to make her this inspired hoodie. I think it turned out pretty well. She loved it and that’s all that matters.

Next I made one for my other niece. It wasn’t her birthday but since hers is in June and that isn’t hoodie weather…I went ahead and made it anyway. She’s our little firecracker. So, she got ninja unicorns and stars for her hoodie. I also found her fabric in a buy/sell/trade group so it wasn’t easy to find. I love the ninja unicorns though. They’re adorable.

I love being able to customize these for each kid. The inset pockets are my favorite part of this. I did mine a bit different from the pattern and they work out well. My kids love theirs.

The last one was fabric from Joann fabrics. This was for my youngest nephew. He just turned 5! This fabric is the doodle line at Joann Fabrics and is pretty reasonably priced. It was very easy to work with and didn’t roll as much as the cotton lycra I’ve used, which was useful when cutting. The blue fabric though- amazing. It’s a thicker feeling fabric and seriously nice to sew.

Sadly, he didn’t get thumbholes like my nieces. He does have the inset pockets at least. The fabric was a tad thinner than the cotton lycra and my machine kept eating the seam allowance. If I make another from doodle fabric, I may have to get hem tape or a thin stabilizer just to add some weight while sewing cuffs. I absolutely adore the Jolly Roger from Patterns for Pirates. There are so many sizes offered in the pattern and it is so customizable. I now need to make myself a hoodie using the Wonder Woman fabric I have been stashing for a rainy day.

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Teach Me Tuesday (on a Thursday)

I know, I know! It’s not Tuesday. I made these on Tuesday but they were for Valentine’s Day so I delayed in posting. Let’s get to it!

Hanging cell phone holders- easy gift for my kids. I winged these from a picture I saw on Pinterest. Now, you have to take in to account the size of your phone when making these. The giant washers- Walmart. I got these probably two years ago and never used them, they’re meant to hold a shower curtain. Genius. If I make these again, I have a few changes I will make, the seams were a bit bulky because I used scrap interfacing I had lying around so it’s thick- which adds a lot of bulk in the seams.

The basic shape is a rectangle. I cut mine 11″ x 7″ (height x width) and the pockets were about 6″ x 7″. For this, I cut two of each and only interfaced one side of each. Then I sewed up the pocket and attached it to the front side of the interfaced rectangle, sewing around the three outer edges. After that, I placed the last rectangle on top of the one with the pocket- right sides together. I sewed around with 1/4″ seam leaving about 3″ open above the pocket so I could turn it afterwards.

Once I had them turned, I ironed them to get them nice and smooth. To close the opening from turning, I top stitched around the entire thing with a 1/8″ seam. The next part was attaching the grommets.

The grommets came with a template. So, I found the center of each piece, lined up the template and traced the circle. Next step seems obvious- right? Cut out the circle.

Line up the grommet, then slip the top on and push it shut. Super easy!

These took me less than an hour to make. I do have modifications I’d like to make for future pockets, and that one seam on TheRebel’s is bugging me. It’s ok though! They liked them and we attached them by command hook to the side of their beds. The phones go in the pocket charging port sticking out. It keeps them from losing their phone and offers a convenient place to charge their phone.

Video tutorial anyone? Sloth wants to learn to make videos, so two birds, one stone!

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Works in Progress

I manage to get myself into a time crunch all the time. It’s ok though, I seem to work well under pressure! Next week I have birthdays to celebrate and the current state of my gifts- fabric! No worries though, I got this. I’m making two Jolly Roger Raglans from Patterns for Pirates as well as a fun birthday shirt for my nephew. I don’t have to worry about spoilers because they’re too young for social media.

I’ve also got my own Relaxed Raglan that I’m itching to sew and a pair of pants. Did I mention I’m a full time grad student too? I have several papers and discussion boards, a few tests and a million pages of reading. Still- no worries.

I’ll be sure to post completed pictures. Here’s just a sample of the fun fabrics I have managed to hoard. They were hard to come by and are all thanks to Facebook buy/sell/trade groups and eBay.

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Wings!

It’s no secret that my hubby and I love chicken wings. We are probably junk food junkies. However, that doesn’t always fit the lifestyle of a mom trying to teach her kids healthy eating habits. So what to do!?

Last year my mom gave me an air fryer for my birthday and I was at first slightly perplexed. I did take it for a test run when my mother in law was visiting to make some frozen mozzarella sticks and boy, were they good! So I started to experiment.

I made frozen chicken wings and they were ok. They weren’t amazing. In fact, they were a little dry! I knew we could do better. I Pinterest searched, I googled, I even poked around in the cookbook that came with the air fryer. I just wasn’t happy with anything I found. So I just went for it. I bought chicken wings, cut them into pieces and tried my hand air frying them. The wings themselves turned out pretty good. They weren’t super greasy and they had a bit of crunch. My problem was the sauces. I LOVE parmesan garlic wings. It’s the hubby’s fault. I tried a butter based recipe and while the taste was ok, it just wasn’t the same flavor that I wanted or enjoyed from a very popular pizza chain.

Tonight, I solved that problem. Hubs texted me around noon saying he wanted wings for dinner. So I did what anyone who is reading articles for grad school would do, I set that aside to search parmesan garlic sauce recipes. Ok, that is what I would do because I procrastinate, all the time!

In my search I came across this one from hellthyjunkfood.com and figured why not?! It was different and didn’t call for sticks of butter like the others I had tried. We bought packs of chicken wings from Walmart, chopped them up, and air fried them at 400 for 24 minutes on the chicken setting. Then we tossed them in different wing sauces. My absolute favorite was the parmesan garlic sauce! I even bought shredded parm to sprinkle over my wings after they were coated in sauce. Heavenly. Serious. They were amazing. I do believe the combination of roasted garlic and the herb blend just put these over the top. They were so delicious. The chicken was crisp on the outside while still juicy inside and tossed in sauce for wing perfection.

We also used a caribbean jerk sauce bottled by Great Value, Sweet Baby Ray’s Buffalo Wing sauce and Sweet Baby Ray’s Hickory Brown Sugar barbecue sauce. In all we had four very distinct flavors to satisfy everyone’s cravings. While Sloth only chose to partake in the bbq and parmesan garlic wings, TheRebel felt adventurous and tried to eat the jerk wings. She likes some spicy food, but these were a little much. Hey. At least she tried, right?! They had a sweet start and a nice spicy finish, and considering it was a Great Value brand- I won’t complain! They were pretty tasty. Check out pics below, and I’ll post the affiliate link to the air fryer I use.

Sweet Baby Ray’s Hickory BBQ Sauce
Sweet Baby Ray’s Hickory Brown Sugar Barbecue Sauce
hellthyjunkfood.com Parmesan Garlic wings
Parmesan garlic wings using the hellthyjunkfood.com recipe
Great Value Caribbean Jerk
Caribbean Jerk sauce, Great Value brand from Walmart
Buffalo wing sauce
Sweet Baby Ray’s Buffalo Wing Sauce
The wing spread
Don’t they look delicious!

Disclaimer: This is an affiliate link!

As promised, here is the link to the same air fryer I use.

It is the Power Air Fryer XL 5.3 quart, and when I am not using it, I store it on a shelf in my pantry. We have used this to make crispy french fries, wings, mozzarella sticks, and many other treats that we normally love fried- but without the actual frying. I will say that the “recipe” book that came with mine was painfully horrible to read. It had missing ingredients, little to no editing, and I considered it more of a guideline than actual recipe book. Do yourself a favor and search online for air fryer recipes, you’ll get actual user experience and better results.