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Center Stage: How to Make a Custom Tablecloth (Regular or No-Sew) with Dimples and Tangles | #DurathonJennifer Griffin is the author of popular home design and DIY blog Dimples & Tangles, which she named for her two children. She’s a self-taught crafter, designer, mom and wife living in Edmond, Oklahoma. She strives to create a welcoming home environment and enjoys finding hidden treasures in thrift shops. You can find Jennifer in line for milkshakes at Braum’s or on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.

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Gingham is certainly hot in the fashion world this season. I love decorating and decided I wanted to incorporate some of the pattern into my home. Our family does a good deal of entertaining, and having tired of our usual table linens, I thought a gingham tablecloth would be a perfect new addition. Now, I know red and white check tablecloths have been around forever, but a different color combination of that same pattern opens up a whole new world of chic table setting options.

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It’s easy to make your own table linens. If you can measure, iron, and sew a straight line, you can make your own tablecloth. In fact, you could make one without being able to sew. Here’s what you’ll need.

Supplies:

  • Fabric of choice, yardage varies by individual table size (60″ width is best, pre-washed to avoid mistakes due to shrinkage)
  • Durathon iron
  • Ironing board
  • Tape measure or yardstick
  • Fabric scissors
  • Straight pins
  • Seam gauge or measuring tape
  • Sewing machine
  • Matching thread
  • Fusible web tape (if you want to make it no-sew)

See a detailed guide to using iron-on fusible web tape at DIY No-Sew Curtains Tutorial.

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For many of my DIY projects, I consider my iron to be just as important a tool as a hammer or screwdriver. Ever since I took Home Economics in 8th grade, I’ve learned the importance of pressing the fabric as you go during sewing projects.  

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Directions:

I began by laying the fabric out on the table to see how much would hang over the sides. On my table, I had about 9” hanging over on each long side, so I cut the length to allow for a 9″ drop on each far end. All tables will vary, but that made the starting measurements for my tablecloth 58″ x 94″.

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Next, I used a seam gauge to measure a ½” hem along each side, turning each edge towards the wrong side of the fabric. This is where the Durathon iron is an invaluable tool for any sewing project; as I measured, I pressed that hem into place.

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Then, turn your hem up one more time, so you have a finished edge, this time measuring 3/4″, and pressing with the iron as you go. This step makes it so much easier to put in a hem, and gives a more professional-looking finished product.  

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At this point, if you would like to finish your tablecloth without sewing, you could use some fusible web or adhesive hem tape inside the hem and press it closed with the iron, following the directions on the hem tape package. I expect to get heavy usage out of this tablecloth, and wasn’t sure how well the hem tape would hold up through multiple washings, so I decided to stitch the hem of the tablecloth with my sewing machine.

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If you’re sewing your hem, secure it with straight pins after your hem is turned up and pressed with your iron, so it is flat and ready to stitch. Then, head to your sewing machine.

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Stitch a straight seam on the wrong side of the fabric, close to the fold of the hem so it’s secure. Mine was stitched at about 5/8″ from the bottom of the hem, but this can be varied if desired. Be sure to remove the straight pins before sewing over them.  

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To finish, press your tablecloth one more time after the stitching is finished along all the edges. I like to use lots of steam, and the Durathon puts it out quickly! You’ll have a crisp, sharp edge that will make your tablecloth look fabulous!

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Table settings are kinda my “thing”, and I couldn’t resist setting a simple one to display my new tablecloth.  

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A few features I particularly enjoy on the Durathon Iron:

  • It shuts off automatically for safety if left face-down, but not too quickly. When working on sewing projects with long lengths of fabric like this, it’s annoying when the iron shuts off after just a few seconds.
  • It shuts off automatically after an allotted time period when left upright. I can’t tell you how many times I forget to unplug the iron! This gives me peace of mind that we’ll avoid a fire hazard.

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  • The weight is nice: heavy enough to press well, but not too heavy to lift and maneuver easily.
  • I already mentioned it, but the steam feature is fabulous! It’s so quick and powerful.  
  • Finally, the nonstick soleplate effortlessly glides across the fabric.

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With just a few clippings from the yard, some candles, woven placemats and my everyday white dishes, I’m ready in a flash to entertain.

Now, who is coming to dinner?

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Center Stage: Textured Throw Pillow DIY with @SewCanDo | with #Durathon by Hamilton Beach® -- a complete step-by-step how-to photo tutorial. It's easy - you can do it at home!Cheryl Bush is the blogger and creator behind Sew Can Do. She’s a self-taught crafter, designer and mom of three living in Michigan. She created her blog to showcase her tutorials and DIY projects, and now creates patterns and designs for magazines, fabric companies and book publishers. You can find Cheryl in her online shop The Green Hedgehog or on Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter.

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An easy and affordable way to update decor in any room is with attractive throw pillows. The best part is that a pillow with a high-end look can be sewn at home with minimal skills – and I’m here to show you how to do it. Making this designer-style textured pillow is simple with just a few key supplies and the help of a good, high-steam iron like the Durathon®.

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Scroll down for a list of supplies you’ll need for this simple DIY project and a full step-by-step photo tutorial.

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Supplies

To create the striking textured effect on the front of the pillow, I use a special polyester material called Texture Magic that shrinks when steamed. By sewing this to the back of the main fabric and then steaming it with a high-steam iron, it produces a beautiful crinkled look on the outer fabric.

Because of this, it’s important to select a fabric that is steam-friendly. Cottons, soft knits or linen blends are ideal and will texture well. One yard is enough for a standard 16″ square pillow. Using metallic thread for the topstitching will give extra eye-catching appeal.

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Step 1

Begin by pressing main fabric to remove any wrinkles. Cut one square that is 17″ for the pillow back and another that is 22-½” for the pillow front. Cut a 22-½” square from the Texture Magic material. This piece and the front fabric are deliberately cut larger, as they will shrink up about 30%.

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It’s alright if that material has some folds or wrinkles. They will be dealt with later when steaming, so don’t press them out.

Step 2

Put the Texture Magic against the wrong side of the main fabric and pin them together around the outer edge. Using a yardstick and disappearing marking pen, measure and mark 1″ vertical lines across the front of the fabric.

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Step 3

Repeat with 1″ horizontal lines across the fabric so that there is now a marked grid. Pin every few inches to keep things together for stitching.

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Step 4

Thread your sewing machine with the metallic thread. Using a stitch length of “3” and tension setting of “3”, begin stitching along each vertical line from top to bottom and then each horizontal line from side to side. Work slowly so the stitching will be nice and straight.

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Step 5

Now it’s time for the fun part – the steaming! To get the lovely even shrinkage desired, the key is a high-steam iron like the Hamilton Beach® Durathon iron. Select the Linen setting, fill the iron to the max line with water, turn switch to “full steam” and give the iron 2 minutes to fully heat. With the back side of the fabric up, begin steaming just ½” away from the surface. Work slowly so the polyester has enough time to shrink and be careful not to touch it with the iron to avoid melting the fabric.

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Step 6

Flip so the right side of the fabric is facing up and continue to steam. Once fabric is evenly crinkled, and will not shrink up any further, the steaming is done. Set aside.

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Step 7

Take the 17″ fabric piece, face up, and place zipper face down on fabric with one side of the zipper tape along top edge of fabric and pin together. Using a zipper foot, stitch along zipper edge with a ½” seam allowance.

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Step 8

Press seam open with the fabric away from zipper. Place this piece right side facing down on top of the textured front piece, lining up the remaining zipper tape edge. Pin fabrics together. Lay the yardstick along the raw edge of the back piece and trim off any excess from the textured piece so both pieces are exactly the same. Pin along the raw edges.

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Step 9

Stitch along sides and bottom with a ½” seam allowance. Trim close to seam and turn right side out. Insert a 16″ square pillow form and zip closed.

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You’re finished!

Decorate your favorite chair with your new DIY throw pillow and you’re all finished. Or make another one and have a matching set!

Pin your favorite DIY project and win a #Durathon iron in the Hamilton Beach® #Durathon Summer Crafts Contest. Then click to view the "Center Stage: Textured Throw Pillow DIY with @SewCanDo | #Durathon" for a complete step-by-step how-to photo tutorial. It's easy - you can do it at home!Center Stage: Textured Throw Pillow DIY with @SewCanDo | with #Durathon by Hamilton Beach® -- a complete step-by-step how-to photo tutorial. It's easy - you can do it at home! Pin your favorite DIY project and win a #Durathon iron in the Hamilton Beach® #Durathon Summer Crafts Contest. Then click to view the "Center Stage: Textured Throw Pillow DIY with @SewCanDo | #Durathon" for a complete step-by-step how-to photo tutorial. It's easy - you can do it at home!



 

How to Make Strawberry Jam in a Bread Machine

It seems to happen every summer. Whether you visit a berry farm or farmers market – or just have generous neighbors, you inevitably find yourself with a surplus of strawberries. Everyone enjoys strawberries fresh, but they only last for so long. Sooner or later, you have to use them or lose them, and no one wants to waste an in-season strawberry.

Read more about How to Clean and Store Berries.

How to Make Strawberry Jam in a Bread Machine

One of the best ways to preserve the succulent flavor of summer strawberries is to make jam. Stored in the fridge, you can enjoy strawberry jam for weeks, and in the freezer, up to a year. It’s a welcome a treat in the dead of winter, when you’ve been eating beef stew for days on end. So do yourself a favor, and preserve this slice of summer while you can.

How to Make Strawberry Jam in a Bread Machine

Strawberry jam, or strawberry preserves, can easily be made in a bread machine. Just add fresh strawberries, some sugar, pectin and lemon juice to a bread maker and start the machine on the jam cycle. After the automated cycle has completed, allow the jam to cool and transfer it to storage containers.

For fridge storage you can use glass jelly jars like the ones we used here, but don’t use them if you’re storing in the freezer. Frozen jam can expand and break glass jars, so look for plastic “freezer jars” or use plastic bags. When you’re ready to enjoy your frozen jam, just transfer it to the fridge and allow it to defrost overnight. Our recipe makes about six cups, so you’ll be stocked up for months to come.

How to Make Strawberry Jam in a Bread Machine


Bread Machine Strawberry Jam
YIELDS: 6 servings

This recipe uses a Hamilton Beach® bread machine and makes approximately 6 cups of jam.
Ingredients
6 cups strawberries, hulled and coarsely chopped
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 package (about 3 to 4 tablespoons) low or no-sugar needed pectin
1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Instructions
In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients. Pour into bread machine pan.
Using Cycle 9 Jam, start bread maker.
After cycle has finished, allow jam to cool about 1 hour before transferring to storage containers.
Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks or in the freezer for up to a year.
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Breadmaker 101: The Basic Guide for Using a Bread Machine to Make Delicious Bread at Home - with a bonus recipe for White Wheat Bread! From Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeachWhatever your taste preferences or dietary needs, you can satisfy them with Hamilton Beach® Bread Machines. Developed with nutrition in mind, they feature settings such as gluten-free and whole-grain so you can bake wholesome breads using a variety of flours.
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How to Make Quick and Easy Refrigerator Bread and Butter Pickles from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

In early summer, everyone’s gardens and market bags are overflowing with fresh cucumbers. It seems this time of year is known for finding ways to use them up or creatively give them away. So what can you make with extra cucumbers before they go bad? One of our favorite ways to get through the excess is these quick and easy refrigerator pickles.

Just a few turns of the food processor blades make quick work of an otherwise lengthy slicing task, so the cucumbers can start pickling right away.

How to Make Quick and Easy Refrigerator Bread and Butter Pickles from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

This recipe is for bread and butter pickles with a bit of spice from red pepper flakes, but you can easily use the same method to prepare dill pickles, spicy habañero pickles or salt and pepper pickles. If you like the way they turn out, remember this recipe come July, because it works with zucchini and squash as well.

How to Make Quick and Easy Refrigerator Bread and Butter Pickles from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach


Spicy Refrigerator Bread and Butter Pickles
SERVES: 32

This easy pickle recipe is great for using up an excess supply of summer cucumbers, and it takes no time at all with the help of a food processor for slicing. Be sure to have 8 (8 ounce) sterilized canning jars ready to go when you begin this recipe.
Ingredients
6 medium cucumbers
2 1/4 cups apple cider vinegar
1 cup sugar
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 tablespoon coriander seeds
1 tablespoon mustard seeds
1 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper
Instructions
Using slicing blade, with food processor running, add one cucumber to food chute. Process until completely sliced. Repeat process with remaining cucumbers.
Divide sliced cucumbers between 8 (8 ounce) jelly jars.
In a medium saucepan over medium heat, bring vinegar, sugar, brown sugar, coriander seeds, mustard seeds, dried red pepper flakes, salt and pepper to a rolling boil.
Stir and pour vinegar mixture evenly between jars. Let stand 1 hour or until room temperature. Cover with lids.
Refrigerate up to 3 months.
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How to Clean and Store Berries - perfect for summer, now that berries are popping up at the farmers markets!

In season berries taste so much better than out-of-season berries, and this time of year the grocery stores, berry farms and farmers markets are teeming with them. We stock up on the red, blue and purple fruits, and then we realize we have no idea how to store them properly. What are we to do? How can we possibly eat this many berries before they all go bad? Today, we will teach you how to take fresh, ripe berries and store them properly so you can avoid those moldy disappointments and last-minute rushes to make as many cobblers and muffins as possible for your neighbors. You’ll be able to use your gorgeous berries in all kinds of fresh dishes and smoothies, and you will know exactly what to do next time the kids come home from a berry farm field trip.

The instructions we have provided for cleaning and storing your berries are for strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and the like.

How to Clean and Store Berries - perfect for summer, now that berries are popping up at the farmers markets!

If you are planning to store your berries in the fridge…

keep them in their original container so they can breathe at around 32-34°F. Keep your berries dry. If they look too crowded or humid, you may want to lay a paper towel under the berries in the bottom of the container. As a general rule, avoid the crisper drawers at all costs as they are much too humid for sensitive berries. Wait to wash berries until just before you are ready to use them, then rinse gently under cool water. You can let them get closer to room temperature before serving to enhance their natural flavors. Berries typically keep in the fridge for two to seven days, depending on the type of berry. Generally, the more fragile the berry, the shorter it will keep.

If you are planning to freeze your berries for later use…

rinse them in cool water as you would before serving berries stored in the fridge, then allow them to dry completely. (Blueberries, by exception, should not be washed before freezing, as their skins become tough. Instead, wash them right before using after they’ve thawed.) It’s not necessary to freeze the berries individually on large, wax-paper lined cookie sheets first, though some sensitive berries, like raspberries and blackberries, can benefit from it. For heartier berries, just place them in a sealed container and freeze until ready to use.

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