What a Ham! Or I'm on a Roll.
After seeing the lovely large ham in the Marcy Tilton's sewing studio in the Craftsy course The Ultimate T-shirt, I have been obsessed with them. I kept visiting the maker of the hams website (Stitch Nerd), and admiring all the pretty things. I just couldn't justify spending the money on one. This is not to say that Stitch Nerd's products aren't worth the price. They absolutely are, just not to me.
So what is an obsessed woman to do? Make one of course. I found a few websites about making your own pressing equipment, and I was off. The only thing that I didn't have on hand was sawdust. While grocery shopping I stopped by the pet aisle to get some new toys for my canine children, and lo and behold, there it was. A bag of sawdust. Perfect.
I really like the shape of the Stitch Nerd's hams, and my intention was to make one as similar in shape as I could (spoiler alert-didn't happen). So I started playing with shapes on paper, keeping in mind I wanted this sucker to be BIG. As Shams from Communing with Fabric said, "I have never found myself thinking, gee, I wish my ham were smaller." Size does matter.
I used leftover fabric from lining my Minoru Jacket, it is a Alexander Henry fabric, Home Sewing is Easy, available online here. I think it is THE perfect fabric for a pressing ham, don't you? On the reverse side I used gray 100% wool fabric, which fortunately matched well with the cotton fabric. I say fortunately, because it is the only fabric I have that I am certain is 100% wool. I used two layers of fabric for each side, the interior layer is white cotton canvas, I'm not sure a double thickness is necessary, but I want the ham to last a long time.
|Looks more like the shape of a really large Easter egg, doesn't it?|
I was so pleased with the ham, that I decided to make a seam roll as well. The seam roll was considerably easier to stuff and compress than the ham was, and therefore quite a bit quicker.
A couple of hints if you decide to make one for yourself.
If you don't have a canning funnel, buy one.
Leave the hole for stuffing big enough for the canning funnel to fit.
Have a couple of buckets on hand, one to hold the sawdust and one to hold the ham while you are stuffing it with sawdust.
Get used to the fact that you WILL get sawdust on your floor. It just can't be helped.
Here are the finished items. I put the coffee cup there for size comparison.
The seam roll is 4 inches wide and 22 inches long, which I think may be too long, if it is, I will undo the stitching and make it smaller. The ham is 12 inches high, 8 inches wide and 24 inches around.
I am really pleased with both of these, I think they turned out really well, and I smile every time I use them.What do you think? Will you ever make your own ham or seam roll?
Here are links to the websites I referred to when making these.