Velcro Pouch with Vinyl Lining

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Regular scissors
Clear vinyl
Bulldog clips
Double sided tape
Sewing machine
Basic sewing supplies

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Cut fabric and vinyl.  If you don’t have a rotary cutter, use regular scissors instead of fabric scissors to cut your vinyl.

Blue pouch dimensions: 12.5″ x 10.5″, lining 6.5″ x 8.5″
Purple pouch dimensions: 16.5″ x 8″, lining 8.5″ x 6″

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Line up lining fabric 1/2″ from the bottom and 1″ from each side.  Mark fabric with a pen or pencil.

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Fold over 1/2″ seam allowance and iron.

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Tuck fabric lining and vinyl into the seam crease.

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It is hard to use pins on vinyl, so I use bulldog clips.

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Add enough bulldog clips to secure.

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Fold over and iron the seam allowance on the other side.

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Pin in place.

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Sew 1/4″ from the edge.

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Add a second seam 1/4″ from the first.

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Only one stitch is necessary on the opposite side.

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Fold 1″ edge in half and iron.  Take care not to iron the vinyl as it will melt.

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Fold the edge fabric in half yet again.  Only iron the fabric far from the vinyl.

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Hold in place with bulldog clips on the vinyl and pins on a remaining fabric.

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Sew in place using the same double stitch you used before.  Repeat on the other side.

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Place velcro on pouch and stick to fabric using double sided tape.  Then stitch to fabric with your sewing machine.

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Fold up sides and stitch closed.

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You can add a decorative stitch down the middle of the vinyl if you wish.  You will be sewing directly on the vinyl, so to prevent sticking you can use a teflon coated foot.  If you don’t have one, I’ve read online that you can put clear tape on the bottom of your regular foot and that it works just the same.  Good luck and have fun!


Side by Side Meat and Vegetarian Chili

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My husband makes a nice and spicy chili.  He makes meat chili for himself and vegetarian chili for me.  This is his technique for making side by side meat and vegetarian chili.


1 tablespoon+ olive oil, divided
1 white onion
4 cloves garlic
28 oz canned crushed tomatoes
pinto, black, and kidney beans, 12 oz each
jalapeno, serrano, habanero peppers, more or less to taste
salt and pepper to taste
3/4 lb beef
1 cup thawed fake ground beef. I prefer Quorn brand.

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Heat olive oil in a large pan.  You will be cooking the base of the chili together before separating it.

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Coarsely chop onion.

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Finely chop garlic.

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Add onion and garlic to heated pan.

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Cook until the onion sweats and becomes transparent.

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Add crushed tomatoes.

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Cover, bring to a boil and then reduce heat to a gentle simmer.

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Open canned beans and rinse well.

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Add beans to pan and stir well.

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Cut up peppers as thinly as possible, removing the pith as you go.  Leave in seeds if you like things spicy!

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Add peppers to pan.

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Stir well.  Add salt and pepper to taste. Cook until the peppers are soft, about 20 minutes.

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While chili base is cooking, heat about 1/2 tbsp oil on high in a small non-stick frying pan.

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Add beef and cook on high to get a nice brown color.  Your beef may turn grey instead of brown if cooked at a low temperature.

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Drain fat from beef if desired.  My husband didn’t end up draining his because he used a very lean beef.

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Divide the chili base into two sauce pans.

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This is my favorite brand of fake ground beef.

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Add thawed soy crumbles to one of the pans.

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Stir well and continue to cook for about 5 minutes.

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Add cooked beef to second pan and mix well.

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Cook for 5 minutes.

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Serve chili with rice and shredded cheese if desired.

Funny Foam Mustache

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Mustaches are so fun!  I made these for my wonderful niece and nephew.  Their dog, Bean, even joined in on the fun!


Thick black foam sheet
Scrapbook paper
Card stock, any color
Free mustache template
Die cutting machine (optional)
Ballpoint pen
Craft knife
Spray adhesive
Scratch paper
Bamboo skewers
Black paint
Liquidtex gloss gel or gloss Mod Podge (optional)


Mustache template.  Click to enlarge and then save to desktop.

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Cut out mustaches using die cutting machine (like a Cricut machine) or by tracing and cutting by hand.


Place card stock on foam and trace with a ballpoint pen.  The pen will leave an indentation in the foam that’s easy to see.

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Cut out mustache using heavy duty scissors.

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Cut out the curl of the mustache using a craft knife.

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Use a craft knife to clean up the edges.

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Paint bamboo skewers with black craft of acrylic paint.  You may need to add multiple coats if your paint is thin.  I used two coats of thick acrylic paint.

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Place scrapbook paper face down on scrap paper.

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Spray with an even layer of spray adhesive.

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Carefully stick paper to the foam.

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You can add a glossy coating to the mustache if you wish.  You can also use Mod Podge if you don’t have gloss gel medium.

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While adding gloss, take care to even out streaks and brush marks.


Set out to dry.

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You can avoid using messy glues by sticking the sharp end of the skewer into the foam.


Decide which side of the mustache you’d like the stick to go into.  Put the skewer into the foam and twist back and forth until it’s firmly in place.

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