Tailor’s Hams as well as Waffles

Here’s my tutorial as well as free patterns for making pressing hams of different sizes. as well as as a bonus, you get my gluten-free waffle recipe.

I’ve been meaning to get an actual pressing ham forever, however instead I’ve just made do with my sleeve roll that has a rounded end. lastly I decided it was time to get a genuine tailor’s ham.

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After reading evaluations of commercially made hams, like the Dritz Tailor’s Ham*, I realized the “wool” side is usually some type of synthetic fabric, or a blend containing a little amount of wool, as well as it can melt if you are not cautious to utilize low warm on that side. They just don’t make them like they utilized to.

I’d seen tutorials for making your own ham, so I decided that was the method to go.

The technique with making your own pressing ham, though, is discovering something to stuff it with. pressing rolls as well as hams are traditionally stuffed with sawdust, however risk-free sawdust is difficult to find. As long as no pressure treated wood has been cut in the mix, sawdust is most likely not terribly toxic, however these days even ordinary lumber is all treated to prevent mold, so it’s more than just wood in that dust. I believe in Canada it’s unlawful to offer sawdust. So unless you can get sawdust that was made of cutting firewood or other virgin wood, I’d stay away from sawdust.

I’ve checked out other tips of utilizing shredded paper or material scraps. I envision serger as well as thread trimmings would work well, however I haven’t been saving them up lately.

I already had some pine shavings produced animal bedding, so I decided to utilize that. However, wood shavings are designed to be fluffy as well as difficult to compress. I’d checked out one more blog publish where the author thought about blending them up, however decided it would be a poor idea.

However, I have a super-duper blender. I utilize my Blendtec overall Blender* to grind grains into flour to make gluten-free waffles, as well as thin wood shavings are most likely easier on the blender than grinding up rice, right?

Pine shavings. will it blend?

Yes, of program it will!

I discovered it worked finest to blend about three cups of non-compressed shavings each time on speed 9. They mixed down to about a cup of sawdust.

The mixed shavings were still most likely a bit fluffier than actual sawdust, however they were much easier to compress than they were before blending. The mixed shavings did have an advantage over sawdust from a saw, though — there was much less fine dust in the mix.

I drew up a set of patterns for tailor’s hams in different sizes. print out both sheets, trim off one of the borders, as well as tape the sheets together, matching up the lines.

I made the second largest size as well as the smallest size. See the photo below for size reference. I plan to utilize the miniature ham for stitching bras as well as half-scale garments.

I cut one piece of wool fabric, one of cotton, as well as two of cotton muslin to underline both sides.

Here’s exactly how to sew the ham:

Place a muslin piece against the wrong side of each of the outer material pieces. stitch the muslin to the outer material between notches, 1/4″ (6 mm) from the edge.

Place the right sides of the outer material pieces together as well as stitch around the ham with a 1/4″ (6 mm) seam allowance, leaving the seam open between the notches, as well as backstitching at each end of the seam.

For the two smallest sizes, you can trim the seam allowance, however don’t clip it. Don’t trim or clip the seam allowance on the larger sizes.

Turn the ham right side out.

Then stuff sawdust (or other filling material) into the ham. pound as well as squish it to compress the stuffing. keep stuffing as well as stuffing, up until it is as firm as you can get it as well as you can’t physically get any type of more stuffing in there. This will take a while. I made the opening on the largest three sizes big sufficient to in shape a canning funnel* into. That should assist you fill it, at least up until it is mainly full. If you don’t have a wide mouthed funnel, you can make one by cutting the ends off of a plastic beverage bottle.

If you’ve stuffed your ham with sawdust, you will now have a horrible mess. get out your vacuum cleaner as well as vacuum the dust off of the outside of your ham.

Now hand stitch your ham closed, as well as get pressing!


When I was blending wood shavings, my child heard the blender going as well as came over, hoping the noise meant I was making waffles. So I had to make waffles right after I completed blending the wood shavings.

Here’s my “recipe” (or a summary of my haphazard method, at least) for making gluten-free waffles with a Blendtec* blender.

This makes a huge batch. even with a household of four pigging out on them, we have some left over for the next day. You can freeze any type of leftovers.

For grains to blend properly in a Blendtec blender, you requirement to blend 1.5 to 2 cups of grain each time (no more or less), so keep that in mind if you want to reduce the recipe to make a smaller batch.

I blend grains at speed 9 out of 10. If your blender just has high-medium-low settings, blend at high speed, though I’m not sure if it will work rather also keeping that type of blender.

Blend (2 cups at a time)
2 cups hulled buckwheat*
2 cups quinoa
2 cups brown rice

You can substitute other grains like millet (very dry, so don’t utilize as well much) or oats (medium dryness) for a few of the grains. A balance of dry as well as gooey grains works best. I suggest keeping the proportion of 1/3 buckwheat in the recipe, since it is nice as well as gooey. The waffles come out dry as well as crumbly without the buckwheat. (A caution about buckwheat – grind your own buckwheat flour from hulled buckwheat – don’t often eat industrial buckwheat flour that has the hulls ground up in it. Buckwheat eco-friendlies as well as hulls cause sun sensitivity. After eating just a bit industrial buckwheat flour on a regular basis for a few months, for an entire summertime I got hives every time I got the slightest bit pink from as well much sun. It took months for the impact to wear off.)

Put all of the flour in a big mixing bowl.

Add 1 1/2 to 2 Tablespoons baking powder and

1/2 teaspoon salt

Mix the dry components together in the bowl.

Put 1/4 cup of coconut oil or other oil in the blender jar.

Add your option of 2 eggs, 1 tsp sunflower lecithin powder*, or two eggs worth of egg replacer*. (Optional —makes the waffles a bit less crumbly.)

Add water up until it’s as much as the 3 cup measuring line. (You can substitute some type of milk for a few of the water for a richer flavor.)

Add 1/2 tsp vanilla if you like.

Blend at maximum speed up until the liquid is well mixed.

Pour the wet components into the flour. You will requirement to add more water or milk up until the batter is the right consistency, usually about 3 cups (but begin with 2). mix up the batter. The amount of water needed depends upon the mix of grains you use. Err on the side of as well thick, since it’s easier to get gluten free waffles out of the waffle iron if they are made of thick batter. plus it’s easier to add more water than more flour if you requirement to change the batter. You can likewise utilize this batter to make pancakes.


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