DIY felt envelope clutch Image by: Ryan Brook
Stash your gift in a covetous little heathered felt envelope clutch you can turn out using minimal sewing skills – or none at all!
Felt is extremely easy to work with as the edges won't fray and the heavier gauge keeps its shape better than flimsier fabrics. Change the dimensions of your envelope to fit the gift to be nestled inside: this would make a perfect cover for an e-reader or a stylish sleeve for a laptop or tablet. A smaller sized version could easily stash cosmetics or jewelry. The reflective piping gives the bag a little edge that takes it from daytime gift-wrap to nighttime accessory.
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You Will Need:
- Heavy weight felt
- Sew-in piping (optional detail)
- 1 meter velvet ribbon
- Scissors, pins, coordinating thread, ruler, marker.
1. Cut your felt down into your desired dimensions – (ours was 16 inches wide) the longer your rectangle, the deeper the pouch. And fold the bottom edge up ¾ from the top.
2. Sew the piping along the inside top edge of your envelope.
3. Snip edges to align with sides of envelope.
4. Cut more piping to match the side measurements of the envelope. Insert between the two layers of felt (use pins to secure layers together if necessary.)
5. Sew all three layers together on each side.
6. Your envelope should look like this. If you can't sew, simply use fabric glue to secure the sides together.
7. Use a ruler to find the middle of your envelope. Fold your ribbon in half with right sides facing out.
8. Sew a few stitches to the inner fold side of your ribbon to secure to the lower half of your envelope approximately 4 inches from the bottom edge. Make sure you sew through only the top layer of felt so that you don't sew the inside shut!
9. Fold the top flap down and use a ruler to mark where the ribbon should come through the top. Use scissors to snip a small slit horizontally through the felt.
10. Feed the ribbon ends through the slit in the top flap and tie a bow to close.
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Everybody needs a go-to holiday sweater!
Whether you're headed to an ugly Christmas sweater party or just feel like looking festive this time of year, here are ugly Christmas sweaters—and a few pretty ones—to pick up.
Women's Ugly Holiday Sweater, $25,
Reindeer Turtleneck Blue Ugly Sweater, $140, etsy.com.
Curve jumper with bow, $60, asos.com.
Pugly Christmas Sweater, $34.50, ardene.com.
Lili’s Closet Starland Pullover, $128, anthropologie.com.
Light up Rudloph sweater, $39.50, ardene.com.
Boohoo Plus Gingerbrad jumper, $36, asos.com.
Merry Christmas Ya Filthy Animal Sweater, $30, blnts.com.
Girls Santa with Fuzzy White Beard, $30, blnts.com.
Ecote Starry Night Sweater, $72, urbanoutfitters.com.
Striped sweater, $75, gapcanada.ca.
Red Velvet Sweatshirt, $30, zara.com.
Reindeer sweater, $40, oldnavy.ca.
Urban Renewal Holiday Cardigan, $42, urbanoutfitters.com.
Urban Renewal Holiday Sweater, $42, urbanoutfitters.com.
Whoopi Goldberg Light up Christmas Tree Sweater, $179, thebay.com.
Printed Christmas sweatshirt, $13, hm.com/ca.
Whoopi Goldberg Alien Family Sweater, $179, thebay.com.
Boohoo Two Person Jumper, $44, asos.com.
Put your slow cooker to work and save time with these 20 easy and satisfying recipes.
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This recipe can easily be left to simmer away in a slow cooker for eight hours before adding the chicken. It yields a large quantity of sauce that freezes well if you're feeding a smaller group. Serve over hot steamed basmati rice.
This roast, inspired by a classic Belgian stew, is juicy and tender over mashed potatoes, and the leftovers make the ultimate hot sandwich. Cook the bacon and onion mixture the night before so it's ready to add to the slow cooker in the morning without a lot of fuss.
This beanless regional specialty is a point of pride in Cincinnati, where fierce loyalty divides the city over which restaurant serves the best version. Cooked low and slow, with the distinguishing flavours of cinnamon and cocoa, the meaty, saucy chili is served over spaghetti.
This mild, sweet curry has all the comforting flavours of a curry without too much spice, making it a great choice for the entire family. Serve over steamed rice or with warmed naan bread.
You won't believe how tasty and easy it is to make this classic dish in your slow cooker. A piping bag - or plastic bag - makes easy work of stuffing the manicotti. Serve with a tossed salad and garlic bread for an easy family-style dinner.
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My mother, Shu-Lai Fong, makes famous pressure-cooked black bean spareribs. They're the inspiration for this recipe, which is just as delicious but uses a slow cooker. You'll find bite-size bone-in pork spareribs at most Asian grocery stores, or you can order them at your butcher's counter.
This hearty sauce is best served over a short pasta with lots of nooks and crannies it can tuck into and cling to. This ragu also makes a delicious lasagna filling when layered with sheets of fresh pasta and ricotta and mozzarella cheeses. Cost: $2.15/cup
There are few things more comforting than a bowl of rich, creamy seafood chowder. Sweet, licorice-like fennel naturally complements the seafood. Serve with oyster crackers or crusty bread and a simple green salad for a complete meal.
Chorizo sausage and flavourful spices make this chili a real treat to come home to. Stirring in chopped herbs at the end adds a welcome touch of freshness.
Slow-cooked then quickly finished on the grill, sweet and sticky glazed ribs are guaranteed to impress your guests. Pork side ribs are also called St. Louis–style ribs, but back ribs are equally delicious.
Finally a flavourful risotto that doesn't need any stirring! Dried mushrooms work perfectly to create an earthy aroma, we've used dried porcinis here as they're readily available, but any dried mushroom will do. Hearty pot barley makes adds a healthful twist and doesn't become overly mushy - even after 8 hours.
Sweet honey and tender shallots mellow the typically strong flavour of lamb shoulder. Serve with roasted potatoes and steamed greens for a complete meal.
We've swapped beef broth for chicken broth and onions for tender leeks but kept all the flavour in this lighter version of classic French onion soup. When you get home, just toast the baguette, broil the cheese and enjoy!
This veggie-loaded chili is so hearty that even meat lovers will ask for seconds. To freeze it, cook as directed, but don't add the mushrooms. Cook them separately and add to the chili after reheating it. Serve with crusty bread to soak up every bit of sauce.
Inspired by the traditional Mexican tacos served with spicy thin pork slices and pineapple, this slow cooker version features pork shoulder broken into tender bite size chunks. If you don't want to serve these as tacos, try serving the pork on top of steamed white rice instead.
This all-in-one meal is a roast version of classic beef and barley soup. The barley thickens the cooking liquid to make a delicious gravy.
Using stewing beef instead of ground meat adds delicious bulk to this otherwise classic chili. Serve as is or use it as a topping for baked potatoes.
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