Waffles!

Well, waffle cloth, at least.

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I had bought a few meters of this rather non-descript light brown waffle cloth a few months back and my intention was to make tea towels from it.  It’s the perfect kind of material for that purpose and, honestly, I’m not really sure what else you’d use it for other than place mats.  I have seen it used to make bathrobes but you’d need a heavier gauge cloth for that (and a much more appealing colour, too!)

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However, for my purposes, the colour doesn’t really matter.  Using white cloths in our kitchen is asking for trouble so the brown is doubly useful.  Honestly, we’re not filthy but….cats.  And toddler.

If you’re wanting to make few of these yourself, they really couldn’t be more simple.  Cut the waffle cloth to the size you want your tea towel, adding a quarter to a half inch.  You could be fancy and double fold the edges (hence, the half inch extra), or if you don’t care about appearances, you can just fold over a quarter inch and sew so that the edges don’t fray.  That’s the easy road I took.  I mean, come on.  They’re tea towels.  Ours won’t be for show so I wasn’t going to go overboard on the finishing.

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For mine, I cut the waffle cloth to 18.5 x 25.5. Then I picked out a few prints from my stash and cut a 5 inch strip the width of the towel from each print.  I pressed about a quarter inch under on each long edge of the strip, then I positioned the strip about 5 inches from the bottom of the towel.  A few pins here and there and then I sewed.  Since I was making these for myself, and wasn’t being too precious about how they turned out (seriously, they’re towels), I decided to use a few of the decorative stitches on my machine.  I’m really a straight stitch kind of girl but it was fun to see what my machine could doSo, experiment and have fun with it.  Theses really shouldn’t cost very much to make so if they’re less than perfect you can call it a learning experience.

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If I use the rest of the cloth for place mats I’ll definitely add a binding to the edges.  I’ve never sewn with waffle cloth before but I knew it wasn’t going to behave like my usual quilting cottons.  Let me tell you, stretch is a bit crazy on this stuff and yeah, some of my towel edges are a bit wavy to say the least.  However, I think they’ll straighten out a bit in the wash.  Again, not too worried because they’re just going to be wiping up who-knows-what in the kitchen.

For a couple of hours work (with a few breaks thrown in) I now have 4 new tea towels and cute ones to boot.  Added bonus, I get to throw out 4 old towels that have seen better days.

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Talkin’ ’bout my motivation

Because it’s the worst, let’s talk about fitness.  Specifically, my fitness goals.  As I mentioned in my New Year’s post, I’m biting off small fitness goal chunks (but not after 8pm because remember?  No eating after 8).

I have gone out running twice since my last post, and will do so again this evening.  Winter is actually the perfect time for me to get back into a running habit – I love running in the cold.  Not so much in the summer so that is going to be something I have to work on when the weather warms up.  I may have to look at doing more strength training or taking some fitness classes at my local community center (bless them and their air conditioned gym!) during the late spring/summer months to make up for the decrease in running.

In addition to the running, I’m going to set up a schedule for myself for doing some at-home work outs that involve using my own body weight.  There are a boat load of work outs of various length and difficulty on Pinterest and I’ve been filling up my fitness board (<- click the link if you want to check it out).

Now for the dirty truth – my fitness goals aren’t entirely based on a burning desire to be healthier and have more energy, although those things are a factor.  For this year, at least, my goal is to lose weight.  I’m currently at a size 16 (Canadian sizes) and while that number doesn’t really bother me, it does bother me that I have a collection of rad t-shirts that I no longer fit into.  I’d blame my boobs but let’s face it – the back fat is doing me no favours either.  As inspiration and motivation for myself, I’ve dug out those shirts and they’ll be hanging in my closet just waiting for the day when they slide easily over my body and don’t hug any muffin top.  I know, I know, the ‘experts’ don’t recommend holding onto clothes that no longer fit but to them I say ‘Pfffffft.  What do you know?’  Who wouldn’t be encouraged to lose weight knowing that this gem was waiting for them:

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