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Sewing Circle – DIY – Scarf Tutorial – Braided Scarf

Free DIY Tutorial - Make your own scarf tutorial

Happy New Year Everyone. This year I decided it would be fun to start a new DIY  section to the blog. There are so many great tutorials on the web & I love sharing the things I find with you guys.

This week I found this really great tutorial on a Braided Scarf! Its so chic and easy to make.

Check out the tutorial here.

I will post a picture of the one I made next week.


Happy Sewing!




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Russian Pelmeni Recipe – пельмени

Russian Pelmeni Recipe - Natasha'

This recipe is for Russian Pelmeni along with a NEW dough recipe came from one of my favorite blogs, Natasha’  All pictures  & recipe are from there! I wanted to share since I love Pelmeni & she explaines the process really well. 


From Natasha’

 I  recommend a KitchenAid Mixer for the job and A Pelmeni Mold also speeds up the process. Pelmeni are a royal pain in the bottom to make. They are however, cheap and tasty . You will have enough for about 6 dinners with this recipe, so if you are up for suffering through the process once, you will have a nice stash of these in the freezer. Serve these in a good quality chicken broth, or boil and butter them up, then dip in sour cream, vinegar or ketchup.

Servings: Makes 180 + pelmeni
Cost to Make: $8-$10

Ingredients for Pelmeni Dough:
2/3 cups buttermilk
2 large eggs
2 cups warm water
1 1/2 tsp salt
7 cups plus 6 tbsp all-purpose flour

Ingredients for Pelmeni Filling:
1 lb ground turkey
1 lb ground pork
1 medium onion, finely diced
1 tbsp olive oil
3 garlic cloves, pressed
1/2 tsp ground pepper
3/4 tsp salt
1 tsp hot sauce, optional

Ingredients/ Ideas for Toppings:
Butter, melted
Sour cream, vinegar, ketchup

How to Make Basic Vareniky or Pelmeni Dough:
1. Using the whisk attachment on medium speed, mix together: 2/3 cup buttermilk, 2 cups warm water, 2 eggs and 1 1/2 tsp salt until well blended (please excuse the fact that this picture has the paddle attachment – I hauled my mixer to my sister’s house to make these and forgot the whisk!).

Pelmeni Recipe

2. Switch to dough hook and add 4 cups flour. Mix on speed 2 until well blended

Russian Pelmeni Recipe

3. Add 3 more cups of flour (one cup at a time and wait for the dough to become well blended with each cup).
4. Add the rest of the flour 1 tbsp at a time, until the dough is no longer sticking to the sides of the bowl (I used 6 tbsp). Once it is no longer sticking to the bowl, continue to mix 5 minutes. (Total mixing time is about 20 minutes from the time you start adding flour).
5. Place the dough on a lightly floured surface.

How to Make Pelmeni Filling:
1. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a medium skillet. Add onion and saute until golden and soft. Add garlic and saute another minute.

2. Mix together pork, turkey, onion & garlic mix, 3/4 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp ground pepper and 1 tsp hot sauce (optional).
The KitchenAid is very useful for mixing meat as well, so your hands don’t freeze even if your meat is cold.

If using a pelmeni mold:
1. Cut off about tennis-ball-size chunks of dough and roll out into a circle.
2. Place over mold. Place 1/2 tsp meat into each pocket space on the mold.

Pelmeni Mold

3. Roll out another chunk of dough and place over the mold.
4. Use a rolling pin, roll the top, working from the center – outwards until the pelmeni are well-defined.

5. Turn the pelmeni maker over and push the pelmeni out onto a well-floured cutting board.

6. Arrange pelmeni evenly on the cutting board, sprinkle with flour and place in the freezer. Pinch together any open edges on pelmeni or the meat will float out during cooking.

7. Once they are fully frozen, put them in large ziploc bags, sprinkle with flour and freeze them for future enjoyment.

To Cook Pelmeni:
Bring a pot of water to boil (add 1 tbsp salt for a large soup pot, or 1 tsp salt for a smaller 4 quart pot). Add FROZEN pelmeni and return to a boil. They should float to the top, then boil for 3 mintues longer (or until meat is fully cooked). Drain pelmeni and place them in a clean bowl. Toss pelmeni with butter and sprinkle with dill (optional). Serve them warm with ketchup, sour cream or vinegar (my personal favorite).

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Sewing Circle – Matryoshka Rice Heat Bag Tutorial

Matroyshka Rice Heat Bag

This week at Sewing Circle Lexi made this amazing Rice Heat Bag. I am always complaining about my shoulders hurting at work and after I used this little magical bag, I felt so much better. I thought this would be an easy sewing project and I bought this awesome Kokka Pink matryoshka russian dolls  material on . You can use any material that you want. I also got some white lining material. This is a really great easy sewing project.

Sewing Supplies Needed

Length 100 cm Width 32 cm piece of material (or any size you choose)
white rice (NOT instant rice!)
sewing machine & matching thread

My Material


1. Cut your material to the desired size. Mine was 100cm X 32 cm.

This picture shows the material folded

2. Cut your inside linning material the same size as the one above

3. Lay the matryoshka material face side down and put the lining material on top of it.  Fold the material and sew along the sides. Leave a small opening so you can pour the rice in.

4. When you are done sewing, turn the material right side out

5. Fill the bag with rice – you might need a friend for this. 🙂

6. After you fill the bag with rice, sew along the side with the opening. Now your rice heat bag is done!

7. Heat the bag in the microwave for 2 minutes and enjoy.

Lexi Meyerowitz 2011





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Anniversary of Sewing Circle :)

Hi all,

today is the 1 year anniversary of Wednesday Sewing Circle. This year I made 1 skirt, 1 yoga shirt, 2 dresses and half a jacket. (lol..still working on that one)

I would say, that is pretty good for the first year.

Five things I love about Sewing Circle


Fabrick and Thread

Strawberries, Blueberries & BlackBerries for Dessert

Sewing Machines

Sewing Circle Ladies 2011

Lexi Meyerowitz, Liliya Osinovskaya, Ira Osovskaya & Coco Osovskaya Sewing Circle 2011


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Sewing Circle Project – Oilcloth Lunch Tote Tutorial

I made the lining from Kokka Large Trefle Matroyshka Dolls and Mushrooms Oilcloth in Red and the outside is matching quilting cotton. Which means I can wipe down the inside, but I can’t wash it. Maybe not the best plan? A nylon outer would have been perfect, but she has been using this for 4 months with no issues so it worked out okay.  Get the Oilcloth Lined Lunch Tote Tutorial after the jump…

And remember to leave a comment…PLEASE 🙂

Oilcloth Lined Lunch Tote Tutorial

Grab your oilcloth and your lunch container.  Trace the outside of the container onto your oilcloth and add an inch to each side:

You have made the base of your bag. Now measure each side and decide the height of your bag.  Mine is 8″ tall. Cut two pieces of oilcloth the length of your base by the height of your bag plus 1″.  Cut two pieces of oilcloth the width of your base by the height of your bag plus 1″.  Repeat with the cotton or nylon.

Lay the base of your bag face up.  Lay one side piece face down with matching length edges aligned:

Sew in place with 1/2″ seam allowance.

Unfold and repeat on the other length side:

Test to make sure your container fits

Now lay a width side piece face down with edges aligned and sew in place with 1/2″ seam allowance.


Repeat on the other side with the remaining width piece.

Bring two sides of the bag right sides together at the corner and sew in place with a scant seam allowance.

Repeat on all four corners: your linning is now complete.

Repeat this process with your cotton or nylon outer, sewing the sides to the base

Then sewing up the sides at the corners:

Turn your oilcloth lining right side out:

Turn your cotton or nylon outer inside out.  Slip the oilcloth lining into the cotton outer and use paper clips or bull clips to hold together and the top edges (don’t pin through oilcloth, it will leave a hole).

Now it will look like this:

Cut a piece of 1″ wide cotton webbing (or make a strap) at whatever length you prefer. On each short side of your tote draw a one inch line in the center about 1/2″ down from the top.

Sew all the way around the top edge, stopping before your line at each side and backstitching.  You don’t want to sew the area on the line, that will be your turning hole.

Reach in through one of the holes and turn your bag right side out. This part is kind of a pain, but it must be done. Push out all of the edges and corners.

Now at each vertical edge of the bag, pinch the edges together and sew about 1/2″ in from the edge (this will stabilize the bag and lining):

Repeat on all four edges and along the bottom.

Insert your cotton webbing into the holes we left on each side and sew in place

Then I added a snap to the center, but depending on the shape of your bag you could leave it open, or add a button, a strap, velcro, or whatever you like.

And Finished!