Category Archives: Sewing, DIY & Recipes

Here you’ll find free sewing tutorials, my sewing and crochet projects, DIY crafts and (historical) cooking recipes.

24 DIY Christmas Ornaments & Treats – Craft-Along Advent Calendar 2020

Bake and craft along with me to count down the days until Christmas! Visit my interactive Christmas countdown calendar every day in December to open a door and find a DIY Christmas ornament tutorial or Christmas recipe behind it!

24 DIY Christmas Ornaments & Treats - Craft-Along Advent Calendar 2020

Merry Christmas and welcome to my Advent calendar 2020! 🎄 This year is the fourth year that I’m hosting an interactive craft-along Advent calendar on my blog. Continue reading 24 DIY Christmas Ornaments & Treats – Craft-Along Advent Calendar 2020

15 Victorian Bread Baking Secrets – Perfect Bread With Wild Yeast From Scratch

How Victorians baked perfect bread by making their own yeast at home from scratch. 15 Victorian bread baking secrets that are still useful today!

15 Victorian Bread Baking Secrets - Perfect Bread With Wild Yeast From Scratch

The Victorians usually made their own yeast at home from scratch, even if commercial yeast was already available. However, the Victorians believed that wild yeast bread from scratch was better, healthier, more digestible and more flavorful. So they made their own yeast at home with hops, potatoes, flour, peas or grapes. Over the years, I’ve tried different spontaneously fermented bread recipes from the Victorian era: Some failed and some turned out delicious! Continue reading 15 Victorian Bread Baking Secrets – Perfect Bread With Wild Yeast From Scratch

Ancient Grape Must Bread With Grape Yeast Water

Bake ancient Roman grape must bread with only 3 ingredients! This wild yeast bread with grape yeast water is so easy to make and so delicious!

Ancient Grape Must Bread With Grape Yeast Water

Grape must bread is an ancient wild yeast bread recipe: Pliny published it in Naturalis Historia in 77 AD! 😀 Because the Romans didn’t have commercial yeast back then they usually made used must or fresh wine to make their own yeast from scratch. Continue reading Ancient Grape Must Bread With Grape Yeast Water

Hops Yeast Starter – Victorian Wild Yeast Bread

Make delicious wild yeast bread with hops yeast water starter from scratch!

Hops Yeast Starter - Wild Yeast Bread

The Victorians usually made their own yeast at home from scratch, even if commercial yeast was already available back then. But they preferred bread with homemade yeast because it was more flavorful and healthier.

In the Victorian era, homemade yeast from scratch usually contained hops. Just like beer, hops yeast bread tastes bitter because of the hops. This bitter taste is unusual in bread but not in an unpleasant way. And besides the bitter taste, hops yeast bread is also very moist compared to other wild yeast breads. Continue reading Hops Yeast Starter – Victorian Wild Yeast Bread

Modern 18th Century Recycled Denim Stays – History Bounding

Modern 18th Century Recycled Denim Stays - History Bounding

I like to reuse old clothes: One old piece of clothing less in the landfill and a new beautiful denim corset top instead! Double yay! 😀 For these modern 18th century-inspired recycled denim stays I used one of my old jeans. Denim is a strong twill-weave fabric suitable as corset fabric. Because it’s a two-layer corset, it’s already so stiff that I didn’t even had to add boning. Continue reading Modern 18th Century Recycled Denim Stays – History Bounding

Victorian Graham Bread – No Yeast & Vegan

Victorian Graham Bread - No Yeast & Vegan

In the Victorian era, Graham bread was promoted as healthy bread. Graham bread is named after Sylvester Graham, a minister and dietary reformer. Victorians preferred white bread, whereas whole-wheat bread was considered rural and therefore inferior. Graham, however, argued that white bread is unhealthy because it was usually made from bleached whole-wheat flour at the time. No wonder that he propagated Graham bread as healthier than faux white bread that is loaded with toxic chemicals! Continue reading Victorian Graham Bread – No Yeast & Vegan

Victorian Salt Rising Bread – No-Yeast & Vegan

This old-fashioned salt rising bread has a mild taste. Unlike other salt rising bread recipes it has absolutely no cheese taste! And although it’s made from scratch, it’s quick to make: the bread is ready in just 7 hours! The Victorian salt rising bread is even allergy-friendly because it’s dairy-free, yeast-free, nut-free and vegan!

Victorian Salt Rising Bread

‘Salt-rising, or rather milk-rising bread[…] looks finer, tastes better, and is more healthy, beside being less work about making it than the common yeast bread. […] This bread if made aright, is white, moist, tender, [and] sweet’ (The Ohio Cultivator, 1859, p. 223).

The recipe for this salt rising bread is actually from the Victorian era, from 1859 to be precise! If you follow my blog, you know that I’m trying out old recipes from time to time: Victorian recipes, Edwardian recipes, Depression era recipes and sometimes even medieval recipes! And making this Victorian salt rising bread was on my list for a long time and now I finally made it!

The Victorian salt rising bread is the sixth recipe in my series about historical bread recipes without commercial yeast. Continue reading Victorian Salt Rising Bread – No-Yeast & Vegan

DIY Natural Wool Bone Dog Toy

DIY Natural Wool Bone Dog Toy

This DIY natural wool bone dog toy is a non-toxic, eco-friendly and durable toy for your best friend. It is absolutely safe for your dog because it is made from 100% natural (undyed) wool fabric! Your dog will love the toy because it smells of sheep. 😉

But this DIY knotted rope bone toy is not only durable and free from toxic chemicals, it is also so fast to make: Just cut wool fabric into long strips, knot them together and that’s all! You can even leave the raw edges unfinished because broadcloth fabric doesn’t fray. It doesn’t take more than 10 minutes to make this natural wool bone toy! So make one, or two … or even three of these toys for your playful doggo! Continue reading DIY Natural Wool Bone Dog Toy

How To Sew Scallops By Hand – Quick & Easy Hand Shell Edge

A vintage sewing hack how to sew perfect scallops quick and easy by hand! Embellish your dresses and blouses with a perfect scalloped hem.

How To Sew Scalloped Edge By Hand

Scalloped edges were very popular in the Victorian and Edwardian era: dresses, blouses, petticoats, chemises and nightgowns – all were trimmed with hand-stitched scallops. Continue reading How To Sew Scallops By Hand – Quick & Easy Hand Shell Edge