January 20, 2013 by Janna Roznos
I decided I needed a big pressing ham. I have a small one – but a BIG one is what I want
So I decided to make one.
I had saved the pattern for a pressing ham and instructions from the August/Sept 2012 issue of Vogue Pattern magazine. I used wool (scraps from a blazer I had made years ago) on one side and a quilting cotton (that I received in my quilt group) on the other side. I also cut an inside (underlining?) out of an old bed sheet.
Initially, I stuffed it with crushed walnuts, which didn’t work and the ham ended up much too heavy.
So, I tried wood shavings – actually aspen wood shavings that I purchase at the HUGE pet chain store we have here.
I made a funnel from an discarded file folder and used a wooded spoon to jam the shavings down into the ham.
I even just pressed the wood shavings with my hand, too. This is messy so I stuffed it outside.
And, finally I have a new jumbo sized ham.
After I cleaned it up (brushed off all the remnants of wood shavings) I brought it inside and gave it a good steaming with my new iron.
I have been using my jumbo sewing ham for the garment I am currently working on. I think I am going to try and make some more hams and try to stuff them even tighter so they are almost rock hard like the little one that I have.
But, in the interim, this one is just perfect.