Monday, January 28, 2013

Kitchen Appliance Cover

I've had my L'equip Wheat Mill for about 18 months and I absolutely love it.  I use it to grind wheat and even rice into flour.  I decided to make a wheat grinder cover so it doesn't get caked in dust.

I found this large, red gingham print at Ikea a few months ago.  Isn't it cute?  I absolutely love red.  It took me a long time to figure out how I was going to cover the wheat grinder because it has kind of an unusual shape.

Eventually, I decided to make a pattern of the top view of the wheat grinder, add 1/4" for ease, and a seam allowance. For the sides, I measured the height of the wheat grinder, and the circumference of my top pattern piece, so I had a rectangle, plus seam allowances.

I used a simple Blizzard Fleece from Joann's to give the cover some body.  I put my gingham on top, then a layer of fleece, and on the bottom a layer of white muslin.  I love the red piping at the seam line.

I finished the bottom edge with a simple 4-thread overlock on the serger.  I like this cover because it is completely washable and I can throw it in the dryer, too.

I have problems digesting whole wheat, so I first sprout my wheat berries.  After that, I dehydrate the wheat, mill it in the wheat grinder into flour and then make into delicious loaves of bread.  I'm actually expecting a new dehydrator in the mail as we speak.  Maybe sometime I will post about this process I've just described.  I like sprouting because it converts some of the carbs into a substance that your body processes like a vegetable, thereby lowering the glycemic index.  It also neutralizes phytic acid and increases the vitamin content.  I will never cook beans again without sprouting first!  This reduces the gas - if you know what I mean - by 90 percent!  Love it!


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