Before you get started, have a look at the amazing ham and sausages that you lovely people have created. Perhaps you can find inspiration from them, or just marvel at their awesomeness, either way, go have a look!
If you’re here, it means you’ve heard about the ham and sausage challenge that I started to get beginner and experienced sewers alike involved in something fun.
If you don’t know what ham and sausages are then let me tell you; they’re probably one of the best things you never knew you needed! Not only do they provide unrivalled nourishment to a hungry stomach, they taste absolutely exquisite!
A tailors ham is a tool used to press curved seams, while the sausage, aka, a sleeve pressing roll, is used for sleeve seams.
I chose this project because of it’s simplicity and cost-effectiveness – anyone can do it! And at the end of it, you get something that will be of use in many future sewing projects!
There really isn’t much to it. All I ask from you is to make them as fun, as lively and as beautiful as you can! Let them represent everything you are.
Then post them online on any social media platform with the hashtag #hamsausagechallenge to let the world see what you’ve created!
Tell your friends, tell them to tell their friends, who should also tell their friends and let’s start a sewing revolution!
Materials and tools needed
- Any fabrics of your choice
- Although due to their role as pressing aids your fabrics will need to be able to withstand heat. So 100% cotton or wool would be the preferable choice.
- Wood shavings/sawdust
- Those of you living in the UK, Wilko’s do a large pack of wood shavings for £2, this would be more than enough for a feast full of ham and sausages!
- Scissors/rotary cutter
- Thread and needle
- Sewing machine
The sewing pattern
I’ve made a sewing pattern to make this challenge a little bit easier but you’re more than welcome to create your own. All you need to do is assemble the ham and sausage pattern and add your desired seam allowance.
If the pattern isn’t being printed at the correct size, save the PDF file and open within a PDF reader. In the file menu, click print. Under the Page Sizing & Handling section, make sure Actual size is selected.
- Print out the sewing patterns for both sausage and ham and cut two of each from your fabric.
- Place your fabric pieces right side to right side, stitch your chosen seam allowance round the perimeter but leave an opening for stuffing in the wood shavings as shown below by the dashed lines.
- Turn your stitched pieces inside out.
Tip 1: You may want to press in the seam allowance of your openings so that it’s easier to stitch together once stuffed.
Tip 2: Perhaps a makeshift funnel could help?
- Stuff your ham until it’s bursting at the seams… literally! Keep stuffing and when you feel that the fabric is about to tear, STUFF SOME MORE!
Tip 3: Smack it a bit to allow the wood shavings to pack together more tightly at the bottom of the ham.
- Once stuffed to your satisfaction, add more wood shavings then close up the opening with some hand stitches.
Tip 4: Try and keep the stitches as close together as possible.
And that is it! You should now have an amazing ham and sausage to join your other sewing tools!
Don’t forget to hashtag #hamsausagechallenge and share this around so that others can get involved. I’d also love to see your amazing creations so let me know once you are done:
Happy sewing! Any questions or problems, let me know 🙂