Tailor’s Ham; Sewing Ham; Seamstress Ham; That Small, Hard Pillow Thing You Can Iron Curvy Things With: whatever you want to call it, here is how you, too, can make one. They’re super easy and strangely satisfying to make, and hit. Really, if for no other reason, you should make one for the fun-to-punch factor.
-sheet of standard 8.5″ * 11″ paper
-1 fat quarter or 1/4 yard of cotton muslin
1- fat quarter of 1/4 yard of cotton print (or plain, if so wanted)
-1 fat eighth of wool interlock
(you can pick this up much cheaper if you shop Goodwill–look for wool coats or pants to cut up)
You can skip the wool. That side will be for ironing woolen fabrics. If you are skipping, one fat quarter of the cotton print will still be enough for the entire ham. You can get two cuts out of each fat quarter.
-sawdust or other materials you can pack firmly (fabric scraps were suggested on one tutorial I found. The store-bought hams usually are packed with sawdust or horsehair. I had access to sawdust, not so much the horsehair.)
Begin by making your pattern.
Fold the paper in half lengthwise and draw your cut-out markings as shown
I actually made my second ham with less cut out from the top, and liked how that turned out, as well–less pointed.
Cut away curves
trace onto material.
You’ll need four pieces total:
1 cotton print
***wool and cotton print need to be right sides facing***
Mark about 3.5 to 4 inch gap, for opening, along one side.