The Cover Trifle, Free Recipe & a Chance to Win!

SN1307 COVER 228x300 The Cover Trifle, Free Recipe & a Chance to Win!Have you been ogling the trifle on the cover of the June/July issue of Sew News? It’s super easy to make and will impress guests at your next get together.

Trifles are essentially a bit of custard, a spot of cake and a pile of fruit. The variations are limitless. The recipe I used to create the cover trifle will follow. Today, everyone’s a winner because the recipe is totally free. Plus the directions and template to make the Red, White & Blue Bunting table cloth are free as well. Click here!

But here’s a chance to win a fabulous gift pack and be featured in an upcoming issue of Sew News. Simply answer the following question in the comments section below for a chance to win.

What was the first project you ever sewed?

One winner will be chosen and contacted via email Tuesday, May 21st.  Good luck and have a lovely Monday.

Cover Worthy Trifle


Three 4 oz boxes of instant pudding mix, french vanilla

Two pounds of strawberries

Two pounds of blueberries

Two tubs whipped topping, defrosted

Two packages of lady finger cookies


Wash all the fruit and allow it to dry completely.

Mix up the pudding following manufacturer’s directions. Let chill in fridge.

Slice the lady fingers in half width-wise.

Slice the strawberries from tip to top creating 1/4″ slices.

In a large glass bowl or trifle bowl, cover the bowl bottom with pudding. Carefully place halved lady fingers around the perimeter of the bowl, sticking into the pudding for support. Place lady fingers atop the pudding layer inside the bowl. Layer another section of pudding atop the lady fingers until the pudding level is slightly higher than the lady fingers, touching the outside of the bowl.

Cover the pudding with blueberries. Add a second row of blueberries atop the first. Layer lady fingers atop the blueberries then pudding atop the lady fingers, allow the pudding to fill the bowl, touching the outer glass.

Carefully place strawberries along the outside of the bowl. Place lady fingers behind the strawberries for support. Add more pudding atop the lady fingers, and then place a layer of strawberries over pudding. Cover that layer with pudding.

Fill the bowl nearly to the top with pudding and lady finger layers. Add the whipped topping to the top, then layers of blueberries and strawberries in circular rows on top. Add lady fingers to create a small poof of whipped topping. Artfully add strawberries and blueberries to the top.

Refrigerator up to 3 hours then serve.

 The Cover Trifle, Free Recipe & a Chance to Win!
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45 Responses to The Cover Trifle, Free Recipe & a Chance to Win!

  1. Connie Perry says:

    The first thing I ever stitched was a quilt top for our son that was a ward of the state, (his mom put in a facility at the age of 17) I didn’t know how to quilt, or do machine embroidery. I am a digitizer but back then I knew very little. I worked on it for 3 months straight, asking every friend I had online, how to do this or that. I think the only time I wasn’t working on it was when I was sleeping. :) When it was finished I was stunned how professional it really did look and when I gave it to him he was in shock. I stitched every block with race cars and did the edging out of race car fabric. (tracks) That was so long ago, and to this day he still has that quilt. I made years ago… If it hadn’t been for wonderful friends online that helped with ALL of my questions, it never would of been completed.

  2. Patti says:

    The first project I ever sewed was a pair of shorts for myself. I remember having difficulty installing the zipper. I had to ask my mother for some help. After 30 plus years of sewing items with zippers, I think I might have it licked.

  3. Linda says:

    My first sewing project was a pullover dress my Aunt Keiko helped me make the summer after 8th grade. I got to pick out the material and she helped me through all the steps from laying out the pattern to machine sewing the seams then hand sewing the hem. The dress had an elastic waist, neck line and sleeves. I loved wearing that dress.

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  5. Enis says:

    The first sewing project I ever made was a pair of pants in Home Ec in high school. I was so proud of myself. I went to the local Kresge Store and bought some clearance lime green fabric. It was cheap and I was a student who was broke. Everyone made their projects in class and we were all so proud. Unfortunately I missed the part about backstitching at the beginning and endings of seams and the pants literally fell apart while I was wearing them. I can laugh today about this crazy story, but back then at 16, I was traumatized!

  6. Tish says:

    A little stuffed cat toy with a pinked edge, and colored with fabric crayons for my cat. She played with it her entire 18 years. I still have it somewhere.

  7. Elizabeth says:

    My first project I sewed was when I was little- waiting for my baby brother. I sew his first baby bib. Now a family heirloom, all the grandchildren have used this same bib.

  8. Roberta Schultz says:

    My first sewing project was clothes for my Barbie dolls. I loved making up fashions for them from my mom’s scrap stockpile. Then I moved on to comforters and home dec for my doll house.

  9. Dell M says:

    My first sewing project was an elastic waist mini skirt when I was 12.

  10. Val Almond says:

    my first major sewing project was making a small wardrobe for a teddy bear! everything turned out beautiful!

  11. Kate Petrosky says:

    The first thing I ever sewed was a dress for my doll, using the largest stitches imaginable (needle and thread) to get it done quickly. I was about 6 years old, and naturally, the dress fell apart immediately with these 3″ long stitches. I’m happy to say that I’ve improved my sewing skills over the years.

  12. Janet Uyeno says:

    A gym bag with my name embroidered on the front. This was the first project in the 7th grade Home Economics class.

  13. Louise Kilburn says:

    The first thing I ever sewed was a dress for my brand new Barbie doll when I was about 8! Stitched by hand of course :-) It was pink….and sparkley….and very short! My first machine stitched item was a bag i made in my Textiles class at secondary school – I still have it somewhere! Having not sewn since I left University about 15 years ago, my husband recently bought me a sewing machine for my birthday and the first thing I sewed was his sleeves! He had a sweatshirt which was too big in the cuffs, so I tightened them for him! Then I made myself a vest top with a pleat down the front, and darts! Loving being able to sew again, and can see myself making lots and lots more things in the future!

  14. Debbie W. says:

    After hemming tea towels to ensure that I could sew a straight line – I went off on my own. My younger brother had a stuffed bear named, BooBoo, that looked just like BooBoo on the Yogi Bear cartoon! I am sure I “borrowed” the fabric from my mom. It was some awful orange, yellow and brown floral print. I “designed” my own pattern and made BooBoo a sleeveless shirt trimmed in white rick-rack with a matching diaper. I can still envision that poor bear in his new outfit! But I remember being danged proud of my creation. My brother must have liked it, too, because I don’t remember BooBoo undressed after that!

  15. Joy says:

    The 1st thing I ever made was a turtleneck sweater for my Barbie doll. I was 11 or 12 and did not have a sewing machine. Everything was stitched by hand . The fit was great with one exception — you had to pull the doll’s head off to get the sweater on or off! Thus began my love of sewing.

  16. Cherie says:

    My first project was a tote bag.

  17. AZ Barbara says:

    I began learning how to sew when I was 4 by using my grandma’s fabric scraps to make Barbie clothes, if you could really call what I made at that age “clothes” ;)

  18. Phyllis Olejniczak says:

    The first sewing project I ever made was a dress for my Crissy doll when I was 10. My mom had a sewing machine she never used , so one day I decided I would set it up and play with it and some old rags . Before I knew it I was running down to the local 5 & 10 to buy Rick rack and I created what I thought as the most beautiful gown for my doll!

  19. Carol Gartrell says:

    I started sewing doll clothes when I was about 4 yrs old. I remember making a “straight skirt” for a doll and wanted it to have a kick pleat in the back, so my mother showed me how to cut and sew the little extra piece and I was thrilled!

    Now, I’m a bridal seamstress.

  20. Evelyn says:

    When I was 7, I made a hand puppet at a Brownie troop meeting. I learned how to thread a needle, how to sew a seam, how to hem, and how to sew on buttons — all by hand, of course.

  21. Cheryl says:

    The first things I worked on when I was around 8 was doll clothes. Then the first thing I officially made in a sewing class was a yellow apron for my mother.

  22. Gjeometry says:

    The first project I ever made was a small totebag out of a placemat! The edges were already finished for me AND, I didn’t have to learn to line, because the placemat was reversible so looked good from the outside and the inside. Not to mention, it also gave a new home (which wasn’t the landfill) to an unused ‘lone’ placement. I still have it!! :)

  23. Dee-Etta says:

    I made a travel pouch out of a pink hand towel and a white shoe string. I was in the 4th grade about 1973 and it was my first 4-H project. It was also the first thing my mother let me sew start to finish. I remember sewing on the shoe string and being allowed to push the reverse button – what power. And I hit that button at least six times, enough for the 4-H volunteer to say “Honey, I don’t think it’s going anywhere.” Made me proud…… I know she was being sarcastic.

  24. Happy M says:

    The first project I made was a flannel nightgown with my mother. It was a perfect first project as the risk was low–I was wearing it to bed! I learned about pattern layout, bias, gathering, inserting eyelet trim, button holes, hems, casing and elastic for the sleeves, and more. Now, I was interested and was old enough to handle all of these techniques. I will be forever grateful that she taught me! It has given me a lifetime of pleasure. Sewing has been a joy we have shared together for many decades.

  25. Cindy says:

    The first thing I ever sewed was a dress made from Strawberry Shortcake fabric at the Singer Sewing Center after school class. I have came a veery long way….

  26. when I was 12 years old I made a halter top at school took at least six weeks to make.

  27. Edna says:

    The first thing I ever stitched was a dress to wear to school; I had missed that day because I had nothing to wear. My Mother had to go to work, but before she left, she cut out a dress for me and placed the sewing machine on the kitchen table. I had to teach myself how to wind the bobbin, how to thread the machine AND how to sew the dress together. I even put in the zipper. The hem was a bit crooked, but I wore that dress to school the next day. I was 12, and here I am, still sewing (though a bit better at it), 43 years later.

  28. Maria Kievit says:

    Would have to be doll clothes when I was 8-10 years old, and soon followed with a night gown, skirts and a dress or two back in Holland.

  29. Colleen Lamarre-Treagan says:

    My first sewing project was a spring dress I made while living with my grandparents in the early 70′s. It was yellow polyester with an elastic waist and short sleeves. I remember I was very proud of myself for having figured out my Nana’s old Singer and getting it done with a minimum of instruction on either the machine or the pattern. when it came time to hem the dress, I stood on one of the chairs to my grandparent’s dining set and my Nana did the pinning. My grandfather sat across the table encouraging Nana to make the dress a bit longer, and I will never forget her saying, “Oh, A.T., this is not the olden days!’ I loved sewing as much then as I do now.

  30. Kaye Horne says:

    An apron when I was about 6, taught to me by a neighbor since my mother didn’t sew.

  31. Carrie C. says:

    My first project was an apron that I made using my Great Aunt’s treadle machine. I took me several trips around the corner to her house, but I was instantly hooked on sewing!

  32. My first project was a baby kimono made as part of a Camp Fire Girls “learn to sew” project sponsored by the local Singer store. The kimonos made by the whole group were shipped off to some “poor babies”.

  33. Carol F. says:

    The very first thing I remember sewing was doll clothes for my doll Gloria when I was 4 years old. I still have Gloria and she is still wearing one of the shirts I made. :)

  34. Niki says:

    A little crop top when I was 11 or so! Too bad I didn’t sew again for almost 15 years.

  35. Kathie Wasick says:

    The first thing I ever made was a simple straight skirt with a zipper and waste band at my Grandmothers when I was 9 yrs old. I was super excited. It came out beautifully and was a favorite until I grew out of it.

  36. Kimberlee says:

    I made a 4 patch pillow out of Chicago Bears fleece for my husband’s birthday

  37. Susan Shapiro says:

    My first project ever sewed was a pink skirt. My mother taught me and a friend to sew and the friend was way better than me. I met the seam ripper in that project, and it did NOT endear me to sewing. I’m h appy to say, as I’ve gotten older (more mature) I’m doing a better job, and although I SHOULD be acquainted with the seam ripper, I don’t fraternize with Her too much. I love sewing now.

  38. Anne Rita says:

    The first project I ever made, was an apron for home ec class in school. I still use that apron today, 30 years later :-)

    As a grown up, I enrolled a quilt class and made a little wall hanging with hand appliqued hearts.


  39. My first project was one yard apron. I gave it to my grandma for her birthday!

    She loved it!

  40. Arleen says:

    My first project was a blanket for my doll crib under the direction of my grandma. I must have been about 4 and I stayed with her while my mom worked. She cut the fabric out because I was too small and she was afraid I would hurt myself but I DID sew the ends with a needle and thread and placed it so proudly in the crib for Mary Hartline to sleep under.

  41. Bianca Springer says:

    The first thing I ever sewed was a hand stitched skirt for my Barbie doll when I was 8. I used a sock for fabric :)

  42. Shirley Mautz says:

    My first sewing project was a very simple apron. It consisted of one strip of fabric sewn on both sides top and bottom then finishing the sides but leaving an opening for that which was to be the tie. The bottom had a one inch hem and the top was a two inch casing for the piece of fabric that made for the tie belt. When it was finished, with the tie inserted, you would gather the material up and tie it around your waist. I was twelve years old when I made it. I went on in my 7th through 12th grade to create many things.

  43. Tina Crossgrove says:

    The first thing I ever sewed was a quilt square. I was so concerned with lining up the edges and the center of the triangles that it took well over two hours to sew!

  44. Barbara says:

    The first thing I ever made was Pajama pants for my three year old son. I used my Mom’s machine that I inherited, and didn’t change any of the settings…I even had to do a buttonhole for the drawstring! Pretty Ambitious. I’m shocked they held together though because the tension was so loose and the stitches looked AWFUL! Later I learned how to adjust the machine settings and am now much more confident that the items I sew won’t fall apart completely :)

  45. Savannagal says:

    The first project I ever made was a simple vest with an elastic piece in the back to draw it in a bit. It had 3 buttons. I learned to make it at a beginning sewing class. I made about 10 of them. It was the only thing I knew how to make.