A full-coverage apron is a true vintage classic. The longer skirt and over-the-head bib are serious about keeping you clean top to bottom. Our version is completely reversible — even the ties are double-sided. But what makes it extra irresistible is the Meow or Never fabric, the latest from Moda designer, Erin Michael. This collection was unveiled just last month at Spring Quilt Market and will be appearing at retailers this Fall. We were thrilled to be given some preliminary cuts to come up with a bit of pre-release inspiration.
Welcome to our newest feature on Sew4Home! Fast Fridays will bring you pretty and popular projects guaranteed to be super simple. They’re great for last-minute gifts or anytime you feel like whippin’ up something wonderful in no time at all. Of course they’d be perfect for beginning sewers, but we all love an easy project! Our first Fast Friday is a set of napkins and a matching apron in Moda’s 100% cotton toweling. This vintage style fabric is pre-hemmed along the selvedge, so two of your seams are already done. That’s a darn good start to “super simple.”
We first met Vanessa at the 2015 Fall Quilt Market in Houston, Texas where she was introducing her latest fabric collection for Moda Fabrics. She's a talented quilt maker, fabric designer, and somehow balances it all with being Mom to two young kids. Her fabrics have a fresh, upbeat feeling that make you want to shut yourself in your sewing room and create, create, create. In fact, her recently released Little Miss Sunshine collection inspired us to do just that. We created our own super cute Diamond Girl Apron.
THE GREAT GIVEAWAY PORTION OF THIS ARTICLE CLOSED AT MIDNIGHT 05/20/16. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED.
We’ve had so much fun this week with fresh projects in new Moda fabric. Today, to wrap everything up, we have three additional collections that we didn’t use this time around but can’t wait to dig into for future inspiration. There's also have a set of cute custom gift tags you can download and print for Mother’s Day (and more). Plus, FIVE lucky Sew4Home visitors (one for each day of Moda Moms Week) are going to be winners in our Moda Take The Cake Great Giveaway.
It’s Day Three of Moda Moms Week, so of course we must have three pretty pillows. Thia is absolutely no problem when we’re designing with the latest cornucopia of color and pattern from French General: Ville Fleurie, which landed in-store and on virtual shelves this month. Here at Sew4Home, we’ve been French General fans for years. Their rich tones and intricate motifs are like opening a vintage treasure chest. In fact, much of the fabric inspiration is based on the unique French document collection, which French General founder, Kaari Meng and her husband JZ have been accumulating for over 20 years.
Day Two of Moda Moms Week! We all know most moms are going in a dozen different directions at once, which means they need a generously-sized tote to hold all their on-the-go supplies. Our Jelly Roll Jumbo Carryall fits the bill. We designed the modern skyscraper appliqué on the front and back to feature Valley by Sherri & Chelsi, which arrived in-store and online this month. Our “skyline” of Jelly Roll strips is set against a background of the new 45” Moda Barkcloth in Slate Gray.
Welcome to Moda Moms Week! To celebrate Mother’s Day coming up on May 8th, we have brand new projects your favorite mama is going to love. We chose four of the latest Moda collections that arrive(d) in-store and online at your favorite fabric retailer this month and next. The loveliness starts today with our Bloomin’ Throw, which we created to feature Bespoke Blooms by Brenda Riddle Designs. It arrives in May. The half square triangle design is echoed in the throw’s unique angled corners. And the fabric’s delicate colors and motifs are perfectly positioned from the center out to simulate a flower opening up to the sun.
Working with Moda pre-cuts often makes me hungry... the names are so tantalizing: Jelly Rolls, Honey Buns, Layer Cakes. Thankfully, pre-cuts have zero calories and it's fun to come up with creative ways to turn them into what we like to call "new fabric." For today's project, we used Jelly Roll strips from one collection and Honey Bun strips from another collection, proving once again, you can combine beautiful prints from different designers to create a your own unique look. Our pillow uses Jelly Roll strips from Christmas Spirit by Holly Taylor for Moda and Honey Bun strips from Sentiments by 3 Sisters for Moda. We created a fast, strip-pieced pillow with lovely seasonal colors and decorative stitch accents.
Reusable shopping bags are everywhere these days. In fact, in many towns and cities, plastic and even paper bags are simply no longer available in the check-out line. I love the sturdy fabric grocery totes you normally come across, and we've made a number of them here at Sew4Home (I've included links below). The only problem with the larger, heavier bags is remembering to bring them with you to the store! Today's final project in our Simply Color series with Vanessa Christenson and Moda Fabrics is a set of foldaway bags in their own carrying case. It's compact enough (just 5" x 7" x 2") to throw in your purse or keep in the car's glove box. But it still holds two generously-sized shopping duffles that will carry an amazing amount of stuff! The carrying case even has a handy front pocket to hold a shopping list, cards, keys and more.
People in general, and kids in particular, generate lots of bits and pieces of stuff: important forms, special coupons, lucky tickets, keys to long forgotten locks... there really isn't another word for it. If you look up "stuff" in the dictionary, there's probably a picture of the top of your desk! Keep your counters and other work surfaces tidier and your stuff more organized with a pretty framed pinboard. We found our simple white frame at a local craft store, however, you could also look at second hand shops or garage sales for old framed art; remove the art and replace it with your cool pinboard. The project uses just four Fat Quarters to create the front panels and pockets, and thanks to the variety within the Simply Color Collection by Vanessa Christenson for Moda, we had plenty of colors and patterns to choose from to perfectly match our décor.