When we're young, our parents are just our parents. Often, it's not until we're looking back over our shoulders or packing up boxes for an estate sale that we take a close look at their fashions and belongings and realize, "Wow... they were pretty stylin'." Today's stunning half apron design has a crisp, tailored look to it, and the jacquard ribbons from Renaissance Ribbons reminded both my sister and me of our father's favorite skinny striped ties, which he would wear tp work with a starched white shirt and a suit coat on even the hottest days of summer. Indeed... he was stylin'.
We first became aware of Jane Sassaman from her gorgeous ribbons for Renaissance Ribbons. They were like tiny versions of her amazing art quilts, which are appliquéd fabric collages. Since we were already fans, were thrilled to get some early samples of Jane's latest fabric collection for FreeSpirit Fabrics. Now we could go big with her unique colors and intricate motifs. In order to cover the largest space, we designed a reversible apron with a flattering crossover bib. Front and back – both in beautiful designs from Nouveau, giving you two unique personalties for your cooking and baking escapades.
Lighten up on the plastic wrap and aluminum foil and go green with these cute fabric bowl covers. They're great when you're dining outside. Slip one over an open bowl to keep dirt and buggies from invading the contents. When dining in, they're a good option for covering a dish you're bringing to a party. It's like a little bowl bonnet, and such a fun way to add a country-fresh look to your table. This is a super fast and easy project anyone can do, which is what our Fast Fridays series is all about: whipping up something wonderful in no time at all!
Clean and simple is usually Design Rule #1. But that doesn’t mean you can’t build beauty with the right combination of several special details. This adorable apron features: an empire waist, pretty piping accents, a double layer skirt, bouncy poms, and a unique oval pocket. Making it extraordinary is our use of fabric from the latest collection by master designer, Tula Pink. Monkey Wrench ships in September 2019, which means there’s a whole lot of colorful motif mischief coming soon to your favorite in-store and online retailers.
Hot pads and oven mitts are great, but sometimes can be overkill when all you need to do is protect your hand when holding a hot pan or pot handle while cooking. Time to downsize with a slip-on hot handle sleeve. Ours finishes, when bound, at approximately 3¼” x 6¼”, with the opening itself 2⅜” x 5¾”, which is designed to fit most standard cookware handles and is the same size as the options we found available from retail outlets. As always, we recommend testing the pattern against your handle of choice and increasing and decreasing as needed for your best fit.
The classic oven mitt presents an excellent surface for embellishment. As our embellishment option, we chose a Flourish Alphabet Monogram – one of the built-in designs on our favorite Janome embroidery-only model: the Memory Craft 500E. And, we’ve done this beautiful embroidery with three colors of Aurifil 50wt cotton thread. The result may just be the most stylish set of oven mitts ever! As a gift or for yourself, this is a fun project with a stunning result. We joked about embroidering a “L” on one hand and a “R” on the other — just in case you get your left and right confused when baking!
We’ve all heard the waiter’s common admonition, “Careful! The plate is hot!” At which point, we instinctively reach out to touch the plate… because we just can’t help ourselves! Hot dishes happen at home as well, and there’s usually no waiters to warn you about them. Instead, use our soup bowl cozy to protect yourself. Made with all natural fibers, it can go right into the microwave. So, even though they (who are they?!) always tell us only the food should heat up in the micro, we know that is not always the case. Say goodbye to “too hot to handle” with our cute cozies. But wait... there's more. These cozies work just as well to protect your hands from too cold dishes like, ice cream.
These apple and pear appliqués are so fresh and fun, we're tempted to take a bite out of our cute kitchen towels! If you're brand new to appliqué, this is a beginner-friendly design, and both the template download as well as all the technique steps are detailed below. A classic ticking stripe combined with muslin and rick rack makes the perfect homespun kitchen combo. Appliqué a set with all apples or all pears, or mix and match as we did, alternating the appliqués but keeping the main fabric and rick rack accents consistent for continuity from one towel to the next. They'd be a lovely housewarming or bridal shower gift... of course, after you make a set or two for yourself!
Why not add a bit of glamour to your little one's mealtime? Cute ruffles near the shoulders make these bibs look like they have fancy cap sleeves. We offer a full pattern download for those ruffles, as well as for the body of the bib and the front pocket. Not only are they pretty, they’re also fast and easy. The layers come together with all-around binding that turns into tails to tie the bib in place.
This project is a unique one for Sew4Home as we are using someone else’s pattern to create the final design. You might have heard the industry news this spring that Prym Consumer – the parent company of our sponsor, Dritz – acquired Amy Barickman’s Indygo Junction, allowing Prym to enter the market with clothing, apron, home décor, and craft patterns that naturally align with their existing options and tools. Dritz asked us to pick an Indygo Junction pattern to alter with our own Sew4Home Spin, a “pattern hack” if you will. Read on to see the changes we made.