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Hot Pads with Ribbon & Decorative Stitch Accents

Friday, 01 September 2017 1:00

Hot pads provide a great small surface to experiment with some embellishment. Obviously, since they will be around a heat source, you can’t go wild, but subtle touches are a nice way to inject a little style into these kitchen necessities. We used ribbon and decorative stitching. Remember, natural fibers are best as you don’t want to mix in any substrates that could easily melt. We selected linen and cotton for our fabrics and cotton twill tapes for the ribbon.

Easy Appliqué: Apple & Pear Kitchen Towels

Wednesday, 16 August 2017 1:00

It's time to pack up those pencils and pens and find the new backpack. School has started or soon will be starting across the country. If you're looking for a great welcome gift for a new teacher, these beginner friendly appliquéd kitchen towels are just the thing. A classic ticking stripe combined with muslin and rick rack makes the perfect homespun kitchen combo. Appliqué an apple for the teacher or a pear, or make them both. Of course, they'd also be a lovely gift set for the upcoming holidays. 

Fast Fridays: Half Apron & Napkin Set in Moda Toweling

Friday, 21 July 2017 1:00

Our Sew4Home Fast Fridays series brings 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! For this Fast Friday classic, you get two projects in one: a set of napkins and a matching half apron in Moda’s 100% cotton toweling. Toweling is a vintage style fabric that is usually pre-hemmed along the selvedge, so two of your seams are already done. That’s a darn good start to “super simple.” 

Floral Apron with Curved Skirt and Button Accents

Thursday, 20 July 2017 1:00

Celebrate the sweetness of summer with this lovely sweeping skirt apron. A nine-part pattern is offered below to create the beautiful bottom curve, the angled bodice, and the cute pockets. For our special finishing details, we added just the right touch of decorative stitching and used buttons to secure the ties. Slipping on this beauty will bring sunshine and flowers right into your kitchen.

A Penny Saved Suspender Strap Apron

Wednesday, 19 July 2017 1:00

Unisex in style, tone, and fit, this apron welcomes the rosy mornings of the season with a vintage, slightly distressed palette that echoes the warm browns, taupes, and reds of a gorgeous summer sunrise. Our final measurements are shown below, but it's easy to size the pattern up or down since the main panels start as simple rectangles. We provide the armhole template as a free download. With outdoor gatherings and celebrations filling up your schedule, wouldn't this apron make a wonderful host/hostess gift wrapped up with some natural wooden spoons, handsome metal skewers or even a vintage cookbook find?! 

Double Layer Half Apron with Fancy Details

Tuesday, 18 July 2017 1:00

With this design, we've packed a whole lot of style into one half apron. To start, why settle for a single skirt fabric when you can feature a double-layer of beauty?! We then added jaunty oval pockets trimmed with piping, pretty tucks on the flounce layer, and a rick rack hem on the underskirt. You'll find our famous Sew4Home detailed instructions and step-by-step photos to take you through each of these embellishment techniques. Remember, just because something looks super cool doesn't mean it's hard to do. We're here to help!

Tudor Style Apron

Monday, 17 July 2017 1:00

This apron was designed for the Elizabeth collection by Tula Pink for FreeSpirit Fabrics, and owing to the collection's name, our apron has a certain Elizabethan flair. In researching the best elements to add the flavor of this dramatic era, we came across an interesting tidbit. In 1574, the Parliament of England passed separate laws called "sumptuary laws" to govern the ways of dressing. Clothes with gold were reserved for the Queen and her relations. Only the royals were allowed to wear clothes trimmed with ermine. And you had to have some level of nobility to sport clothes constructed from velvet, satin, and silk or trimmed with fox and otter. Peasants were restricted to dresses made of cotton, leather, and wool. Today, you can make your outfits from anything you'd like. With this apron, we of course recommend the quality cottons of FreeSpirt Fabrics. We also suggest whipping up some hot cross buns whilst wearing it.

Floral Half Apron with Slash Pockets

Monday, 03 July 2017 1:00

It may be a half apron, but it’s full of pretty details. For yourself or as a delightfully easy gift, this pretty apron mixes a very lightweight solid cotton with a bold quilting cotton print. The gorgeous fabric we chose is from Jennifer Paganelli’s Color Brigade collection for FreeSpirit Fabrics. Its swirling floral motif and sunny color palette does the heavy-lifting to create eye-catching accents. And the solid sheer cotton helps keep the gathered skirt and wide waist ties soft and flowing.

Retro Half Apron with Matching Hot Pads

Thursday, 01 June 2017 1:00

This is the perfect kitchen gift set. There’s an adorable half apron with two matching hot pads. Bundle up the trio with a set of your favorite recipes and a few kitchen utensils to create a handmade-from-the-heart gift basket. As you can probably tell by the cool props in our photos, we're collectors of vintage kitchen goodies, so we recommend a bold retro print to capture our same vintage vibe, and we offer several brand new fabric combos below.