It's time for a spot of tea. Did you know to properly brew a pot o' tea, you should first warm the teapot by swooshing a bit of boiling water inside it. Then, pour the water into your teacups to warm them. Add teabags for your preferred strength (from two to four for a standard four-cup pot). Fill the pot with boiling water, stir, and let the tea steep for about 4-5 minutes. It's during this steeping time when you can run into trouble with the tea cooling too fast. So, pop on a cozy to keep things toasty while the tea is brewing. It will also help keep your tea warm between cups. We have pattern downloads for the cozy itself as well as the cute teapot appliqué.
We're continuing our fun working with the beautiful fabric options in Tula Pink's latest collection for FreeSpirit Fabrics: Elizabeth. 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.
It's getting to be time to Think Spring! We're starting to see some nice days among the last gasps of the winter weather, and there's work to be done while the sun shines. Whether you're prepping the beds for vegetable starts, planting a few early flowers, or just washing the car; our Garden Apron has a unique, split-skirt design that allows you to more easily move through all your outdoor chores. You can squat, bend, sit or stand without stretching, pulling or binding. We chose two tough denims from Fabric.com to make the apron a true workhorse, then added bold lines of topstitching, rivets, and adjustable ties for fashion and function.
"Snug as a mug on a rug." Just gotta say that and get it out of the way! Sometimes a placemat takes up too much real estate, and a coaster is too small to hold anything extra. A mug rug is bigger than a coaster but smaller than a placemat – just the right size at your desk, in the sewing room, or on a small end table in the living room or den. Our design adds a unique little pocket with its own napkin for truly self-contained snacking. We used scraps from Bonnie & Camille's Marmalade collection for Moda Fabrics and framed it all with coordinating rick rack. The combination of sweet colors and pretty prints really makes a difference on this small project. Be bold with your choices, mix and match to fashion your own look. For more on creating great combos, take a look at our tutorial: Mixing and Matching Designer Fabric Collections.
A stencil is a piece of plastic (or other sturdy material) with a design cut out of it. To decorate a fabric item with a stencil, you position it on the item, then while holding it in place, paint over the cut out parts of the template. When done, just lift it up to reveal your finished design. Voila, you've just stenciled. Even though stenciling is really popular right now, it's actually one of the oldest forms of human art. Stone age painters were using their hands as stencils on cave walls 35,000 years ago. The art form has been used continuously ever since.
Two hearts are always better than one, and our heart shaped oven mitts are the perfect pair. Designed to complement the recent Re-imagine & Renovate version of our pretty Heart & Ruffle Apron, these mitts slip on to your hands to give you a protected yet flexible grip for hot pots and pans. Patterns are offered for both the full heart shape as well as the unique curved pockets. A diamond quilting pattern secures the insulating layers of fabric, thermal batting, and regular batting, but you could alter the quilting pattern to best suit your fabric's motif and your personal style.
Some projects debut in such pretty fabric combinations, it can be a quite awhile before we come across another option we think can give the original a run for its money. But that's the whole idea behind our ongoing Re-imagine & Renovate series: to bring forward a favorite classic project for another look, in new fabric and with a new spin. Today we went from a bold damask in bright orange sherbet and candy pink to a delicate, lacy design in soft, chalky pastels. Recollection by Katarina Roccella for Art Gallery Fabrics is an eclectic collection with hints of artisanal techniques, like lacework, embroidery, stenciling, and tapestry.
Holiday get togethers and family celebrations are the perfect excuse to "get your girlie on!" These happy half aprons in two sizes are made in pretty quilting weight cottons that feature one of the biggest trends of 2014: metallic accents. But the secret to their perfect-partyness are the layers of colorful tulle under each skirt. We always like shopping at Fabric.com because there are so many different types of fabric to blend together into our projects. This week is all about last-minute solutions for your holiday list. We worked with our friends at Fabric.com to bring you some fun new fabrics made into gift ideas that are quick yet still very cool.
Which dish are you in charge of for this year's holiday celebrations? Will you be whipping up Nana's famous lasagna or maybe a warm pan of apple-cranberry crisp? If your culinary talents are on-the-go this season, you need a carrier that can keep your special dish toasty on the car ride there. Our wrap-it-up design includes a handy loop to clip a pot holder and an inside pocket for a serving utensil. It would also make a wonderful present for the foodies on your gift list. Make the pretty carrier, then wrap up a new baking pan you've filled with a yummy homemade treat!
We hope you've been enjoying our Fabulous Fall series with Fabric.com. Bringing you the tones and textures of the season has certainly been fun for us, and we round it out today with a cute panel-style apron (with a bonus matching hot pad). This is a wonderful project to play with a bold print and improve your fussy cutting skills. The wraparound pocket is a perfect match against the skirt.