Today is the first article in our Sew It Up 4 Summer series: new and classic projects that are quick to create and a perfect choice for summer fun in the sun. One of the best parts of warm weather is moving meals outside. You can have a picnic on your own porch or patio. When dining al fresco, keep forks clean and napkins from blowing away with our cute little flatware pockets.
Sew4Home lives in Coffee Land. The beautiful Pacific Northwest is home to Starbucks® , Seattle's Best® and Peet's Coffee & Tea®. We're never more than five steps from a barista. However, we also like to have lots of ways to make coffee within the comfort of our homes. The French press style coffee maker has seen a resurgence of popularity in recent years. These contraptions make an awesome cup of coffee, but if you let the press stand for any length of time, the coffee goes cold. Enter the French Press Cozy, brainchild of Sew4Home seamstress team member, Julia Chapman. Her original design used an off-the-shelf placemat. We changed it up to be a ScrapBusters project. Stitch one up faster than you can say, "grande skinny double-shot latte hot vanilla no whip."
Sometimes our aprons are frilly, fun, and pretty enough to work as an "outfit-topper-offer." Today we have a hard-working, full-coverage apron built to get the job done. Best yet - it's still frilly, fun and pretty! We've done it up in vintage farm girl style with an over-the-head bib; a wide sash that ties low at the waist for a long, comfy look; and a deep bottom ruffle. It's completely reversible, even the ties are double-sided, so you can use lots of your favorite fabrics.
It's time to pack up those pencils and pens and find the flip flops. School's almost out for summer. If you're looking for a great end-of-the-year teacher gift, 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 as a set.
We're moving into shower season. Not April showers, but bridal and wedding showers. Today's ScrapBusters project is a great shower gift idea. Use some of the prettiest, springiest fabrics from your scrap stash, blending them together into a happy mix of pattern and color. Each oven mitt uses up to four different fabrics.
This drop-waist apron with its jaunty suspender clips is a S4H classic that's generated hundreds of downloads since it first debuted. We're featuring a second look at it today in a beautiful new blend of prints from the Ambleside collection by Brenda Riddle Designs for Moda Fabrics from Fat Quarter Shop. The soft color palette and sweet florals of Ambleside have a country garden feel, but with the added crispness of coordinating ginghams, plaids, and wallpaper stripes. Our friends at Fat Quarter Shop provided the yardage as sponsors of this new spin on a popular pattern.
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.