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Bold, Panel Pocket Apron

Thursday, 24 March 2016 1:00

This cute panel-style apron (with a bonus matching hot pad) 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. The solid color that frames the bib and the skirt gives the apron its clean lines and creates the panel-style of the name. Pay attention to your edgestitching for the best results on these accents. Our main fabric is a cotton duck, and we recommend this heavier weight for the body of the apron. The solid is a standard quilting cotton, and with the huge variety of colors available in quilting cottons, you're sure to find the perfect accent for your favorite fabric. The panel pocket is lined with quilting cotton to keep any thickness to a manageable level.

Soft Floral Apron with Curved Skirt and Button Accents

Monday, 15 February 2016 1:00

We're dreaming of Spring with this pretty little apron in soft florals from the Strawberry Fields Revisited collection by Fig Tree Quilts for Moda Fabrics. A nine-part pattern is offered below to create the beautiful curve of the skirt, 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 is sure to entice the sunshine and flowers into your kitchen.

ScrapBusters: Fancy Border Tea Towels

Tuesday, 12 January 2016 1:00

As with so many things tea-related, the tea towel comes to us by way of Great Britain where it originated as a special drying cloth for expensive tea services. Linen was the fabric of choice because its smooth, simple weave was unlikely to scratch fine china or glass. Our Fancy Border Tea Towels are more casual than their noble ancestors, but are still a wonderful addition to any kitchen and a perfect gift for a wedding shower or house warming. This is a great project for your longer fabric scraps. We worked with width of fabric (WOF) pieces to make it fast and easy. Each towel starts with just one 4" and one 3" strip, which are then trimmed to fit the base towel. 


Country Fresh Double Flounce Apron

Tuesday, 05 January 2016 1:00

Our charming apron blends three different fabrics to create a wonderful swirl of colors and motifs. You'll love the unique details that tie it all together: bound slash pockets, two gathered tiers for the skirt, and a framed bodice with a cross-tie at the top. Even with all these custom accents, this is still a very easy project. 

Cocktails at Eight Hostess Half Apron

Tuesday, 22 December 2015 1:00

The clink of ice swirling in glasses, card tables in the living room, cut crystal bowls of white mints with green centers, ashtrays... yes, there were lots of ashtrays. I have clear memories of peeking around the corner, watching the 'grown-ups' with cards in their hands and cigarettes between their lips, laughing, talking, playing bridge. Orbiting through it all was my mother, handing out appetizers, picking up crumpled napkins, and wearing a crisp hostess apron and high heels. Our own little episode of Mad Men right there in the living room. Our Cocktails At Eight apron tutorial echoes that bygone era of elegance with its rich taffeta, frothy organza, a gorgeous ribbon waistband, and a sprinkling of tiny, shiny bows.

Decorative Stitch Hot Pads: Janome Skyline S7

Wednesday, 16 December 2015 1:00

I know they say creativity is about learning to "color outside of the lines," but sometimes, the line is our friend. This happy pair of hot pads is all about the beauty of a perfect connection from point A to point B. We selected a wide stripe for the front, which we then highlighted with parallel rows of bright decorative stitching. The back has just the decorative stitching against a neutral background. We used our Janome Skyline S7 for precise and beautiful stitching row after row after row. 


Wrap-and-Go Quilted Casserole Carrier

Friday, 13 November 2015 1:00

One of the best things about the holidays is the chance to get together with family and friends around a beautiful table filled with traditional dishes. Maybe you'll be passing around Nana's famous baked ham, Aunt Sheila's warm apple-cranberry crisp, or your own delicious cornbread stuffing. If your culinary talents are on-the-go from gathering to gathering this season, you need a carrier that can keep your special dish toasty on the way there. Our wrap-it-up design includes a handy loop to clip a pot holder and an inside pocket for a serving utensil. This would make a wonderful present for the foodies on your gift list. Make the pretty carrier and matching mitt, then wrap up a new baking pan you've filled with yummy homemade treats! 

Pro Chef Half Apron

Tuesday, 06 October 2015 1:00

The original inspiration for this project came from our official Sew4Home You Asked 4 It list. When you send us a request or comment online about something you'd like to see, we add it to this list. Then, we refer to our list when we're creating new ideas. You wanted more aprons for guys, and your wish has been fulfilled by this Pro Chef Half Apron accented with stunning ribbon from Renaissance Ribbons

Witches Brew Halloween Apron: Fabric Depot

Monday, 21 September 2015 1:00

Cast a creative spell over all the little trick-or-treaters with this fashionable Halloween apron in a great combination of fabrics from the Spooktacular collection. When we first met with our friends at Fabric Depot about a Halloween project, we were almost overwhelmed by the variety of seasonal fabric options. We finally settled on the vintage look of Spooktacular from Blend fabrics. For those of you watching the witchy fashion blogs, you know there is both an original Spooktacular and a Spooktacular Too. We used elements from each. We also show you some of our other favorites from Fabric Depot's entirely enchanting Halloween selection


Sports Team Tailgate Apron: Fabric.com

Monday, 24 August 2015 1:00

Show your team spirit with a fan-favorite tailgate apron in team logo fabric. Since Sew4Home is located in the Pacific Northwest, we chose the Seattle Seahawks fabric for our sample apron. Our friends at Fabric.com have a great selection of NFL® team fabric, plus selected collegiate teams, in stock now in both cotton broadcloth as well as fleece. We augmented the base fabric with a solid and a stripe in coordinating teams colors for the pockets as well as a bottom accent band. Breaking up a busy print with more neutral tones and patterns adds interest and actually helps emphasize the feature fabric.