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Double Layer Half Apron with Pockets, Tucks & More

Monday, 24 February 2014 1:00

We're spending this week In The Kitchen. And today, 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 familiar 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!

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You Asked 4 It: Pretty Teapot Cozy

Monday, 17 February 2014 1:00

We really do keep track of all the project requests we receive via email and through social media, adding them to our official "You Asked 4 It" list. Today, we check off another visitor's wish with our pretty teapot cozy. 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. And, because you only need small ¼ and ½ yard fabric cuts, it's also a great ScrapBusters project.

Tea Towels with Jumbo Ruffles

Thursday, 13 February 2014 1:00

We love Moda Toweling! How could you not love something that comes to you pre-hemmed into a handy 16" width - perfect for towels, curtains, pillows and more?! With the hems in place, this project is about as fast and easy as they come. We chose a beautiful solid natural for our tea towels, accenting it with bright wide ruffles and ribbon. But, you can also choose from toweling in a wide array of nostalgic prints in classic pastel stripes and plaids as well as pretty fruit and floral border prints. I think my grandmother had towels in all these patterns. They are 100% cotton and machine washable... so get ready to dry some dishes! 

Toddler's Laminated Cotton Project Apron

Thursday, 09 January 2014 1:00

Keep your tots tidy with this adorable apron for art projects and more. We used laminated cotton for a easy, wipe-clean finish. Everyone who's anyone is adding this wonderful substrate choice to their new fabric collections. We give you some tips for sewing with it (it's really easy), and a toddler-sized pattern to download. Depending on the child's build, it's meant to fit a toddler up to about a 4T to 5T. Whip one up, then whip out the poster paints.

Cocktails at Eight Hostess Apron

Wednesday, 18 December 2013 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' holding cards in their hands and cigarettes between their lips, laughing, talking, playing bridge. And orbiting through it all, 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 in our living room. Today's Cocktails At Eight apron tutorial features rich taffeta and frothy organza with a sprinkling of tiny, shiny bows.

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Pro Chef Half Apron with Renaissance Ribbons

Monday, 16 December 2013 1:00

The 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 today's Pro Chef Half Apron accented with stunning Renaissance Ribbons. Our thanks to Renaissance Ribbons for sponsoring today's project! You've made all those You Asked 4 It guys very happy.

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Heart & Ruffle Apron in Tangier Ikat

Wednesday, 30 October 2013 1:00

A heart-shaped bib, pretty ruffles rimming the edges, darts and pleats, all in the perfect combo of candy pink and orange sherbet. This, my friends, is a fun, flirty apron. And we make no apologies for the all-out "girly-girlness" of it. The  Tangier Ikat collection is by Dena Fishbein of Dena Designs for FreeSpirit Fabrics. Its Damask style design has a classic Ikat treatment where the edges appear to bleed into the background as if done with brush strokes. This ornate, wallpaper type motif was a perfect palette for fussy-cutting. The apron's bib is a match to the skirt right through the waistband, and the pocket blends into the skirt with only a ruffled top to give it away. If you're new to fussy cutting, we offer links to our full step-by-step tutorial as well as other projects that feature exact pocket matching. 

Festive Cook's Apron With Handy Towel Loop

Tuesday, 22 October 2013 1:00

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The year's biggest kitchen extravaganza is just around the corner. Thanksgiving, with all its aromas, tastes and family dynamics, is only a month away! It's a proven fact that a festive apron will make the day go more smoothly (we are not obligated to tell you who proved this). Our vibrant Thanksgiving apron design has decorative stitching accents and a clever towel loop, making it easier to dash from turkey to stuffing to pies looking cool, calm and collected - even with your mother-in-law watching from the sofa. The apron is fully lined, and even though it's not "officially reversible," it is pretty enough on both sides to wear inside out... a benefit when there's a gravy emergency.

Studs & Links Linen and Ribbon Apron with Renaissance Ribbons

Monday, 21 October 2013 1:00

Sometimes, the right ribbon can drive the feeling of an entire project. Today's Studs & Links ribbons from Renaissance Ribbons have an incredible three dimensional appeal and a tough yet tender design. From the Renaissance Ribbons collection by Raphael Kerley, these dynamic ribbons immediately caught our eye. We knew they'd be a unique and graphically bold option for a Steampunk inspired apron. The look of the ribbons prompted the use of rivets to attach the ties. Next up was the perfect fabric to carry the theme. We found that in the World Tour collection from David Butler's Parson Gray for FreeSpirit Fabrics. His Figi pattern has a starburst motif that appears fashioned out of wireworks, and the linen substrate has a soft drape and interesting texture that sets off the smooth and rich jacquard ribbons.

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Eclectic Elements by Tim Holtz for Coats - A Penny Saved Apron

Tuesday, 03 September 2013 1:00

Unisex in style, tone and fit, today's Eclectic Elements apron welcomes the first crisp mornings of Fall with a distressed, vintage palette that hints at the warm browns, taupes and reds of turning leaves. 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 holiday gatherings just around the corner, 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?! It's always fun when a fabric collection has such interesting motifs, like these little game pieces and price tags as well as the lining's dictionary pages; they inspire innovative gift giving ideas.

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