Just when you think you're the reigning Queen of Green – reusing and recycling your way through the day, someone rains on your parade. Stories have hit the media in recent years about everyone's favorite green choice: the reusable store grocery bag. Turns out we should be washing those things after each use or they can become a breeding ground for bacteria. Problem: if you've ever tried washing the ones you often get at the market, they start to fall apart or go as limp as week-old lettuce. Great. Then, more stories pop up that show many of these same bags are coming from overseas, containing potentially unsafe levels of lead. Great x2. Time to make our own: prettier, safer, and sturdier. Reclaim your throne, Queen of Green!
You are a Maker! You create beautiful things with your own two hands. The medium in which you work may be different: from flour and salt to flowers and soil to floral print fabric and seams; but your dedication to expressing yourself is the same. We’re excited to showcase our first project of 2017 for our dear friends at Renaissance Ribbons. Our Maker’s Apron is designed to hold whichever tools you use most in a lucky-thirteen set of pockets. And, the bib is detachable! The ribbon trim is designed in the perfect lengths to take advantage of Renaissance Ribbons’ awesome Sampler Packs. These are a wonderful (and very affordable) way to collect and experiment with a variety of your favorite ribbons.
With the wild weather that's been hammering most of the country, I think we're all ready to Think Spring! If you're starting to dream about prepping the beds for vegetable starts, planting a few early flowers, or just washing the winter road grime off 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 to make the apron a true workhorse, then added bold lines of topstitching, rivets, and adjustable ties for fashion and function.
It’s the perfect “protection pair.” A bib for baby and a burp cloth for the person holding baby! And, who says keeping clean has to be boring? We used two coordinating designer cottons with a layer of soft cotton batting in between. It’s extremely washable and extremely beautiful - and just a wee bit more fashionable that slinging a cloth diaper or dish towel over your shoulder. Cute and clean – that is a perfect pair.
The classic oven mitt presents an excellent surface for embellishment. For our First Project of the New Year, we’ve chosen a Flourish Alphabet Monogram – one of the built-in designs on our favorite Janome embroidery-only model: the Memory Craft 500E. And, we’ve done this beautiful embroidery with three colors of Aurifil 50wt cotton thread. The result may just be the most stylish set of oven mitts ever! As a gift or for yourself, this is a fun project with a stunning result. We joked about embroidering a “L” on one hand and a “R” on the other — just in case you get your left and right confused when baking!
If one of your New Year’s Resolutions is to do a better job using up the fabric you have on hand, this project is right up your alley. We collected leftover jelly roll strips from two FreeSpirit True Colors collections: some from Anna Maria Horner’s set and some from Joel Dewberry’s set, proving you can move out of your comfort zone to mix and match across collections and designers! We show you how to make a patchwork panel from which you’ll sub-cut horizontal accent bands to jazz up a store-bought flour sack towel (or two or three).
This hardworking denim cook’s apron is full of clever surprises. The most striking is its cool lace-up front, featuring bold Dritz® eyelets woven through with a tough boot lace. But there’s also a hanging pocket that moves the way you move, and a bright pop of color on the lining. Our thanks to Dritz® for providing the inspiration for the lacing in the form of their new Eyelet Pliers. You’ll love the easy way we came up with for creating an opening that’s beautifully finished from all sides.
If you want a truly hardworking apron, it’s hard to beat oilcloth. It’s durable, easy to clean (great when kids are involved), and the bold designs and bright colors are fun for any occasion – many with a retro feel. We chose our cuts from the amazing selection of oilcloth at Fabric Depot to create easy bound aprons in sizes for both kids and adults. Our thanks to Fabric Depot for underwriting the patterns, making the downloads free to you!
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 with trendy metallic accents. But the secret to their perfect-partyness are the layers of colorful tulle under each skirt. We have one size for big girls and one for their little helpers. The construction is the same, but we show you how easy it is to re-size and offer pocket pattern downloads for each size. Measurements for our aprons are shown below in the Fabric and Other Supplies Section.
It’s day three of our Aurifil 80wt designer series, and our final project highlights how wonderfully this thread performs for machine appliqué. There are lots of options for appliqué, which is essentially just adhering a feature fabric to a background or base fabric. But with machine appliqué, you need a quality thread that can both outline accurately as well as fill without obliterating the accent fabric. Aurifil 80wt performed fantastically in the outline stage, creating smooth even stitches. We then added overlapping lines of embroidery to simulate gingham. The resulting stitch work is so delicate and precise, you almost have to do a double-take to realize it’s stitching and not real gingham fabric!