Just when you think you're the reigning Queen or King 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 regularly 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 bags are coming from overseas, containing potentially unsafe levels of lead. Great x2. Time to make your own: prettier, safer, and sturdier. Reclaim your throne, Queen or King of Green! And thank you for helping to keep single-use plastics out of the world's oceans.
If you're a regular Sew4Home visitor, you know we love aprons. And, we know you love aprons. This Kitchen Confections classic is a special favorite of ours that combines two pretty prints and two coordinating solids. It has a very vintage feel – especially with the sweet florals and pretty rick rack edging. Other fabulous details include form-flattering waist pleats and a quilted accent along the top of the bodice. Even the pockets have box pleat details, and by tilting them at an angle, they give the skirt a pretty pop of color.
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 steeping. It will also help keep your tea warm between cups. We offer free pattern downloads for the cozy itself as well as the cute teapot appliqué.
Show your team spirit with a fan-favorite tailgate apron in team logo fabric. Since Sew4Home is located in the Pacific Northwest, we chose Seattle Seahawks fabric for our sample apron, but there are lots of NFL® options. We've linked below to the current selection at Fabric.com and show some additional combinations. The logo fabric is augmented with both a solid and a stripe in coordinating team colors for the lining, pockets, and bottom accent band. Breaking up a busy print, like the team logo fabric, with more neutral tones and patterns adds interest and actually helps emphasize the feature fabric. Pick your favorite team and get ready to party!
No tea party is complete without tea towels. Ours are made of a beautiful natural linen, keeping true to the tea towel's heritage, which 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. We show you a unique method for hemming and applying the bottom border accent. And, there's a free template download for the sweet tea time appliqué designs.
If you watch the TV cooking personalities on air or online, it seems like food preparation is nothing but fun and games, from The Naked Chef to Chopped to Avec Eric. Since cooking is such a good time, you definitely need today's flouncy little apron to put you in the mood. There are three tiers of ruffles in a shorter, sassier style plus an extra flounce across the bodice. An easy-to-assemble pattern is offered below as a free download.
Like whipped cream on a plain piece of pie or a marshmallow dropped in a mug of hot cocoa, decorative stitches can turn an ordinary project into something special. We started with a basic bib and skirt design in two natural colors of cotton duck, then added multiple lines of 9mm decorative stitching. The result: our charmingly rustic Scandinavian apron. It's perfect to wear while you're whipping up a little appelkaka (Swedish apple cake) or chockladbullar (Swedish cocoa balls).
When a full-coverage apron can feel like too much, our lightweight half apron is perfect for casual cooking and serving. This little beauty is a fast, fun, beginner-friendly project that takes just a couple yards of fabric. Make one for yourself; make one for a friend... make enough for everyone! The design uses a combination of three coordinating fabrics; be creative with your color and design. The waistband and ties are surprisingly easy to make, but give the apron a pro finish. And the three jumbo pockets can hold utensils, recipe cards, or just your hands as you spin around the kitchen, lovin' your brand new apron.
Babies drool. It’s their job. Drooling is normal through the first two years of life since full control of swallowing and the muscles of the mouth isn’t fully developed until 18 - 24 months. Plus, babies who are teething amp up the drool factor. It’s kind of adorable, especially when they blow little bubbles, but it’s also rather messy and can cause the need for frequent changes of clothing as tops are soaked through. Our smallish bandana style drool bibs are a great way to keep your babe clean and dry… and cutie pie.
Start with an off-the-shelf hot pad and mitt set – we found ours for $2 – add some simple fabric and trim details and voila, stye on a shoestring. This fun project fits not only in the Fast Fridays category, but is also an excellent ScrapBusters project since you need just a bit o’ fabric and trim and a couple wooden buttons.