I’ve always loved overalls. When my kids were small, they were my rough-and-tumble choice for play clothes. But, they’re a personal favorite as well because they have such a comfy, loose fit. We often look to clothing items as initial inspiration for our apron projects, and knowing that Dritz® had a great set of Overall Buckles and Buttons (a no-sew hardware product) made the choice clear. With its classic fabric combination and the tough Dritz® hardware, this apron has an industrial-strength look and feel serious cooks will love.
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. These adorable gingham fruit machine appliqué designs were custom digitized for the Aurifil 80wt ultra-fine thread. It 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 do a double-take when you realize it’s stitching and not actual gingham fabric!
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. As we roll into Spring, you should be able to spot great selections of oilcloth at your favorite online or in-store retailer. The binding, ties, and pocket lining are made from standard quilting cotton in coordinating petitie prints.
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. We used Dritz Eyelet and Eyelet Pliers, which made the installation fast and easy. You’ll love the clever way we came up with for creating a bib opening that’s beautifully finished from all sides.
Hot pads and oven mitts are great, but sometimes can be overkill when all you need is to protect your hand when holding a hot pan or pot handle while cooking. Time to downsize with a slip-on hot handle sleeve. Ours finishes, when bound, at approximately 3¼” x 6¼”, with the opening itself 2⅜” x 5¾”, which is designed to fit most standard cookware handles and is the same size as the options we found available from retail outlets. As always, we recommend testing the pattern against your handle of choice and increasing and decreasing as needed for your best fit.
What happens when you combine the wearable feature of an apron with the wipe-able feature of a towel? You get our Wear ’n’ Wipe Kitchen Towel Scarf. It’s fabric on the top so you can loop it around your neck, but at the ends of that fabric loop are absorbent towels. No more soggy dish rag slung over your shoulder – these towels sit right at your waist, where you need them most. Wipe your hands, wipe the counter, even grab a warm pan or dish. We added an optional button at the center to keep the scarf more secure. As you move around the kitchen, never again be without a towel when you need it!
If one of your New Year’s Resolutions was to do a better job using up the fabric you have on hand, this project is right up your alley. We collected a few 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 lovely apron pulls together three different techniques into one, fun project: our Everything Apron. It features embroidery, decorative stitching, and quilting. The base design of the apron comes from the Vintage Modern Pleated Apron from our Kitchen Confections Series. We added pretty new embellishments to give it an updated look with a little bit of everything for everyone.
When we're young, our parents are just our parents. Often, it's not until we're looking back over our shoulders or packing up boxes for an estate sale that we take a close look at their fashions and belongings and realize, "Wow... they were pretty stylin'." Today's stunning half apron design has a crisp, tailored look to it, and the Kaffe Fassett ribbons we chose from Renaissance Ribbons reminded both my sister and me of our father's favorite skinny striped ties, which he would wear with a starched white shirt and a suit coat on even the hottest days of summer. Indeed... he was stylin'.
While working on this gorgeous apron, I admit to humming that old nursery rhyme under my breath, “Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Sailor….” We absolutely love the vintage tailoring motifs that run through the Dapper collection by Tim Holtz for Coats. We took the theme and ran with it, designing an apron with subtle hints of bespoke couture. Along the bottom hem is a pleated accent panel that mimics the front of a tuxedo shirt – complete with five shirt buttons. Add to that, beautiful faux suede corner patches, echoing the elbow patches on a English Earl’s day jacket. A very cool double pocket graces the front, and leather lacing ties everything altogether. There’s even a matching oven mitt.