Recently, we were looking at all our pretty spools of Aurifil Thread and thinking, “There are so many lovely possibilities, it’s making our heads spin.” Hmmmm. Spin means to go ‘round and ‘round. What if we spun these thread colors with circular decorative stitching? That would be round-tastic, which isn’t a word but is an excellent vision. We used our Janome Circular Sewing attachment and Aurifil 40wt cotton thread to create multiple rings of decorative stitching on a set of round hot pads. Interspersed between the decorative stitching are three circles of quilting stitches to hold all the layers together. The quilting was done in Aurifil thread that matched our fabric so as not to detract from the feature circles, 40wt in the top and 50wt in the bobbin.
Bold blocks of color define this classic cook's apron. It's a great project to take advantage of a fabric collection with larger motifs. If you're planning a dining extravaganza anytime soon, you should know 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 apron design has decorative stitching accents plus a clever towel loop, making it easier to dash from appetizers to main dish to dessert looking cool, calm, and collected.
Cuteness alert! These fast and easy baby bibs are pretty and practical. The front is made from Jelly Roll strips. We used the new North Woods collection by Kate Spain for Moda Fabrics. It’s officially a holiday collection, but the Scandinavian-inspired designs can really work year ‘round. The back is absorbent terry cloth in a bright lime green. And it’s all held together with an easy binding that turns into the tails that tie the bib in place.
“Industrial style” in the world of interior design has been on a steady upward path in popularity over the last several decades. It is so cutting-edge now, you can find its stripped-down functionality in both the trendiest creative work space or a multimillion-dollar NYC condo. The hallmarks are clean lines, simple patterns, and bold machine-inspired accents. We translated the style into this pair of tough oven mitts.
If you are one of the super-organized folks in our midst, this lovely apron could get you started on your holiday sewing (we are, after all, already half way through the year!). We selected a pair of quilting cottons with lovely gold metallic accents from the Rhapsody in Blue collection from Kanvas Fabrics. It’s a festive combination that’s perfect for a holiday gathering. But who couldn’t use a bit of sparkle to glamorize an everyday occasion?!
When you're on-the-go, eating at outdoor picnic tables or food courts, do you ever wonder where to sit or put your food? Sometimes those surfaces look a bit questionable at best. And, experiments with cold and flu germs have shown they can remain active on hard surfaces for up to 48 hours. Yikes! Our set of mini clean mats is a great way to help keep things sanitary. Not only are they cute as can be, they roll up and secure with a wrap strap so they're easy to carry. Lay them out anywhere for a clean surface: one for your meal and one to sit on. When done, simply wipe clean with a sanitizing spray.
A full-coverage apron is a true vintage classic. The longer skirt and over-the-head bib are serious about keeping you clean top to bottom. Our version is completely reversible — even the ties are double-sided. But what makes it extra irresistible is the Meow or Never fabric, the latest from Moda designer, Erin Michael. This collection was unveiled just last month at Spring Quilt Market and will be appearing at retailers this Fall. We were thrilled to be given some preliminary cuts to come up with a bit of pre-release inspiration.
When we moved to the country a few years ago, one of the first differences we noticed was the birds. In the city, there wasn't much in the way of bird diversity. You have pigeons, starlings and crows - not much else. But out here, we're surrounded by a variety of feathered friends singing, swooping and scattering as we drive down the narrow country lanes. This inspired us to create our sweet Spring apron to celebrate the beauty of soaring birds against the clarity of a sparkling blue sky.
Welcome to our newest feature on Sew4Home! Fast Fridays will bring you pretty and popular projects guaranteed to be super simple. They’re great for last-minute gifts or anytime you feel like whippin’ up something wonderful in no time at all. Of course they’d be perfect for beginning sewers, but we all love an easy project! Our first Fast Friday is a set of napkins and a matching apron in Moda’s 100% cotton toweling. This vintage style fabric is pre-hemmed along the selvedge, so two of your seams are already done. That’s a darn good start to “super simple.”