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.
Why not add a little glamour to mealtime? Cute ruffles near the shoulders make these bibs look like they have fancy cap sleeves. We offer a full pattern download for those ruffles, as well as the body of the bib and the front pocket. Not only are they pretty, they’re also fast and easy. The layers come together with all-around binding that turns into tails to tie the bib in place.
Hot pads provide a great small surface to experiment with some embellishment. Obviously, since they will be around a heat source, you can’t go wild, but subtle touches are a nice way to inject a little style into these kitchen necessities. We used ribbon and decorative stitching. Remember, natural fibers are best as you don’t want to mix in any substrates that could easily melt. We selected linen and cotton for our fabrics and cotton twill tapes for the ribbon.
It's time to pack up those pencils and pens and find the new backpack. School has started or soon will be starting across the country. If you're looking for a great welcome gift for a new teacher, these beginner friendly appliquéd kitchen towels are just the thing. A classic ticking stripe combined with muslin and rick rack makes the perfect homespun kitchen combo. Appliqué an apple for the teacher or a pear, or make them both. Of course, they'd also be a lovely gift set for the upcoming holidays.
So easy yet so functional. The classic one-piece cut of this apron is a great style for most body types. We added facings to the sides of the bib, made these into casings, then threaded through an extra-long tie that acts a continuous drawstring, creating both the adjustable neck loop as well as the wraparound waist ties.
Our Sew4Home Fast Fridays series brings 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! For this Fast Friday classic, you get two projects in one: a set of napkins and a matching half apron in Moda’s 100% cotton toweling. Toweling is a vintage style fabric that is usually pre-hemmed along the selvedge, so two of your seams are already done. That’s a darn good start to “super simple.”
Celebrate the sweetness of summer with this lovely sweeping skirt apron. A nine-part pattern is offered below to create the beautiful bottom curve, the angled bodice, and the cute pockets. For our special finishing details, we added just the right touch of decorative stitching and used buttons to secure the ties. Slipping on this beauty will bring sunshine and flowers right into your kitchen.