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.”
We've cooked up a great kitchen project. Hot pads are are small, simple shapes that cry out for mixing and matching. We stretched our possibilities by making a long, two-handed version. Kind of like those "idiot mittens" you used to have as a kid, one mitten on each end of a string running through the arms of your coat. However, we didn't think "idiot hot pads" sounded very good. I don't know about you, but I always set down my potholders on opposite sides of the kitchen so when I need both to pull something out of the oven or off the stove, I never seem to have two within reach. Problem solved, and a very pretty solution to boot!
Our final project for Moda Moms Week is a signature Sew4Home apron in the cheerful Little Miss Sunshine collection by Lella Boutique, which delivered this month to your favorite fabric retailer. We offer a full pattern download below that allows you to create the perfect angles of our Diamond Girl design. These patterns are a big job to produce in a way that works well for construction yet still allows you to output the pieces on your home printer. Please join us in sending equally big thanks to Moda Fabrics for their sponsorship support; it’s what makes offering this free pattern possible.
I think more things in life should be reversible. Having a string of bad luck? Flip it over, and win the lottery. Say something stupid to your best friend? Turn it inside out, and it never happened. Wake up to gray and rainy day for your family picnic? Reverse it to blue skies and sunshine. Sounds good, don't you think? Although I can't promise these awesome life swaps, I can guarantee you'll love this reversible apron.
This cute panel-style apron (with a bonus matching hot pad) is a wonderful project to play with a bold print and improve your fussy cutting skills. The wraparound pocket is a perfect match against the skirt. The solid color that frames the bib and the skirt gives the apron its clean lines and creates the panel-style of the name. Pay attention to your edgestitching for the best results on these accents. Our main fabric is a cotton duck, and we recommend this heavier weight for the body of the apron. The solid is a standard quilting cotton, and with the huge variety of colors available in quilting cottons, you're sure to find the perfect accent for your favorite fabric. The panel pocket is lined with quilting cotton to keep any thickness to a manageable level.
We're dreaming of Spring with this pretty little apron in soft florals from the Strawberry Fields Revisited collection by Fig Tree Quilts for Moda Fabrics. A nine-part pattern is offered below to create the beautiful curve of the skirt, 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 is sure to entice the sunshine and flowers into your kitchen.
As with so many things tea-related, the tea towel 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. Our Fancy Border Tea Towels are more casual than their noble ancestors, but are still a wonderful addition to any kitchen and a perfect gift for a wedding shower or house warming. This is a great project for your longer fabric scraps. We worked with width of fabric (WOF) pieces to make it fast and easy. Each towel starts with just one 4" and one 3" strip, which are then trimmed to fit the base towel.
Our charming apron blends three different fabrics to create a wonderful swirl of colors and motifs. You'll love the unique details that tie it all together: bound slash pockets, two gathered tiers for the skirt, and a framed bodice with a cross-tie at the top. Even with all these custom accents, this is still a very easy project.
The clink of ice swirling in glasses, card tables in the living room, cut crystal bowls of white mints with green centers, ashtrays... yes, there were lots of ashtrays. I have clear memories of peeking around the corner, watching the 'grown-ups' with cards in their hands and cigarettes between their lips, laughing, talking, playing bridge. Orbiting through it all was my mother, handing out appetizers, picking up crumpled napkins, and wearing a crisp hostess apron and high heels. Our own little episode of Mad Men right there in the living room. Our Cocktails At Eight apron tutorial echoes that bygone era of elegance with its rich taffeta, frothy organza, a gorgeous ribbon waistband, and a sprinkling of tiny, shiny bows.