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.
Unisex in style, tone, and fit, this apron welcomes the rosy mornings of the season with a vintage, slightly distressed palette that echoes the warm browns, taupes, and reds of a gorgeous summer sunrise. Our final measurements are shown below, but it's easy to size the pattern up or down since the main panels start as simple rectangles. We provide the armhole template as a free download. With outdoor gatherings and celebrations filling up your schedule, wouldn't this apron make a wonderful host/hostess gift wrapped up with some natural wooden spoons, handsome metal skewers or even a vintage cookbook find?!
With this design, we've packed a whole lot of style into one half apron. To start, why settle for a single skirt fabric when you can feature a double-layer of beauty?! We then added jaunty oval pockets trimmed with piping, pretty tucks on the flounce layer, and a rick rack hem on the underskirt. You'll find our famous Sew4Home detailed instructions and step-by-step photos to take you through each of these embellishment techniques. Remember, just because something looks super cool doesn't mean it's hard to do. We're here to help!
This apron was designed for the Elizabeth collection by Tula Pink for FreeSpirit Fabrics, and owing to the collection's name, our apron has a certain Elizabethan flair. In researching the best elements to add the flavor of this dramatic era, we came across an interesting tidbit. In 1574, the Parliament of England passed separate laws called "sumptuary laws" to govern the ways of dressing. Clothes with gold were reserved for the Queen and her relations. Only the royals were allowed to wear clothes trimmed with ermine. And you had to have some level of nobility to sport clothes constructed from velvet, satin, and silk or trimmed with fox and otter. Peasants were restricted to dresses made of cotton, leather, and wool. Today, you can make your outfits from anything you'd like. With this apron, we of course recommend the quality cottons of FreeSpirt Fabrics. We also suggest whipping up some hot cross buns whilst wearing it.
When Vera Bradley's quilted bags hit the fashion spotlight, suddenly the style was all the rage. But those of us in sewing and craft have been quilting bags for years. We already knew it was beautiful and practical. It's still beautiful, still practical, and now it's also very trendy. Our basket-weave tote (so named because of the pretty diagonal quilting) mixes a quilted top with a plain base. We added sleek piping accents, a striking antler toggle button as a closure, and pretty over-the-shoulder straps. Fashion forward and uniquely you!
We love the idea of concealing a cutting-edge electronic device inside a vintage wrapper. Our Double Zipper Device Sleeve combines three nostaligic prints from the wonderful Eclectic Elements series by Tim Holtz for Coats. There's a great old-fashioned ticking stripe together with a print made up of retro rulers and tapes. The lining is a cool collage of vintage labels and pen and ink illustrations. Three generous pockets can hold a selection of devices. The inner sleeve is sized to easily accommodate a Nook®, Kindle® or iPad® Mini. Two 7" x 7" outer pockets can fit the smaller Nook® or your smart phone. The front pocket can be completely sealed with a zipper, so it could also hold a wallet and keys. Or... go ahead and push against the electronic grain by tucking an actual printed book or notepad into one of the compartments! Fusible fleece between the layers keeps everything soft yet stable. So many options in one convenient bag.
Tiny hands, teeny toes... babies are adorable little packages, but what they lack in size, they more than make up for in volume. Leaving the house with a baby can feel like provisioning for an Arctic adventure. You need a generous diaper bag to handle the task. Our Little Sunshine Tote features wipe-clean cotton laminate on the outside and a PUL lining. With 5" boxed corners, this tote opens wide, and there are plenty of pockets to store all the necessities: two small and two large pockets on the inside plus a handy side bottle pocket and zippered pouch on the outside. It's lightweight but hard-working.
Our backpack has classic carryall styling: from the padded adjustable straps to the fold-over flap with a magnetic clasp to the fully-finished front zippered pocket. It's a great day pack created in beautiful fabric: fashion meets function. We used Hawthorne Threads digitally printed fabric in a quilting-weight cotton. Thanks to a high thread count, this traditional weight feels smoother and a bit heavier than traditional collections. We loved working with it. Even better news: Hawthorne Threads now offers their in-house collections in a variety of substrates. Most designs are available in standard 100% quilting cotton, organic 100% quilting cotton, poplin, rayon, and linen cotton canvas!
This crisp, cute bag looks like we grabbed it right off the shelf of the trendiest high-end boutique. Its bucket shape and cinched top is a silhouette that remains popular season after season. We made the design our own by creating the sample in a modern canvas with polished nickel hardware and a matching twisted cord for the signature drawstring closure. It has a casual nautical feel – perfect for the warmer days ahead. Or, switch out the fabrics for a bag that can take you into Fall and Winter. Whatever your choice, it's easy to set a course for style. We used and recommend a mid-weight cotton canvas for the best result, and there are lots of great options to explore from a variety of designers. We're always impressed by the selection at Robert Kaufman, Kokka, and Premier Prints. We also liked Cloud9 GeoCentric Zig Zag Organic Cavas which we found at Harts Fabric.