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This apron shot to the top of our Most Popular list the very day it posted, and although there have been many contenders since it was originally designed and unveiled back in April of 2010, it remains one of our Top Five Projects Ever. Of course, it HAD to be one of our R&R options: “Re-imagine & Renovate.” If you’ve been following us over the last week, you know our New Year’s resolution is to show you how one project can turn out an unlimited number of ways, depending on the choices you make with fabrics, trims and notions. Kick off your own R&R with a shopping trip for some fresh fabric, then use it to put a new spin on a favorite pattern. Our original apron had a very vintage feel thanks to its Simply Sweet fabric by Barbara Jones for Henry Glass & Company. We kept the sweet and added a little spice with a trio of Lecien Fabrics covered in bold roses, polka dots and tiny buds. It would make a dashing Valentine’s Day apron!

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This apron shot to the top of our Most Popular list the very day it posted, and although there have been many contenders since it was originally designed and unveiled back in April of 2010, it remains one of our Top Five Projects Ever. Of course, it HAD to be one of our R&R options: “Re-imagine & Renovate.” If you’ve been following us over the last week, you know our New Year’s resolution is to show you how one project can turn out an unlimited number of ways, depending on the choices you make with fabrics, trims and notions. Kick off your own R&R with a shopping trip for some fresh fabric, then use it to put a new spin on a favorite pattern. Our original apron had a very vintage feel thanks to its Simply Sweet fabric by Barbara Jones for Henry Glass & Company. We kept the sweet and added a little spice with a trio of Lecien Fabrics covered in bold roses, polka dots and tiny buds. It would make a dashing Valentine’s Day apron!

A big thanks to our friends, and Shopping Directory retailer, Fat Quarter Shop for co-sponsoring the series and providing all the fabric for today’s “Re-imagine & Renovate” project. We’ve worked with the great folks at Fat Quarter Shop since the very beginning of S4H, and we love them still. They have an outrageous selection of quilt fabric, quilting pre-cuts, quilt kits and patterns, and exclusive quilt clubs. And, they are always on top of the newest collections.

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The Fall 2011 Flower Sugar collections by Lecien Fabrics added “Hunky”, “Frilly” and “Dandy” to Spring’s already trendy “Gleam” and “Flare.” They sound like a stable of handsome thoroughbreds, but all five are actually gorgeous florals, both realistic and whimsical, that are easy to mix and match within or between groupings. Our new apron features Flower Sugar White Rose Dots on the front with Flower Sugar White Tossed Floral on the back and Flower Sugar Light Green Tiny Flower Dots for the accent ties and flounce. The entire thing is bound using Wrights Extra Wide Double Fold Bias Tape in Lime.

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Every fabric has its own beauty and its own personality, and how you use it in a project can transform cute and quirky into sleek and stylish. It can even flip girlie-girl flirty and floral into masculine bold and modern. It’s why we are so in love with fabric here at Sew4Home; we know what a difference it makes to the end result of a project. Add a little R&R to your list of New Year’s resolutions. If you are new to the world of mixing and matching, take a look at these four tutorials:

How to Create A Fabric Palette

Tips for Mixing Prints

Mixing & Matching Colors, Patterns & Textures

Making the Right Fabric Choice

And check out our monthly Love That Fabric features for our latest picks, such as Kokka.

To “Re-imagine & Renovate” your own retro style apron, go to the original tutorial. We made no changes to the instructions when making the new apron.

Retro Fun: Vintage Style Apron

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