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We love the retro look of tough-yet-soft ticking. It can stand up to those kitchen stains and spills. Our half apron design is beginner-friendly and fun to sew. Great for cooking your own family favorites or make one as gift.

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 outside of tow, we're surrounded by a variety of feathered friends singing,

An apron in flannel makes for some cozy cookin’! The ties adjust with grommets and knots to fit a variety of sizes. And rick rack around the bib and along the waistband is the perfect finishing touch. We made ours with pre-cuts.

It’s a utilitarian, get-down-to-business style that works well for women, men, even kids. You’ll love the tough riveted canvas, zippered pocket, and a cool slide buckle belt that cinches in place at waist or hip level.

No tea party is complete without tea towels. Ours are made of a beautiful natural linen, keeping true to the tea towel's heritage, which 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

If cooking makes you happy, you definitely need this happy little apron. There are three tiers of ruffles in a shorter, sassier style plus an extra flounce across the bodice. An easy-to-assemble pattern is included.

Like whipped cream on a plain piece of pie, decorative stitches can turn an ordinary project into something special. We started with a basic bib and skirt design in natural colors of cotton duck, then added multiple rows of stitching.

Scrumptious sherbet colors give this flouncy little apron just the right blast of spring sass. There are two layers, both fully lined, with a wide waistband and generous ties. And check out that jaunty diagonal pocket!

A heart-shaped bib, pretty ruffles rimming the edges, darts and pleats, all in a yummy combo of color and motif. This is one fun, flirty apron. And we make no apologies for its all-out “girly-girlness.” Shown in two fabric combos.

The original inspiration for this project came from our official Sew4Home You Asked 4 It list. When you send us a request or comment online about something you'd like to see, we add it to this list. Then, we refer to the list when we're creating new designs. You wanted more aprons for guys, and

Pretty points on the bib and skirt give this signature S4H apron its name, but we also think it sparkles like a diamond thanks to all the beautiful details. There’s a free pattern download to help create perfect angles.

We've cooked up a great kitchen project. Hot pads 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
I’ve always loved overalls. When my kids were small, they were my rough-and-tumble choice for play clothes. But, they’re a personal favorite as well because they have such a comfy, loose fit. We often look to clothing items as initial inspiration for our apron projects, and knowing that Dritz had a great set of Overall
There are lots of options for appliqué, which is essentially just adhering a feature fabric to a background or base fabric. But with machine appliqué, you need a quality thread that can both outline accurately as well as fill without obliterating the accent fabric. These adorable gingham fruit machine appliqué designs were custom digitized for
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 FreeSpirit Fabrics. We took the theme and ran with it, designing an apron with subtle hints of
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
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

Careful fussy cutting and renaissance details give this apron its unique style. Pattern downloads are offered for the bodice pieces as well as the pretty oval pocket. Originally done in the Elizabeth collection by Tula Pink.

It may be a half apron, but it’s full of pretty details. For yourself or as a delightfully easy gift, this pretty apron mixes a lightweight solid cotton with a bold quilting print. We added slash pockets and cute rick rack accents.

This is the perfect kitchen gift set. There’s an adorable half apron with two matching hot pads. Bundle up the trio with a set of your favorite recipes and a few kitchen utensils to create a handmade-from-the-heart gift basket.

Ombre is a French word for shading or graduating. In fashion, it refers to the graduation of color in a garment, such as when a fabric is very dark at one end and gradually lightens. With the multitude of tones to choose from within today's quilting cotton solids, we were able to achieve a beautiful
As sweet as…? You fill in the blank! For our part, we’re going to go with: as sweet as a fresh batch of birthday cupcakes with extra sprinkles. This pretty half apron is as sweet as that and more! In fact, it was so sugar and spice pretty, we couldn’t stop with just one, making
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

This panel-style apron (with a bonus matching hot pad) lets you play with a bold print to improve your fussy cutting skills. The wraparound pocket is a perfect match against the skirt, and a solid color frames the bib and skirt.

Pretty towels are a wonderful addition to any kitchen for yourself or as a gift. This option is great for longer fabric scraps. Each towel starts with one 4″ and one 3″ strip, which are then trimmed to fit a purchased base towel.

This charming apron blends three different fabrics to create a wonderful swirl of colors and motifs. You'll love the unique details that bring 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
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