Like whipped cream on a plain piece of pie or a marshmallow dropped in a mug of hot cocoa, decorative stitches can turn an ordinary project into something special. We started with a basic bib and skirt design in two natural colors of cotton duck, then added multiple lines of 9mm decorative stitching. The result: our charmingly rustic Scandinavian apron. It's perfect to wear while you're whipping up a little appelkaka (Swedish apple cake) or chockladbullar (Swedish cocoa balls).
One appliance that gets almost daily use in most kitchens is the trusty toaster. With all that hard work, it usually ends up looking a bit worse-for-wear. Maybe it's banged up around the edges, for sure there are crumbs aplenty, perhaps a there's a small scorched area from the Raisin Bread Affair of 2012. All in all, it isn't the prettiest member of the kitchen family. Keep it accessible yet under wraps with our trendy toaster cover. Our clever cozy features a pretty patchwork accent strip, bright piping all around, and an easy-tie handle so it's fast to whip it off or drop it back on. Now you see it... now you don't!
These clever hot pads are the best of both worlds: a 7" x 9" insulated rectangle for grab-and-go convenience with a back slip-in pocket for the added agility of an oven mitt. It's a great vintage-style combo. Plus, you can make our two hot pads from just three fat quarters! Do you love that matching apron in the photo above? It's also made from completely from fat quarters. Isn't it fun to mix and match?!
Today we have a very tasty tutorial for our Kitchen Week: a quilted table runner with a pretty patchwork center that features four 'flying geese' blocks. Each block is made from one rectangle and two squares. When sewn, these pieces are transformed into a pattern of three triangles whose finished shape resembles the flying 'V' of migrating birds. The good thing is, the quilting version of flying geese is much, much quieter than the real version. Take it from someone who lives in the flight path of hundreds of Canadian geese. The runner finishes at just 16" wide x 30" long – almost more like a jumbo placemat. It's a great size for a smaller breakfast bar, and perfect as the center décor on a larger table.
We're spending this week In The Kitchen. And today, 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 familiar 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!
Our pretty piped pillow tutorial offers downloadable patterns for a friendly elephant and a graceful giraffe. If you are clever with paper and pen, you can draw additional shapes and expand your zoo to include a whole host of critters. For easiest appliquéing, keep curves large and smooth and avoid tiny points. With a nod to Laura Elizabeth Richards, we have to share the poem that inspired our cute appliqué shapes. It's one my sister and I have had firmly stuck in our heads for years: "Once there was an elephant, who tried to use the telephant. No! No! I mean an elephone, who tried to use the telephone." Click to read the full Eletelephony poem. HA! Now it will be stuck in your head for years.
Today's fabric collections seem to get larger and more gorgeous with each season's new arrivals. There are multiple colorways and a wonderful variety of motifs. And, of course, they all blend together beautifully. It can be hard to narrow down your choices, which is why we designed today's multi-fabric placemats. Each one uses seven different 2½" strips. It's perfect for pre-cut Jelly Rolls, but you could also cut your own strips from all your favorites. Decorative stitching ties the rows together, adds a bit of elegance, and holds all the layers in place.
February is National Grapefruit Month as well as National Wild Bird Feeding Month. Both worthy celebrations, but we're most interested in it also being National Embroidery Month! To celebrate we have a set of five free machine embroidery designs from Sew4Home sewist team member (and digitizing designer extraordinaire), Michele Mishler. With the crazy winter weather we've had this year, these lovely custom tulip designs will bring the freshness of spring to your next machine embroidery project. We also show you the steps for creating the Michele's Tulip Garden Pillow shown above.
THIS GREAT GIVEAWAY CLOSED 03/07/14. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED!
Back in early November, we crossed the 40,000 threshold on Facebook. On January 22nd, we hit our newest milestone goal: 50,000 Likes! It's all thanks to you and your friends. You spread the news, shouted from the rooftops, and possibly released carrier pigeons. However it happened, the word got out, and we have lots of new friends who are getting sewing inspiration each day through Facebook, as well as via Twitter and through our Pinterest boards... and, of course, on our site. Today, as promised, we are holding a very special Giveaway to celebrate.
We really do keep track of all the project requests we receive via email and through social media, adding them to our official "You Asked 4 It" list. Today, we check off another visitor's wish with our pretty teapot cozy. To properly brew a pot o' tea, you should first warm the teapot by swooshing a bit of boiling water inside it. Then, pour the water into your teacups to warm them. Add teabags for your preferred strength (from two to four for a standard four-cup pot). Fill the pot with boiling water, stir, and let the tea steep for about 4-5 minutes. It's during this steeping time when you can run into trouble with the tea cooling too fast. So, pop on a cozy to keep things toasty while the tea is brewing. It will also help keep your tea warm between cups. We have pattern downloads for the cozy itself as well as the cute teapot appliqué. And, because you only need small ¼ and ½ yard fabric cuts, it's also a great ScrapBusters project.