It's a week to get "carried away!" Fabric.com has joined us to sponsor five days of Must-Have Bags. We have something for every mood – from tailored elegance to urban chic. Today: a big, beautiful shopping tote. It's generous in both size and style thanks to the bold motif of the fabric. We chose a cotton duck from Premier Prints with a slub texture; this means it has intentional striations that give it an interesting knobbly look. A Feathers design in cool turquoise and slate caught our eyes. It has a strong, clean Southwestern vibe that we amplified with an embroidered, mosaic-type design across the top of the tote (front and back). You'll find both an embroidery design download as well as a printable template should you prefer to do hand embroidery or decorative stitching.
One of the best beginner projects is a cute apron. Make one for yourself; make one for a friend... make enough for everyone! It's a fast, fun project that takes just a couple yards of fabric. Our design uses a combination of three coordinating fabrics, which allows you to be creative with color and design. The waistband and ties are surprisingly easy to make but give the apron a "professionally finished" look. And the three jumbo pockets can hold utensils, recipe cards, or just your hands as you spin around the kitchen in your brand new apron.
Just like that crafty Mary Poppins, sometimes you need to sweeten the pot to get chores done. We scaled down a traditional laundry duffle to kid size, making it easy to fill and carry into the laundry room. Plus, the super-cute appliqué on the front leaves no doubt about what needs to be done with the bag's contents! Inside is an easy-care mesh lining, so odors and dampness stay at a minimum. And the bright green baby pom pom trim is the perfect finishing touch. But wait... there's more: we've included both a downloadable appliqué template as well as a special bonus machine embroidery design download for our S4H friends with embroidery machines. Whip one up in the favorite colors of each little mess-maker in your life.
"I have always been inspired by what people can make using their own two hands, simple materials, and of course, a creative spirit." This quote from Amy Barickman of Indygo Junction embodies not only her own passion but also her personal goal to share the kind of information and inspiration that allows others to discover their inner creativity. This is evident in her latest book: Stitched Style, which includes inspirational 20 projects and 65 hand embroidery designs to trace or iron-on transfer. As further encouragement to try your hand at hand-embroidery, today we have a Guest Tutorial from Indygo Junction for a darling wrist cuff done in a thinner, bracelet style.
Yesterday we introduced you to the latest book from creative dynamo, Amy Barickman and Indygo Junction. Stitched Style includes 20 projects and 65 hand embroidery designs to trace or iron-on transfer. Today and tomorrow, we have two Guest Tutorials from Indygo Junction, which you can use to put all this new hand embroidery inspiration to work. Today's pretty envelope-style pillow can be made using a dish towel! Thread up your needle and read on.
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!