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ScrapBusters: Fancy Border Tea Towels

Tuesday, 12 January 2016 1:00


As with so many things tea-related, the tea towel 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 was unlikely to scratch fine china or glass. Our Fancy Border Tea Towels are more casual than their noble ancestors, but are still a wonderful addition to any kitchen and a perfect gift for a wedding shower or house warming. This is a great project for your longer fabric scraps. We worked with width of fabric (WOF) pieces to make it fast and easy. Each towel starts with just one 4" and one 3" strip, which are then trimmed to fit the base towel. 

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Country Fresh Double Flounce Apron

Tuesday, 05 January 2016 1:00

Our charming apron blends three different fabrics to create a wonderful swirl of colors and motifs. You'll love the unique details that tie 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 very easy project. 

Cocktails at Eight Hostess Half Apron

Tuesday, 22 December 2015 1:00

The clink of ice swirling in glasses, card tables in the living room, cut crystal bowls of white mints with green centers, ashtrays... yes, there were lots of ashtrays. I have clear memories of peeking around the corner, watching the 'grown-ups' with cards in their hands and cigarettes between their lips, laughing, talking, playing bridge. Orbiting through it all was my mother, handing out appetizers, picking up crumpled napkins, and wearing a crisp hostess apron and high heels. Our own little episode of Mad Men right there in the living room. Our Cocktails At Eight apron tutorial echoes that bygone era of elegance with its rich taffeta, frothy organza, a gorgeous ribbon waistband, and a sprinkling of tiny, shiny bows.

Decorative Stitch Hot Pads: Janome Skyline S7

Wednesday, 16 December 2015 1:00

I know they say creativity is about learning to "color outside of the lines," but sometimes, the line is our friend. This happy pair of hot pads is all about the beauty of a perfect connection from point A to point B. We selected a wide stripe for the front, which we then highlighted with parallel rows of bright decorative stitching. The back has just the decorative stitching against a neutral background. We used our Janome Skyline S7 for precise and beautiful stitching row after row after row. 

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Wrap-and-Go Quilted Casserole Carrier

Friday, 13 November 2015 1:00

One of the best things about the holidays is the chance to get together with family and friends around a beautiful table filled with traditional dishes. Maybe you'll be passing around Nana's famous baked ham, Aunt Sheila's warm apple-cranberry crisp, or your own delicious cornbread stuffing. If your culinary talents are on-the-go from gathering to gathering this season, you need a carrier that can keep your special dish toasty on the way there. Our wrap-it-up design includes a handy loop to clip a pot holder and an inside pocket for a serving utensil. This would make a wonderful present for the foodies on your gift list. Make the pretty carrier and matching mitt, then wrap up a new baking pan you've filled with yummy homemade treats! 

Pro Chef Half Apron

Tuesday, 06 October 2015 1:00

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 our list when we're creating new ideas. You wanted more aprons for guys, and your wish has been fulfilled by this Pro Chef Half Apron accented with stunning ribbon from Renaissance Ribbons

Witches Brew Halloween Apron: Fabric Depot

Monday, 21 September 2015 1:00

Cast a creative spell over all the little trick-or-treaters with this fashionable Halloween apron in a great combination of fabrics from the Spooktacular collection. When we first met with our friends at Fabric Depot about a Halloween project, we were almost overwhelmed by the variety of seasonal fabric options. We finally settled on the vintage look of Spooktacular from Blend fabrics. For those of you watching the witchy fashion blogs, you know there is both an original Spooktacular and a Spooktacular Too. We used elements from each. We also show you some of our other favorites from Fabric Depot's entirely enchanting Halloween selection

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Sports Team Tailgate Apron: Fabric.com

Monday, 24 August 2015 1:00

Show your team spirit with a fan-favorite tailgate apron in team logo fabric. Since Sew4Home is located in the Pacific Northwest, we chose the Seattle Seahawks fabric for our sample apron. Our friends at Fabric.com have a great selection of NFL® team fabric, plus selected collegiate teams, in stock now in both cotton broadcloth as well as fleece. We augmented the base fabric with a solid and a stripe in coordinating teams colors for the pockets as well as a bottom accent band. Breaking up a busy print with more neutral tones and patterns adds interest and actually helps emphasize the feature fabric. 

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EZ Half Apron with Jumbo Pockets

Tuesday, 21 July 2015 1:00

Our lightweight half apron is perfect for summertime cooking and serving – when a full-coverage apron can feel too hot. This little beauty is a fast, fun, beginner-friendly project that takes just a couple yards of fabric. Make one for yourself; make one for a friend... make enough for everyone! The 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 three jumbo pockets can hold utensils, recipe cards, or just your hands as you spin around the kitchen, lovin' your brand new apron.

Re-imagine & Renovate: Cook's Full Length Apron & Hot Mitt

Tuesday, 14 July 2015 1:00

One project can turn out an unlimited number of ways, depending on the choices you make with fabrics, trims, and notions. That's the fun behind our ongoing Re-imagine & Renovate series. Today's great-for-guys apron features clean and simple lines with just a few subtle details, like bold topstitching and a jumbo pocket panel. We combined a striking geometric print in a crisp linen, from the World Tour collection by David Butler's Parson Gray brand for FreeSpirit Fabrics, with a classic heavyweight canvas. It's an urban, industrial kind of vibe that works indoors or out. 

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