A heart-shaped bib, pretty ruffles rimming the edges, darts and pleats, all in the perfect combo of candy pink and orange sherbet. This, my friends, is a fun, flirty apron. And we make no apologies for the all-out "girly-girlness" of it. Tangier Ikat is the latest collection by Dena Fishbein of Dena Designs for FreeSpirit Fabrics. The Damask style design we chose has a classic Ikat treatment where the edges appear to bleed into the background as if done with brush strokes. This ornate, wallpaper type motif was a perfect palette for fussy-cutting. The bib is a match to the skirt right through the waistband, and the pocket blends into the skirt with only a ruffled top to give it away. If you're new to fussy cutting, we offer links to our full step-by-step tutorial as well as other projects that feature exact pocket matching.
The year's biggest kitchen extravaganza is just around the corner. Thanksgiving, with all its aromas, tastes and family dynamics, is only a month away! It's a proven fact that a festive apron will make the day go more smoothly (we are not obligated to tell you who proved this). Our vibrant Thanksgiving apron design has decorative stitching accents and a clever towel loop, making it easier to dash from turkey to stuffing to pies looking cool, calm and collected - even with your mother-in-law watching from the sofa. The apron is fully lined, and even though it's not "officially reversible," it is pretty enough on both sides to wear inside out... a benefit when there's a gravy emergency.
Sometimes, the right ribbon can drive the feeling of an entire project. Today's Studs & Links ribbons from Renaissance Ribbons have an incredible three dimensional appeal and a tough yet tender design. From the Renaissance Ribbons collection by Raphael Kerley, these dynamic ribbons immediately caught our eye. We knew they'd be a unique and graphically bold option for a Steampunk inspired apron. The look of the ribbons prompted the use of rivets to attach the ties. Next up was the perfect fabric to carry the theme. We found that in the World Tour collection from David Butler's Parson Gray for FreeSpirit Fabrics. His Figi pattern has a starburst motif that appears fashioned out of wireworks, and the linen substrate has a soft drape and interesting texture that sets off the smooth and rich jacquard ribbons.
Unisex in style, tone and fit, today's Eclectic Elements apron welcomes the first crisp mornings of Fall with a distressed, vintage palette that hints at the warm browns, taupes and reds of turning leaves. Our final measurements are shown below, but it's easy to size the pattern up or down since the main panels start as simple rectangles. We provide the armhole template as a free download. With holiday gatherings just around the corner, wouldn't this apron make a wonderful host/hostess gift wrapped up with some natural wooden spoons, handsome metal skewers or even a vintage cookbook find?! It's always fun when a fabric collection has such interesting motifs, like these little game pieces and price tags as well as the lining's dictionary pages; they inspire innovative gift giving ideas.
When we're young, our parents are just our parents. Often, it's not until we're looking back over our shoulder or packing up boxes for an estate sale, that we take a close look at their fashions and belongings and realize, "Wow... they were pretty stylin'." Today's stunning half apron design has a crisp, tailored look to it, and the Kaffe Fassett ribbons we chose from Renaissance Ribbons reminded both my sister and me of our father's favorite skinny striped ties, which he would wear with a starched white shirt and a suit coat on even the hottest days of summer. Indeed... he was stylin'. Our thanks to new premium Sew4Home sponsor, Renaissance Ribbons. They will be appearing regularly each month with a number of innovative ribbon projects.
When we moved to the country a few years ago, one of the first differences we noticed were 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 out here, we're surrounded by a variety of feathered friends singing, swooping and scattering as we drive down the narrow country lanes. The first project in our Nature's Palette series, a sweet apron with accent buttons and a wraparound pocket, uses one of the most beautiful prints in Marjolein's collection: Gathered in Blue is criss-crossed by birds and flowers and set against the beautiful clarity of a summer sky.
"Snug as a mug on a rug." Just gotta say it and get it out of the way! Sometimes a placemat takes up too much real estate, and a coaster is too small to hold anything extra. A mug rug is bigger than a coaster but smaller than a placemat – just the right size at your desk, in the sewing room or on a small end table in the living room or den. Our design adds a unique little pocket with its own napkin for truly self-contained snacking. We used scraps from Bonnie & Camille's Marmalade collection for Moda Fabrics and framed it all with coordinating rick rack. The combination of sweet colors and pretty prints really makes a difference on this small project. Be bold with your choices, mix and match to fashion your own look. For more on creating great combos, take a look at our tutorial: Mixing and Matching Designer Fabric Collections.
With summer comes time to do some much needed chores around the house. There's the wonderful bounty from the gardens and orchards to pick, can and bake into pretty pies. There are painting projects calling your name. And isn't it time to freshen up your décor with new pillows or curtains? Of course, you'll whistle while you work, but you should also be wearing your favorite apron! For this, I want you to close your eyes and imagine your mom, your grandma or maybe even your favorite next door neighbor. The woman who was always wearing an apron as she bustled through her household chores. Maybe she's hanging sheets on the line, maybe sweeping off the front steps with an old wooden broom, maybe pulling her umpteenth cherry pie warm from the oven. The fabric was a pretty little print in fresh spring colors. It was long enough to cover all the way to her knees, and soft enough to float in the breeze from her open kitchen windows. That apron... her apron... is what we have for you today.
Is your dad an awesome chef or maybe a weekend warrior on the BBQ? Whether he's headed to the next Chili Cook-Off or just flippin' burgers for a family picnic, our cook's apron and hot mitt combo is sure to light his fire. The apron construction couldn't be simpler. You provide a simple rectangle of fabric; we provide a free downloadable template for the armhole cutout. Hem, attach the pockets and ties, add a grommet, and you're good to go. We chose two medium-weight cottons from the Lock Harbor Collection by Benartex Home, just one of the many designer lines available at Fabric.com. The mitt follows one of our favorite S4H tutorials. We rotated the direction of the fabric's stripes to go vertically on the apron's pocket and horizontally on the mitt.
For our final day of Janome Week, we took all the techniques we've experimented with and pulled them together into one, fun project: our Everything Apron. It features embroidery, decorating stitching and quilting. We're using the brand new Memory Craft 9900 sewing and embroidery machine. The slogan for this machine is: As Unique As You! And we can certainly understand why. It gives you everything you need to take your creative expression in any direction you can imagine: from sewing to embroidery and beyond. It's a great machine to take on everything for our Everything Apron. The base design of the apron comes from the Vintage Modern Pleated Apron featured in last Spring's Kitchen Confections Series. We added pretty new embellishments to give it a whole new look.