If it's a kitchen series, there had better be some mitts or hot pads! Would we ever disappoint you?! For all our oven-lovin' S4H fans, these slip-on oven mitts are vintage in shape and style, modern in color and design. Of course they are, because they're project #5 in our Kitchen Confections series for Moda Fabrics, featuring the brand new Vintage Modern collection from Bonnie & Camille. We offer a free downloadable pattern and show the yardage requirements needed for two coordinating mitts, one for each hand... so neither hand gets jealous.
It's Week Two of our Kitchen Confections Series for Moda Fabrics! If you're a regular Sew4Home visitor, you know we love aprons. So of course there was no question we'd whip up a fab apron in Bonnie & Camille's Vintage Modern collection. We combined coordinating Bella Solids by Moda, matching rick rack, form-flattering waist pleats, and a quilted accent along the top of the bodice. Even the pockets have box pleat details, and by tilting them at an angle, they give the skirt a pretty pop of color.
Every fabric has its own beauty and personality; how you combine them in a project gives you an unlimited number of wonderful end results. That's the idea behind our R&R series: re-imagine and renovate a classic design in order to come up with a whole new look. This week, we picked four of our favorites and applied a coordinating color theme: indigo. For today's project, we adapted the original clean white lines of our hardworking half apron and deepened its soul with indigo.
Our Retro hot pads not only feature a nostalgic fabric combo, they also have the perfect retro slip-on style. It's a Sew4Home original pattern, and we offer it as a free download. The Simply Sweet fabrics on the two mitts are so bright and cheery, it made me want to slip them on and wear them around the kitchen, just waiting for something hot to pull out of the oven. After awhile, when no one showed up with a tray of cookies, I reluctantly took them off.
We've come to the final project in our Everything Old Is New Again series with Fabric.com. Make sure you mark your calendar to visit again on Friday for the Super Shopping Spree Great Giveaway. But right now... 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.
We've spent the week awash in beautiful bindings, and you should have soaked up enough knowledge and inspiration to start a binding blitz. We round out the series today with the classic French binding, using packaged bias tape to create a narrow, solid edge. It is a lovely finish that works well on projects with thinner layers, such as table linens. We also show you some great fussy cutting techniques to center your panels to the best effect - each side of our placemats is made up of one wide center panel and two narrow top and bottom border panels.
If you hang out with us here at Sew4Home on a regular basis, you know we love aprons! We've done retro aprons, hostess aprons, mom and daughter matching aprons, BBQ aprons and more, but when we received a recent email from a S4H fan, we realized we'd left someone out! You Asked 4 It ... and today, we have a great boy's apron for the little chefs in your kitchen. Of course, you're welcome to make it for any culinary kid, but we styled it to be boy-friendly. It's modeled on the classic long French Chef's apron, and we used a trio of fun 5 Funky Monkeys fabric from Moda, courtesy of our friends at Fat Quarter Shop.
We love Moda Toweling! How could you not love something that comes to you pre-hemmed into a handy 16" width - perfect for towels, curtains, pillows and more?! We chose a beautiful solid natural for our tea towels, accenting it with bright wide ruffles and ribbon. But, you can also choose from a wide array of softly nostalgic prints in classic pastel stripes and plaids as well as pretty fruit and floral border prints. I think my grandmother had towels in all these patterns. They are 100% cotton and machine washable... so get ready to dry some dishes! Stay tuned; later this week, we have some Moda Toweling to give away!
This apron shot to the top of our Most Popular list the very day it posted, and although there have been many contenders since it was originally designed and unveiled back in April of 2010, it remains one of our Top Five Projects Ever. Of course, it HAD to be one of our R&R options: "Re-imagine & Renovate." If you've been following us over the last week, you know our New Year's resolution is to show you how one project can turn out an unlimited number of ways, depending on the choices you make with fabrics, trims and notions. Kick off your own R&R with a shopping trip for some fresh fabric, then use it to put a new spin on a favorite pattern. Our original apron had a very vintage feel thanks to its Simply Sweet fabric by Barbara Jones for Henry Glass & Company. We kept the sweet and added a little spice with a trio of Lecien Fabrics covered in bold roses, polka dots and tiny buds. It would make a dashing Valentine's Day apron!
Last January, we came up with a number of projects designed to give you great ways to use up your fabric remnants. This "Scrap It" series produced many favorites, which are linked to, pinned on Pinterest and featured on handmade blogs around the country and the world. At the top of the list was our clever two-handed potholder in a splashy combination of fabrics from the Pretty Bird collection by Pillow & Maxfield for Michael Miller Fabrics. To "Re-imagine & Renovate" the project, we decided to search for a more traditional 'kitcheny' motif and a narrower palette. The black, red, white and yellow of monaluna's Metro Market collection with its friendly fowl design was just the ticket. Wouldn't this make a great housewarming gift? Or, include a few wooden utensils and a spatula, and you have the perfect wedding shower present. Experimenting with fabric is the idea behind R&R. Give it a try; you'll be thrilled with all the different ways you can put a new spin on a fave design. (By the way... that's me in the photo above, holding one of my happy hens who approved this new fabric combo.)