Posts Tagged ‘simple sew’

Simple Sew Kitchen Towels

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

One of the gifts I like to give to a host or hostess when invited to their home is a set of pretty kitchen towels coupled with a few treats. In years past I’ve wrapped them around freshly baked flavored breads or tied them up with a stylish pair of serving utensils. I don’t believe there is any such thing as too many kitchen towels – sewing them is easy and there is a way to get perfect corners on the backside with a simple technique.

diy simple sew kitchen towels

This is yet another idea for a host or hostess gift for the holiday season. Wrap a box in festive wrapping paper (find a box at a craft store or repurpose a shoe box) and fill it with kitchen tea towels and goodies.

wrap box with paper

Include anything from fresh baked bread to culinary treats to homemade jams or your famous cookies. This one leans to the savory side, mixing gourmet oil & vinegar, bread and a sprig of fresh herbs tied up in ribbon. It’s a fun gift to present to your host when he or she opens the door.

pretty hostess gift

 

Stitching up a kitchen tea towel is a simple sew project, it involves four straight lines and a little technique on the corners to get them just right – here’s how I do it.

 

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Duvet to Window Panels

Monday, July 29th, 2013

A week ago, I spent some time working on my friend’s in progress dining room, the same one where we installed the tongue & groove wall treatment a month ago. It started with a shopping trip to World Market last week where I discovered the Sonoma Floral Ikat Duvet and thought, oh hello gorgeous fabric, you’d be perfect as curtains in the space!

I’ve always believed a fantastic fabric can be a jumping off point for an entire room’s design, so this duvet has been reinvented into window panels to do just that.

duvet to window panels

World Market has a similar window panel but the background is brown. I loved the smoky gray background on this duvet with its touches of plum, cranberry, and mustard yellow – perfect for this dining room we’re filling with mixed wood finishes, warm metallics, and more plum accents.

A duvet is 88 inches wide so you get extra fullness compared to most conventional fabrics by the yard. To line the backs of the new panels I used two flat cotton sheets from Walmart for $11 each – less expensive than two lengths of liner per panel and the exact same width as the duvet.

sheets as liners

With this project, your only limitation is height. This duvet was 92” long, but I did add 2 ½ inches to the top and bottom with a plum linen border fabric so the panels ended up at 97” in height. Here’s the step-by-step for turning a duvet into window panels!

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