Holiday food eating as well as extra baking and cooking time in the kitchen will be here before you can count to 10! We've created a fun round-up of stitchy accessories you can make that don't take lots of materials or lots of time! You can easily freshen up your kitchen with some new accessories or put some holiday pizazz in your dining room by making table linens with specialty holiday fabrics. Let's not forget, a hot pad or set of 4 napkins is easy to ship. They can be a fun gift for far flung loved ones who can’t celebrate the holidays with you in person this year. Nothing says I love you more than a practical but beautiful handmade surprise landing on the doorstep. So trade out that singed potholder and those ragged cloth napkins for some fun, fresh upgrades!
Don’t forget to check our shop for items that you might need for these projects. We have both curbside pickup and $5 anytime shipping available. Here are some things you might find there (limited quantities available):
Sashiko thread or perle cotton thread
Hello Stitch staff favorite marking pencil: General’s white or Roxanne’s silver
2” bias tape maker
Sewing Machine Needles
There are SO many ways to make dinner napkins! We've tried all kinds of methods, and this tutorial from Heather Bailey shows our favorite way to make mitered corners. Check it out https://heatherbailey.typepad.com/heather_bailey/2010/11/d.html
This adorable kitchen hot pad from Make it Love it has rounded corners, a hand pocket and bias tape edges. How cute would it be with custom handmade striped bias tape?? https://makeit-loveit.com/square-hot-pads-with-hand-pockets
Already have an oven mitt you love? You can make a template from it like they do in this blog post from A Beautiful Mess… https://abeautifulmess.com/my-entry-1-1/
These bowl cozies are useful and practical to have in the kitchen (especially for microwave reheating!) **Don’t forget to stay away from metallics for items intended for microwave ovens. https://craftwarehouse.com/sew-this-soup-bowl-cozy-free-pattern/
You can make a cute half apron with just rectangles. This post on A Feathered Nest will show you how: http://projectsforyournest.blogspot.com/2008/04/quick-easy-apron.html
Beautiful eye candy can be found at Heath Ceramics with their elegant new potholders. I bet someone could make a knock-off version with ease! https://www.heathceramics.com/collections/linens/products/loop-potholder-in-turquoise?variant=32328566112343
Simple kitchen items like napkins and potholders make a great canvas for sashiko stitches and boro or kawandi style stitching. Here’s a tutorial for doing a simple running stitch on napkins. It adds a touch of style without being over the top.
For those who might like a little more challenge, we adore this beautiful triangle patchwork table runner made with stripes - free pattern: https://www.allpeoplequilt.com/quilt-patterns/table-runners/easy-triangles-table-runner
Using our hands to craft useful and beautiful items for the home is what many of us love about sewing! We hope our comments here give you a great place to start from. The internet is brimming with ideas and free patterns, so have fun exploring! And have fun stitching! Please follow us and share your makes with us on Instagram @hellostitchstudio and use the hashtag #hellostitchmakes We can't wait to see what you stitch up next!