I spent the weekend sewing three of the projects on Purl Bee’s blog, all designed for use in the kitchen: an apron, dishtowels, and hot pads. What distinguished these projects, however, is the beautiful fabrics that came in the Purl Bee kits – linen for the apron, soft double cloth cotton for the dishtowels, and gorgeous, fuzzy oatmeal wool for the hot pads. It’s really true that working with high-quality fabrics makes all the difference!
I ended up making two gift sets, each comprised of one apron, two dish towels, and two hot pads. Here are the specs:
Pattern – Simple Linen Apron
Fabrics – 1 yard of Robert Kaufman’s Waterford Linen in Natural and 1/2 yard of Robert Kaufman’s Double Cloth Cotton in Plaid Indigo (this is enough for two aprons)
Notions – 2 pairs of 1-inch D rings and 5 yards of 30mm Cotton Twill Tape in Ecru
I didn’t add in the cotton twill loops for a dishtowel on the aprons, but otherwise, made no modifications to the pattern. I didn’t wash the linen first – kind of wish I had, it’s really stiff right now, but I’m sure it will soften up beautifully once it’s been washed a few times.
Pattern – Super Simple Dishtowels
Fabrics – 1/2 yard of Robert Kaufman’s Double Cloth in Plaid Indigo and 1/2 yard in Hatches Indigo (this is enough to make four dishtowels)
Notions – 1 yard of 14mm Twill Tape in Ecru
These truly are about the simplest sewing project ever, but what makes them so special is the wonderful double-sided / double-thickness cotton cloth – really beautiful!
Pattern – Simple Stitched Hot Pads
Fabrics – 1/2 yard of Dorr Mill’s Wool Yardage and 1/4 yard in various prints of Robert Kaufman Railroad Denim and Robert Kaufman Chambray Union
Notions: 1/2 yard Insul-Brite Lining, 1 yard 14mm Cotton Twill Tape in Ecru, and cream-colored embroidery thread
I hand-stitched six Xs on each hot pad to hold the lining in place, but I didn’t stitch on the wool side as the pattern called for – instead, I marked my Xs on both sides, and then ran the thread through all layers, from one side to the other, to form matching Xs on each side. Otherwise, I followed the pattern as written.
I love projects like this – working with gorgeous fabrics, quick and (largely) mistake-free sewing, and a perfect gift package when you’re done!Pin It