Saturday, December 29, 2007

Handcrafted Christmas: Gingham Hearts for the Kitchen

My sister and I joined forces this Christmas in making gifts for our mom. She tackled a set of placemats and napkins, while I worked on an apron, an oven mitt, and two pot holders. An apron seemed an obvious choice, since my mom has a penchant for getting dinner on her clothes while cooking! And our current oven mitt and pot holders were in such a sad state of disrepair that they certainly needed replacing.

The fabric was a gingham cotton that mom had purchased several years ago and stashed for a rainy day. Here is my contribution:

For the apron, I used Simplicity 4282. I must say, I am quite fed up with this pattern. Part of this was my fault, since I used a fairly lightweight fabric. Even so, I think I will risk designing an apron myself next time I want one!

Not having a pattern for an oven mitt, I simply devised my own by tracing our oven mitt and revising it. The pot holders were squares, which were simple. I used double layers of cotton batting for extra heat resistance.

And even with these projects, we still have about five yards of fabric left. Hmm...


  1. This is Mackenzie from the S&S board...I just wanted to say how much I *love* those pot holders/oven mit! We're getting ready to move, so I'm waiting to replace to ones that we got for our wedding 2.5 years ago until I know what color I'll paint that kitchen...but after seeing these, I think I might go with something I can use that green quilted fabric I have in my stash...those are just to cute! :) Was the pre-quilted fabric used in addition to cotton batting, or did you quilt them yourself? You can U2U me at S&S if that's easiest!
    Thanks and blessings,

  2. Tilly,

    I quilted the fabric myself. Actually, I took pictures of the process and I hope to do a tutorial soon -- probably some time later this week. I'll U2U you when I do, in case you'd like to see.

    Pre-quilted material would be much easier! :-)

    Yours in Christ,


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