Tuesday, 20 April 2021

Kitchen Stitchin

 Another fun blog hop from Carla of Creatin in the Sticks, this one in the kitchen. 
We were to create something inspired by the kitchen. It could be pot holders, tea towels, coasters, placemats, table runners, mug rugs, or even a toaster cover. It was our interpretation of a kitchen project. Anything kitchen.

I have three quick kitchen projects to show you today. First up an apron for my granddaughter who is finding a love for baking and cooking. 

which first baking or cooking or maybe a little of both

I'm still shopping my stash and didn't have a piece big enough for the full length of the apron. I also didn't have a pattern, this was a fly by the seat of my pants project. For the bottom skirt, I used 'Raindrops and Sunshine' by Wilmington prints, which was a 20'' x 20'' piece. The top bodice piece was made using 'Brushstrokes' by Cloud 9 fabrics, which I cut 10 1/2 x 20''. A pink Kona cotton 2'' strip was used between them. 

I used my fashion ruler from my clothing sewing days, for the curves of the bodice 
I cut the bodice on the fold and cut the side curves with the fabric still folded right sides together. The top edge of the bodice was 5'' from the fold, the fold is to the right in the above photo, and the bottom was as you can see on the corner. This gave me a nice gentle curve. I sewed the bottom and bodice together using the pink strip between them. I did line the apron with the same Kona pink. The ties were 32'' long, long enough to wrap around to the front and tie.

Next up is a linen bread bag. 

I make a lot of bread for myself. I usually make a small loaf. The recipe for the one I have made a few times is here. Even with it being a small loaf, I've still found that I don't use it up fast enough. So began the search for how to keep bread fresh longer, the answer was simple.. linen. Linen is breathable, keeps the bread in the dark, is washable, it doesn't seem to dry out in them either. I'm sorry I don't have a link for the info on linen, but I read so many different ones, I just combined the info from a bunch of different sites. I have been using mine for a few weeks now and really like it.
On to the project, I knew somewhere I had a couple pieces of linen, that someone had given me at one time.  They were stained and not something I would want to display.

this piece has a stain in the upper left corner

you can clearly see the discoloration in this one

The size of my bread bag was determined by the size of the linen pieces I had. I did a french seam to keep the threads of the linen from raveling. A piece of ribbon or you could do a drawstring depending on the size of your linen. I stitched the ribbon on the back of the bag and use it to tie the bag closed.

I kept the original lace as I liked it and didn't have the heart to cut it off. I like vintage lace and have a few pieces, including Belgium lace that my husband's grandmother made.

My finished bread bag is 16'' x 10''. 

As a bonus no more plastic bags.

Up last I like to have a towel hanging on my oven door, mine were well used and needed replacing. You can see one in the photo of my granddaughter.  I had picked up a new towel, just prior to our latest stay-at-home order in Ontario.

a fresh spring/summer look for my stove

Now let's go see what my fellow bloggers have been stitchin in the Kitchen


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33 comments :

mumbird3 said...

A bread bag - have not seen one for years but a great idea!

Elizabeth Coughlin said...

Lovely and useful projects! The apron is especially nice.

Inflorescencedesigns said...

I love the bread bag ....I have never heard of them but I too make a lot of bread. I usually just recycled the plastic bread bags from the store but I love this idea and not only is it eco friendly it is so pretty too! I'm just going to have to add this to my ever growing list of projects! lol!

Annie said...

I love your Granddaughter’s baking/cooking pose and dilemma of which to do first. And her apron is adorable. Who wouldn’t want to cook and bake and get to wear that apron. Interesting information on keeping bread fresh longer. Your new bread bag looks great and it certainly is a new treasured kitchen item for you. Handy towels at the stove are just that...so handy. That they look pretty is a bonus.

Carol said...

Great projects! The apron is very cute--your granddaughter will love wearing it, I bet. I didn't know that about linen and bread. Your bread bag looks really neat with the lace still one it. And the towels are pretty and bright.

Sharon said...

Thanks for sharing your projects! Love that pretty apron, and the model is cute too. :o)

Carla said...

Love your post with all the info and inspiration. Your apron in the fun fabrics is too sweet and you certainly taught me something about bread. That bag is gorgeous! The pretty towels certainly bring spring to the kitchen. Thanks for hopping with us!

tink's mom said...

What a great collection of kitchen goodies. Your grandaughter looks so happy in her new apron getting ready to take on the cooking experiences. The bread bag sounds like a great idea, thanks for sharing it with us.

Lori Smanski said...

thank you for sharing your wonderful projects. your grand daughter looks quite happy in the kitchen. I love it. I had two kids' like that. they are now 34 and 36 and still love to cook

Calicojoan said...

Awwww, you kitchen chef is all dolled up in her new apron, and ready to go to work. I love it. I have never heard of a bread bag. What a great idea, and being able to incorporate that beautiful Belgium lace is a real bonus.

Carol S. said...

You did a great job on the apron and your model is adorable! Interesting info on linen bread bags and it looks beautiful, too. Bread tends to go bad around here with just two of us eating it. I love your pretty oven towel...the colors are so cheery. Thanks for sharing!

Kayaking quilter said...

I like the idea of broadband made of cloth. I remember bread boxes as a child. I rally appreciated the link to the small Loaf of bread website and recipe. Cooking for one is easier with a little help and advice.
The apron is darling and I always have at least 2 hanging towels in the kitchen for hand washing.

Kayaking quilter said...

I like the idea of bread bag made of cloth. I remember bread boxes as a child. I rally appreciated the link to the small Loaf of bread website and recipe. Cooking for one is easier with a little help and advice.
The apron is darling and I always have at least 2 hanging towels in the kitchen for hand washing.

Karrin Hurd said...

All great projects! I like the idea of a bread bag, and I think I have some linen. Thanks for sharing!

Sandra Walker said...

So many things that our mothers used to do/have/use are coming back. A linen bread bag! So smart and great to save that beautiful lace. My breadmaker recently bit the dust, so I will check out the link to the recipe you use. I LOVE homemade bread. Love your granddaughter photo! Brady is a baker/cook too, so this gives me a birthday present idea... :-)

Danice G said...

All really cute projects, I especially love the apron.

tubakk said...

I really fell for your bread bag. Super idea. Thank you.

Carol Andrews said...

What a fun batch of projects were made for your kitchen. I love the bread bag and that apron is so cute!

Kathy H said...

What a great idea to use a linen bag. The apron is very cute too.

piecefulwendy said...

Clever ideas, and your granddaughter's apron is so cute!

Quilting Gail said...

Wow ... I love the apron that you just "winged." I know I wouldn't make one without a pattern!
And your towels - sew pretty!
Thanks for sharing!

Kathleen said...

Great projects! I really love the bread bag....if my husband keeps making his I may make him one!

thatfabricfeeling.wordpress.com said...

Your apron is a beauty but the model...she is breathtaking!! I love that she's cooking with grandma. It's also nice that you made a pretty bread bag. May I ask what you do with the bag? I don't mean to be wacky, but is it for homemade bread???

Theresa said...

I love all your projects. Your granddaughters apron turned so sweet. I bet she loves it. I really love the linen fabric for you bread bag.

Preeti said...

You have been cooking up a storm without a single dirty dish!!! The bread bag is such a simple but perfect solution for homemade bread. Love the apron and the model wears it so well. Cute towels too.

scrapdash said...

Very nice. I never thought of using a bread bag - I keep bread in the freezer because I just don't use that much. But I can see that making a great gift. I like the towels and the apron too - such clever ideas. Thanks for sharing.

The Joyful Quilter said...

Cute apron and towels, Cindy! SEW interesting about the bread bag. I have one linen towel in my kitchen drawer. I'm tempted to stitch it up and see how it works!

Susan said...

Great looking hanging towels!

Brenda @ Songbird Designs said...

What nice projects. I really love your hanging towels. And that apron is adorable. My granddaughter is really into baking too! Thanks for sharing.

grammajudyb said...

Love the “girly” apron and the model is a cutie!. A linen bread bag! Great idea! I have some vintage linen I’ve been meaning to try to recycle! Your idea is perfect! I too, need towels that won’t jump off the oven door handle!

LJ said...

What a wonderful hop to get to projects that a person can put off. Great apron, the hanging towels are so pretty, but the linen bread bag is the best. Thanks.

Anorina @SameliasMum said...

Great projects! Love the new apron and your bread bag. My mum always used to use a bread bag and from memory, I think it was made with a couple of tea-towels. Thanks for the inspiration :)

Sue D said...

Cute apron, wonderful bread bag and pretty hanging towels.