Making Kitchen Accessories

If you want an easy to sew, quick project to spruce up your home consider making your own kitchen accessories.   Curtains, aprons, towels, potholders, and small appliance covers are fun to make and even beginning sewers will have great success with them.  The major pattern companies have many interesting kitchen accessory patterns.

For example, McCall’s features this clever apron, kitchen towel, and potholder set. This Butterick apron  pattern comes with charming potholder patterns, including a clever chicken potholder. This chic apron from Simplicity also has patterns for placemats and a tablerunner. Novelty potholders and aprons make cute gifts.

Kitchen curtain material ranges from lightweight drapery fabrics specifically for curtains to luscious quilt and craft cottons.  Choose a kitchen theme such as  Robert Allen @ Home Daiyere Butter fabric.

If you want a lighter weight washable cotton fabric consider Robert Kaufmann gingham  or Amy Butler cotton prints.

You can use curtain tape to gather kitchen curtains. Curtain or drapery tape is an easy to use product that you sew flat to the top of your prepared fabric; you then pull the strings to achieve perfectly spaced gathers.

You can also use a simple heading with no tape required.  Hem the top of the curtain with a hem wide enough to allow a curtain rod to easily slide through; leave the sides of the top hem open.  Hem the bottom the curtain in the usual way.  Insert the curtain rod into the top hem and hang it.