When I’m not busy making baby stuff, I love to sew kitchen linens and I have now built a bit of a repertoire. I now have a decent list of my favourite handmade kitchen sewing projects, and you are very welcome to check it out!
Simple Linen Apron by Purl Soho
Yes, Purl Soho again, I’m obsessed, I know… But this one is awesome. It’s simple, easy to make and if you use beautiful fabrics, your friends and family will gasp!
I have made this apron time and time again. I like to use a cream calico for the body and I match the pocket and the ties in print fabric. For some reason, I leave out the dishtowel loop but I should try it out sometime. You can use any quilting cotton. Again, I love to select the themes and colours. There is a huge range on fabric.com. I like to match the apron with some dishtowels and a plastic bag holder, it makes a great gift. My aunts each have two sets, one for Paris, one for their country home.
Plastic Bag Dispenser by Sew4Home
Oh, how many times have I made this! I was seriously obsessed for a while, as you can see below. I often see these in people’s kitchens or cupboards and they look cheap and tired, with daggy fabrics. If you use quality calico and contrasting quilting fabrics, this tutorial will result in a sturdy bag holder which will last you for years. You don’t even have to use it for plastic bags, my sister has one for her babies’ nappies.
I usually leave out the thin strip of fabric A, I prefer a simple 2 tone combination. Using interfacing on the top part means that the “mouth” in which you stuff the plastic bags remains open, it’s brilliant. It’s a bit more advanced than some kitchen projects listed here but it’s definitely worth trying out.
I like to match this with dishtowels and an apron.
Vintage Tea Towels by Purl Soho
Sewing a straight line on any sewing machine is not a given, sorry… This is a great project to learn exactly that., and to play with the settings of your machine, in order to create different stitches. With this project, I recommend using a fabric pen to draw lines on the fabric before stitching. And the Kaufman Essex Linen Blend I get from fabric.com comes in many different colours. Again, have fun matching the linen and the thread!
Liberty Tea Towels by Purl Soho
These dishtowels are a bit more complicated to make but the prairie cloth is such a treat! I must confess I’ve never actually used the ones I made, they’re too pretty! They are perfect for a hostess gift!
Quilted Oven Mitts by Sew4Home
Hands up who’s had a bad experience with oven mitts? Cheap, not insulated, falling apart at the seams? Yep! So I decided to make some myself, and layer strong calico inside for better protection. You need a walking foot as the layers get pretty thick and I have yet to work out how to topstitch the binding in place with my machine, I had to do it by hand. Invariably, my husband burns the oven mitts on the stove so I’ll need to make a new set soon! Match the set to your apron and plastic bag dispenser for an even more impressive gift set!
Quilted Hot Pads by Sew4Home
These are easier to make than the quilted oven mitts, but you still get to have fun creating the quilted pattern!
Spring Napkins by Purl Soho
I made a ton of these for my mother-in-law, in spring colours: green, yellow and orange. It was easy to follow the recommended colours but they totally matched her interior! I love this project because of the endless colour possibilities with Moda colours on fabric.com. The ric-rac is a little temperamental to work with and me thinks I should give it another go…
Buttonhole Napkins by Purl Soho
This is such a clever idea, perfect for the office or for travelling, a simple napkin with a buttonhole so you can save your blouse from any lunch time accidents! Make a set if you want to practice making buttonholes!
Linen Thanksgiving Napkins by Purl Soho
I need to make more of these! They are the perfect excuse to practice mittered corners and learning to use a bias maker, kind of a funny-lookin’ tool but nonetheless very useful. I actually use this tutorial to make my matching dishtowels, to go with the Simple Linen Apron and the Plastic Bag Holder. Also, I use these napkins in my Valentine’s Day Table Decor.
I have selected other handmade sewing gift projects:
- Little Girls Sewing Projects
- Thoughtful Handmade Gifts
- 3 Essential Handmade Newborn Baby Gifts
- How to Decorate with Bunting
- Handmade Comfy Home Essentials
- My Favourite Handmade Children’s Sewing Projects
- My Favourite Purl Soho Handmade Baby Gifts
I also have a Pinterest Board for home sewing projects.
Well, thank you for indulging my kitchen linen/Purl Soho obsession. Do you have any special tutorials you would like to suggest ? Please let me know in the comments below.