Sometimes it's fun to take on a weekend project that involves fabric and thread instead of sugar and cake flour (although you can still eat a slightly botched soufflé; a botched pot holder not so much). Why not grab some bright, sunny fabric and liven up your kitchen a little? We've got everything from easy cloth napkins to quilted coasters.
• 1. Colorful table runners and napkins. Here's a step-by-step tutorial from Sara Kate on making pretty linens on the cheap.
• 2. Sink or cabinet skirt. A little more complicated, but we love how fabric adds some softness, color, and pattern to a kitchen. The photo is from Better Homes & Gardens (there are brief instructions in the caption). Or check out this tutorial at HGTV.
• 3. A cloth bread bag. Love this little project from the very talented Liz Stanley at Say Yes to Hoboken. Here's the full post.
• 4. Hanging storage bags. So versatile! And it looks like they'd fit right in with those IKEA utensil racks. Photo and instructions from Country Living (the FOURTH picture in the slideshow).
• 5. Oilcloth lunch bags. Easy and really cute. Plus, there are so many colors and patterns of oilcloth out there. Get the steps at Martha Stewart.
• 6. Quilted coasters. We're fans of soft coasters (less clanging on the coffee table), and these would also make sweet gifts. From Martha Stewart.
• 7. Dish towel apron. One more from Martha! An easy, utilitarian apron from a basic dish towel. Get the full instructions here.
• 8. Flour sack hand towel. This really only requires cutting and hemming. The photo is this Screen Printed Mason Jar Towel from Etsy (clearly the screen printing is another project). For basic instructions on sewing a flour sack towel, click on this tutorial from doityourself.com.
• 9. Quilted pot holders. Ah, pot holders. We've probably all crocheted some, loomed some, maybe even knitted some as kids. But these are a nice, grown-up version, sturdy and well-padded. Here's the full how-to at Craftzine.
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(Images: Sara Kate Gillingham-Ryan; Better Homes & Gardens; Liz Stanley; Nick Pope; MarthaStewart.com; Etsy seller ohlittlerabbit; Jenny Ryan)