The great thing about handmade housewares is that there both pretty and practical. Nowhere is that truer than with sewing projects for your kitchen! Whether you’re looking for ways to hone your skills, projects to shrink your scrap fabric stash, gifts that friends will love, or just something special to add to your own space, check out these sixteen sewing projects for your kitchen!
- Embroidered Tea Towels
Practice your hand embroidery, or put that fancy sewing machine to good use and create tea towels that match your decor. Flour-sack or plain linen towels tend to work best as their flat weave shows off the stitching much better than fluffier towels.
- Pretty & Practical Apron
Who says that aprons have to be plain and utilitarian? There are so many options for style, from full-fledged smocks to simple, tied-at-the waist aprons that you’re sure to find something that suits your preferences. Be sure to add a pocket or two; they always come in handy!
- Casserole Caddy
This is a great project to give as a housewarming or hostess gift, but be sure to keep one for yourself. These quilted caddies fold up around your casserole dish to pull double duty as hot-pad and insulator, all the while making it easy to transport your creation to a party or potluck.
- Scrappy Hot Pads
Whether you’re an experienced quilter or just want to experiment with piecing techniques, these hot pads offer a great way for you to practice. Create a range of traditional quilt blocks using scrap fabric, and hone your binding skills by finishing the edges. Simple, quick, and lots of fun to make.
- Table Runner
Runners are an easy way to dress up even an everyday tablescape, and can feature your favorite sewing techniques. Love to embroider? Take this opportunity to stitch something special on a holiday runner and share it with your family over the holidays. Prefer piecing? Create bold shapes and blocks of color with a geometric runner.
- Placemat Sets
Like table runners, placemats can be used to spice up your table decor, and can draw on a wide range of techniques and materials. Quilted mats are a favorite standby, but don’t be afraid to experiment with stain resistant and easy-to-clean materials like vinyl, especially for kid-friendly mats that are perfect for messy meals.
- Easy Mitered Napkins
A set of fabric napkins makes a beautiful gift, but they’re also nice to have on hand for moments when the occasion calls for something a little special. Mitered corners add an extra professional touch, and are easier to create than you might expect. Natural fibers like cotton and linen are great options for these, as they press crisply but are soft and absorbent.
- Reusable “Paper” Towels
Looking to make your kitchen a little more eco-friendly? Try ditching paper towels and giving these a try! Made from absorbent cotton toweling, the hook-and-loop patches sewn at each corner means they can be rolled up and stored just like paper towels, meaning you can grab what you need and toss it in the wash when you’re done.
- Quilted Oven Mitts
Never burn your hands again with these easy oven mitts! They’re a great scrap-busting project, but be sure to stick to non-synthetic fibers, as these could potentially melt. If you opt to create pieced fabric designs for your mitts, check out paper piecing, which allows you to stitch your pieces together directly onto your paper pattern, minimizing extra work and waste.
- Appliance Covers
Out of sight, out of mind. Simple appliance covers can keep your toaster, blender, mixer, and other kitchen appliances clean and out of sight when they’re not in use, and turn that cluttered counter into a show space for your skills. Be sure to measure your appliances before choosing a pattern. This is one case where one size most certainly does not fit all.
- Soup Bowl Cozies
Have you ever heated up a bowl in the microwave only to discover it’s too hot to remove? These quick and easy cozies not only solve that problem by creating a cool-to-the-touch handle to use, but they’ll also keep your bowls from cooling down too quickly. For a more rigid soup cozy, use stitch-in stabilizer; iron-on versions will not hold up well to microwave use!
- Plastic Bag Organizer
Plastic grocery bags are nice to have on hand, but they always seem to be taking up the worst spaces: that shelf in the pantry, the space under the sink, or the top of the fridge. Corral them all into one space by whipping up an easy organizer. A light elastic closure at the bottom makes it easy to snag the bags you need, while an open top makes for simple reloading whenever you find an extra bag on hand.
- Reusable Bowl Covers
Tired of endless wasted plastic wrap and foil? Reusable bowl covers made with elastic edging and wipe-clean fabrics can be an easy and eco-friendly solution. The elastic makes it easy for them to fit bowls, pans, and dishes in a wide range of sizes. Keep some on hand for parties and picnics to keep food under wraps during other activities.
- No-Slip Dish Towels
It seems like every time you turn around, the dish towel that’s supposed to be hanging on the oven door is lying on the floor again. Keep it in place with a no-slip version, using a button, hook-and-loop patches, or an added hanging loop. This is a simple project you can even do on the towels you already have!
- Tea Cozy
A classic kitchen sewing project! From simple, traditional cozies, to elaborate quilted confections, there are lots of beautiful tea cozy patterns available. The perfect handmade gift for the tea (or coffee!) lover in your life.
- Mug Rugs
How many times have you set your tea or coffee down on the counter only to come back and find it stone cold? This is because countertops, especially if they happen to be stone, are great at pulling heat out of dishes. Keep your drinks toasty with a quilted mug rug made from fabric scraps.
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