French country kitchen
With a touch of shabby chic mixed with the simplicity of natural linen, you can create a food haven for the family.
Hide the washing machine behind a curtain, sew an apron and learn step by step how to make a divided scone holder
Hide your laundry equipment away behind charming curtains. The secret lies in using a different technique for each fabric panel.
Difficulty: advanced, must have some knowledge of stitchcraft Time: two full days
1 Measure the opening (length and width) where the curtains will hang and plan your panels – you will repeat one fabric print to have four panels (for these curtains we have used the same fabric for panels 2 and 4).
2 Cut the fabrics according to your measurements, with 2cm extra on all sides for seam allowances, as follows: cut the top panel three times the width of the opening for ample gathering pleats – make sure this panel makes provision for the rod’s casing at the top.
3 The second panel is cut simply according to the width, plus seam allowances all around.
4 The third panel is cut one and a half times the width for gathering in.
5 The fourth panel is cut one and a half to one and three-quarters times the width – according to the width of your box pleats.
1 Overlock all the raw edges of the panels to prevent the fabric fraying when you make the box pleats and the gathering pleats.
2 Begin with the top panel. Stitch two rows of gathering stitches along the top and bottom edges of the fabric, as well
as in the middle, where the stitching will be worked when the edge is folded over for the rod casing. Pull in all the gathering threads to the desired width.
3 Fold over the top edge of the panel and stitch along the gathering stitches in the middle, with the binding placed in between to strengthen the seam.
4 Now take panel 2 and stitch the piping along the top edge of the panel. (If you can’t find piping in the required colour, you can make your own.) Now stitch the bottom edge of panel 1 to the top edge of panel 2 with the right sides facing.
5 Work two rows of gathering stitches along the top and bottom edges of panel 3 and pull in the gathering threads to the desired width. Stitch panels 2 and 3 together with the right sides facing. Stitch the ribbon tape over this seam.
6 Take your last panel and fold in box pleats so that the top edge of panel 4 fits the bottom edge of panel 3. Press the pleats in place and stitch down. Now stitch panel 4 to panel 3 with the right sides facing.
7 Fold in narrow double hems along the sides of the curtain and stitch down. Make sure your curtain is the correct length, trim if necessary, fold in a narrow double hem along the bottom edge and stitch down.
‘Eggs’ sign from Peter Osborn Furniture. Pestle and mortar from Weylandts. Tea towel from Onsite Gallery.
Nothing compares with an apron long and wide enough to fold around you to protect your clothes.
Draft the pattern on pages 72-73 onto dressmaker’s graph paper. Fold the fabric in half and pin the pattern to the fabric with the centre front on the fold. Cut out (3cm seam allowances are already included) and also cut out the pocket, waistbands and neckband.
1 Clip in the curve of the armhole in the seam allowance, fold over to the inside and press flat. Stitch a narrow double hem all around the apron. 2 Fold the waist ties and neckband in half lengthwise with the right sides together and stitch the long edge and one end of each band. Turn through to the right side and press the seams flat. 3 Stitch the waist ties to the side edges of the apron. Fold the seam allowance at the open end of the neckband to the inside and stitch the band to one side at the top edge of the apron. 4 Make a large buttonhole at the top edge of the other side of your apron, for the loose end of the neckband to be threaded through and tied securely. 5 Fold over the top edge of the pocket and stitch down. Fold in the seam allowances along the other three sides, pin the pocket to the apron and stitch in position. Stitch down the middle of the pocket through both layers to form two separate pockets.
Tray cloth and tea towel from Onsite Gallery. Knife from @home.
Model: Helena from Full Circle. Hair and make-up: Lyndall from Supernova.