Why do I not sew more things for the kitchen? I really do not know. I could make all sorts of fancy tea towels and potholders and stuff. I must work on that.
This week, I have finally had a little time to myself to sew, so I thought I would make mixer covers – a quick and easy project that could be started and finished within a few days. There is nothing like a quick project for a bit of instant gratification.
I have been meaning to make a couple of mixer covers for a while. My KitchenAid mixer is too tall to fit in any of our kitchen cupboards, so it has to live out on the bench where it collects dust. A pretty tea towel artfully draped over it was never going to be a long-term fix.
I bought Bustle and Sew’s appliqué mixer cover pattern in December last year. I had planned to follow it properly, but I ended up using an image I found online for the appliqué and skipping the embroidered text. Also, instead of scribbly raw-edge appliqué, I used the machine appliqué technique I learned in Mariya Waters’s class as it allowed me to turn under my edges. I was waving a glue stick about like there was no tomorrow.
These are really easy to make. Less than a metre of fabric and two metres of ribbon is all you need. Interfacing (I used a woven fusible) and fancy appliqué decoration are optional. The hardest part, as always, was choosing which fabrics to use, but the lining for the blue one was a no-brainer. That fabric is from the Milk Cow Kitchen range by Mary Jane for Moda.
No more dusty mixer! Maybe these will encourage me to bake?
What would you sew for your kitchen? Do you have a favourite kitchen-related sewing pattern I should try?
In other news, I have been keeping up with my Bee, Myself and I blocks. I have 43 completed flowering snowball blocks and more bits cut out or half sewn, but I cannot show you as I have no design wall on which to photograph them. The design wall has been taken down while the spare bedroom is temporarily turned into packing central. We have boxes of stuff stacked in there ready to be collected and taken to the holiday house we recently bought on the other side of the country. Why so far? It is in the country town where my stepdaughter lives. My big job in the next fortnight will be to put together a set of basic sewing supplies to leave at the holiday house. We have to fly each way (or drive for a week) so I will only have this one chance to send anything I might need. I have my old sewing machine, old cutting mat, a spare pair of sewing scissors and a few other oddments set aside already. If you were in my shoes, what else would you put in your sewing survival kit?