Check out what I made - isn't it cute?!
Can anyone else remember the good old days when Gooseberry Patch sent out those beautiful mail order catalogs? I just loved all of the country decor and kitchen accessories. I especially loved all things crafty - I bought a Gooseberry Patch quilting book several years ago and saved it for the day I learned to quilt. Fortunately, I don't have to wait until that day to get my craftiness on. :)
Gooseberry Patch has done it again, coming out with a fabulous new book full of kitchen crafts for the beginner to advanced. Stitching for the Kitchen is a delicious book - the projects are SO CUTE! There's so much I want to make - the matching mother-daughter aprons, embroidered napkins, plastic bag dispenser, tote bag, rag rug, and denim placemat. The quilted wall hanging looks like a perfect intro to quilting for me, and the recycled sweater wine bottle cover is easy enough that anyone can do it!
The other thing I love, love, love about this book is that there are recipes to go with just about every project!
Take the project I picked - the divided bread basket. Not only do you get full instructions for making this cute and easy bread basket, but you also get a recipe for delicious dinner rolls to fill it. Yummy!
I have very limited sewing skills, but I still found this bread basket doable in just an afternoon. I liked it because it required very few supplies - just 2 pieces of fabric, matching thread, and some snaps!
The book recommends an OmniGrid circular ruler, but I didn't have one and didn't want to shell out the expense. So...I improvised!
I just took the side of a cereal box, poked two holes the appropriate distance apart, stuck a pencil in one side and a pin in the other, and drew my circle! Voila! A "pattern" made out of freezer paper - cost me nothing.
From there it was easy to cut circles out of my fabric...
Sew them together...
And finally assemble the finished product. The only thing I would suggest different from the instructions in the book would be to measure and mark guide lines on all circles before sewing them together - just makes things easier!
I just love my little bread basket. It was so easy that I am foreseeing lots of Christmas and hostess gifts in my future. :)
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