In the Kitchen with Tsuru | Bordered Dishtowels + Tutorial

As promised, and unfortunately the last in our In the Kitchen with Tsuru series, we have Patchwork Bordered Dishtowels. This is a great project for using scraps of fabric. The use of 100% linen here is an exceptionally nice option because of its absorbent and lint-free qualities. 
Click for Patchwork Bordered Dishtowels tutorial.

In the Kitchen with Tsuru | Placemats & Tipped Napkins + Tutorial

These two projects go hand in hand with one another. A spin-off of the Pot Holders we featured earlier this week, but made in an impressive 15″ diameter size! Same pattern, only bigger. Along with the mats we have a very simple linen Tipped Napkin with coordinating Tsuru patterns to match each placemat.
Click for the Tipped Napkin* tutorial.

*Note: Image shown is slightly different from project directions.

In the Kitchen with Tsuru | Hanging Tray Holder + Tutorial

Here’s something nifty. This project was inspired by an item hanging in Michelle’s mom’s house. We’ve been meaning to make one for this blog, and Tsuru really lent itself to the idea. Click for the directions to make the Hanging Tray Tutorial.

This piece can also be used to hold cook books and other rather flat items. We hope you enjoy this project and if you make one of your own, we’d love to see!

Note: Image shown is slightly different from project directions.

Contoured Burp Cloths Revisited

We hope you enjoyed GeoCentric week! You may have notice we didn’t post on Friday and that’s because it’s taking some work to coordinate our little models. We’ll be sure to show you the last great project asap. In the meantime we have new fabrics to highlight! Nursery Flannel starts shipping tomorrow and we’ll be posting some cuddly goodies this week.

Nursery Flannel Ele-fete in Shell and Sky, Crumbs in Grass and Earth

Our contoured burp cloth tutorial is probably the most popular link on this blog. We thought we’d share the Flannel Edition to inspire further!

This flannel is so super soft and comfy. It’s also nicely absorbent. So, these burp cloths won’t just look great, they’ll perform great, too!

You can make 4 of these with 4 fat quarters. Just mix n’ match them up.

Simple Table Runner Tutorial

Time to update the credenza with something more vibrant. This project took about 1/2hr start to finish. Little time, big impact!
GeoCentric in ZigZag | Coral and as a back, Earth Solid from Nursery Basics.
Measure your table top. I subtracted 2″ from both lengths so that the wood of the table top would evenly frame the piece when finished. This table top was 46″ x 18″ – so, we measured our fabric to be 44″ x 16″.
Pin right sides together (lining up the edges) Stitch around perimeter using a 1/2″ seam allowance.


Stitch all around leaving a 3-4″ opening in order to turn inside out.


Clip the corners.


Turn inside out. Using a pointy object (like a bone folder) push out the corners to make them neat. Crease the edges and press, making sure to that the base fabric does not peek past the edge of the top fabric. Pin to hold in place.


Topstitch 1/4″ from edge all around, including the area that was open- this will seal it closed. Press well. Finished!


Ladder Quilt Tutorial

Today’s project is an inspired one. Lu Summers blogged a day in pictures and the quilt she featured just spoke to us. We didn’t have quite the same tonal quality fabrics that Summersville (Lu’s own fabric collection with Moda) has but the rhythm of the pattern really got us excited to try something similar with our very colorful Happy Drawing.
Ladder Quilt – sewn by Christen Barber

Yardage requirements for a 40″ w x 48″ h quilt top is:

  • 1/4yd of each print (10 prints)
  • 1 1/2yd of white (or solid accent)

This tutorial won’t go into backing and binding, but according to this handy calculator, you’ll need:

  • 1/3 yd binding fabric (for 2″ binding strips)
  • 1 1/3yd backing fabric

Of all prints, cut 2.5″h x 8.5″w rectangles. In your white/solid color accent, cut 1.5″ x 8.5″ strips.

Fabric cutting measurements and quantities
quilt layout

To assemble:

*all seam allowances measure 1/4″
1.  Work in columns.
Starting in column 1, stitch prints in order shown in diagram, alternating the prints and using a strip of white/accent solid between each.
Press seams away from white (if you are using).
2. When columns are complete, stitch columns to each other as shown in diagram.
Press seams any way you prefer.
3. Your top is done! Just back and bind and enjoy. Below is a detail of Christen’s quilting as a suggestion.
Assembly directions
Quilting detail suggestion – stitch in the white/accent solid.