Sewing to Spruce Up Your Kitchen

By on September 6, 2020

You can use your sewing machine to spruce up your kitchen. You will get functionality out of the projects and, most importantly, save money. The range of items you can make is vast; including coasters, tea towels, and potholders.

So what are some of the items you can spruce up your kitchen with?

Tea Towels

Tea towels are easy to make, and you can incorporate different colors and designs for more variety. You will need:

  • 1-yard absorbent fabric
  • Sewing machine
  • Matching thread
  • Iron
  • ½” grosgrain ribbon
  • Pins
  • A standard size kitchen towel measures 18 inches by 28 inches. When cutting, include an extra inch for hemming purposes. One yard should give you four towels.
  • If the material has any wrinkles, use the iron to smooth them out.
  • Now, hem the pieces using the sewing machine. The fold should be about a quarter of an inch.
  • Put the grosgrain ribbon on top of the fold, and you are done.
  • Washing the towels before using them will soften them.


Do you want to know how to make a simple reversible DIY placemat? Here’s how.

  • Two rectangular pieces of fabric, depending on the size you want with a 1-inch allowance
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Matching thread
  • Iron


  • Iron out any wrinkles on the fabric.
  • Lay one of the rectangular fabrics on top of the other.
  • Pin the sides into place
  • Sew all the edges but leave a 3-inch gap on one corner.
  • Snip the corners so that they lay flat
  • Flip the mat inside out. Iron the sides’ flat, paying extra attention to the edges.
  • Now, sew a topstitch to lay it flat and keep it that way.
  • Close the gap for a finished look.


  • 2 cotton fabrics measuring 8 by 8 inches
  • One towel measuring 8 by 8 inches
  • Pins
  • sewing machine
  • Iron
  • Ribbon or a loop if you prefer to hang the potholder


  • Place the cotton squares with the right sides facing each other.
  • Put the towel on top.
  • Pin all the fabrics together.
  • Now sew the edges with the sewing machine leaving a 3-inch gap.
  • Trim off any excess towel.
  • Snip the corners so that they lay flat.
  • Turn the potholder inside out.
  • On one side, you will have fabric plus the towel. On the other, you will have the material only.
  • Fold in the opening and close the gap. If you are incorporating a loop, use the hole to secure the loop.
  • Do a top stitch around the potholder and trim any strings. It is crucial to ensure that you have one continuous line when sewing the top stitch.


You do not need to spend a lot of money to spruce up your kitchen. All you need is a little time and a sewing machine check out, and you’re good to go. Using our tutorial above should be easy, and you can have as many designs as you wish. Kitchen accessories also make fantastic gifts for family and friends. Creating your own is inexpensive yet a gift that most people will appreciate.


Super Fun Picnic

By on March 2, 2017

I have been cooking a lot lately. It is one of my favorite pastimes. I like to punctuate my sessions in the kitchen, however, with photo shoot jobs. As a food stylist, I am somewhat in demand so I get my wish pretty often. I either make or buy the food and create the ideal setup for the photographer. Most of my work is indoors so I get excited if I have to prepare a lavish picnic in the park. It will be a larger layout than usual. I do a lot of jobs for culinary experts and these mostly consist of simple blogs. I can do many in one week. Most chefs do not know how to arrange food properly by size, shape, texture, and color. They think that plating means a small portion in the center. For public consumption, you need to be more lavish. My picnic will be easy as it will consist of many dishes.

I think about just what park will do and I prefer a local one in the hills where there is a nice valley view. I first need to scout it out so a friend and I take our mountain bikes that I bought after reading a guide from On Road and Mountain out for a spin. We reach the park in a half an hour and set about exploring a trail that winds through it. It is a glorious day to be outside, so of course our cameras come out when we stop to check out the view. We look for a clearing where we can set up the photo shoot. This park has picnic tables so I wouldn’t have to rent them and have them hauled to a designated spot. We want to test the location so we get out the food I have prepared for the scouting day and we dig in. While biking is exhilarating and fun, there is nothing like a lunch break. I made some special dishes that would potentially be part of the photo shoot. I would put them in a variety of vessels which would include colorful ceramic bowls and wooden platters. In a good photo shoot, a stylist will make sure that everything compliments the other well. You place large containers next to small so it is not just a lineup of the same size. Color must be the primary consideration and there must be a lot of it. I am thinking about all of these requirements as my friend and I eat.

Advanced planning made the photo shoot go perfectly. I had the table composition entirely in my head. I brought enough food so that I could pick and choose what I needed on the spot. The crew for the day could eat what they wanted. Outdoor lighting is usually sufficient, but if it begins to cloud over, you need some lighting. I decided to take some photos with and without artificial lighting and compare the results. Then you don’t have to go back and redo the whole setup if the images are too dark.