Kitchen Ideas

Striped window shades, bar-stool seat covers, sink skirt and matching valance, and a pig-applique tea towel

Striped Window Shades

You need: pressure curtain rod; striped fabric; beaded fringe; sewing supplies.

Cutting: Install pressure rod in window frame. Measure from rod to length of desired curtain. Add 5" for seam allowances and hems. Measure width of curtain. Add 2" for hems. Cut one piece to desired measurements.

Sewing: Sew 1/2" double hem along each side edge. Fold 1/2" along top and bottom edge to wrong side and press. Fold top edge 2 1/2" to wrong side again and sew across for casing. Fold and sew 1 1/2" hem along bottom edge. Sew fringe onto bottom edge of curtain. Slip curtain onto rod.

Bar-Stool Seat Covers

You need: brown paper; faux suede fabric in two colors; cotton cording, 1/4" diameter; sewing supplies.

Preparing: Draw seat shape on paper. Add 1/2" all around and cut out to use as a pattern. Measure around seat, adding 1" for seam allowance. Measure desired length of skirt. Ours is 6". Add 2" for seam allowance and hems. From faux suede fabric, cut one seat piece for each chair. Cut one skirt piece to obtained measurements. Cut one bias strip from contrasting faux suede fabric, 1 1/2" x circumference of seat piece, adding 1/2" to length.

Sewing: With wrong sides together, fold bias strip in half lengthwise. Tuck cotton cording in folded bias strip for piping. With raw edges aligned, position piping around outer edges of seat piece and pin in place. With right sides facing, sew short edges of skirt piece together to make a loop. Pin skirt piece around seat piece and sew in place. Fold 1/2" to wrong side along lower edge of skirt piece and press. Fold " to wrong side again and sew for hem.

Sink Skirt

You need: spring rod with hooks; striped fabric; sewing supplies.

Cutting: Install spring rod on wall on either side of sink. Measure from rod to length of desired skirt. Add 5" for seam allowances and hems. Measure width of skirt. Double width measurement and add 2" for hems. Cut one piece to desired measurements.

Sewing: Sew 1/2" double hem along each side edge. Fold 1/2" along top and bottom edge to wrong side and press. Fold top edge 2 1/2" to wrong side again —and sew across for casing. Fold and sew 1 1/2" hem along bottom edge. Slip skirt onto spring rod.

Matching Valance

You need: curtain rod; striped fabric; sewing supplies.

Cutting: Install curtain rod above window. Measure from rod to length of desired curtain. Add 5" for seam allowances and hems. Measure width of curtain. Add 2" for hems. Cut one piece to desired measurements.

Sewing: Sew 1/2" double hem along each side edge. Fold 1/2" along top and bottom edge to wrong side and press. Fold top edge 2 1/2" to wrong side again and sew across for casing. Fold and sew 1 1/2" double hem along bottom edge. Slip valance onto curtain rod.

Pig-Applique Tea Towel

You need: iron-on fusible web; transfer paper; tea towel; pink fabric; scraps of gingham fabric; pink and brown thread; sewing supplies.

Preparing: Enlarge and print a pig motif to fit on tea towel. Motifs are reversed for transferring. Transfer design to paper side of fusible web. Transfer an extra bow and four hooves to fusible web. Cut out. Following manufacturer's instructions, fuse pig motif to wrong side of pink fabric. Fuse bow and hooves to wrong side of gingham fabric. Cut out fabric pieces. Fuse bow and hooves onto right side of pig. Fuse pig to tea towel.

Embroidering: Using black thread in machine, work close satin-stitch around bow and hooves. Using pink thread, satin-stitch around outside of pig, legs, ears, face and tail. With brown thread, satin-stitch inner ear and snout. Using sewing needle, hand-embroider two small, black eyes and eyebrows and nostrils in snout.