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Gingham, often known for its microchecks, can also go big and bold, as is the case with this blue-and-white version with two-inch checks. Stretch the fabric over plywood panels to make an attention-getting screen.
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Gingham's perfect squares provide a guide for stitching when smocking the top of a curtain.
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Smocked Gingham Curtain
Rethink the ruffly gingham curtain. This one is made from slubby linen in a hushed beige shade sophisticated enough for an adult's bedroom.
And even if your knitting skills max out at scarves, you can make a blanket with quick-to-knit (not even stockinette!) strips: When scarves of alternating stripes are sewing together, they create a gingham pattern.
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Enlist the kids' help to create a cast of cloth characters. Download the patterns, then get them stitching, stuffing, and hairstyling.
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Sewing on a linen pocket makes a store-bought apron more fun and functional.
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A combo of colors and check sizes form an inviting table setting.
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Cut linoleum tiles into smaller quadrants and arrange them into a gingham-style entryway.
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Coasters with contrasting stitching pop when placed on a smaller-check gray gingham tablecloth, turned into oilcloth with iron-on vinyl.
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Turn a basket into a good-looking tote with a gingham liner.
Medium Tipaku African basket, from Dosa, 212-431-1733.
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Gingham is a repeating pattern of three colors in four squares: white next to a medium shade, over the same medium shade next to a darker shade. As such, fashioning a gingham pattern for a kitchen blacksplash is far easier than it might seem. And it's a simple way to bring color and pattern to a kitchen dominated by white cabinets. Make a large gingham trivet with the same tiles to hold staples.