It's all about gingham in the newest issue of Living. From tiny checks on a tablecloth to large squares on a folding screen, this pattern covers all the bases.
Take this curtain, for instance. We gave it a decorative detail by adding smocking—a traditional sewing technique in which fabric is gathered so it can stretch.
The squares in the gingham pattern act as sewing guides so you can make perfectly spaced stitches. As the thread makes knots in the front, it floats between the squares in the back of the fabric. (For the template and more instructions, click here.)