She seeks wool and flax, and works willingly with her hands. Proverbs 31:13

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Apron Fun

After working for so long on the white/beige rag quilt, I desperately needed some color.  I've been wanting to make a new apron, so this was a good time to play. I couldn't find a pattern to suit me, and I rarely follow directions anyway, so I designed my own.

 I wanted the neck strap to button rather than tie, and since I am left-handed, it needed to button on the left side. As I mentioned previously, I love birds. So when I came across this bird fabric, I knew it was the one. I pulled out a green from my stash that matched the foliage, and finished it with canary yellow bias tape that matched the color of the goldfinches. For the waist ties, I cut a 3" horizontal strip, folded it right sides together and sewed it like a tube, then turned it right side out and pressed. Cut it in half and sewed one tie to each side. I did this for the neck strap also, making a buttonhole on the end of the left side of the strap, and sewed it to the top of the apron on the right side with a button on top.

 This used only half of a yard of the bird fabric ( I had a yard so that I could use it lengthwise-I cut it in half on the lengthwise fold), along with some of the contrasting green fabric, and was quick to make. I still have half a yard of the bird fabric left, so I may make another apron in a different style.

I cook a lot, as you will know if you read my vegetarian cooking blog and I tend to be clumsy and spill/drop things regularly, so I love aprons!! Here is a shot of it being worn-pay no attention to the model, it's not a good shot of me, it was 90 degrees when this was taken ;)



  1. Oh, Janet, this is great.......the two girl cousins, each modeling their apron today !

    Yours is absolutely STUNNING ! I love your design, and that bird fabric !!!!!!!

    In my own defense, I did get SIX made today !

    I couldn't help myself, though.......I decided to keep the African-design one for hubster !

  2. Wow, Dolly, Six! You are just amazing!! I am in love with the african print one you made!:)

  3. I love aprons but I don't own one. Go figure? Your's is so bright and cheery. Lovely!

  4. Allison, thanks! I spill and drop so much I would ruin all my clothes without an apron! ;-)

  5. Great job on the apron. Love that bird print.

  6. Thanks Marguerite! I always enjoy your bird photos!!

  7. Oh, that is so pretty! I love the bird print, too.