Monday, February 22, 2010

The easiest thing I have ever made!

You know, I've wanted to make myself an apron for ages and ages. Why don't I seem to find time to make things for myself? I do have a couple bags I've made for myself, but an apron seemed like a bigger project to tackle. I have oodles of apron patterns because I can't seem to resist buying them when they go on sale for 99 cents. I've yet to make anything from one of them! I dug this picture out of the archives from last year and I have to confess that my apron pattern collection has only grown since then.

The other day I went shopping with Ivy and found some very cute dish towels at the Dollar Tree. I got them home and was surprised to see one had a label still attached from Crate and Barrel. They were nice quality towels of a pleasant weight and generous size. My plan was to turn these into aprons since I could remember seeing more than one tutorial on the subject. When I got home, I found inspiration from several different tutorials and then I just looked at the apron I already have and went with it. I cut off the top corners using my old apron as the guide, although it was a little wider than the dish towels so I had to adjust just a teensy bit. Then I grabbed a pack of double bias tape that I'd picked up on clearance at Walmart just because it was on clearance and I knew I'd have a use for it someday. I pinned it in place and then sewed all along the whole length of the bias tape. And I had an apron in about ten minutes! It was amazingly simple. Not being one to leave well enough alone, though, my apron needed a pocket. I knew that if I didn't get a pocket on it right away, it most likely would never get a pocket. So I found some little squares of fabric that were already cut and sewed them into a nine-patch, but decided it would be too big. I trimmed it down a little and backed it with white muslin and attached it to my apron with a little rick rack trim along the top and called my apron done! It was so easy, and it seems funny to me that the pocket actually took longer than the apron. The whole project was done in next to no time, though.

I bought a couple more towels in different prints and am going to make a half-apron for Ivy that I'll be able to post soon, hopefully.

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I am a thirty-something mother of two girls and a boy ranging from preschool to middle school. My husband and I keep working and reworking on our goal of raising our family healthier. Our house is a constant work under construction--adding on and remodeling. We're happy to have bought our property a few years ago, but as any homeowners know, owning a home just adds to your list of projects and chores because there's always improvements to be made and maintenance to be done. On our burgeoning homestead, we have chickens, guineas, a few goats, and our most recent additions-rabbits.

About This Blog

I picked the name Petalz and Finz a couple years ago when I decided to try Etsy out. I wanted to custom make some baby related items and have things for girls and boys. I felt the name incorporated both my kids (at the time) into it--petalz for Ivy and finz for Finn.

I haven't had time to do much of anything with my Etsy for a while, but it's still my in my long term goals. In the mean time, I'm having fun with this blog thing. I've found some creative inspiration through my own posting, but also through many other wonderful blogs out there.

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