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Monday, April 23, 2018
A few minutes for sewing!
I'm so tickled that I finally found time to complete a simple sewing project. I haven't sewed in months, maybe close to a year. Life has just been too busy.
A grandson's birthday was being celebrated this past weekend and I needed just one more gift for him. I checked my notebook where I keep birthday ideas and saw that at some point Josiah's mom had told me he needed a new apron. He has outgrown his and has to borrow an apron from her when he bakes.
Could I take the time? Should I take the time? Other responsibilities press in on me daily. I asked my husband if he thought I should take the time to do this. His hearty response: "You absolutely should! Things like this are important too."
I found an easy tutorial I had previously saved and set about making an apron pattern out of newspaper. Then I had to find some fabric. The birthday boy loves green, so I found some green checked fabric in my stash. This tutorial was for a reversible apron, and I was really stuck on what to use for the other side, when I came upon this fabric:
This piece of fabric was a gift from one of my daughters years ago -- it's a print of blueberries, raspberries and strawberries. I've hoarded it for years, unable to decide what to make with it. It does have sprigs of green in the print, so here was my answer.
I made and cut out the pattern, then cut the apron pieces out of fabric all on Friday. Saturday afternoon it only took an hour or possibly two to finish sewing the apron. I was so pleased with how it came out!
It was such a blessing to me to be able to sew. I hadn't realized how much I had missed it. The apron tutorial is here, if you are interested:Making it Fun. You can find this apron tutorial in the right sidebar under the name Classic Apron Tutorial. Click on the picture of the apron and the pdf appears for download or printing.
The tutorial has directions for both child and adult apron patterns. I made this one in between those two sizes, which differed by a couple of inches. Josiah is 10, but I wanted the apron to fit him for awhile. I am not sure I've ever made a reversible apron before, but this is a great tutorial and so easy. It went together so easily and was just plain fun to make. It would be even more fun with some really cute fabric, but I was determined to use something from my sizeable fabric stash.
I still have enough of the berry fabric left to use for some fun projects,
like mug mats or pot holders or something similar, so I'm happy.
And I'd say Josiah is pretty pleased, too.
So thankful I took the time to do this little project!
I live in scenic northern New England with my handsome husband. We're empty-nesters with a bunch of adorable grandchildren. We love (tent) camping and traveling, but don't get away as often as we'd like to.