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Yet Another Apron Not For Me

I seem to be on an apron kick lately.  I have made three in the last eight months, and not much else.  I guess making aprons is an easy way to satisfy the itch to sew without having to bother with all of the pattern tracing/fitting/etc. involved in garment sewing.

I really like the fabric I chose!

The latest apron apron is a (belated) birthday gift for my sister. I used the same pattern as the apron I made for my Grandma at Christmas:  the “Short Pleated Apron” from Amy Butler’s book In Stitches.

I love this pattern!  It is fairly quick to make and very satisfying to sew, plus you get to use fun prints.  I really must make one for myself one of these days!

Me modeling the apron.

I had a fun experience buying the fabric for this apron.  We have a great local yarn shop here called Jimmy Beans Wool (they also sell their products online – check them out!).  They recently moved to a new location and started carrying fabric.  I decided to check out the new store and buy fabric for the apron all in one trip.  When I got to the shop, I was disappointed to find that they only had the yarn and related knitting/crochet paraphernalia on display.  No fabric to be found!

When I asked a salesperson if I could order fabric online and pick it up at the store (I can), she said I could go back to the warehouse and shop, as long as there was someone back there to help me.  I had the place to myself, and the woman working the fabric orders was very helpful and friendly.  It felt like a private shopping experience!  No line waiting for my fabric to be cut!

Hot pads!

In addition to the apron, I also made my sister two coordinating hot pads.  The hot pads pattern came from the book One-Yard Wonders.  Making the hot pads was a revelation!  So easy to create custom hot pads or oven mitts.  I may never buy hot pads again!

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Short Pleated Apron

I have been very busy with cooking and sewing projects so I have a lot to fill you in on!  You will hopefully be seeing a flurry of posts from me in the next few days.

First up is this cute apron I made for my Grandma.  When she asked for an apron for Christmas this year, I jumped at the chance to make her one!

The pattern comes from Amy Butler’s book In Stitches.  It’s a great pattern!  It is pretty quick to make and has some wonderful little details.

I love that the apron is pleated instead of gathered:

It has a cute little pocket:

And I love this little pleat where the tie meets the waistband:

I had to give up on a couple of the sewing gifts I had planned to make this year because I just ran out of time.  The fabric for these items is already cut out, so soon after Christmas I hope to sew them up and then I will have a couple of gifts ready to go!

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