Thursday, November 5, 2009

Making a Christmas Apron

This craft is featured over at Dollar Store Crafts!

Yesterday, I posted that I had made an apron using a photo I had found online. It's supposed to be a childrens apron made from a dishtowel & pot holder, only it came out huge. I haven't yet started working on that apron to size it down, but will do that at some point today.

This morning, I grabbed the other set I had bought, which happens to be Christmas themed. Or, rather, snow themed. The pot holder is star shaped, and white, with a red snow flake on it. The dishtowel is printed red with white snow flakes on it.
To start off with, I decided on the length, and opted to just cut the towel in half, length wise, giving me enough material for 2 aprons. If you do these this way, and get a 2 pack of pot holders at Dollar Tree, you can make an apron for $1, plus the cost of the ribbon used! I then messed around with it a bit, and played with pleats before settling on a loose box pleat in the front, with the white edges folded to the back.
This made the towel the perfect width for the pot holder, and created a gathered, more girlish apron 'skirt'. Once I had the pleats I wanted, I pinned it in place, and sewed a zig zag stitch straight across to hold it in place before attaching it to the pot holder.

When I got that done, I arranged the pot holder, and sewed it from the back, so I could see where the towel met up with the pot holder, just a simple zig zag stitch, with the ends reinforced with a back stitch. I took a moment to get all artsy with my photos, and took a few macros. ;)
This morning while I was starting the project, I cut the loop off the top of the pot holder, and nicked the bias that edged the pot holder, so that white was showing through. After a few minutes contemplation, I decided to add a simple bow to the front top where the nick is.
To do this, I took a small length of white ribbon, and folded it over on itself, then sewed a line to hold it in place. After that, I used the cut off loop of bias tape, and cinched the middle of the bow together, leaving a small tail behind it, which I used to sew the bow onto the pot holder.

After that, to keep the bow down far enough to cover the nick, I hand stitched the backsides of the bow loops directly to the potholder. I think it turned out super cute, and added a bit more girly to the apron.

Lastly, I attached the straps to the front and sides. For the sides, I opted to 'hide' the stitches as much as possible. To do this, I folded the front of the pot holder up, and safety pinned the sides of it together. I sewed the side ribbons straight to the towel, where it is covered by the pot holder.
What do you think? I love this one!
Also, check out the Re-Do I did of Yesterday's Apron!


Heather - said...

That's soooooo adorable. LOVE it!! I would love to see your first attempt too... ha ha, maybe we would need two potholders for an adult-sized one... might be a little too racy, though, huh? ;)

Expressions by Heather said...

My first attempt is the next post down, actually!

Anonymous said...

Where did you find your cute towel and pot holder set? Have you thought about making up a bunch of these and selling them at a local craft fair? Add in the spatula and whisk and sell 'em for $10! I bet you'd sell a bunch. I'd buy a couple! One with a black bow tie for a little boy, perhaps?

Expressions by Heather said...

That is a cute idea for a boy, Law! Thanks!

I found this set at Dollar Tree. They also had the pot holder in light blue & white, but no matching towel at my local one.

I want to drive into the "big city" this weekend, and see what I can find at the various DT's there in town.

Dollar Tree is a great source for many of the supplies I use. I prefer it when I find a cute potholder 2-pack, as opposed to a 1 pack, because it lowers the costs!

Expressions by Heather said...

I do think that next year, I would like to try and stock pile some crafts so I can do a show or two. This year, I got started too late to make a stock pile, though.

Adding the spoon & whisk is a great idea!

michelle@somedaycrafts said...

Brilliant! Love this idea! That apron is so cute with the boW!

Jen @ said...

Wow - that is so cute! I NEED to make one of those! Awesome!

Thanks for linking up!