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Are we talking aprons????

While we are on the subject of aprons…. Here is another pattern I picked up, but not at Hobby Lobby. I stumbled on it while at Uhm, cough, Wal-Mart. 

Yeah, yeah yeah, what can I say. Sure I can sit at JoAnns and sit through looking through books of patterns but I’m on limited time. This one just popped out at me on one of their racks. I do have other patterns I purchased but dang, this one is sooooo easy. Maybe that’s why Simplicity came up with “Its So Easy”. The other thing when Hobby Lobby has their patterns on sale the it’s so easy is NOT 99 cents, they stay at the 6 dollar price. Remember I used to work there. Oh yeah I quit my day job to pursue my dream. 

Anyways this pattern at Walmart was under two bucks. You can’t go wrong can you. Pattern number A8120. Comes in 3 sizes and a little girls pattern too! 

The thing I like about this pattern is that it has a big pocket for the front and then the back that creates that big pocket. Then the waist band. Did I tell you I really don’t look at the instructions? I just look and toss to the side. Maybe because I’m a seasoned sewer. 

Basically the biggest part is making the waistband. The fast and easy is attaching the bias tape to the pocket edges and the edges to the two main pattern pieces.

Most of the aprons I am making are 14-16, however I’m an 18 and these fit me. Only takes less than 7/8th of fabric, but if you know how to lay the pattern you can use less. Even when I am short on fabric for the waistband, I know how to improvise. I even make the straps longer. 

When I did the first set of aprons I asked my daughter, pattern says use contrasting fabric for waistband. I said don’t you think the same fabric as the pocket looks better?she said visual mom, visual, lol. Yes she is like me. Grabbed the fabric laid it and she said yup you got it. Don’t use the plain stuff. On the pink Eiffel Tower, ran out of fabric and bought it last year so I had to opt for plain. But heck it looks great!

Here are the first ones completed, 4 more to finish, but heck I’m not done making these. I have a lot of polka dot fabric to make a lot of these “retro style half aprons”! 

The gal at the new location saw photos of these and she said these are a must.

Am I having fun yet? I think so.

ENJOY and like and share!! 

   
    
 

Coffee Anyone?

Whats your favorite Java? To tell you the truth I don’t drink coffee, but there are times that I do grab one, just because the smell overcomes me. I am more of a flavor hot chocolate lover and tea lover. I am starting to try new teas, but I limit myself with how much I drink a day. Too much caffeine is not good for me. I also refrain from drinking too much sodas.

Last week I took a day making aprons and a day for huck towels. I am getting ready to set these up in a few weeks at Nickorbob’s Home Decor, where I have a booth. I’ve been trying to think of a form of staging. I actually found a old coffee or tea pot and shined it up really nice. Now I was looking for old tins of coffee but I think I won’t succeed. I’ve decided just to grab a couple different flavors of coffee with a coffee cup. Put them in a nice box and nicely place one of my towels by the box. A card saying, “A perfect pick me up or special treat for that coffee lover”. I mean how many friends do you have that LOVE coffee and is always carrying a cup from Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts or one of the many other coffee houses out there.

These designs on the aprons and towels are major thread count. Rule of thumb, when a design is stitch intense, the end result, item will be more expensive. No wonder it took me a day for the aprons and 2 for the towels. However, I will admit, it was worth the time to stitch these out. They are beautiful. I know I would “hate” to wear one of the aprons and worry about getting a stain on it, cause after washing them you definitely have to iron. And the towels, to good to use, better for show. I know there are lots of ladies out there that when they decorate their kitchens, there are towels for using daily and then there are those towels that “are not” to be¬†TOUCHED. These are definitely display. I will add this side note, these coffee cups can be customized to your personal taste, to match your decor of your kitchen.

On both the aprons and towels the stabilizer I used was tear away, iron on. Just as a reminder, I used the iron on tear away mostly because it holds the fabric in place and is perfect for all types of projects. I know I’ve been out of the loop with embroidery stuff, such as new products, so I’m going to have to check out some of my past suppliers to see whats new in the embroidery world.

Take a peak at the aprons and towels. Most of my designs are purchased from EmbLibrary, unless I mention, the Roosters and Frogs were not from there, just a fyi if you ever go looking. At EmbLibrary any design I purchase I can embroider and sell my wares.

Christmas Baby Bibs, Lighted Compact Mirrors and more

Here are the photos of my crafts I’ve been working on this week that I have noted in some of my blogs.

Here are the zipper pulls as I call them, but I don’t know if the opening of the closure will allow to fit into a zipper, so they can be used for other items. These designs were from EmbLibrary and were reduced in size in Embird. I was going to put beads on the eyes, but decided against it. Look close for the monkey in the photo.

Next bunch of photos are the Christmas Baby Bibs that I made. Made one in blue, pink and white. For some odd reason I am missing a snowman. Don’t know if he melted when he was in the dryer, but I looked twice and couldn’t find him no where. I like Santa Baby and the penquin without the candy cane!

Aw the reindeer bib wouldn’t post…. Now here are my lighted compacts that I did today and the last photo is an item I didn’t mention about, but I did it around dinner time. I thought these penquins would look cute on an apron. The designs on the compacts are from Anita Goodesigns, Viva La France and the penquins are from BFC Embroidery and I believe Fred did them. I will be doing a selection of aprons in the coming days, so come back to check them out.

ENJOY!