For several years now, I have wanted to make aprons for all the ladies in my life–my sister, my sisters-in-law, my mom, my mother-in-law, and even the aunts. This year, I finally got around to making them.
I hit a great sale at Joanne Fabrics, and I just pick up every fabric that I liked off the sale rack. I hoped that they would all go together. I tried to group some fabrics together, but I was still sporting a nasty summer cold, and my mind just couldn’t make a decision.
I then googled “vintage aprons” and got my ideas from there.
I just got them in the mail, so I thought I would share the finished products with you. The only problem is that I had to model them. And I don’t particularly like photos of myself. I thought about cropping my head out of every photo, but then realized that wasn’t exactly a lesson I would want to pass on to my girls.
So here goes.
But it took a little bit of courage to post all these photos with myself in them.
Here is my first attempt.
Let’s try that again.
For Jenny: I was thrilled to find this fabric by April Cornell on the sale rack. I love all of her patterns. I got the idea for the knotted ties from this photo.
The waist ties were checkered.
At the bottom I added these two prints. The apron is reversible, but I didn’t get a photo of the reverse side.
There is no disguising it. This is our livingroom/classroom.
For Lisa: I adore polk-a-dots. This is my “Pretty Woman” apron.
Here’s a detail of the top.
For my MIL: I had fun mixing all the patterns on this apron.
I liked the large pocket on this apron, so I copied it.
Again, I felt lucky to find another April Cornell print on the sale rack. I added two jingle bells to the top ties–just for fun. And maybe because I always remember a sermon I heard from Gordon Hayhoe about “a bell, and a pomegranate, a bell, and a pomegranate, . . .”
The button keeps the large pocket closed.
This apron is reversible. This is the flip side.
For Joanne: Part of the fun of making the aprons was trying to make one that “matched” the recipient. I got the idea for the ruffles on this apron from these photo.
And I am also not the only one to like “dingle balls” and sweet heart necklines.
On the next apron, I switched to pastel hues–soft colors.
For Jennie: This apron is long as it’s recipient it tall. It is reversible as well.
Here is the reverse side.
For Teresa: I used a pattern on this apron. I always wanted an apron like this when I was teaching art classes. When I was teaching, I always wore an apron loaded down with scissors, tape, pencil, pen, Sharpie, paperclips, rubber bands, detention slips, scrap paper, a hole punch, etc. . . I never had a cute apron, but rather a canvas or jean one.
This apron is also reversible and I ironed these flowers on the inside.
I used this same fabric on the next apron.
For Mom: The border at the bottom is the same red and white checked. The fabric on the top is based on Henri Matisse’s art. The fabric and the colors reminded me of my mom. I was so pleased when I found this Art Gallery fabric on the sale rack.
The reverse side of this apron is in a country print–kind of like the my mom. A little country and a little high art.
For Grace: This was the flounciest apron I made. I wanted it to be as over-the-top fun as I could. I wanted a “French bar-maid” look.
I got my idea for the pockets from this apron. And the double layer from this one.
The flower is detachable. Just sewn on a safety-pin.
For Faith: When I saw the yellow roses, I immediately thought of my sister.
I thought about bleaching this apron to really get the “vintage” look, but I chickened out.
I love all things vintage. And all this bright and sparkle-y.
For Lilly: I fell in love with this orange fabric when I walked into the store. It was the only fabric I bought that wasn’t on sale. I wish I had a dress out of this fabric.
For Aunt MJ: This is the Florida apron–made from some fabric I had left over from Florida and backed with a new fabric I found on the sale rack.
For Amy: This apron was the first one I made, and in some ways, it is still my favorite.
The apron is backed in the blue check. I have two little “yo-yo flowers” to add to the apron, but I can’t find the package of safety pins that I bought.
My mother-on-law told me the names of these flowers.
I liked this fabric, but struggled making the fabric into an apron that matched the fabric. I finally decided to go for “the cowboy” look.
Here is a detail. I wish I had a table cloth out of this fabric. I went back to look for more, but there is only about one yard left on the bolt. I guess I could buy it and make cloth napkins. They would look good with a jean tablecloth.
I still think this apron needs, “a little something”, but I can’t think of what it is, so I guess it is finished. A black and white checkered flower would look good, but I couldn’t find any more of that fabric.
So that is what I have been working on since late August. I have more fabric that I am dreaming about turning into more aprons. I enjoy making something that “doesn’t have to turn out perfectly.” I hope they wash up, as I mixed several different types of fabric.
So now here is the news. I made the last apron for you. (maybe) Just enter one thing for which you are thankful in the comments section to automatically be entered into the drawing.
And remember. Cooking is a little more fun with a “flouncy” apron.
P.S. I am working on an apron inspire by the one in the photo below.
But I need a little help. How is the fabric on the bottom ruffle cut. On the bias? In a half circle? I would love pointers.