Recycle-Reinvent-Reuse

I inherited some wonderful vintage linens and handwork pieces that I love!  Those that are still in good shape, I make an effort to really use – I have a couple of Grandma’s doilies out and I use embroidered pillowcases whenever and where ever I can.  I love old tablecloths, hankies, dresser scarves and the like.  BUT, some of the pieces, while beautiful, were in poor shape due to holes, stains, or other problems.  Still, I couldn’t quite part with them and wanted to find a way to use them.  I made a few pillows incorporating beautifully embroidered scraps and, when I started making aprons, I experimented briefly with using these pieces.

One of the first used pieces from a small tablecloth to adorn the pockets of a retro-style bib apron.

A bit of rick rack - a little vintage embroidery!

A bit of rick rack – a little vintage embroidery!

Pocket detail.

Pocket detail.

I later used the remaining corner of the same apron in a similar fashion on a smock apron.

Embroidery piece appliqued onto smock pocket

Embroidery piece appliqued onto smock pocket

A larger tablecloth had several stains that weren’t coming out, so it became a half apron.

Tablecloth/apron!

Tablecloth/apron!

Yes, boys DO like aprons!

Went to a class recently, and the woman sitting next to me learned I made aprons.  I mentioned I made quite a few for my grandsons and she gave me a look like I must’ve slipped a cog.  “What?”  I said.  “Boys like aprons, too!”

My son c. 1987.

My son c. 1987.

My son has always loved cooking and baking since he was a little boy.

My littlest grandson loves to play restaurant, complete with a kitchen, felt food and a waiter’s apron.  All of my boys are called upon to model aprons for me I volunteer, Grandma!

Beware of kitchen props!

Beware of kitchen props!

sometimes they are even called upon to model girl aprons, but they’re pretty good sports about that, too!).That pretty little blonde . . .Another blonde in sunflowers!

ALL of the kids love to join in at Christmas time for our annual cookie making day.

Rolling pin class

Rolling pin class

Never call it a cookie 'gun' when working with boys!  UFFDA

Never call it a cookie ‘gun’ when working with boys! UFFDA

So, yes, boys DO LOVE APRONS!

Child Models – UFFDA!

Working with child models has a lot of challenges, as you can well imagine!  They wiggle, they giggle, they use their props for battles, they have the attention span of a gnat – but oh, the laughs we have!

It’s CURTAINS for you!

When my Dad passed away, I found a set of polka dot cafe curtains and valances in the miscellaneous stuff he had stored.  Where they came from, I have no idea, because I don’t remember there EVER having been such  curtains in our home.  At any rate, I snagged them, thinking I could use them somehow in an apron.

I did a couple of aprons with rows of the narrower valances used on the bottom – these were about 5″ long and pre-ruffled.

My first 'curtain valance' apron!

My first ‘curtain valance’ apron!

Later, I used one of the longer ruffles (about 8 or 9″, I think) on a different style apron.

Take #2 - I used a deeper ruffle on the hem of this apron.

Take #2 – I used a deeper ruffle on the hem of this apron.

My girlfriend last Christmas begged me to make aprons from her mom’s curtains and I couldn’t say no (she’s the loyal lackey who helps me with all my craft fairs).  Her curtains were pink cotton Priscillas with yards of ruffled eyelet available.  I did one for my friend and one for her mother (whose curtains I was using).

With a paisley print.

With a paisley print.

With a large floral print

With a large floral print

Then I also did one for Karen’s daughter and granddaughter.  All in all, there are 4 generations of aprons created using Great Grandma’s curtains!  Fun.

799-Black and White Floral with triple ruffle and V yoke-SOLD Mother/Daughter Aprons

Batmania

When you need to know what’s hot in the kid world, consult a kid!  We’ve been through dinosaurs (of course), pirates (not totally over that one, yet), bugs are always good, construction equipment was last year’s craze.

Currently, the littlest grandson is OBSESSED with Batman!  We did a Batman Birthday recently,

Gotham City cardboard backdrop and banner

Gotham City cardboard backdrop and banner

Batman cake

Batman cake

Instant muscles!

Instant muscles!

I only had to make the headpiece for this - thank goodness!

I only had to make the headpiece for this – thank goodness!

It was great, but he’s still been bugging me for Batman aprons, so I finally got a couple done.  Always have to make two if it’s something he likes, or I won’t have any to sell – lol!

Batman red Batman apron-yellow

Petal Skirt Scrap Apron – An UFFDA Day

A week or so ago, I found a wonderful FREE PATTERN at http://www.sew4home.com/projects/kitchen-linens/fat-quarter-apron.  So cute, I had to try it!  Here’s my first one:

My first attempt-YEAH-success!

My first attempt-YEAH-success!

Inspired by my success, I thought I’d modify a bit and make the lower portion of the apron using some of my fabric ‘petals’ that I make half aprons from:

Petal style retro half apron - one of many I did recently.

Petal style retro half apron – one of many I did recently.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/123876293/red-and-green-retro-kitchen-petal-style.  I chose my petals in reds and got started.

My original choice for the skirt of my pieced apron.

My original choice for the skirt of my pieced apron.

Then the UFFDA portion of the day kicked in!  For the uninformed, “UFFDA” is a precursor of the modern text language OMG.  It can mean anything from ‘holy cow’, to ‘I can’t believe this’, to ‘you’ve GOT to be kidding!”    First, I got my petals mixed up and sewed them in the wrong order.  Then I had to rip those seams (double, because they were French seams).  Then I decided it needed to be wider, so I found some additional coordinating petals.  Sewed one of those on backwards – French seams are tricky for me.  More ripping and this time – because I got impatient – I ripped both seam AND fabric!!!  UFFDA.  No way to repair and no more of that fabric available, even after tearing apart my scrap bin.  MORE ripping x2!!  Double UFFDA.  Found some more fabric and added in apple pies to finish the skirt.  Got it all together eventually, but only because it was me vs. the apron at that point and I HAD to win!  Good grief (UFFDA) – it’s cute in the long run, but wowzer, it was definitely an UFFDA apron!IMGP2169