Flying by the Seat of my Pants

When I started this whole ‘making aprons’ thing, I thought it would go the way of macrame’ plant hangers and photo cards – in other words, I didn’t think it would last! Now approaching apron #2000, I’m still flying by the seat of my pants.
Because I thought I’d get over this (ha!), I didn’t jump in feet first and buy a lot of special equipment. I had a sewing machine, a camera, a few patterns and a computer. That’s all I needed, right?
It wasn’t long before I had to get creative about storing stuff.
*I used an old bookcase for my children’s fabrics

List of needs, recent aprons, fabric for 'next up' (on top), fabric for kids (bottom)

List of needs, recent aprons, fabric for ‘next up’ (on top), fabric for kids (bottom)


*A curtain rod was hung in a corner for kids’ aprons
An early shot of the kids' section - not so roomy now!

An early shot of the kids’ section – not so roomy now!


*Plastic egg crates on sale from Walmart ($1!) gave me some fabric storage under the kids’ aprons
*I had one small closet for aprons and I added plastic storage bins above and below for all manner of stuff – trims, ribbon, scraps, etc.
Your basic crammed closet - plus doorway overflow

Your basic crammed closet – plus doorway overflow


*Command hooks gave me more hanging space (as did a back of the door hanger)

*Clotheslines were strung up in the backyard for photo sessions

*My daughter’s rolling cart became my mobile accessory organizer
*I got a plus size dress form (bought her a big girl bra at Wally World) and named her Gertrude
*My husband made me wooden racks to use when I have overflow
*Baggies became my new best friends!! I use them for everything from patterns, to buttons, clips, D rings and bobbins

*Grandma’s dining room buffet became my mailing station
*Every spare closet in the house has SOME aprons in it! So does my storage room.
*My ‘sweatshop’ has no less than a DOZEN lights to help my failing eyes
*Plastic buckets hold trim scraps (and, yes, they do get used!)
*Rubbermaid tubs hold pounds and pounds of scraps (for patchwork aprons, scrap projects and quilts as time permits)
*Patterns have been traced onto Dollar Store paper in every size. Keeping them organized is an ongoing battle and fodder for many UFFDA days!
*Color coded storage units hold trims and thread (and the overflow spills out from there!)

I love seeing people that have ‘inspiring’ and organized work spaces – maybe someday. Until then, I’m still FLYING BY THE SEAT OF MY PANTS!

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THANKSGIVING is Thursday and just one of the many things I’m thankful for is the success of my little apron business!
BLACK FRIDAY follows and, for those of us in business, that means sales!
SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY is a day to buy from small, local businesses and support their efforts (pick me! pick me!).
Sunday will be my family day and, hopefully, a day of rest.
CYBER MONDAY is supposedly the biggest Internet sales day of the year.
Am I ready for all of this? I hope so!
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Everything Old is New Again

In today’s episode, we find Susie back in the sweatshop staring contemplatively at her stock of half aprons. “Need something else – something new – something different,” she mutters.
Rummaging through her box of patterns, Susie comes across a vintage pattern (yup, check the price: at 35 cents, that puppy HAS to be vintage)! The half apron is just what she’s looking for: new (well, really old) and different.

Vintage "Advance" pattern - just 35 cents!

Vintage “Advance” pattern – just 35 cents!


She takes the plunge – she makes the apron – it’s darling!
The finished old/new apron!

The finished old/new apron!

Even Smaller Scraps

I told you I hate to throw those scraps away! When I couldn’t squeak and adult petal out of a scrap, I made a few kid-sized petals and gave those a whirl – LOVED the results! These little half aprons are too cute:

Get OUT of the Scrap Bin, Already!!!

Good grief! The patchwork petal aprons morphed again – ‘what if I added a bib??” I asked. Well, that question was answered, at least in the kid version! I think they’re darling – now I suppose I’ll have to try a bib on the adult version and see how that works . . .

Of course, all that rooting around in the scrap bin brought up a couple of inspiration pieces and this is what I came up with:

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We’re talking seriously cute, here. I LOVE this! If I only had bigger scraps, I could make myself one. Oh, well, a little sidetracked from the work plan, but I found some fun stuff on the detour. “Establishing goals is all right if you don’t let them deprive you of interesting detours.” ~Doug Larson~

Good to the Last Scrap

When I love a fabric, I love it to the last scrap! I just can’t stand to throw away anything (which does present some storage problems, but anyhoo . . .)!
A while back, I started utilizing some of the smaller pieces in utility aprons 987-Rooster Waitress Apron on Red Dot SOLD– pieces that were not big enough for a full apron, or even a half apron in most patterns. That worked great, EXCEPT that some of the pieces were vertical patterns and weren’t useable on a horizontal apron. Hmmmmmm
I don’t know where it came from but, about a year ago, I dreamed up a “petal” apron using those vertical strips. (see the banner on my blog). I’d seen things like it in the vintage shops and on Pinterest, I suppose, so I figured I could wing it on the pattern.
Voila! Those petals started turning themselves into (I think) adorable little retro-looking half aprons. Combining the different prints and colors was fun. I had a new style that was unique PLUS I was using up even more of those favorite fabrics!

Latest in the lineup is a Valentine apron I’ve got listed in my ETSY shop: http://www.etsy.com/listing/173948026/adult-valentine-half-apron-heart-apron?ref=shop_home_active

But I Don’t Cook – Part II

Well, call the caterer, put on a fancy apron and PRETEND, for Heaven sake! Your guests don’t have to know everything – lol!!!

I’ve been making some new holiday hostess aprons lately. You can see them at my ETSY shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/SusiesTieOneOnAprons