Posts Tagged ‘aprons’

There was an antique show at the convention center this weekend, and I toted my camera along hoping to find some inspiration. This post will be about pretty things I saw in vendors’ stalls, other posts will cover other things.

And there was a lot of prettiness to see!

There was an abundance of linens at this show, which has not been the case in the past. I’m wondering if vendors brought less-expensive wares as a nod to the current economy, or if linens are exploding in popularity. Table cloths ran $22-$35.

You probably can’t make it out at first glance because it’s displayed upside down, but this is a cloth shoe tree and each pocket is embroidered with a design. What a lot of time this must have taken! There are 3 grommet holes at the top, but I still don’t know for sure how this was hung on a wall or door. Nails through the grommets? It would seem like there must be a more elegant solution….

I think this is a tablecloth as well, I just thought it was interesting the fruits (of which I love the colors!) had an outline around them as though you should cut them out like paper dollies. Hmm, now I am thinking maybe they are meant as appliques, and this is really just a length of cloth….

Look closely at this apron, and you’ll see it’s displayed with matching cuffs. How fancy! I have never seen this before.

Usually chenille bedspreads leave me cold (ha!), but I thought the way this cowboy is woven in is quite lovely.

This is just a display filled with pretty colors. Red and turquoise are so cheery together!

And lastly, here is a Harley motorbike from 1948. The “Whizzer.” I like that they were advertising with cheesecake so early on!


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sewing: clothespin apron

One of my friends commented her electricity bill was twice what she expected it to be in December. Other friends asked various questions, and decided the culprit was the clothes drier. My friend has eight kids, two in diapers, so the washer/drier are constantly going.

I thought the proper motivation to stop using the drier was to have proper incentive: an apron to make the clothespins accessible. You can see the apron is really just a big pocket. I’m giving her a few of my hand-painted clothespins, too. She’ll need a whole lot more, of course. And just in case you are looking for clothes pins, I bought them at the dollar store (unpainted). I searched every store in town to no avail, and imagine my surprise to find them at the dollar store. Note to self: Always look there first! (Janine, this was from your fabric–thanks!)

My sister mentioned that the Japanese try to use the item itself to provide the wrapping, and this has to be the easiest of example of doing just that ever.

Her birthday was a couple days ago, and I missed it. She’ll receive this on our next craft day, this week.

And now, as Paul Harvey would say, for the rest of the story. My friend discovered why her electric bill was so high: her husband had built a make-shift green house, and was keeping it warmed with an electric heater. She said when they picked the lettuce, the kids were not allowed to eat it, because it was the most expensive lettuce ever grown.

The clothespin apron is still a good prompt for the summer months, though. Better than using the drier.

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This was actually about a half-hour project, start to finish. I used this pattern, except sized down to fit my daughter.

I did also make the same apron but sized for me, except I didn’t have enough fabric to make the fully wrap-around apron strings, which this pattern really needs. And I didn’t take a photo. It’s a very simple and straight-forward project and would make a great quick gift!

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clothes pin apron

I decided I didn’t like the clothes pin bag for use while hanging out clothes. Even though you pin it to the line and grab out pins, it was too cumbersome for me. So I made an apron with exactly one use: keep the pins handy while you are standing there at the line! It’s much quicker to use, and I keep it with the laundry so I don’t have to search high and low for it when I need it.

It’s not very flashy, but I guess you put more effort into these things when you’re making them for someone else. for the 5 minutes at a time I need it…it’s fine. And all thrifted materials, so only cost a few cents.

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Things have been slow on the thrifting front, but I did find a sweet pink apron. There’s chicken-scratching (is that what those white stitches are called? My mind is blank, if that’s not right) around the hem, and lots of pink rickrack. Rickrack seems to be the trim of choice for aprons.
apron goodness
Up it will go on the wall, with the rest of the collection!

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I made this apron for a friend who’s getting married. It’s a fairly quick project, but since it fits kind of snug it needs to be measured for the recipient. I measured me, because she’s about the same size (okay, she’s a little thinner! After her first baby, I bet it will fit perfectly!).

It’s made of two pieces, plus the straps. The bib is 18″ by 9″, the bottom is 20″ by 25″. Baste the top of the bib down to 10″, and the bottom of the bib to 15″ , then sew to apron bottom, the top of which has been basted down to 15″. Finish all the edges, sew on the straps. You can see I used an edge binding all around, instead of a rolled hem. I don’t know if it’s easier, but it’s a little prettier.

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My holy grail of aprons

I finally found one of those complete over-the-shoulder-with-lots-of-ruffles aprons. Yay! I wish it wasn’t quite such a busy pattern with so many strawberries, but at least it’s exactly the right shape that I’ve been looking for! Now I can copy it and make a few myself. I don’t know if June Cleaver ever wore a starched, white, ruffly apron like this, but I sure picture her doing so.

In honor of hanging up my cup collection, I thought I’d fill out more of the empty wall with a few of my aprons. I picked the prettiest, since these are hung at eye level. I know a real collector would NEVER put push-pins into old aprons, so I guess I’m not so much a real collector as just an eclectic.

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