Sunday, March 8, 2009

My New Favorite Apron

I was sooo excited to make this apron that I bought the fabric 10 minutes before the quilt shop closed on Friday and had it made by early afternoon on Saturday! It's sooo cute and easy to wear. It's also flattering and comfortable.

Me in my cute new apron.
If you know me, you know it's sooo me.

Here's a view of the back or reverse of the apron.

I don't know if it's meant to be reversible but I made sure that the back of the apron coordinated as well as the front and you really could wear it both ways. I tried it on and it works both ways. The reverse side of the apron is more plain with no pockets or quilt block and the front is more decorative with a 9" finished quilt block on the bib. You could use any 9" finished quilt block for the bib. If you're smaller and want to size the bib down you could make an 8" or 7" finished block and add appropriate sized borders.


Please note: I changed the size of the bib to finish at 11 1/4" x 11 1/4" from the original pattern measurement of 8 1/2" x 12"

For the bib as pictured above: I cut one 1 3/4" strip and then sub-cut 2 pieces for the sides measuring 1 3/4" x 9 1/2" and 2 pieces for the top and bottom of the block that measured 1 3/4" x 11 1/2" then I sewed the borders on using a 1/4" seam.

I just couldn't follow the pattern and leave the bib sooo plain sooo I jazzed it up with one of my favorite blocks. Some of you might recognize the block from the Omigosh Pattern that I showed in a much earlier post. The block can also be found in a book by Marsha McCloskey called "Block Party" this is a must have book and I've used it quite a bit. You can buy it on sale at Amazon for $14.93 .

Here's a picture of the book and apron pattern.
You can also find the apron pattern here at Nellie's Needle.

The block I used is called Aunt Vina's Favorite.

Front View

Closer View

Close up of the skirt.
Aren't the pleats just darling?

It was sunny today but windy.

Wear your apron while picking up after the kids and you can use the skirt to hold toys and books. Wear it while doing laundry and you can use it as a makeshift laundry basket to carry clean clothes to the couch for the kids to fold. I just love this apron and I'm going to have to make another one with a different 9" block. I'm thinking it would make a cute Halloween and Christmas apron. I'm going to have to look through my stash.

I think I'm going to have to make a new apron every month. Wouldn't that be fun?

If I've inspired you to go and make an apron this month make sure to send me pictures. I'd love to see your aprons.

24 comments:

Shari said...

I simply love this apron! The pattern works well and the choice of fabrics is terrific! I am so impressed! I use aprons all the time, but I've never made one! How inspiring to get organized and try!! You look fantastic too, by the way. Spring must be in the air!!

Cindy said...

OH Kim, this is just too, too cute. Okay, that's it - I have to order the pattern - it's just adorable. And the colors you made it up in are absolutely the cutest!

And, the model isn't bad either.

Trisha said...

Your apron is SO cute!! It looks fantastic on you. I love the fabric you picked. I think it really makes the apron exceptional.

Nedra said...

Very cute Kim! And you are right, it is so YOU! It matches your hair and everything! I love the pleat in the front of the apron. You really did a nice job.

~D Spack~ said...

Cute Apron and you sewed it up so fast!

Pat said...

That is a super-cute apron and you look totally adorable wearing it!

Yarn Devil said...

Fun, bright and all the good stuff!

Lily Boot said...

it's wonderful! and I'm so impressed that the delicious fabric only had a 24 hour turnaround. Impressive! I want one too :-)

Ariane said...

I just love the apron. It's very nice. Great work!!

mau said...

Kim like I said before those are my colors and I just love those pockets. Simply beautiful. I did a couple of aprons for my daughters for thanksgiving but not full ones like those. I just might have to make some full ones for them this time. Thanks for all the info.

Laurie said...

I love aprons, they bring back happy memories of my grandmother, who was never without one on. My Aunt always wore one and had the pockets stuffed with candy when she came to visit. I really need to make one for myself. Thanks for the inspiration Kim!

Karen said...

OOOOOOooooo!!! How many ways can we say cute???!!!

Suzie said...

The apron turned out so beautiful, you did a great job! Thanks for the infos. I'll be looking foward to seeing your new ones!

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Great apron! I love your version and the black,white and red make it so striking!

Fiesta said...

Kim cute apron.
I like the idea of one a month too.

Lori Holt said...

Hi Kim- your aprom really did turn out so cute. The colors are so classy, how can you go wrong?
Great job! I average about once a month for sewing aprons- I enjoy being able to complete a project quickly as compared to a quilt don't you? Besides, you already know about my apron love! I look forward to seeing your next one:)

Thimbleanna said...

Soooo CUTE Kim -- and it does look just like what I picture you wearing!!! I love it!!!

Erzebat said...

hiyall,
how stinkin' cute is that apron! you did a great job! love the colors too!
(mauh) Liz

Cindy said...

Kim, your apron is such an inspiration to me - I LOVE aprons - all styles, all fabrics, all apron - that I got around to ordering the pattern today.

Thank you for being so kind as to share the link.

Blessings

Liz said...

Very cute. I love the colors.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

It really is so darling. And so cute on you. I love it.

Material Mary said...

LOVE your apron. Really is a cute one. Love the fabrics too. Way to go Kim.
Mary

Lynn B said...

Kim your creations are beautiful, please visit my blog to collect your blog award!

Arlette said...

That's a very pretty apron (you look great in it) and I love the colors and the combination of prints you chose.
Aloha!