Monday, October 17, 2011

Utility Apron

A couple of weeks ago, one of my friends, Sandi e-mailed me a picture of an apron with pockets. I don't think she even commented on it.
My friends Sandi and Ruth both make jewelry out of recycled typewriter keys, scrabble tiles, buttons, keys and well just lots of things.  They sell at shows especially at this time of the year.
I decided to design something for them to wear  while at these shows. Sandi's e-mail was just the thing to get me inspired.  I came up with my own version.
This is what it looks like.

I made the waistband a pocket for strapping and added a great easy to clip buckle. You can adjust the stap to fit.
It has two zippers with pockets across the top. One for dollar bills and one for change.
I put one long pocket along the bottom about 6" deep and vertically stitched it for different sized pockets. You can carry a pen, glasses, cell phone, receipt book, scissors, tools etc.
The picture Sandi e-mailed me was plain, but if you know me, I can't do anything "plain" and added a contrasting band and piping at the top of the pockets and ric-rac at the bottom.
Then I couldn't help myself...I added a cute little pleated ruffle to the bottom. The whole apron is lined, so no raw seams showing.

I had so much fun designing these for  my friends. One of the best parts was I kept my pledge to use things I have. I had everything I needed for these except the zippers and the buckle. I even had the strapping.
The fabric is outdoor fabric, so it is a little heavier than regular cotton.

These really aren't Christmas presents, because I wanted my friends to have to use for the season's shows, but I am going to make a couple for presents too.
They would be great for a lot of activities. Gardening, cooking, housework, sewing...I could go on, but you get the idea.

Once again, I am linking to Renee @ Sewn With Grace
Sewing Christmas
You can click on her name or her cute button on my sidebar to visit her blog. She made the most beautiful Log Cabin King Sized quilt for her hubby for Christmas. You have to see it.

God is Good!!
Life is Good!!.


Susy said...

You're SO clever! Better make a few extra - looks like a hit (: xo

Farmchick said...

You really do make some great things!

Gail @ Victorian at Heart said...

Those are the cutest utility aprons I've seen. You are so creative. They said they were so useful for keeping their hands free to sell their items. So useful and cute how can you go wrong. Using what you had that is a plus too. Great job.

Linda said...

Very cute!! Love it!!

Sewn With Grace said...

This is so cute! Thanks for participating. It sure does feel good to get some things stitched up, doesn't it? :)

E said...

Do Sandi and Ruth have a website? I'd love to see their jewelry! The aprons are perfect for craft sales at school, church or?
Great idea!

Pink Daisys Blog Spot said...

Love it! You need a booth to sell your pretties in! I'm telling ya, I sell more of this type apron than any other ones..They are super useful and I wear one all the time. Teachers love them too.. Have a great weekend.

Kathryn D. Duke said...

fantastic idea with that zipper...thanks for showing it!!

T's Daily Treasures said...

What a very cute way to keep track of money and things while working a show. So much nicer than just a plain old apron. I bet your friends loved them. Have a wonderful weekend. Tammy

deb said...

what a darling apron and very practical too!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

So cute. I love this type of pocket. Hugs, LJ

PattyAnnD said...

These are the cutest craft/vendor aprons! You are amazing with the embellishments! Had you thought of designing a pattern and marketing it...I know I would buy it in a heartbeat!