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March 1, 2014

prettying up an apron...

Happy March everyone and hello Saturday.  We have been deluged with rain the last two days and I can still hear it falling steadily outside.  It is such a welcomed sound.

A good friend of mine is starting a new job at my favorite local scrapbook store and I wanted to do something special for her to celebrate.  Since a pretty apron is a requirement to work there, that seemed like the perfect little gift to give her.


I rummaged through my scrap fabric collection and found this pretty color combination from some pillows I made a couple of years back.  Whenever I have enough of a fabric line to make something else from the remnants I place them all together in a plastic bag and stick the whole thing in my scrap bin.


After a few seams to join together left over fabric strips, I had just enough to make three pretty rows of ruffles and one oversized pocket.


I could have made the apron body from scratch but this was one of those times where it was actually easier and more cost effective to start out with a premade apron and just pretty it up.  By the time I purchased the fabric and the seam binding it would probably have cost me more than it did to buy this one using my 40% off coupon at JoAnn's.  Not to mention the time I saved.


It turned out so pretty, I just might make up a few to put in my etsy shop...


Since the rain is expected to continue all day, I think I'll spend the rest of my day cleaning and organizing my studio.  I always feel inspired to create something pretty after a good de-cluttering.  Don't you?

Have a wonderful weekend!

xo, Patty

12 comments:

  1. What a thoughtful gift and it turned out so very adorable! Rainy days are the best, aren't they? We are relishing them here as well.

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  2. This is just darling and I certainly know what you mean how sometimes it is much more cost effective to start from a ready made product and then pretty it up, or like with me and the onesies, cute them up, haha. Perfect gift for your friend, btw. I am off to check out your etsy shop. Enjoy your day!

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  3. What a charmingly sweet apron, such a thoughtful gift! Have a cozy day Patty!
    Kari

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  4. Very cute apron and thoughtful of you too!!

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  5. Patty, You turned that plain apron into a pretty one for sure. It would be a perfect gift for a cook or crafter. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

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  6. Your apron is sew pretty . . . what a lovely and thoughtful gift :)

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  7. I got to see it in person...it is truly very very pretty!

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  8. Patty,
    ADORABLE Apron, dear friend!!!
    Your friend will be the envy of all who visit the shop while she's working!
    I love that you put the compatable fabric scraps together. . .
    I do the same with my scrapbooking paper scraps, then paper clip them together.
    Many times I have enough scrap to embellish a card or other creative design!
    I just finished a "touch" of Spring Cleaning in Studio One, also.
    Come check out my FB page and you'll see it all nice and clean. . .but not for long!
    Like you, I feel some creative designing coming over me!!!
    Have a wonderful weekend!!!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  9. What a sweet gift and absolutely adorable! A great way to use some of those scraps in your stash!!!!

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  10. I love the ruffles! I know your friend will be delighted with her new apron.

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  11. The apron is just darling! Lucking friend to receive it.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;0

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