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Wife, Mother, Mimi, lover of all things creative... sewing, embroidery, painting, collage... God and family are the most important things in my life.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Gathering Apron and a Little Catching Up

I know I've been missing in action for a while now.  It has been a busy time here.  The whole month of February was full of sickness.  February is behind us now, and spring is on it's way so here's to better things to come!

We've have had several birthdays around here, Pooh Bear is three now, Sweet Cheeks is five, and my daughter and myself are a year older as well, but I won't give out the digits on those two.

My daughter has been wanting a gathering apron for quite a while now, ever since she saw the one here.  Quinn, from Reformation Acres, did a lovely job of showing and telling just how to make one, but I generally work from a pattern so I wasn't very confident about trying it out.  To be honest, I don't really trust myself much when it comes to measuring.  However, I knew it would tickle my daughter to have one made from that very tutorial so not long after she told me about it I bought this piece of Mary Jane's Farmgirl fabric.  I just knew I had to work it in some way. It took me a while to find just the right fabric to use with it, and to get my courage up to try it without a paper pattern.  I finally decided this birthday was just the occasion to get my gumption up and do it.

I chose to use this square for a pocket.  I'm sorry for the wrinkles and poor picture, but you get the idea.
Nice roomy pocket
It really wasn't hard to follow the tutorial, like I said it was written clearly, and the pictures documented the steps nicely.  The only real problem I had was my button holer wasn't cooperating.  It made a nice little mess that took me forever to pick out, and when I finished I decided I would work them by hand rather than go through that again.  Other than that it came together pretty smoothly.

The apron is so neat because it can be worn as a regular apron when the skirt is down, or you can use the ribbon at the waist and run it through a series of button holes at the bottom of the skirt to scoop the whole skirt up into a gigantic pocket to gather produce.
Okay, so where are those seeds?  It's time to plant something so we can fill this baby up!

If you think you would like to make one for yourself you should check out Quinn's tutorial.  If I can do it I'm sure you can!


  1. Mindy, What a nice idea and wonderful gift for your daughter. You did a great job! I'm struggling with the confidence thing also as I have a t-shirt quilt in the making for my oldest son. Also, I enjoyed your blog. Deborah

    1. Deborah, thank you so much. I'm excited to try this again. I think I need one for myself, and a few others around here might like one. Mr. jokingly ask if there was a masculine version.

      Go ahead and try that quilt. I am sure you can do it!

  2. That apron model you have there is so so pretty!!! Love her and you both! Great handy-work on the aprons!!!

    1. Thank you so much, Tiffany! I agree about the model, she's pretty as a picture! I love you too!

  3. Your daughter looks so beautiful in her new apron :) I love the colors and fabric you chose and the idea of a pocket is genius! Quite lovely :) I'm so thankful the tutorial was clear enough for you. I'm not normally one for working without a pattern either, in fact that might have been my first experiment and it went so well and was so functional, I had to share. Blessings!

    1. Thank you, Quinn, and thank you for your generosity in sharing how to do this! It really was fun to see it all come together. I'm ready to start on another one.