I spent the weekend sanding, sealing and painting everything in sight... the kitchen stools, folding screen, hat stand... even my little display cupboard (it was there begging to play too) Haven't finished the treadle... but it's looking pretty deadly already
and now I rest...
Yesterday was unseasonally HOT in our neck of the woods. We normally have mild'ish summers and winters - bit spoiled here on the hill - however yesterday the thermometer reached the high thirties (celcius). No breeze, just still and hot. Weird, a storm is probably brewing. Today is shaping up to be anothery so it's all upstairs play in the air con for the day
And time to share this
Unfussy and made in just a few hours
All you need is a bit of faded red ticking, some faded red plain for the band and ties, a small round doiley (about 15cm across) with your favourite 'foodie' word stitched in place
a couple of wooden beads and thread to match your fabrics
I cut my apron panel approx 80cm x 60cm with the stripes running down. Fold and press 1cm along the two sides and lower edge, fold and press 1cm again and topstitch to finish. This hides the raw edges. The band and ties are made from the plain faded red, two strips joined, sewn to the top edge of the apron then folded and topstitched. I also added a line of topstitching through the centre. My band is 2.5cm finished, you choose your own finished size :)
Make a bow from the ticking stripe and sew it to the centre front. Thread two wooden beads onto each end of the ties and tie a knot to keep them from falling off
Make a pocket from the round doiley ~ I cut the top piece off then sewed it back on with the right side against the wrong side of the lower section. This allowed me to fold it back to the front and topstitch along the top edge (that way the original embroidered design shows correctly)
I also folded the sides a little to give it shape
My 'j'adore cuisine' doiley has a finely scalloped border so I followed the lines when sewing it to my apron. Takes a little longer but the finish is worth it :)
and there you go... a new apron with a hint of french country
This yummy apron was part of the bundle of goodies that Debbie won in the flood appeal auction back in January. I just know she'll love using it in her new home...
Next time... hexies... patiently waiting for the hexies to appear...
Till then this might keep us all going