Monthly Archives: February 2014

Aprons For Kids

I just have to share with you the cutest things I made today, aprons for kids. I have enough fabric that I am going to make an apron for the mummy as well! How cute would that be for cooking together?

Here is one of the  aprons  I made. It could be used for cooking but also for drawing or painting or kindy. I just think this is so sweet. I love the owl fabric. I have trimmed the pocket and the top part in some ribbon from my stash.  It is lined with white broadcloth and the ties are also in the same white broadcloth.  It is now listed on Etsy ready to sell.

I shall make a mummy version on Thursday in time for the markets this weekend.

We will be at Handmade Redcliffe on Saturday 2pm-7pm. Come and see us there.  I might make more aprons for kids (and mummies!) to take along.





Recycled jeans made into aprons

I have been creating more things with my stash of old jeans. This time I made half aprons.

They are for sale in my Etsy shop for $15 each. They are all lined.

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This one sold today at the markets.




This apron also sold at the markets today. It had red mattress ticking for the lining and the ties. So cute. I may have to make some more like this one and I really liked it. Using the recycled jeans means you have instant pockets.

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Aprons with a vintage feel

Aprons are lovely, especially if they have a vintage feel. I was thinking the other day what else I could make for the markets, and I decided on aprons. They have become the newest addition to my market stall.

These aprons have a pocket. I think it is always good to have a pocket in an apron, comes in very handy for putting things in. For me that would be tissues but useable for other things as well.

This apron is made from a vintage French linen tea towel, it is a very big tea towel so was perfect for this project. I added a vintage doily to the front, red grosgrain ribbon and made a pocket with another tea towel. I love the stripes on the side of it. This one is not lined but the linen is so thick I didn’t think it needed to be. I love the vintage look and feel of this (of course!). It is displayed here perfectly on my dolly.

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This next apron is actually the first one I made. I had some fabric that I had bought ages ago (because I loved it) with no special project in mind. I know a lot of sewers will relate to that. Anyway, I was looking through my stash found it and thought “aprons”. I have used a heavy canvas fabric as the lining for this one and also the ties. I added some gorgeous cream lace to the top and the edge of the pocket.  The third picture shows the reverse of the apron. I just love how it turned out.

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You can buy these aprons from my market stall or on Etsy for just $15 each. My next market is at Morningside on 23 Feb (The Mummy Tree Markets) and the one after that is at Handmade Redcliffe, Humpybong State School, Margate, Qld.



Sewing like crazy

I have been sewing like crazy these past weeks. I don’t know why, so I am putting it down to having a  bug, a bit like having a viral infection. I just can’t stop sewing. I have been making loads for my market stall. I am going to a new market on 23 Feb called The Mummy Tree Markets. You may have heard of them? They are all over Australia.  They have several here in Brisbane, so I am off to the Morningside markets. They are held at the Qld Hockey Centre in Morningside, Brisbane from 9am -1pm. You will find me there with all my new goodies. Here is just a sample.

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I made these pretty cushions with a fabric covered in birds, great for a bed or a lounge/family room, I just love the colours in this fabric. The birds are so gorgeous. I did the back in the dotty fabric that matches one of the birds on the front.  You can see in the second photograph I have turned one of them around so you can see the pretty reverse side.

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Cushions, cushions, cushions

Had a great day of cushion making today.  Really went to town and made heaps of them. I love cushions, and for some reason I am on a roll lately making lots of them. I have lots of fabric in my stash that I am determined to get through before I buy anymore. At least that is what I tell myself. 🙂

Anyway, back to the cushions I made. Firstly I did this one, it is covered in an old fabric that has writing all about the stars on it. It is not very big, just a cute little one that would look great with lots of other cushions around it.



The next one is this cute little girl one. I love the travel images on this fabric and the little girls look so nice.  Again, I have had this fabric in my stash for some time.



And the final cushion to share with you is this one. It has lovely images of keys and letters and postage stamps.  It is in gorgeous pinks, greens, browns and creams.



Cushion Inserts

Now here it my tip on making cushions. Make your own inserts. It is very easy. I have only recently been doing this.  Someone gave me a whole bag full of polyfill and I got some quilter’s muslin and sewed up my own cushion inserts. Here are some of the ones I made. They are pretty quick to make and the best part is that you can make them any shape or size you want. If you have a small piece of fabric that you want to use, then make a small cushion insert to match the shape of the fabric.



So I hope you have enjoyed my cushion post and maybe try making your own inserts.  Most of all, have fun!  Craft is meant to be fun, not a chore.

cheers, Debra