Saturday, July 21, 2012

Hi Everyone!

I want to share a picture of some cute gift bags.  The Stampin Up convention was held this week and Sherrill Graff, of Late Night Stampers Group, sent pictures of some of the projects everyone made.    Aren't these cute?  Gift bags made using lunch sacks and Stampin Up punches and Big Shot dies.  Adorable!  Thank you Sherrill!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Hi Everyone!

I finally finished the tutorial for the craft apron.   I hope you enjoy it!

Craft Apron Tutorial      

There are 2 layers of pockets for this apron to hold many fun tools.
Sew one pocket to the other and then both to the apron.
Hopefully, the directions below will make more sense.
If not, please contact me.  I’d be happy to help.
My email address is:
I’d love to see what you make!

Finished apron measures 17” x 8 ½”.


Pocket 1

Pocket 2

 Supplies:      Stampin Up Designer Fabrics
                      (I used the Candy Cane Designer Fabrics.) 
                       2 yards matching ribbon, 1” or 1 ¼” wide ribbon recommended.
                       Tape measure or Ruler
                       Thread to match      
                       Sewing Machine

Cutting Instructions:       Apron Fabric      Cut 2 rectangles,  18” x 9”
                                                                       Use 2 separate fabrics, if desired.
                                                                       (one for front of apron, one for back)

                                               Pocket 1          Cut 1 rectangle,  18” x 11 ½”                      

                                               Pocket 2          Cut 1 rectangle,  18” x 8 ½”

   Step 1:       Fold rectangles for Pockets 1 and 2 in half lengthwise and press.

   Step 2:       Lay Pocket 2 over Pocket 1.   Make sure sides and bottom edges line up.
                      See red stitching lines on diagram below.
                      Mark lines at 3 1/2", 6 1/2", 11 1/2" and 14 1/2" from left side.
                      Sew lines from top of pocket to bottom edge.


Folded edge Pocket 1


Folded edge Pocket 2

Raw Edges

3 ½”
6 ½”
11 ½”
14 ½”

Step 3:        Lay pockets over one layer of apron fabric, right side up.
                    See blue stitching lines on diagram below.
                    Mark lines at 7 ¾”, 9” and 10 ¼” from left side.
                    Sew lines from top of pocket 1 to bottom edge.
                    This will make pockets on pocket 2 as well.

Top Edge

Apron rectangle


Pocket 2

                                          7 ¾”   9”   10 ¾”

Step 4:       Press ¼” under on top edge of apron fabric.
                   Press ¼” under on top edge of 2nd apron fabric.

Step 5:       Place 2nd apron rectangle over pocket layers, right sides together.
                   Pin in place.

Step 6:       Using ¼” seam allowance, sew around 3 sides of apron, 2 short sides and
                   Bottom edge.   See Black dotted lines below.
                   (Do not sew edges with ¼” pressed down.
                   Trim corners, turn inside out and press.

 Step 7:       Lay ribbon along folded edges of apron, matching center of ribbon to center
                     apron.  Pin ribbon to folded edges of apron.
                     Sew ribbon to apron, stitching close to top edge of ribbon and through both
                     Layers of apron fabric.  Continue to sew along side of apron, along bottom edge
                     of ribbon and along other side of apron.  
                     This give more stability to ribbon tie. 
                     Clip/Trim edges of  ribbon.
                     Option:  Sew a narrower ribbon on top of first ribbon.


That’s it!  You now have a craft apron to hold your supplies while at a crop, a workshop, a craft sale or any other place it would be handy.