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


  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.

  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!

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

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

  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

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

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

  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!!!

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

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

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


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