My tip for Kitchen Tip Tuesday is "make your own aprons".
While in Tennessee last month my husband bought this pattern for me. We were in a quilt store on the Craft Road near Gatlinburg called "Mountain Stitches by Susan". To save money, I think it would be easy to make your own pattern and I'm sure similar ones are for sale at fabric stores. Of course, there are also many different styles of aprons besides this one. They are useful and would also make great gifts.
I've never made an apron and this pattern looked very cute. Last night after work, I got in the mood to make one. I had some Christmas fabric that I thought would work and this is how it turned out:
This picture shows what the back looks like. Its reversible.
I think this would make a nice apron for gardening, sewing, housework and of course, cooking. For the gardener's apron I would make the bottom pockets wider with 3 or 4 sections and place them lower on the apron. The gardener could put seed packets, hand gardening tools, etc. in there. For housework, it could carry dusting cloths, a spray bottle, sponges, etc.
There are so many possibilities for this pattern. I did have some kinks to work out while making it. Have you ever tried to turn a 100 inch string inside out? I spent an hour of my precious sewing time trying to do this! I threw it in the trash and started over by making the string the same way I make my pocketbook handles, only more narrow. It was SO much easier and faster and looks better!
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