Sunday, December 16, 2007

Christmas sewing!

I have just spent the weekend (in between shopping, cooking, sleeping) making aprons. Each year I make gifts for staff at work. I usually make the same thing for everyone. Luckily there are only about 10 of us. And this year it is easier as one in on maternity leave, and the boss in in Thailand.

So for the girls....


I made ruffle aprons. This is a tutorial by Morgan that was featured on Sew,Mama,Sew! Aprons seem to be a very popular gift this year as there have been quite a few appearing in blogland. I pretty much followed Morgan's tutorial but made a couple of changes. I overlocked the ruffles rather than hemming- quicker when you are making 6! Also I accidentally cut the ruffles an inch too narrow. Not sure what came over me but these things happen I suppose and not hemming helped out!

I also made one long tie for the top of the apron. Morgan has you add a band and then attach the ties to that. Again I was after speed and this seemed simpler to me.

One long tie made with the centre left open to insert the apron.
You need to be careful when topstitching to also catch the back of the tie.
Close up of the band (a different apron) sewn at the top to secure.
And here are 3 pretty maids all in a row. The other 3 that I made are similar. Now onto the one male apron that I need to make - will post about that one tomorrow!

8 comments:

Summerset said...

There does seem to be a lot of aprons appearing, doesn't there? These are super cute! The way you're making them is really efficient, too, you have to love that especially this time of year.

Isabelle said...

Super, super cute aprons!! Perfect for today's woman. Women who take loving care of their families while being sexy and feminine. Great job, Vicki!

Tany said...

The aprons are so cute and are the perfect gift! Fabulous job!

Gwen said...

How cute! I sew Christmas gifts for my co-workers too, and I did aprons for them one year, but not nearly as cute as these! One year I did fleece bathrobes - if you haven't done that then I highly recommend it. They are quick & easy to sew, easy to fit (SML) and everyone loved them. :)
Now I wish I had been more creative with my apron pattern... These are absolutely adorable!
--Gwen

LauraLo said...

Those are the cutest aprons I've ever seen! What fun to cook in one of those...

Connie Bontje said...

You are right - lots of aprons out there! Does that mean a surge in homecooked meals!

Marji said...

Those are a blast, and look way more complex and time consuming than you've explained they really are. (how is that for bad bad grammar? but I hope the point is there).
What fun. The recipients are sure to love them.
I seem to be missing the aprons in blogland, maybe I'm not surfing enough. ;)

Londyn said...

I've always loved aprons -- such a classic country feel to them. Yours are beautiful!