Homestead Life Basket Apron

Hello everyone! I’m here today with a fantastic sewing project called the Homestead Life Basket Apron! This vintage project was so much fun to create.

Are you wondering what a basket apron is? It’s an apron that is designed for double duty. It allows the wearer to keep their hands free while holding garden goodies.

A good friend of mine sent me a photo of a basket apron and asked me to make one for her.

Take a look at a vintage basket apron:


photo source

When I received this photo, I told her sure I can make a stylish basket apron for her and her gardening group.

Take a look at my modern Homestead Life Basket Apron:

basket apron

I’m tickled pink by this basket apron. What amuses me the most is how simple the apron looks when you put it on.

full basket apron

The magic happens when you pull on the string!

Pulling on the string

Then attach the string to the button.

attaching with the button

I loved creating it, and I love trying it on to see how it looks.

Let’s talk about the fabric collection:

This Homestead Life fabric collection was designed by my good friend Tara Reed for Riley Blake Designs. This collection has 14 different prints and one placement panel.

Riley Blake Designs fabric

I used Homestead Life Wheat Gold and Charcoal for this fantastic project.

Let’s dive into how to make your own basket apron:

Materials

2 yards of different fabric
Toggle
Button
2 yards of string
Rotary cutter
Cutting Mat
Thread
Rulers
EZ Point and Turner
Large safety pin

Instructions on how to make a basket apron:

Cut each piece of fabric print to 22″ x 22″.

Place each piece wrong sides together.

right sides together

Using a plate or a ruler with a round edge, round the bottom two corners using a rotary cutter.

Round the corners

Round the corners

On the same side of the rounded corners, find the middle of the fabric. To do that, fold the fabric in half and mark the center with a pin.

Measure 3/4″ from the center on both sides and mark with a pin.

Pin the center

Pin from the centerStarting at the 3/4″ pin on either side, stitch around the corner down to the end. Repeat on the other side.

stitching down the side

stitch across

Now you have a small opening at the bottom of the apron. Take the seam and press it back on itself on both sides to line the edges up.

Opening for string

Open up the fabric and stitch around the opening to create a buttonhole. Just sew around the opening. Make sure to reinforce these stitches since you will use pull on this area frequently.

sew the string opening

sew the string opening

Turn the apron inside out and press it.

Now stitch a 1/2″ from the edge all around the apron. This will house the string securely.

Stitch the sides

Using a large safety pin, pull the string through the sewn housing.

string the apron

Pull the string out of the bottom opening, making sure to not loose the ends at the bottom of the apron.

Slide the toggle onto the string and tie a knot to secure it.

add the toggle

Pull the string at the bottom so that the apron is nice and flat.

To close the top opening portion of the apron, stitch one row straight across. Make sure to do a couple of securing stitching over the string.

Cut 4 pieces of fabric to 4 1/2″ x 21 to create the waistband.

cutting the waistband

Sew the strips together. Iron the seams open.

waistband sewn together

iron seams

Find the center at the top of the apron and the center of the waistband. Place them right sides together.

waistband right sides together

Stitch the waistband onto the apron.

Trim the extra string at this point.

cut the string

Match the raw edges of the waistband and pin.

pin right sides together

pin right sides together

Make sure to match the center of the apron as well, but do not pin.

do not pin the center waistband

Sew down the side of each side of the waistband up to the apron.

Turn the waistband inside out.

Turn inside out

Now its time to stitch the back of the waistband to the apron.

Fold it over the same amount of its seam allowance. Press it and top-stitch all the way around.

Stitch the back of the waistband

The last thing to do is sew a button onto the top center of the apron.

machine sew the button

Done!

Let’s take another look:

 

What do you think? Would you try creating a basket apron for yourself? I would love to see them.

Just in case you were curious about the vintage apron, check out the updated 1952 booklet revision of the 1944 US Department of Agriculture Farmer’s Bulletin titled Dresses and Aprons for work in the home.

Super interesting.

Supplies Used:

Riley Blake Designs fabric   Bernina 570QEEZ Point and Turner

Thank you so much for stopping by!!

End of Year Organizing

Hello everyone!!  End of year organizing can be a pain but its necessary. It’s refreshing to start a new year with things in place.

Today I’m going to show you how I organize all of my metal stamping jewelry pieces and tools using Deflecto’s Stackable Caddy Organizer and Caddy Storage Tray.

Let’s take a look:

stackable caddy

 

I started metal stamping two years ago, and my supplies have grown tremendously. My supplies were all over the place- in drawers, baskets, handmade pouches- everywhere.

It was getting on my nerves, really. So I decided for the new year, all of my jewelry making supplies needed to be in one handy place so that I can create without looking in a million different places.

The stackable caddy organizer and tray was my first choice.

Here’s why:

  • It has multiple units that can be conveniently stacked and locked using the lift and lock feature. When I take each compartment out of the frame, I can stack them nicely to the side of my desk for easy access.

stackable caddy

  • It has three different compartment sizes-small, medium, and large. All of my supplies come in different sizes, so this feature is excellent for holding the tools, jewelry pieces, and accessories separately.

stackable caddy tray

  • The removable storage containers feature hinged, snap-tight lids for convenience.
  • I love the lids because I know for sure my jewelry pieces are safe and secure inside of each bin.

Stackable Caddy Organizer

  • It’s great for on-the-go storage.
  • The caddy storage tray fits neatly inside the large storage container. It has ten medium compartments and one large compartment.

Stackable Caddy Tray

  • All of my small jewelry pieces fit so neatly in these compartments. Since I use these the most, it makes sense that they are right on top for me to see.

Caddy Tray

Sooooo, tell me what you think? Are you still looking for a way to store and organize your supplies? I hope I was able to help you make up your mind.

I’ve used these caddy’s to store other items as well, to see how I organize my journal supplies check out this post as well.

Supplies used:

(Thank you so much for stopping by. Compensated affiliate links are used at no cost to you. The Deflecto products were given to me since I’m on the design team. The other products were personally purchased. This post was not paid or sponsored.)

Deflecto - Caddy Storage Tray Deflecto - Stack 'n Go - Caddy Wheel Base Deflecto - Stackable Caddy Organizer Bundle Deflecto - Small Caddy Organizer Compartment Deflecto - Medium Caddy Organizer Compartment Deflecto - Large Caddy Organizer Compartment

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Altenew: A Year in Review Blog Hop + Giveaway

 

Hello everyone!!

Welcome to Altenew’s: A Year in Review Blog Hop!! Today we are showcasing our favorite Altenew projects created in 2019!!  If you’ve arrived here from the talented Nancy McClelland blog, then you are on the right track. If you arrived here on your own, then you will want to start at the beginning, the Altenew Card Blog so that you don’t miss a thing!

Take a look at 4 of my favorite projects:

Ombre Alpha

resin wooden coasters

Live Your Dream Chipboard

So what do you think? Would you try creating something new?

What is a blog hop without an amazing gift? Yayyy!!

Prizes:

Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog by 01/03/2020 for a chance to win. Random winners will also be chosen to win a $15 gift certificate from the comments left on each stop on the hop. All winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 01/06/2020.

Next Stop on this Blog Hop is the:

Altenew Card Blog

Keeway Tsao

Laurie Willison

Michelle Murray 

Kristina Pokazanieva

Norine Borys

Gayatri Murali

Jen Schow

Mindy Eggen

Vicky Papaioannou

Ashlea Cornell

Nenette S. Madero

Janette Kausen

Altenew Scrapbook Blog

Nathalie DeSousa

Terri Koszler

Seeka

Jaycee Gaspar

Teri Wilson

Amber Rain Davis

Therese Calvird

Isha Gupta

Anna Komenda

Erum Tasneem

TaeEun Yoo

Zsoka Marko

Lilith Eeckels

Alex Syberia

Caly Person

Virginia Lu

Amanda Baldwin

Maryám Pérez

LauraJane

Kathleen Graumüller

Zinia Redo

Nancy McClelland

Kymona Tracey

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Altenew December 2019 Ink Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello, and welcome to Altenew’s December 2019 Ink Release Blog Hop!! Today we are showcasing brand new inks. If you arrived here from the talented blog, Ashley Tucker then you are on the right track. If this is your first stop, then you will want to start at the beginning, the Altenew Card Blog.

Take a look at my Polka-dot Embroidery Hoop:

Who doesn’t love polka-dots? Especially purple polka-dots. I used Altenew’s Sugarplums Ink Cubes.

Here’s how to create this home decor:

  1. Cut a piece of linen fabric bigger than the hoop.
  2. Use a sponge dabber and randomly stamp the lighter color (Pale Mauve) first.
  3. Followed by Amethyst, Grape Agate and Plum. 
  4. While the ink dries, use an electric cutter to cut out a foil iron-on.
  5. Iron-on the sentiment in the middle of the stamped fabric.
  6. Hoop the fabric very taut.

This was fun to create and look at.

What is a blog hop without an amazing gift? Yayyy!!!

Prizes:

To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog by 12/11/2019 for a chance to win.

We’ll also draw a winner to receive a $15 gift certificate from the comments left on each designer’s blog on the blog hop list below. All winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 12/14/2019.

Next Stop on this Blog Hop is:

Ashlea Cornell

You do not want to miss out on her amazing creations!!

Just in case you lose your place along the way, here is the complete list of participants so that you can find your way back:

Altenew Card Blog

Vicky Papaioannou

Norine Borys

Kelly Griglione

Nathalie DeSousa

Caly Person

Jaycee Gaspar

Emily Midgett

Zinia Redo

Maryam Perez

Jenny Colacicco

Virginia Lu

Jessica Frost-Ballas

Altenew Scrapbook Blog

Keeway Tsao

Jen Schow

Amber Rain Davis

Laurie Willison

Lilith Eeckels

LauraJane

Therese Calvird

Mindy Eggen

Svitlana Shayevich

The Hedgehog Hollow

Reiko Tsuchida

Teri Wilson

Agnieszka Malyszek

Kelly Janes

Nicole Watt

Erum Tasneem

Ashley Tucker

Kymona Tracey

Ashlea Cornell

Supplies used:

(Thank you so much for stopping by. Compensated affiliate links are used at no cost to you. The Altenew products were given to me since I’m on the design team. The other products were personally purchased. This post was not paid or sponsored.)

Cricut Maker

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Got Joy Creations Holiday Card Series 2019

Hello everyone!! Can you believe its the last day of November! This year has really flown by!

Today, I’m sharing a couple of clean and simple cards with you over on Dana Joy’s blog.

For these cards, I used Thermoweb/Gina K Design Wishing You Joy stamp set!

Let’s take a look at my cards:

 

 

Head on over to Dana’s blog for a full tutorial! Will you try and create clean and simple cards this holiday season? I would love to hear from you!

Don’t forget:

The GJC Holiday Card Series runs from November 17 to December 14. Each day Dana will have a Guest Designer right here on the blog sharing their holiday card ideas just like I did here today. Hopefully, you will find something to inspire you to create holiday cards for your family and friends this year. Follow along on her YouTube Channel and make sure you leave comments on each designer’s posts or videos for chances to win.

Supplies used:

(Thank you so much for stopping by. Compensated affiliate links are used at no cost to you. The products were personally purchased. This post was not paid or sponsored.)

Lawn Fawn - 8.5 x 11 Cardstock - Kraft - 10 PackWe R Memory Keepers - 3 Way Corner Punch

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Altenew November 2019 Gradient Cardstock Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello, and welcome to Altenew’s November 2019 Gradient Cardstock Release Blog Hop!! Today we are showcasing Altenew’s new gradient cardstock. If you arrived here from the talented blog, Vicky Papaioannou, then you are on the right track. If this is your first stop, then you will want to start at the beginning, the Altenew Card Blog.

Take a look at my planner decorations:

I love decorating my planner. I use it for more than just remembering appointments and birthdays. I use it to add encouraging words and cute bookmarkers and die-cut pieces to the pages.

Let’s take a closer look:

 

 

Super cute yet a simple way to decorate my planner.

What is a blog hop without an amazing gift? Yayyy!!!

Prizes:

To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog by 11/20/2019 for a chance to win.

We’ll also draw a winner to receive a $15 gift certificate from the comments left on each designer’s blog on the blog hop list below. All winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 11/23/2019.

Next Stop on this Blog Hop is the:

Agnieszka Malyszek

You do not want to miss out on her amazing creations!!

Just in case you lose your place along the way, here is the complete list of participants so that you can find your way back:

Altenew Card Blog

Jennifer McGuire

Ashlea Cornell

Jen Schow

Kelly Griglione

Jaycee Gaspar

Keeway Tsao

Lilith Eeckels

Svitlana Shayevich

LauraJane

Nathalie DeSousa

Therese Calvird

Altenew Scrapbook Blog

Virginia Lu

Emily Leiphart

Norine Borys

Maryam Perez

Vicky Papaioannou

Kymona Tracey

Agnieszka Malyszek

The Hedgehog Hollow

Laurie Willison

Sveta Fotinia

Mindy Eggen

Supplies used:

(Thank you so much for stopping by. Compensated affiliate links are used at no cost to you. The Altenew products were given to me since I’m on the design team. The other products were personally purchased. This post was not paid or sponsored.)

Thank you so much,

Altenew November 2019 Stamp/Die/Stencil Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello, and welcome to Altenew’s November 2019 Stencil Release Blog Hop!! Today we are showcasing brand new stamps, dies, and stencils. If you arrived here from the talented blog, Emily Midgett, then you are on the right track. If this is your first stop, then you will want to start at the beginning, the Altenew Card Blog.

Take a look at my handmade coaster album:

The sentiments in the new Across the Pond stamp set is fantastic. I love the font and the meaning behind each one. I created this 4 x 4 mini album using this fun stamp set.

Let’s take a look inside:

What is a blog hop without an amazing gift? Yayyy!!!

Prizes:

To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog by 11/13/2019 for a chance to win.

We’ll also draw a winner to receive a $20 gift certificate from the comments left on each designer’s blog on the blog hop list below. All winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 11/16/2019.

Next Stop on this Blog Hop is the:

Mindy Eggen

You do not want to miss out on her amazing creations!!

Just in case you lose your place along the way, here is the complete list of participants so that you can find your way back:

Altenew Card Blog

Maryam Perez

Therese Calvird

LauraJane

Nathalie DeSousa

Kelly Griglione

Svitlana Shayevich

Jennifer McGuire

Virginia Lu

Jaycee Gaspar

Kelly Janes

Norine Borys

Altenew Scrapbook Blog

Jen Schow

Amber Rain Davis

Jenny Colacicco

Nicole Picadura

Jessica Frost-Ballas

Zinia Redo

Laurie Willison

Ashley Tucker

Reiko Tsuchida

Agnieszka Malyszek

The Hedgehog Hollow

Keeway Tsao

Lilith Eeckels

Caly Person

Emily Midgett

Kymona Tracey, ←you are here

Mindy Eggen

Erum Tasneem

Supplies used:

(Thank you so much for stopping by. Compensated affiliate links are used at no cost to you. The Altenew products were given to me since I’m on the design team. The other products were personally purchased. This post was not paid or sponsored.)