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:


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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

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Sewing Bags, Pouches and Wallets!!

Hello everyone!! I’m excited to be here today.  I found a new craft that I love and its sewing!!!  Yes!  I’m sewing bags, pouches and wallets!!  I can’t believe I was afraid to even touch a sewing machine until my daughter showed me how easy it was to use.

Let’s Take A Look:

Be You Zipper Pouch

I used a pretty fat bundle of fabric from Walmart, Thermoweb Fusible Fuse and Cricut Royal Blue Foil Iron-on to create this super cute pouch! I used the Cricut EasyPress to adhere the foil to the fabric.

Its 100% cotton with a plastic zipper. This tote is washable by hand.

Personalized Becca Bag

I created these bags for my coworkers.  It was a Christmas gift from me to them.

For these pouches, I used fabric and zippers from Joann’s, Thermoweb Fusible Fleece, Cricut EasyPress and Cricut Light Gold Foil Iron-on.

Zipper Clutch Wallet

For this Zipper Clutch Wallet, I used the Cricut Maker, Cricut Fabric Apricot & Persimmon Sampler and Therm0web Fusible Fuse.

I love this wallet.  It is so cute and that zipper is to die for!!

This is just the beginning for me.  I can’t wait to maker more items.  I’m also thinking about opening a store.  Yes, I’m really taking my love of crafting to higher heights.  Stay tune for my new endeavors.

Thanks for stopping by!

Learning How To Sew

Hello everyone!!  I’m here today to share that I’m learning how to sew!!  Yes, my daughter and a couple of online classes are teaching me how to sew.  I have to say I am loving it!!

I use to be so afraid of the sewing machine but my daughter showed me that there isn’t anything I should be afraid of.

Let’s take a look:

First Bag:

This bag is called the Runaround Bag.  I learned how to make this bag by taking the Zip It UP class taught by Joan Hawley.  Super easy and fun class.  Joan made sewing so easy.  When I didn’t understand, my daughter stepped right in and showed me what I was doing wrong.

I used my seam ripper a lot for this project, LOL!!!

Fusible Fleece

I learn how to sew a zipper and it wasn’t intimidating at all.

 

Fusible Fleece

I used Therm·O·Web HeatnBond Fleece Fusible to give this bag some stability but keeps it nice and soft.

Fusible Fleece

The fabric and zipper is from Joann Craft Store. It’s so pretty. I went back the store and they didn’t have any more of this print.  It was one of their quarter fat fabric that they replace only if it shows up on their truck.

Fleece Fusible

Second Bag:

The second bag I created is called the Sweetpea Pod Bag!!  Now this one is super cute.  I made this bag for my mother.  She wanted a little bag to carry her change in.

HeatnBond Fusible Fleece

Doesn’t this bag look like a pea?  I love how it takes its own shape based on the zipper placement.

HeatnBond Fusible Fleece

This fabric is also from Joann.  The outside fabric is called Ah Rain Dots from the Alexander Henry Collection.

HeatnBond Fusible Fleece

Once the bag is open, it sits by itself evenly.  You can see right in the bag with ease.  The HeatnBond Fusible Fleece gives this bag stability to that it could stand by itself.

HeatnBond Fusible Fleece

Look at how the change sits so nicely in the bag.

HeatnBond Fusible Fleece

The fabric inside is called Ah Polka from the Alexander Henry Collection.

HeatnBond Fusible Fleece

Fits right in the palm of my hand.  Perfect!!

What do you think?

I totally love how my bags turned out.  I can’t wait to get back to my daughter’s sewing machine so that I could create some more.

I’m thinking about opening a store for these bags.  What do you think?  Do you like my bags and would these bag sell in a store?  I would love to hear from you and what you think.

National Sewing Month might be over but I’m not done with sewing!!!

Supplies used:

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 Brother Sewing Machine

 

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How To Make A Soft Pencil Case

Hello everyone!!  I have a special guest today on my blog!  Let me introduce my daughter, the sewer to you!

She is here today celebrating National Sewing Month 2017!!

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My daughter fell in love with sewing some years ago.  She was home one day bored and asked if she could learn how to sew.  I wondered were that came from but quickly found a sewing class for her.

She went to her first class twice a week after school.  The classes were pretty full.  15 students to 1 teacher. She learned the basics: how to use the machine, all of the different fabric names and how to do a basic stitch.  She created one pillow but nothing else. So she left that school and we searched for another one.

She attended the Pinner’s Conference in Atlanta back in April of this year and took 8 sewing classes and quickly fell in love again. So much so we bought the machine she used during the conference.

We arrived back home found a sewing school and she has been on the go ever since.  She decided that she wanted to start her own business. In her own words, “Mom, I want to create things that people will see all over the world”!

Totally awesome!  So she went to work!

soft pencil case

Let’s take a look at what she created:

Soft Pencil Case

She had so much fun creating her first soft pencil case.  This was the first time she add a zipper to a project.

She used a new product to her called Therm·O·Web HeatnBond Lite to bond both fabrics without the extra weight or stiffness.  She liked working with this product because it was easy to use and it was sewable.

Let’s Look Inside:

HeatnBond Lite

She uses this pencil case in school. Her friends asked her where did she get it from.  When she tells them she made it herself, they are blown away.  Now they all want one.  She is please to make one for them.

Here’s how she create this bag:

  • She cut two pieces of Waverly Cotton Fat Quarter fabrics and one piece of HeatnBond to 11 x5.5.
  • She placed the outside fabric down right side up.
  • Then she placed the zipper down, zipper side down against the fabric and sew them together.
  • Then she placed the lining fabric right side down and placed the HeatnBond down on top of it.
  • Using the iron, she fused the HeatnBond to the lining fabric.
  • After that she sewed the lining to the zipper and the outside fabric.
  • Once one side of the zipper was sewed, she did the other side.
  • Now it time to complete the bag and sew the outside edges.  Before doing that, remember to pull the zipper to the middle so you can open the bag and flip it inside out.
  • Box the corners and cut off the extra fabric.

Nice and easy.

My daughter did an amazing job and I can’t wait to see what she creates next!!

Wait Before You Go:

Therm·O·Web is having a sale.  It ends in two days, so hurry and pick up some of your favorite sewing goodies.

Supplies used:

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

Walmart Waverly Fat Quarter Bundlesheat n bond liteblack zipper

 

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