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!!

The Ton’s Spring 2019 Release Blog Hop

 

Hello and welcome to The Ton’s Spring 2019 Release Blog Hop!!  We are celebrating The Ton’s Spring 2019 Release with 7 new designs! There are additional promotions with free gifts. Head over to The Ton’s blog for more details.

If you arrived here from the talented Vera Yates 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 Ton’s Blog so that you don’t miss a thing!

Take a look at my handmade stamped fabric pouch:

Daisy Fields

OMG, I’m so tickled by this cute little bag that I created! This was fun to make. Combining my love of stamping and sewing is beyond fun.

Let’s look at how I created this fabric pouch:

I stamped the new Daisy Fields image on to a piece of canvas cotton fabric using VersaCraft fabric ink.

Since the stamp is pretty big and I wanted to ensure complete coverage so I used the Memory MISTI.

Then I painted a couple of flowers using DecoArt Paint for Fashion Accessories.

daisy fields

 

 

daisy fields

Once I finished painting the flowers, it was time to sew the bag together.

It came together nicely.

daisy fields

Let’s look at the completed bag again:

Daisy Fields

Take a look at a couple of clean and simple cards:

Wildflower Bouquet Builder

April is National Letter Writing Month so I’m sending cards to different people just because. The new Wildflower Bouquet Builder stamp set is perfect for this mission.  You can create so many different designs. I’m a big fan of this stamp set.

Who would like a handwritten card? Let me know!

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

Prizes:

Three winners will receive a stamp set of choice from our new Spring 2019 release (excluding Fantastic Feathers). To qualify, please leave a comment on each blog or youtube video. Comment period will close on 4/10 at 6pm EST. Winners will be announced on the The Ton’s blog after.

Next Stop on this Blog Hop is the:

Amy Tsuruta

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:

The Ton

Tae Eun Yoo

Heba Alsibai(Youtube)

Chris Dayton

Vera Yates

Kymona Tracey ←you are here

Amy Tsuruta

Brenda Noelke

Jana Millen

Ilina Crouse

Olga Matyushevskaya 

Laura Jane Head

Janette Kausen 

Anna Kutcenko

Kira Ness 

Svitlana Shayevich 

Amy Kolling 

Mayline Jung

Supplies used:

(Thank you so much for stopping by. Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you.  The Ton  products were given to me for this blog hop.  The other products were personally purchased. This post was not paid or sponsored.)

Spring 2019 release

Memory MISTI 12 x 12 - Most Incredible Stamp Tool InventedDecoArt Paint

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Technique Tuesday October 2018 Countdown

Hello everyone!!! Today I’m showcasing a stamp set from Technique Tuesday October 2018 Release!! Are you ready?

Let’s take a look:

Henrietta the Hedgehog

I combine my two loves for this project: sewing and stamping. I created this super cute pouch! I used Technique Tuesday Henrietta the Hedgehog Stamp Set to decorate this pouch.

After sewing the pouch, I used VersaCraft Water-based Pigment ink and stamped directly onto the pouch.

Henrietta the Hedgehog

What more inspiration?

Stop on by Technique Tuesday Blog for more inspiration and to see what my fellow team members created just for you!

Availability:

This release will be available on October 1, 2018 in the New Products category section on Technique Tuesday website.

Supplies used:

(Thank you so much for stopping by. Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. The Technique Tuesday  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.)

Technique Tuesday Henrietta the HedgehogBernina 570QEFusible Fleece

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Altenew Refresh Your Alcohol Markers Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello everyone and welcome to Altenew’s Refresh Your Alcohol Markers Blog Hop!! Today we are showcasing all of the new marker refills.  If you arrived here from the talented Emily Midgett 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 my circle layout:

Artist Marker refill

I used the new Alcohol Marker refills to create the background of this circle layout!

Here’s how I created this layout:

Place a piece of Bristol Smooth Cardstock on a craft sheet.

Drop a couple of drops of Altenew Coral Berry, Frosty Pink and Ruby Red from Artist Marker Refill Set A onto the white cardstock.

Once it dries, use a small plate and trace the rim. Cut out the circle.

Adhere the circle to another piece of white cardstock and cut the circle again.

Adhere the photo to the left side, using foam tape.

Use a sewing machine, stitch around the edge of the photo and the edge of the circle.

Artist Marker

Stamp the sentiment using the Altenew Thick and Thin Alpha stamp set.

Thick and Thin Alpha

Handwrite the journaling and add some New Day Card Kit Enamel Dots to finish the page off.

New Day Card Kit Enamel Dots

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

Prizes

  • Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to SIX lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog by Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at 11:59pm EDT for a chance to win. The winners will be announced on the Altenew Card Blog and Altenew Scrapbook Blog on Saturday, September 29th, 2018.
  • In addition I have a $20 gift certificate to giveaway from comments left on this post by Tuesday, September 25th at 11:59pm EDT for a chance to win. The winner will be announced on Wednesday, September 26th, 2018.

Next Stop on this Blog Hop is the:

Leigh Houston

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

Erum Tasneem

Gayatri Murali

Therese Calvird

Kristina Pokazanieva

Laurie Willison

Rubeena Ianigro

TaeEun Yoo

Lydia Fiedler

Agnieszka Malyszek

Kelly Latevola

Altenew Scrapbook Blog

Zinia Redo

Laura Jane

Svitlana Shayevich

Emily Midgett

Kymona Tracey ← you are here

Leigh Houston

Virginia Lu

Barb Engler

Enza Gudor

Norine Borys

Erica A-B

Lilith Eeckels

Michelle Short

Supplies used:

(Thank you so much for stopping by. Compensated affiliate links 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.)

Artist Marker Refill Set ANew day card kit enamel dots thick and thin stamp set

Bernina 570QE

Thank you so much for stopping by!!

Creating a Pin Cushion Ring

Hello everyone!!  I’m up on Craft Fantastic blog today show how to create a pin cushion ring using their Mini Round Rope Rings in antique silver and antique brass.

Let’s take a look:

Aren’t these super cute!! Perfect the sewer in your life.  Quick and easy way to use pins while sewing. To read the tutorial, check out the blog post on Craft Fantastic blog.

Thank you so much for stopping by!!

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:

(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.)

 Brother Sewing Machine

 

Thank you so much for stopping by!!