Last summer, during my great southern adventure to the South-East corner (of Queensland) I ducked into Ikea for a moment or two. We were driving from the Sunshine Coast to Lismore and had scheduled a quick break to give the kids a chance to stretch their legs and me a chance to check out the fabric. I only ended up buying 4 pieces of home decor fabric. The pressure and intensity of three small children running laps around the displays and climbing on top of everything they could, was all a little unnerving. Luckily for me, this year they'll all be old enough to book into the Ikea creche should (or when) I return.
Anyway, I have somehow managed to sew three out of the four fabrics I bought. The first one was origami fisherman's pants for Paul. The next two were aprons for Meg's prep teacher and teacher's aide. (A fabulous idea inspired my Mary Nanna). Meg has had a lovely year with these two ladies so I thought I'd whip them up each a snazzy apron. The designs on both are quite whimsical and would look very much at home in a preppy classroom.
I cut the pattern from an apron I already owned. From memory, it came free with a bottle of wine. Bonus! I omitted pockets as I did not want to mess up the picture on the aprons. I added a strip of pink checked bias binding to the top edges. I have not made the neck straps adjustable at all. That would have required a trip to the fabric store and quite frankly, I needed to cross these babies off my 'to-do' list. As groovy as they look, they were a bargain to make. Each one cost me a little over $5. Yay for cheap but groovy gifts!
- Back view-
I still have enough fabric to whip up another two aprons. Maybe, just maybe, I'll make one for myself/teaching partner and our aide. After all, we wouldn't want the other prep class out-doing us in the 'snazzy apron department' now would we?
A message from Meg written on the inside bottom edge using fabric markers.