Sunday, July 8, 2012

Patchwork Apron {Stitched In Color Scrap Challenge}

I was SUPER excited when I found out I WON fabric 2 weeks ago from Rachel at Stitched in Color and Bloomerie Fabrics - my very first time winning fabric and you would have thought I won the lottery when I got the email! I usually don't "comment to win" but something about the fabric being offered up spoke to me, which I found surprising because I'll let everyone in on a little secret - I am not a huge fan of the color green. But, there I was, hoping that Rachel picked me to get my stack of fat sixteenths!

And this apron is why.

Patchwork Apron by Love Elaine
 Truth be told, this apron has been in my head for over a year, as I've been wanting to make a patchwork apron with a lace detail. Simple, yet oh-so-lovely. I just love how the fabrics pop off of the coral, and the lace detail along the bottom - so swoon worthy. Can you tell I am completely in love?! And, it is completely different from any other apron I've ever made or have available in my Etsy shop. Perhaps that's why I love it so much :)



I paired the bundle of fat sizteenths with Michael Miller Cotton Couture solid in Coral. I've been on an orange kick lately (again, another color that I have never paid much attention to, but is cropping up more and more around here), and once I saw the flecks of coral in the prints, I was completely sold. Although I went with a more bold look this time, I could easily see the fabrics working with a solid green or blue for a more understated, vintage look. Hmm.. I actually have more scraps left, so I might just make the "sister" apron just for fun - we'll see!

Just a bit about the process if you want to make one yourself, I followed my own tutorial for my Sweet Ruffled Apron that I did for Sew, Mama, Sew! I adjusted the size of the main fabric piece to 13.5" x 24" to allow for the patchwork at the bottom. The blocks on the apron are 4.5" sqares, which fit perfectly for the 24" wide apron piece.

And, I just couldn't resist doing a few hexies, as I am secretly obsessed and dying to jump on the Fatquarterly MFHexies wagon. However, since I thought that would take way to long to figure out, I went with the super-easy, super-fast, and equally fun method for hexies from V&Co. And, I just stitched the lace (found at Joanns when picking up thread at the last minute) on top of the bottom hem using a small zig-zag stitch.



Patchwork Apron by Love Elaine

So, I'll leave you with one last picture of the apron. Ahh - I just love it! And, guess what, I'm keeping it. For myself. Which, as many of my friends can attest - I never keep anything I make, so this is truly a first. Thank you so much Rachel for picking me - I was so happy to finally make this apron, and to Bloomerie Fabrics for picking the most perfect bundle of fabrics that truly inspired me (and for resending the fabrics after the first bundle mysteriously got lost in the mail!)

And, if you decide to make your own version, I'd love to see it! Just post a link in the comments.






6 comments:

  1. Very nice! I love the solid coral you chose and the lace trim!! I would totally keep that if I made it too. : )

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    1. Thanks so much Laurel! I just LOVE how it turned out - so different from anything else I've ever made for anyone or myself! I think its the lace ;)

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  2. I was so thrilled to see someone took the bait with those little pops of coral in a few of those fabrics. LOVE the apron! Amazing what you can do with a few fat sixteenths!

    And you look so cute in it! (I might have to take a little drive down to your neck of the woods and snatch it for myself! Just kidding, of course!)

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    1. Jess - The coral in the fabric was one of the first things I saw! I just LOVED the fabric cominations! If you ever make it down this way, I just might let you pet the apron, but NO WAY am I letting it go!

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  3. Just wanted to say hi to a fellow Richmond modern sewer & blogger. Love the apron, especially the hexies! I have some jewel pieces sitting around to be used for road trips only.

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    1. HI Melissa! Thank you so much for stopping by - I just stopped by your blog and followed! I love making new local sewing friends (espeically modern sewers!), so if you'd ever like to meet up and talk fabric, I'd love to! Email me at christen (at) love-elaine.com.

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