Monday, 27 October 2008

Santa's Little Workshop

An e-mail conversation with Julia of Primrose Corner finally got me motivated into sewing again. It is not that I don't enjoy sewing, but other jobs always seem to get in the way. I've had this huge piece of fabric tucked away at the back of the closet for about 18 months. I found it at a flea market and I thought that it would be perfect for the smaller members of my (extended) family.

The problem is that I couldn't seem to find the time to sit down and get started and if I left it much longer, the older nephews and niece would have outgrown the design.

On Friday, I thought it was time to get started and I managed to cut out the first of four aprons. I used the basic template idea from here and adapted it to fit the various ages by searching the internet for a size guide. A huge thank you to Tracy for her help searching the internet for patterns, or I would never have started!

The thing I like about this pattern is that the apron is double thickness, so all the seams and raw edges are hidden and it looks very professional. Perfect for those budding cooks when they are in the kitchen helping Mummy and/or Daddy.

Needless to say, my plan of spending the entire day sewing did not work out and I was soon interrupted, but I did manage to complete four aprons by last night. I now have four drawstring bags cut out and I'm hoping to get them finished today before I go back on night shift tomorrow.

I know that it seems a little early to be speaking of Christmas but the last mailing date for surface mail to Europe is today! Yes, the best laid plans of being organized have bitten the dust again...

The rest of the week will be spent trying to get some much-needed sleep until next weekend when I may be able to get back to my sewing. Wishing you all a good week.


Primrose Corner said...

Love the sound of that apron - enclosed seams - that's nice. I like the fabric too. Perfecy for the little people in your life.

Heidi said...

I love these aprons and drawstring bags! You did a great job as they are darling.

I know it is frustrating to have to get things done for shipping so early. I have one huge box on its way to a niece and her family but still have my other nieces presents all spread out on my dining table. Dinner is on our laps for now. I am also late again and each year I promise myself to get them out in August so I am not rushed. Not working so far.

It is good to be back home and catching up with you Marie!

Hugs ~