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Hello Wednesday - Ribbon Apron

Don't you just LOVE wednesday's? Say hello to wednesday  "hello wednesday" It's all down hill from now on to the weekend - yippee!!!

Another ribbon treat for you this week, to be honest I had to make something that needed sewing.  Remember my long standing sewing machine had gone off to the repair shop, well I had a call to say that the problem was terminal (only took them 6 weeks to diagnose the problem!) and that my 22 year old machine would not be coming home - arrrh. For the past two weeks I have ooohd and aahd about getting another one, did I need one? How often would it be used? You know the thoughts. My Pfaff was one of the first computerised sewing machines that came out on the market and it had trillions of stitches, of which I used jQuery15204457360409952146_1369042972597???? I expect you can guess.

This hello wednesday project was created by my new love - yes I have a new Janome sewing machine, which is wicked.

This is not any old apron - nope. It is a "Tea Towel Apron". What's that?  It is made from a Tea Towel.  I have been looking for plain tea towels for a while and I came aross this bright red one, also a cream and willow one on Saturday.  Super just what I wanted, with a little bit of ribbon I would have my ribbon project.

You need a tea towel that is oblong, I think they are all about the same size. A piece of ribbon that will go around your waist and tie into a bow at the back (I used the deckchair stripe HERE) and then another piece of ribbon for the pocket trim (try the gorgeous strawberries HERE) - that's it.

You need to fold the tea towel in about half and then fold the top section down again.  Play around with the folds until you are happy with the pocket size.  Give it a good press to set the folds.

Open the tea towel out and machine the pocket ribbon trim to the top edge of the pocket fold on the tea towel.  Use the fold line as a guide, you can pin the ribbon in place if you wish.  Sew the top edge of the ribbon (nearest the fold) first.  When you get to the end of the ribbon, cut the threads and machine the other ribbon edge.  I may have told you this before.  Always machine both sides of the ribbon in the same direction - this will avoid puckering of the ribbon. Iron the ribbon, and refold the apron.

Pin the pocket to the back of the apron and machine around the three sides of the pocket.

Fold the apron in half widthwise and gently iron a fold in the centre of the pocket (you can just see mine in the picture).  Use the fold as a guide when sewing the pocket into two sections.  You can of course make the sections any size you wish, a smaller one for pens etc.

Fold your waist ribbon (deckchair stripe) in half to find the centre, pin this to the centre of the apron waist, continue pinning the ribbon to the apron waist.  Machine along the top edge of the ribbon waist, cut thread and then sew along the bottom ribbon edge.

Apron is all finished and ready for use - No Tony this does not mean that I am going to start cooking!! Aprons can be used for crafting too........


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