I wonder if you have missed my monthly challenges as much as I have?
Well, it's 2011, and we have a new year of Elefantz Monthly Challenges ahead of us!
This year I really want to make gifts from re-purposed items that I have stored away, or that I come across at garage sales and op shops.
The end aim is to bless my family and friends with 'new from old' gifts, but they must have a purpose.
This is a challenge in itself! After all, we can only ever own so many needlebooks, pincushions, journal covers and the like, don't you agree? This year is about crossing those items off my gift-giving-list, and making as many different *useful* gifts as I can.
So what is the January Challenge?
Do you own an old skirt that you may have grown out of but kept because you just love the fabric? Or perhaps like me you found a skirt at the op shop (for 50c!) and just knew it had potential!
This month we're turning those lovely skirts into aprons (reminded me of Cinderella's pumpkin turning into a coach, hence the blog title), and if you've never made one before this won't be hard at all because I'll help you with this very simple tutorial.
This is the skirt I paid 50c for; a lovely pink cotton/linen blend. It had an elastic waist so I just cut that off.
(If you use a skirt with an elastic waist you can make two aprons from this pattern - one for you, and one for your best buddy!)
The beauty of this skirt was that it already had a ruffle on the hem...
Unpick (or cut) the side seams apart, and sew a double hem down the sides.
Then trim the top to a straight edge.
To make the ties, cut two 4" wide co-ordinating strips of fabric from your stash and join them end to end to form one long length...
Measure across the front of your waist to determine how wide you want the apron, then mark with a pencil from the centre of the strip out. If you want 18", then make a mark 9" either side of the centre seam.
Fold in half lengthwise, right sides together, and stitch the open edges together from the marked spot, down the end of the folded length, curving it at the very end. Cut away the excess.
Turn the tie right side out, and press. It should look like this...
Gather the raw edge of the apron top to the measurement you decided upon across your waist front.
Slip the gathered top inside the opening of the tie by 1/2".
Pin in place, then top stitch with a 1/4" seam...
Add any embellishments that you fancy. I chose to add some yo-yo's with a pearl centre to my apron pockets...
And now I have the prettiest apron to add to my always-in-use collection.
Plus, I still have 1/2 a skirt to make another for a gift!
If you choose to take up my Challenge this month, please email me with a photo of your finished project, or leave a comment with a link to your blog. I'll show a photo of every apron made here on my blog. :-)
I'm off to post this gorgeous quilt of mine to Homespun magazine, but you won't see any more of it until the Garden Issue in Spring (August/September)!