Sunday, November 6, 2011

Bias Trimmed Apron

I Loved making this apron! It was a breeze! And I learned a few new and important skills: How to make and Use Bias Tape Correctly, and How to make a French Seam. I've been dallying about making bias tape. It has always seemed so daunting. Hours of folding and pressing and refolding and repressing.... Just for a few measly yards to make a quilt. But Now! I learned about the nifty little bias tape maker helper, and how to make it with only sewing 2 seams! That was the best. I gotta tell you, I loved the Prudent Baby method our fearless leader Jessica suggested as requiring way less sewing. It was great! While sewing isn't something I despise (obviously), it was much nicer to get to watch tv whilst I spent 95% of the time pressing and cutting the tape.
And Here's My Bias Trim Tape!

I used a half a yard of this great Green, Grey, Navy, and Blue Plaid Homespun Cotton fabric that has been staring me in the face for months now. I always pick it up, unroll it, look at it (even prewashed it) and put it back on the shelf. And now I used it! On the other hand, while it looks really cute, I don't really recommend using Homespun Cotton because it doesn't hold a crease well. Now I love it and plan on using it for several other projects soon, but it isn't crisp like quilting cotton if that's what you're looking for in your bias tape.

I appliqued an "R" to the front of the smock since it is just a matching solid blue fabric, in an attempt to make it more boyish. I'm not sure it helped. It still looks like a dress to me (and Alan, who wasn't thrilled with Redding running around with "a dress" on all day) Hehe.

But Redding loves it! He has worn it almost all day and likes the pockets on the sides. The fit is Perfect, which surprised me for some reason because most things I make don't have such a nice fit.
We plan on wearing it for sidewalk chalk, fingerpaints, gardening, and cooking. I might have to make one for me too :) I'm very messy.

I'm really looking forward to this month's project (I'll be making the Cozy Winter Hood) and will probably make one for each of my boys, and several for Christmas gifts.


  1. I don't think it looks like a dress at all! It fits him great, and i love the way that plaid looks on the bias. Great idea with the appliqué too. You nailed this one!

  2. I love that plaid binding. And I think it looks plenty boy-ish :)


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