Monday, November 30, 2009

Tie One On Apron Challenge-Peppermint Candy

Amy Karol's (Angry Chicken) Tie One On apron challenge this month was to sew an apron that was inspired by peppermint candy. I really enjoyed that theme because it is kinda open ended. I didn't want an apron that screamed Christmas because I wanted to wear it whenever.

I found the fabric at Hobby Lobby for 50% off because the red and white polka dot was in their holiday section and the black paisley was in their fall fabrics section. Personally I thought both fabrics were pretty neutral as far as seasons go, but I wasn't going to argue with 50% off.

I have been wanting to try this pattern for a while. It is in the book A is for Apron which I absolutely love. The only problem is that the book does not come with full sized patterns which is a pet peeve of mine. However the designs are so lovely that I overlooked that slight problem this time. If nothing else, the book is filled with great eye candy and inspiration galore.

The instructions for the pattern were terribly unclear to me so I just did the best I could with what I thought and studiously examining the pictures. It is lined on top so that there are no raw edges to serge or finish which I thought was marvelous as I despise threading my serger and Pumpkin inevitably un-threads it for me between projects. She is just so stinkin' helpful sometimes ☺

I gotta tell you that this apron would make a fabulous gift for someone who is expecting a baby and is so tired of all the maternity clothes they have. It would brighten up their wardrobe now and be useful later.

Don't forget about the giveaway going on! There is a button in my top right sidebar that will take you to the post where you can win the great hand embroidered bag.


  1. Wow, that's really cute! How long does something like that take to create?

  2. Oh, that is SO cute! Can I just take that off of your hands??? You know you would love to brighten someone's day!!! :o)


  3. That is a really fun apron and the design is so flattering! I was lucky enough to win an adorable half apron that ties around the waist and has all these layers but man do I look cub-o-la in it! I love the colors you picked as well.

  4. Really cute apron. Love the fabric choice -- colors and varied pattern. The pattern is so dang cute!

  5. What a great apron. Your work is beautiful! The colors are great for the holidays and any time!

  6. Leah, I think it took me about a day to make, but that was because I had a couple of distractions and had to sit and think through the instructions. If I were to make another one it would probably go a lot quicker.

  7. Oh my goodness! I love this apron! I have been looking at all of the cute ones online but I love this pattern! BTW found you @ TCB!

  8. What a darling apron!
    Sincerely ~ Tricia Anne

  9. This apron is gorgeous!!! It looks great on you...

    Take Care
    Jodie :)

  10. i love this!!! it is so cute! i would love to have the pattern. I am not familiar with that book though.

  11. I got my A is for Apron just for this apron. But I've read some bad reviews that the directions for some of the aprons have the wrong yardage and that not all the aprons worked at the 400% enlargement.

    What about this one? IS 400% the right increase? What about the fabric yardage?

    LOVE LOVE LOVE your apron.

  12. Marni,

    My hubby enlarged the pattern so I'm not positive, but I'm pretty sure it was 400%. The front bib bias tape instuctions made no sense to me so I just did the best I could. You end up with the seam allowance of the bib and gathered bodice sandwiched between the bias tape.

    The amount of bias is correct. The fabric I bought was 1 1/2 yds of each print, but that was because I wasn't completely sure which apron I was going to make. If you were just going to use one fabric I would probably purchase 2 yrds to make sure that you have enough.

    Would love to see a picture of your apron if you make one!

  13. your apron turned out great!!! it's adorable!

    i'm joan hand stroh from the A Is For Apron book. just thought i'd pop in and let you know that if any one needs the unedited version of the instructions, i'll be happy to send them to you. (they did make a mess of them, didn't they?). i also checked the scale in the template in the book and they should be correct if enlarged 400% - do NOT trim any edges.

    BUT better yet, this apron is now available in a Simplicity pattern - 2390 - it just came out. (i haven't even picked up my copy yet, but it is in the stores). :)

  14. I got the book A is for Apron for Christmas. Could I please get the unedited instructions? Thanks so much!

  15. If you want the unedited instructions for the apron in the A is for Apron book you can email Joan Hand Stroh directly:
    rstroh [!at]


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