Yes, I know it’s been a while since I’ve communicated, but here I am. In the intervening time, I’ve traveled/visited Mesa Verde, friends in Edmonds, Colorado, sold our home of 19 years, bought a condo (downsizing from 4400 square feet to 1400!), packed, packed, donated, sold, packed, packed, gave away, found a temporary home (for some of our belongings), had an amazing party for our friends in Normal, IL, had lots of lunches with friends, packed, packed, organized, organized, took one load of ‘precious stuff’ to our daughter’s in Minneapolis, gave away more, packed more, organized more, (you get the picture).
Now I just want to share what we did this last week. Our daughter, Ellie from Duluth, visited and we had a little sewing spree distracting me from my unpacking and reorganizing activities. Needless to say it was needed. Our move date was June 2nd and I was feeling the strain. We started out on a lovely tote bag pattern. Her sister, Anna, had bought the fabric as a present for her some time ago. We all thought this would be a great project. So, we’re merrily cutting and trimming along and down to the last pieces when I cut the lining wrong making it so there was not enough fabric to finish the job and no JoAnne Fabric stores in sight.
Ellie saved the day! She had a simpler project we could finish quickly, making an apron from a kitchen towel. There’s a million free patterns on the internet, but here’s what we did:
1. pressed the towel, then added 2 darts to the top, outer sides to give it some shape
2. used scrap fabric to make a wide neck band
3. sewed vintage buttons on to give it some pizazz
4. added a ribbon around the waist long enough so she could wrap it around and tie it in the front…
The more creative you get, the more fun these are to make. You could add pockets, or a different tie. I guess the tote bag will happen during the next visit.