Jan 30, 2012

Vintage Runner to Little Girl's Apron

Have I mentioned that I just love finding little treasures thrift shopping? 

If not, then let me clarify right now, I absolutely, positively, adore, finding quirky, unique little gems while sifting through the thrift store!

Over the weekend I had the rare opportunity to hit up our local thrift store solo, and oh, how I savored walking the aisles and going through the racks without being rushed by my often impatient little ones.  I found a few awesome treasures, one of which I used to create this adorable apron for my Miss Addie.

It started out as this awkwardly sized table runner.  Too large to be a placemat, and too small to be a table runner, it had "refashion" written all over it.  Besides, for 20 cents, I wasn't about to leave it behind...awkward size or not.

I started by grabbing a t-shirt that fits Addie nicely, just to gauge how long the apron should be.  Miss A was napping at the time, so I didn't want to disturb her with a measuring tape.  I folded the runner in half length-wise and marked how long I thought it ought to be.  Then I marked where I wanted to cut out the curve to fit around her arms.  I lightly drew with pencil where I would cut, then snipped away.  

This is my runner trimmed and unfolded:

I just happened to have a nearly full package of the perfect shade of yellow bias tape on hand, so I took that and pinned it around the cut edges of the apron.  I left a tail of about 14 inches on either side to use at the apron ties.  Then ever so carefully, I stitched it on.

It might be hard to tell in the picture, but I was fresh out of bright yellow thread, so I decided to use a contrasting bright cherry red thread.  When I got to the ends of each of the ties, I just unfolded the bias tape, folded the raw edge in, refolded the bias tape, and stitched it all in place.

Lastly I needed to sew up the neck strap.  (Sorry for the icky picture, I was losing daylight fast!)  Using the scalloped print edge of the scrap runner fabric, I sewed a tube and turned it right side out.  I stitched one end directly onto the bib of the apron.  On the other end of the neck strap I sewed on a big vintage red and white button, which I'm sure was made for just this apron, it matched perfectly!

On the other end of the apron bib, I stitched a small loop of elastic.  That loop slips around the button on the neck strap for easy on/off. 

I can't decide, should I sew a matching button on the other side of the apron bib?  What do you think?

And there we go, one vintage apron finito!  And, one happy kitchen helper to boot!

Thanks for popping in!

Be blessed,

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Wendys Hat said...

Darling apron! Love it! Your helper is cute too!

Steph @ Crafting in the Rain said...

Super cute! And great eye for seeing that would be fabulous as an apron!

Hartyboys said...

That is so sweet and very clever. All topped off by an adorable model

Anonymous said...

That is just too perfectly cute!! Great idea and the perfect runner for the project!!

h. rae said...

You are just SO crafty! That's a super cute apron! I think I would add another button to the other side... too cute not to!

Bonnie and Trish @ Uncommon said...

I agree with Steph from Crafting in the Rain... you have a great eye! The apron is so cute and your little one is adorable! Would you share this at our link party? I know our readers would enjoy this!


Christine said...

OMG!!! I want one!!!

Thanks for linking up From Dream To Reality at thediydreamer.blogspot.com :)

Marilyn said...

A D O R A B L E!! You are awesome for this vreative apron. so cute..

{northern cottage} said...

how stinkin darling is THAT! love it!


Aimee - ItsOverflowing.com said...

So cute!! I love it!! Thanks for linking up! Just checking, did you see my Lisa Leonard giveaway yet?

XO, Aimee