I've been working on a ton of little stitchery projects lately, and many are for my soon-to-be open (hopefully!) Etsy store. I'll post a link when I get it open. But until then...this little waist-apron is for ME, so I thought I'd share!
This apron is made out of a simple folded dish towel that is stitched to make pockets. It features a grosgrain ribbon tie, a felt fish applique, and pearl bead accents. I made the fish a long time ago and never had a purpose for it, so it was relegated to the bottom of the felt box until I dumped the whole thing on the floor last week. And then I was inspired!
To make your own, fold a small towel in half. Then,
grab the bottom of the front fold and bring it up to just below the waist fold. Pin in place. Pin a long piece of grosgrain ribbon across the waist for the ties (I used two yards to make short ties that my kitties wouldn't chase, but I'd recommend using more). Stitch the ribbon to the towel on its edges using a small seam allowance and matching thread. Remember to cut the ends of the ribbon on an angle so they don't fray. Alternately, you could zigzag the ends to keep them in place.
Then, open up the towel and sew around the pocket edges, and about 1/3 in on either side to separate them. It's a little hard to see in the picture, but each pair of pearl beads marks a stitched line. Add whatever decorations, beads, or appliques you like, and you've
got an adorable apron! This retro style is meant to be worn on your natural waist, not your hips, so it protects more of your clothing- especially if you lean against the counter when you're cooking or crafting. (A little extra help in getting an "hourglass" figure never hurt either! haha) Try it out!