I recently received a copy of One Yard Wonders for Mother's Day. The book has 101 sewing projects that use 1 yard of fabric or less. It really has some cute things in it and I have enjoyed just perusing the pages. It has several little apron patterns in it. They're the kind that tie around your waist and don't have a top part. I don't get that. As a cook, I rarely spill things on my pants, but I am *constantly* spilling or splashing on my shirt. But, when I saw this apron project, I knew I needed one and so did my friend Rhonda.
A couple Christmases ago, Cam bought me a clothesline. It's the kind that looks like a spiderweb and raises up and down like an umbrella. I *love* it. It can hold so much laundry! When my dad saw my hanging laundry, he thought my dryer must be broken, but no, I find hanging clothes on the line to be a very peaceful activity that I rather enjoy. So, if the weather is right and time permits, I prefer to hang my laundry out. Of course, besides the cathartic benefits, it also saves energy which is a bonus.
That's all well and good, but you have to keep the clothespins handy somehow. They say you shouldn't just leave them on the line as they will get mildewy and yucky. I had been keeping mine in a really cute basket a friend of mine made me for the purpose that said "laundry" and an embroidered picture of clothes on a line. But, our puppy got a hold of it and alas, it is no more. Perfect timing, actually, as I already had the project in mind.
This is how they turned out:
|My butterfly apron|
I surprised Rhonda with hers the other day. She seemed quite tickled. I had purchased the fabric I made hers from probably a decade ago. (That sounds like so long ago. It's kind of fun to be of an age where I can say I bought something a "decade ago") But, it had never met it's perfect project...until now. As soon as I spotted it, I knew it was meant to be Rhonda's clothespin apron. =)
|Rhonda's bohemian apron|
I used it for the first time the other day and it was GREAT! It was so handy. It worked so well. I realized, though, it was not as handy at being stored between uses as its basket counterpart. So, I added this handy dandy little loop so I can hang it up between uses and on the line to wait for me to take down the laundry. Perfect!