This guest post is from Leslie, of The Seasoned Homemaker blog fame. She's also a Craftsy designer AND Designer Workshop instructor. If you haven't seen Leslie's uber-cute Retro Chic Apron workshop, you've got to check it out. In this post, Leslie gives us some great reasons why aprons make the perfect gift, AND some awesome tips on how to customize them for literally anyone on your list.
Are you wondering what to get your sister-in-law for Christmas? Do you need a teacher's gift that really shows your appreciation? Got to have a hostess present? How about something for your bestie who always has your back?
Consider this: Aprons always make great gifts!
Below are some examples of apron ideas that are sure to get your juices flowing...and a few tips for making them unique and personal. What better way to express your gratitude than with a one-of-a-kind apron!
Use a bold print and mix it with a quiet micro dot. It's fun and festive and the bold print will steal the show. Try contrasting fabrics to allow other colors a pop. Instead of using the giant rickrack, substitute with a smaller one to allow the fabric to be center-stage. What grabs your attention on this apron....the bold print!
If you want something whimsical, look for fabrics with themes. Here, I've used roosters and a contrasting yellow fabric with chicken footprints. Red trim pulls it all together. A totally smile-worthy apron. Step into any fabric store, pick a theme, and run with it.
Keep in mind, not everyone wants a bold or whimsical apron. For friends and family with a more subdued personality, choose softer colors. While the pattern of this apron may be bold, the blues and greens are soft and classic. Using a neutral bias trim softens the print making the overall feel lovely.
No time to sew an entire apron. Try embellishing a ready-made apron from a craft store. Find or repurpose unusual items such as a zippers for stems. Fussy-cut a design to make it unique. See here for a full tutorial that includes directions on "How to Applique." The directions for making the Tattered Flower are here.
Be a copy cat...sort of
When I saw this apron at a store who's name rhymes with shmranthoshrology, I fell in love with its ruffly look. It's a simple apron that anyone would be proud to own. So why not try putting your on stamp on it with similar fabrics. Below, I used my Simply Chic Apron Pattern to customize this apron and give it a similar look. Instead of a rosette flower, I chose to put an applique on the pocket. With this style apron, you can create almost any look.
Here it is with a more vintage look and a straight band down the front. The buttons give it a true retro feel. I used rickrack for the flower stems and a set the pocket fabric on a diagonal. Since I wanted the applique to really stand out, I decreased the skirt width by approximately 20% - notice how it is only slightly gathered compared to the one above. So, now you have a few ideas to get you started.