Tuesday, August 12, 2008


One of the projects my beginner students make is a half apron. While also being very hip to wear and to give as a gift, this project is a wonderful way to learn a couple different hemming techniques (topstitched hems and blind hem stitch). It also gives students the opportunity to use a rotary cutter and mat to cut their fabric pieces (for many it is the first time using this cutting system) and I have them use a zipper foot to stitch close to the edge on the side hems and to sew in the waist band/tie. For many beginner students, they have never gathered anything before so this is also good experience for them.

Above is a half apron that I made recently. I used Moda fabric that I purchased from a wonderful quilt shop in Indian Trail called The Overall Quilter. I also added some pockets and did a decorative topstitch on them. This project takes 2 class sessions to complete and only requires (two) 1/2 yds of fabric to complete. Many students have made one and have decided to make them as gifts for folks on their Christmas list this year. I hope to add some pics of ones my students have made to my flickr account. You can view my flickr account by clicking on the link on my sidebar.

Happy Sewing!

1 comment:

Christie said...

Wow! You've been busy - or I haven't checked your blog in a while! Lovin' all the stuff!!