It’s been fun having two little girls to choose gifts for this Christmas, these are my son’s partners children and as they’re buying a house together it seems pretty permanent, so they’re my new to me granddaughters, age six and nine. I’ve made the youngest a mouse from the Luna Lapin books with a bag to match.
The eldest is into baking, so a cookery book was suggested. I found two nice ones in the bookshop in Otley and bought a couple of baking things such as a whisk and a cake tester to go with it. Having made the lovely Miss Mouse for the youngest, I wanted to make a little something to go with the cook books. An apron seemed the obvious thing.
Colour wise she’s into neutrals at the moment, not my forte, but I found a nice light grey print with hares on it. I found a free pattern on the Porcupine Patterns website for a Japanese apron, it’s one of those that crosses over at the back but doesn’t have any straps. I have one for crafty stuff and they’re very easy to wear.
I cut it out and started to sew before I realised I didn’t have enough binding for all the edges, I needed about 5m. In the end I popped into Leeds, did some Christmas shopping at the same time, and called into the haberdashers, Samuel Taylors. I didn’t really want a plain bias binding, they had a nice one which was grey with white flowers, it would have been perfect if it wasn’t so wide! In the end I bought a spotty one as it includes grey spots.
The pattern went together very easily, especially as I did away with a side seam and cut it as one piece. Having finished it I just wasn’t happy with it, the binding was too…well, dotty! It dominated the apron and just looked unbalanced with the hares. This is the back view with the curved edges.
I rummaged through my stash to see if there was anything suitable, I needed a metre, most of my quilting cottons are less than that. Finally I found one, in my seaside quilt box, it’s grey with seagulls on and little yellow flowers. I had just enough if I pieced the shoulders, this also had the advantage that it meant the seagulls were the right way up when they came over the shoulder. As it was quilting cotton, I decided to make it double sided, to give it a bit more body. I found some sandy yellow which needed a bit of fiddling to get it out, but I got there in the end.
As I was making it double sided, I stitched right round the edges, just leaving the top at the front open, I turned it through there and then stitched it up once the shoulders were in place. I top-stitched right round too. I wanted to put a pocket on and found some grey bumbleberry fabric which went well but looked a bit flat, another rummage through a layer cake of bumbleberry fabric and I found the mustardy gold one which really made it pop, I felt the whole pocket in gold was a bit much, but tried with just a top border and it worked, so I lined the pocket with the gold and stitched it to have a gold top.
I decided to add her nick-name on the front together with a little yellow flower, I used bondaweb to attach it and then blanket-stitch round the edge.
I’m pretty pleased with it, I just hope it fits her! There was only one children’s size and she’s a very slim young lady, I can always add a bit to the straps if need be. For now it just needs a good press and then wrapping up. The spare apron can be used here…I just need to make another one!
Fabulous! Worth the extra effort to be able to give one and keep one. 😃
So thoughtful. Beautiful presents.
Children do add a layer of magic to Christmas as do your sewing projects.
Lovely, I’m sure she will be delighted.
I was about to say – ‘why don’t you make your own binding?’ – and then you did!
How lucky those little ladies are! Love the lapin – I have a book with those patterns too – never got round to making any!
So pretty, they are bound to love these gifts.
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Wonderful apron and the mouse is amazing!
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