So I did a little last-minute Christmas sewing for my mom: two aprons and a zipper pouch.
Here are the supplies:
Turquoise upholstery fabric: from stash. I love this fabric as it has great texture and color and weight.
Heart lining fabric: remnant from Joann's, rediscovered during the stash clean out.
Interfacing: medium weight iron-on from Fashion Sewing Supply
9" zipper: SIL Thread in NYC
Iron on heart patches: Pacific Trimming. As soon as I saw those heart patches I knew they were destined to be on a zipper pouch.
Pattern: McCall's 6256, which I made a few times this year.
I started cutting out this pouch at 8pm on Monday night and had it finished ~2 hours later. I impressed myself as I am such a slow sewist and the first time I made it (with laminated fabric, in the larger size) took about 7 hours. I loved all the little notes I wrote to myself in the pattern instructions, in particular the one about sewing on the fabric tabs to the zipper: "Remember, you can't sew over a metal zipper". Bwah ha ha!
I love the interior. It's like a heart explosion. Mom loves hearts and turquoise, so this was a great match.
The view from the top
Makin' the tabs. Wonder tape is definitely my friend when making zipper tabs.
I think it's totes adorbs.
Here are the aprons. Mom likes her aprons to be a big rectangle with two ties. It's a very simple thing to sew.
This particular piece of cat fabric (left) was the original 3/4 yd piece I bought in Hawaii that was intended for this very apron! The one on the right is fabric from the City Quilter, bought in either May or June, in their clearance section.
Here is how mom wears her aprons:
I *love* this particular cat on the Christmas apron:
A cat wearing Santa slippers! Love it!
Mom wore both aprons on Christmas Day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, so I think they were a hit.
I realize in my last post, the pix all had my apron with the ties tied in front (which is how I like to wear them) but here is one with the ties tied in the back to show maximum streamlined cat cuteness.
So, what have I learned from making 3 aprons and 1 zipper pouch in 2 days? It is really, really nice to be able to sew tried and true items and not worry about fit!
In my next post, I will write about what I got for Christmas from my parents (spoiler alert: it's an Elna Press!)