Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Embellished Gloves Tutorial

Here's a repost of my gloves tutorial. I've made six different cuff variations since this one, and am working on more tutes!

Gloves Tutorial:

Supplies: Gloves, leftover apron material, leftover trim and coordinating ribbon

The gloves are easy-peasy, just a bit finicky. Purchase Playtex gloves in a color that coordinates with your apron. Then cut two 24"x7" pieces of the (polka dot) material leftover from your apron and fold into 24"x3.5" strips (A). Finished the bottom edges of the strips (I used a zig-zag stitch, but serged would be best). (I corrected the strip measurements once I made them again! Sorry if I frustrated anyone!)

After marking the centers, gathered these strips to 12" which is the circumference of the gloves. Then cut a length of the white ruffled trim to the same 12" (B) and mark the centers. Match centers of both trim, evenly distribute the gathers, and stitch the polka dot ruffle (A) onto the white trim (B) about 1/4" up from the bottom so as to have a clean edge on the gloves.

Next, pin this double trim onto the gloves and carefully baste about 1/4" from the bottom of (B), then stitch along the very bottom edge of (B), being careful to hold the top of the gloves against the trim and not catch in your stitching unintentionally. This is the tricky part, since it does not fit around the free-arm of most machines. Stitch together the raw edges of trim, overlapping slightly.

Form a bow with the coordinating ribbon, hand sew onto the center front of the gloves and you're done!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Valentines Apron Sew Along

Hi all!

Since I'm not hosting a Flirty Apron Swap for Valentines Day, I thought I'd sponsor a Sew Along for everyone who is interested. This will be a fun show-and-tell for the holiday that perfectly lends itself to this flirty and fun fashion accessory.

Post in the comments section links to any blog posts about your sewing project. Additionally, please join and post pictures at the Flickr Valentines Apron group, http://www.flickr.com/groups/valentinesaprons/.

To show the world that you've joined this Sew Along, I've created a button for you to post on your blog. I NEED MORE! I would love to receive your button creations and will post them on the sidebar for all to see. I'm sure you'll do better than mine; I always make the writing too small!


PS - Don't you LOVE the cupcake aprons in the banner? If you don't feel like making your own Valentines Apron this year, head on over to Lana's Sassy Apron Shop on Etsy. She creates the most amazing aprons, and at VERY reasonable prices!

Friday, December 26, 2008

More Swap Info

For all who are wondering, my new swap with Lucy will not take the place of the regular Flirty Apron Swaps. I'm working on some fun new themes and will have something posted soon. I'd love some feedback, too, about themes, how your swapping experiences have been, etc.

Hope you got lots of new sewing goodies in your stockings!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

NEW SWAP!! Sign Up Details

Sassy and Flirty Apron Swap – Sugar, Spice, & Everything Nice
Last Day to Sign Up: January 9, 2009
Last Day to Mail Packages: February 2, 2009

I invite you to join Lucy and Shawnee's first co-hosted apron swap! We've been chatting for months, sharing ideas, getting to know each other, and talking about the ups and downs of hosting swaps. We are so excited to team up together for a special Valentine's Day swap. In addition to using an online registration form and sharing the responsibilities of assigning partners, we are also initiating a $5.00 participant fee to go toward prizes and "angel" contributions for the participants whose pals drop out from the swap.

We always hope that the angels needed will be few and far between, as we'd like everyone to fulfill their commitments to the exchange. However, in the past, the funding for angel contributions came from either swap participants or from the hostesses themselves. This time we thought we'd help defray that cost by collecting for it up front.

As always, we would encourage you to be sure you can commit to the swap requirements before signing up, especially as we only have room for a limited number of participants this round. A quick decision will guarantee your spot!

If you would like to sign up, click on the "BUY NOW" links to right for Shawnee's team and you will be directed to a PayPal checkout. Once payment is made, you click on Return to Merchant and will be taken to the registration screen. Then, visit the swap blog at http://sassyflirtyapronswap.blogspot.com to save your favorite swap badge and post on your own blog!

If you have any questions, please let either Lucy or Shawnee know right away at lucyandshawnee@yahoo.com!

Here is one more thing we would like you to consider before joining this swap: To join in this swap you don’t have to be an expert seamstress, but you do need to be experienced enough to pull a nice apron off. We expect an apron that would pass in 8th Grade Home Economics - not an "A" but at least passable.

We don’t want to get too fussy here and scare anyone off. As Lucy says, we love to see the work of new seamstresses and have had some as partners in swaps and have loved the work they do. It is fresh and full of enthusiasm. If you feel that your work is not good enough, you can also swap an apron made by another crafter. There are many at Etsy worth buying from. Just be sure to give credit where it is due and honor the apron artist!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Belated Showing off!

Thank you, Yvonne, for a beautiful, festive apron, along with all sorts of goodies! I will certainly enjoy all this fun stuff!!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Next Swap

I know everyone is wondering when the next swap will begin. I will be co-hosting a Valentine themed swap with the wonderful Lucy from the Sassy Apron Swap with a new format. Sign-ups will begin December 26 and we will have limited space available. Mark your calendars, because you don't want to miss this one. Details soon!!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Aprons in MO

I have to share my apron happiness.

I received this lovely apron from Amy J in GA.
Apron 5
Isn't it lovely! Now I just need a finished kitchen to wear it in.

Here is the apron I made for my partner. She requested pink.
Apron 8
Only problem was she asked for a half not a full. I missed that detail until after shipping. Sorry! I hope it still works for you!

Thanks Mary in Georgia

Mary in Georgia,

Thank you so much for the beautiful apron you made me. It's totally me!! I love it. My Christmas decor and my tree are decorated in creams, pinks and golds and now my apron matches!!

I would send you a proper thank you but I can't find a email listed for you and the return address on my package was so smeared I only know that you live in Georgia.

Thank you again for such a lovely apron. The fabric is so rich and luxurious. I love the gold and pink print that is in it. When I figure out how to put a picture on here I will so everyone can see how beautiful it is.

Donna Payne

Monday, December 8, 2008

Thanks Julie!!!

Julie, thank you so much for this great apron! I love, love, love it! Not only is it flirty, it's sassy, pretty, fun, Christmasy and more words that I can't drag out of my brain. I can tell you this, my family is going to see me in this apron every day until Ephiphany!! My mom usually does all the baking, but this year...I'm going to put on this apron and walk through the kitchen where she is working. Then I'm going to turn around and leave the kitchen, because I don't want to get anything on my apron!
And look y'all -- it's reversible!! The camera didn't come close to capturing the beauty of the fabric, but take my word for it -- it's divine.
Check out the coordinatin pocket!!
So, Julie - thank you! Merry Christmas. I love it!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

WINNER CONTEST #4 and Angels Needed

Well, we're coming to the end of this wonderful swap. I HAVE LOVED THIS THEME! The aprons you all have created define Flirty!! I can picture everyone at their Christmas and New Year's parties, laughing and shining with confidence. PLEASE post any photos on our Flickr Group so we can be green with envy and share your joy.

I'm very impressed at how well you all have kept on track, sending me messages upon posting and receiving your aprons. This is a very busy time of year and I appreciate everyone upholding their commitments. I DO have one person who is not responding to my emails and a few packages that were supposed to be on the way a long time ago but not arrived yet, without the required tracking number confirmation. Would any of you be able to Angel a package, with the same love you put into your original partner's package? If so, email me and I'll send you details along with many thanks.

Now, for the fun part ..... many more thanks go to Jean for sponsoring our final contest. Jean is a sweet, generous, and talented quilter/apron swapper. Please start following her blog if you didn't during the contest! Here's a picture of the prize Christmas stocking and all the goodies

.... and the winner is ...... Kim H from AL! Congratulations!!


PS -- I'm excited to let you in on a secret. Lucy (from the Sassy Apron Swap) and I will be co-hosting a wonderful Valentine Apron Swap. New format and details will be posted on both blogs soon, and sign-ups begin 12/26. Mark your calendars!! Only 100 swappers will be registered in December/100 in January so space will be at a premium.

A Blue Christmas

Here is my beautiful Holiday Hostess Apron from Dawnise. It's absolutely perfect for the blue and silver Christmas that I have planned for this year. There's even sweet little silver bells attached to the corners of the skirt. I LOVE IT! Thanks so much, Dawnise. Like a dummy, I forgot to put on the fun pink beaded necklace and bracelets that she sent along with the apron. Dawnise also included an apron pattern from a local designer in her area and a recipe for lemon cookies that will be coming out of my oven shortly.
Thank you, Dawnise, for a great package and thank you, Shawnee for another fantastic swap!
Happy Holiday everyone!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Thank You Thank You!

I received my gorgeous apron from Amy K a  few days ago and it is absolutely perfect. I left town the next day to visit my sister in TN, so I can't get a picture on yet. Give me a few days and I will put a proper Thank You on here! :) Amy I just wanted to let you know I received it and I love it. Thank You, Thank You! :)

So Flirty!

Here's the apron I received! thank you AMY! It's Oo la la in all it's shimmery silky goodness!!!! Happy Holidays everyone!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Just stunning!!

Yes i am a lucky girl to have gotten this # from Paige.. I love it so much!! It is so me sexy, sassy and flirty. I just wish I would have had time to have taken a pic that would have done this apron justice..
Thanks again Paige. I love it!!



Our final contest will give the lucky winner a stocking to hang by the fireplace and filled with goodies from our very own swapper from FAS3, Jean K from Washington state!

Everyone who posts to the Flirty Apron Swap blog, either comments or pictures, will be entered one time.

And, since Jean is fairly new to the blogging world, she would love to get a few more readers. So, you will get an extra entry for following her blog or linking to HER blog from yours! If you do either of these things, post a comment here so we know it!!

EDITED: This contest will end Wednesday, December 3. That should allow for on-time aprons to be received and pictures posted!

You also still have time to be entered in Contest #3. Even if you couldn't mail today, please add Cathy's Pincushions as an Etsy Favorite Seller and let me know here TONIGHT! The lucky winner gets her choice of Cathy's adorable pincushions!!


Would you just take a look at this ...

Just enough bling ... thanks Heather! I **love** it!

To read about all my goodies you can go here.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

I received my apron and WOW!!

Well yesterday I received my apron from Dayna. My apron came wrapped in fun wrapping paper and the bracelet was wrapped and packaged in a pretty jewelry box.

Right now I am charging my camera so I can take pictures, but for now I am snagging her picture of the BEAUTIFUL apron she made me.

I have to say when I saw her picture I was hoping it would be mine LOL. It is perfect! And the bracelet... WOW!!! It is beautiful. I promise to post pictures as soon as the battery charges!

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! I can't wait to use it!

How lucky am I?

Look what came in the mail today!

When I saw Becca post this picture, I definitely had my fingers crossed that it might find it's way to me. My new apron is even prettier in person! Thank you so much, Becca!

Monday, December 1, 2008


To my partner when you recieve your apron. I fell down on the job and forgot to wrap your goodies! I was so excited to get it out and mad at myself for missing the deadline. I am SO sorry!

Happy Holidays!

This is the Lovely Package I Received from
My Partner, Solidia
My Goodies were packaged So Nicely!
I Received a Gorgeous Apron!
(I will add photo of Apron later)
I also Received YummY Dove Chocolate-My Very Favorite!!
a Beautiful Silver Charm Bracelet.
Thank You so Very Much!
This is a Photo of the Apron I sent
to My Partner!
Can't wait to Hear what She thinks about it;)
I Really had a Great Time with this Swap!
I Loved the "FancY" Apron theme!!