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Give a child an Apron and Mixes

Great gift idea! A Child Apron

Give a Child’s Apron and mixes.

Children love to make cookies and cake.  Wearing their own apron and having their own mixes to make treats for themselves is a very special treat for them.

Knowing that my grandchildren love to do this with  me, I decided to make a boy and girl apron for a brother and sister whose birthdays are close to each other.  It was simple and inexpensive but each child received an apron and a few mixes.  Cake, cookies, and brownies.

Next time, I think I might have added a spoon or spatula in the bow on the package.  .  You can use a paper grocery bag for your gift bag.

This little guy was apparently thrilled and proud to get to make his own cookies. I will include the pattern instructions for this simple little butcher child apron.

Cut a rectangle 8 1/2 by 30  then mark on the outer edge at 15 inches on the side and 6 inches on the top and just cut the curve as shown.  If you do it that way then your pattern will be nice and square.

this is for a size 8 apron.  for each size smaller just make it 1/2 inch shorter per size.

the ties for the waist are 3 inches wide and about 17  inches long.

fold the strip in half and sew the sides and turn.  then tuck in one end and stitch it shut.

Make the ties for the neck the same way.  only the one 17 inch strip will be cut in half and sewed to each side of the bib.  I make ties for the neck to make it more adjustable.  children grow so fast that we may as well make it adjustable.

 I had this darling cup cake fabric and it was the inspiration to this idea.

the pattern is a simple 22 inch square turned to make a diamond shape. This makes a size 10 girls apron.  You can trim the bottom with a strip about 2 1/2 inches wide and cut 25 inches long each. make a pocket for the apron double and with a point on one end like a long envelope.  I added a button there to keep the flap down and for decoration.  Place the ties on the top of the apron and baste in place.   Line the back with matching fabric sew together and turn leaving a section open so you can turn it. Turn down the top .  then make a neck strap that is 2″ by 17 inches.  Stitch them on the back.  I leave a couple of inches extra on the bottom so it can be lengthened as she grows. this is a simple method I will use next time I make one.

I used a pattern and a little different method of construction with the strips.  The pattern I used is “Kids Four Corners Apron! P137 It is from Vanilla House Designs.

This makes a great child apron for a boy or a girl.


15 Denim Bib Ideas

15 Denim Bib Ideas for you.

Denim Bibs
Denim Bibs- Here are 15 different denim bibs that I have made.  they are so inexpensive yet very popular and sturdy.  Mom’s love them.  they protect the baby just perfectly.  I have recently started putting tie closures on my bibs so that the baby can wear them longer as they grow.  I love to use decorative stitches to enhance the fabrics and you can also find stitches, if your lucky, they coordinate with the theme of the bib.  The cars above are so cute with this fabric and to top it off, the family name of this baby is Carr!  How fun it that.  If the Dad likes cars or planes or whatever then that is a fun theme to pick.  If the mom is into cup cakes or sports or bling or flowers there are all sorts of ideas you can come up with to make the bibs personal to the family you are giving it to .  I find these bibs are really appreciated because they are made with love.  Some find their way as a wall decoration too.  These are all fast, easy and very economical gifts. Have fun!

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Fancy Stitches cover the bib above.  A great way to bring personality to a bib.  It is also a creative way to use all those stitches you  may have on your machine. It is so much fun!

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I machine embroidered this design on a piece of the denim from these dark blue jeans and then  made a pocket from that piece of fabric.  It was easier than embroidering on an existing pocket. this was by special request from a mom who loves pigs! who doesn’t love a cute pig.  They are adorable.

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I live this simple bib with pretty stitches on each side of this valentine fabric.

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this bib is cut directly from the back side of a pair of jeans.

I lined it with the same fabric that I made the ties and the pocket handkerchief from. the ties are also made of the same fabric.  I like to use ties on bibs because they allow the child to wear it longer as they grow.

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A neckerchief sewn on at the neck turns this into a perfect cowboy or Cowgirl – bib.  I stitched around it with a decorative stitch instead of plain top stitching.  It is durable and adorable.


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These four bibs are other examples of the strip of cute fabric and then decorative stitches on top and bottom.  They are closed with a snap.



This doggy bib is one of my favorites.  The cute little puppy embroidery was fast and easy and looks so cute with matching puppy fabric at the top.  It think it is a lot better than plain denim would be.  Spice it up with a little piece of fabric at the top.


this embroidered airplane was a hit.  it is so cute and fun to make.

tie bib

this dashing little tie bib is also accented with a little pocket.  The top is actually a side seam.  I used two shades of denim here.  One way you can do that is to use the back of the fabric for the lighter color.

cowboy bib

this bib is topped with adorable cowboy printed flannel.  I like how the seam of the leg accents the middle of the bib.  You can embroider the baby’s name or the word “Cowboy” or “Cowpoke” on it to spice it up.

cowgirl bib

I love this cute cowgirl bib.  The bandana is sewn on at an angle and the red around the outer edge is really decorative stitching but gives the impression of ric rac.

so there you have it.  15 denim bibs to bring smiles to mommys and babies.  also a smile to your pocketbook as they are very inexpensive to make from old jeans and scraps of fabric.

Happy Bib Making.

Elephant Themed Bibs

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I love elephants! Give an Elephant Themed Bib and you will have a happy mama!


These two cute Elephant Themed Bibs are so adorable.  The appliqued Elephant was one I drew myself.  I cut out the pieces and ironed them on with “Wonder Under” and did the satin stitches around it.  the eyes are and eyelet stitch on my machine and the eyebrows are just a narrow satin stitch.. The head is a separate piece from the body and of course the inner ears are separate.  I used shiny embroidery thread to satin stitch around it. It is Sulky 40 wt. 100% Rayon and it worked out great.  I like to use it in the bobbin as well but you may use another gray if you have it.  Always experiment on a scrap before you stitch it.   YOu may enlarge and print the picture of the elephant and trace it for a pattern.

The other Elephant Themed Bib is inspired by this adorable Elephant fabric.  Then I found that I have Elephants in my decorative stitches in my machine.  I have a Pfaff Creative 4.5 and I love it.   any machine will make this bib as long as you have a zigzag stitch but the decorative stitches vary.  You might find another stitch that works for a decorative stitch or just leave that out.   So I had to make a row on each of these bibs.  I especially like the pink ones.

In the past all my bibs were closed in the back with a snap but when I learned that my little grandson had outgrown his bib by the time  he was eating from a spoon I started making bibs with the ties to close them at the back.  that way the neck of the bib will not get too small for the little darlings.  It just gives me peace of mind to do them that way.

Happy sweet baby girls.


Flattering Aprons

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I love to make these flattering aprons.  They are so classy and attractive.  they make wonderful gifts.  See the previous similar post for link to directions .  I like to do it with three prints that coordinate.  It can be made in an afternoon or pieces of time worked in you days.  You can use trim on the bottom or whatever suits your fancy.  You can make it from scraps or even more fun, shop for the coordinating prints.

If you  want to give a handmade gift but you don’t have time or maybe the desire to make one you can contact me and buy one!  Perfect original gift.  No two are alike.  Unless you want  matching ones.  I also love to make a butcher apron to coordinate for the man to match the ladies apron.  It makes a very useful wedding gift.

Believe me, you will be remembered with fondness and they will not be taken back to the store.

Basic directions for these aprons can be found at tutorial-patternless-kitschy-apron.html


Easy Owl Costume

Easy owl costume

this easy owl costume is also free if you have a couple of old white shirts and a little piece or orange or yellow for the beak and a few markers.  I used black for the eyes on the hat and gray for the lines on some of the feathers.

1- just cut the collar off of the shirt

2- cut the front off by cutting along the yoke and straight down the top of the sleeve20151023_154848.

3- cut the bottom 1/4 of the sleeve off a few inches above the placket.

4- make a pattern of cardboard for your feathers.

5-cut around the bottom of the shirt so it is shaped as the feathers using the pattern you made. Also cut the feather shape on the edges of the sleeves.

6- using the front of the shirt including the placket with buttons and with buttonholes together lay the plackets on top of each other and use the pattern to cut the shape of feathers on it making two long strips of feathers.  Do the same on the second shirt front and then cut 2 similar strips of feathers using the back of the extra white shirt.

7- draw random feather lines with a gray maker on the feathers.  I left most of them white.

8- now sew the strips on the back of the shirr and you have it!20151023_164658 along with a squeeling happy owl fan!

9-Now the hat.  I just cut off a section of the sleeve.  Turned it wrongside out and folded it in half and cut the shape of the points on the top so they would be alike.  Sew that seam. Turn it right side out.20151023_173810-1

10- cut two triangles of orange fabric and one more of a stiff fabric of interfacing and sandwich them together and sew and turn.

11- Now just slip it under the center of the front side of the hat and sew it on.

12- Draw the eyes with a black marker.  Remember to leave a little white in the pupil and I choose to give it eyelashes.I just used the cap of a pill bottle for the pattern for the eyes.  Grandmas always have those you know!

13-draw feathers along the top with the gray marker.

More happy squeals from your little Halloween owl fan!  Have fun.  It took me less than 2 hours to complete this project.


Recycled DIY Cowboy Bib


Recycled Cowboy/ Cowgirl Bib


DIY Cowboy Bib

this DIY Cowboy Bib is a hit.

You can see from the pictures below that the denim is from a pair of Levi’s pant leg.  The back is a cute cowboy print flannel and the neckerchief is the corner of a bigger one.  Easy to layer and to sew.  I did put a basting stitch in the neck of the neckerchief and basted it to the denim before I sandwiched it in with the back.  You can decorate it with the word cowboy, machine or hand embroidery and then I did a little red decorative stitch around the edge.  I like to stitch around the edge so that it will come out of the wash nice and flat.

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the only cost is the back and the neckerchief.  The bib measures 121/2 ” from top to bottom and 9 1/2 ” wide at the widest part. Mom’s like this size.

Quick to Sew Camo Bib

Make this easy cute quick to sew Camo Bib in just a little time. It makes a perfect baby shower gift. I made this one in an hour.

Camo Bib


This Camo  bib is perfect for the little sportsman in your life.  The tie is just appliqued on using 805 Wonder Under by Pelon. They don’t pay me to say that but I like this product for appliques.  Snaps are easy with these plastic snaps from Sew-Ology and a Babyville plier set.

My pattern for this bib is 12 inches high and 4 1/2 inches wide.  Mom’s love this size.  Make sure the neck opening is large enough for a 9 month old.  This neck hole is 11 inches around from where the snap goes around to the other snap.  So a baby with an 11 inch or smaller neck can wear it.

I made a smaller neck sized  bib for a grandson whose neck was too large for the bib when he got old enough to use it.  the snaps were the sewn on, so all I had to do was move the snaps.

It is backed with flannel with another layer of flannel inside to give it body and absorbency.  Bibs just are not very helpful if they are too flimsy to hold  some moisture.  The middle of the bib my be an old piece of fleece and piece of non matching scrap of flannel or cotton batting.  No one will ever see it so it does not need to match.  Just make sure that it does not show through the top fabric.  That is important to check especially if the fabric for the bib is light colored.




Apron tutorial

I promised and an apron tutorial so here is how this one is made.  there is a link at the bottom for more tutorials of other aprons.

1-Cut a square 30″x 30″ and round the corners on the bottom.

You may adjust the length of the apron to your desired length.

2-Cut a waistband and ties in two  strips 5″ by 45″ each It will be folded in half lengthwise.

3-For a ruffle around the apron, Cut a strip 1 1/2 times the measurement of the distance of the sides and the bottom of the apron.

to Sew

1-Hem one edge of the ruffle strip with a narrow hem

2- sew basting stitch on t he raw side of the ruffle strip and pull up the gathers until the ruffle fits the edge of the apron.

3-Sew the ruffle on the apron.

4- Gather the top of the apron to fit the waist front of the person who will be wearing it.

5-Fold the waistband/ties piece in half lengthwise and press. Turn under 1/4 ” on both edges and press.

6-Encase the apron in that band centering it in the front.Pin and top stitch it from the top.

7-Top stitch the remaining ties that are left on each end.

8-Hem the end of the ties either across or cut a diagonal on the end.

8-to add a simple pocket.  Cut two shapes. Whatever size you like your pocket to be.  (maybe 6″ wide and 7″high)

9-sew them together with right sides together leaving a place to turn it.

10-turn the pocket right side out.

11-press and top stitch the sides and bottom onto the apron.

Here are 10 Apron tutorials  Free

Quilted BIb

I love this quilted bib. You can make it from scraps or other coordinating fabrics you have on hand.Quilted Bib


You just need four coordinating fabrics cut 5 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches.  then sew them together as you see below and cut a piece of thin batting to fit it.

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then stretch them smooth and pin the edges.  You can then stitich around the ecges with a basting stitch so you don’t get poked with the pins as I did

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You see the sandwich here but unless you want it very thick, you might want to just quilt it with the top and batting and not put anything on the back.

mm 004  A piece this small does not realy need a hoop to quilt it.  just hold it taught with your hands. Do a random design sort of like a puzzle or a design of your choosing.  to cut the bib, fold it in half and My bib is 13″ tall and 10″ wide at the bottom before sewing on the back.  the neck hole is cut 3 1/4 ” across at the widest point.  It will be larger after you sew the back on.

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Wrist Wallets

Wrist Wallets are easy to make and fun to wear.  They take just a few scraps and are useful and fun to make.  You can wear them with the zipper inside or out.  They make a terrific gift for gals who like to work out or run.  They might only want to carry the house key or student card or a little money in them.   these cost me nothing but the time and I am sure the girls who received them were delighted. Wrist Wallet     I started with three layers of fabric.  and quilted two of them the center being a piece of soft flannel.  That makes the back.  then cut two strips for the top so you can put the zipper in between.  First sew a square to the top and the bottom of the zipper so that it is the same length as the sides and the back pieces.  Measure the wrist first and make it long enough to over lap atleast and inch and a half so it can be closed with velcro. 

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