April 20, 2009

Flirty Apron Swap

I am part of the Flirty Apron Swap -- A vintage remake. We were to take a vintage linen and remake it into an apron for our partner. I have only made one other apron in my life so I was getting "out of my box". I found the following vintage round table topper while at Wimberley Trade Days last month. I absolutely fell in love with it on site and just knew it was the linen to use to make my swap apron. I loved the baskets with flowers and the blue ribbon stitching.
I went to the quilt shop and purchased some vintage reproduction fabrics that matched for the waistband. The original edging on the topper was orange and some was missing and I didn't really like that color with the line. SEW, I added a different edging -- a crochet edging. Nope, I didn't crochet it! Here is a picture of the completed apron. The ties are long and can also be wrapped around the back and tied in the front. I wasn't up for modeling so here it is on my cutting table.

After completing the apron, I wish I would have lined it as the linen is thin, but it's done now. Maybe the recipient will use it as decor instead of a utility apron. The following is a close-up of the embroidery. I can just envision a woman years ago sitting and enjoying her handwork. I love doing handwork, it is my stress reliever.


Along with the apron, we were to send an additional vintage linen and a vintage recipe. Here is what I am sending my partner. The apron, the linen, with another basket on it, an machine embroidered handtowel for her kitchen, and a little handmade trivet/hotpad. The recipe I sent is for Old Fashioned Tea Cakes.


This has been a really fun swap and something very different for me to do. I sure hope my partner (whoever it may be ??????) likes her package. I can't wait to receive mine!

9 comments:

Tara said...

It's beautiful! Hopefully she'll use it as a hostess apron and not to wipe up grease! I am excitedly awaiting my package too! BTW, I'm having a giveaway on my blog if you're interested!

Contented Caroline said...

That's lovely and just the type of domestic goddess apron that I am looking for - I may just have to make one!!!

MOLLY said...

Beautiful Job!! Anyone would love to have it if only to look at. Have fun in Virginia!!

Angela said...

What a beautiful apron - and a great way to *recycle* a vintage linen! Thanks for sharing your pics!

debianne said...

AWWWWW...I wish I was your partner! I love the piece you choose to make the apron. Perfect choice and I think you did a great job!

Rhonda said...

Kathy, you did a great job. Aprons are addictive to make aren't they!!!

J said...

Kathy, I received the apron today and I love it! Thank you so much for the wonderful goodies you included too! Don't worry about not lining the apron, it will be used as a hostess apron - not to wipe grease on as someone commented above :0)

Thanks again, you did a great job!

Jenny

StitchinByTheLake said...

How smart you are! I have some vintage linens I'm going to look at to see if I can make aprons. It's beautiful! blessings, marlene

Messy Karen said...

what a creative idea and it's very pretty.