Tutorial: Clothespin Pocket Apron

 

Now, before my friends are all “look, she’s actually doing chores,” I need to explain something first. If you’ve heard that Dan does the housework around here, that’s only partially true.  He does most of the sweeping and dusting because he finds my dust-induced asthma attacks extremely annoying. He also does most of the cooking, because he enjoys it, but he won’t touch the oven, so I do all the baking.  He can also do laundry, but quite honestly, our clothes sleep much better at night if I’m the one who handles that chore.  Let’s just say that his laundry “technique” is lacking.

For the first time in years I now have a clothesline in my back yard. Three of the four lines are missing, and the one that remains is in need of replacement, but that can be fixed eventually. I still have enough room to hang out a load of laundry, and I’m not heating up the house by running the dryer all afternoon. Oh, and I’m saving money, too!  I’m sure that my enthusiasm over a clothesline is shocking to anyone who knows me, but you’ll just have to accept this strange behavior. 

After hanging out the first load on my new/old clothesline, I realized that keeping clothespins in a plastic grocery bag just wasn’t going to work for me, and reaching up and into a bag, whether it’s a grocery bag or something made specifically for this purpose, just wasn’t very comfortable. I needed something waist-high.

An internet search revealed several great patterns for clothespin aprons and a variety of aprons, which would eliminate the need to reach up and into a bag, but all I really wanted was a small pocket to tie around my waist, not a full-size apron with a huge pocket.  I didn’t want to use a lot of fabric, either.  After a few quick sketches, I came up with some measurements for this quick and easy pocket with apron strings.  A simple pouch would work well for this application, but I added a pleat to give myself a little more room for my hand to reach in, as well as for some extra clothespins. The finished apron measures 7-1/2″ wide by 16″ tall (from the bottom of the pocket to the top of the waistband), and the pocket is 12″ deep.
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Another Giveaway at The Apronista

You can always count on The Apronista for some great giveaways, and this one is no exception.  This week, they’re sponsoring a giveaway from Originals by Lauren, over at Etsy.  All you have to do to enter is visit Lauren’s shop, choose your favorite apron, then go to the giveaway post at The Apronista and leave a comment about what you picked.  You’ll win your choice if you’re selected by the random number generator.  Hurry, the deadline is Sunday, November 23rd at 9 p.m. Pacific.

My favorite is the Michael Miller Rick Rack Apron. It’s just flirty enough, and I love the bright vertical stripes.  One of the best things about Lauren’s aprons is that the neck straps have d-rings for complete adjustability.  Lauren also sells beautiful quilts, jewelry, and other accessories, so there’s plenty to pick from for your holiday shopping.

Apron Giveaway

I love giveaways, don’t you?  Here’s one from Amy Quarry, whose beautiful blog can be found here, and her equally beautiful website here.  If you’d like a chance to win the apron pictured above, you’ll need to act fast by visiting The Apronista and following the directions in this post.  Entries will be accepted until 9 p.m. PST on Sunday, October 5th.

While you’re at it, head on over to Amy’s shop on Etsy, where you’ll find a lovely assortment of items made from recycled and repurposed materials.  Each item is at least 80% recycled, so your purchase will be both stylish and planet-friendly! 

Ruffled Apron

Ruffled Apron

I’ve been trying to get a photo of this [tag-tec]apron[/tag-tec] for a couple of weeks now, and finally cornered my husband long enough this afternoon to get it done, while he was in a photo-snapping mood.  Although I have a pattern for a ruffled apron, I chose to use this apron tutorial at Morgan Moore’s blog.  My only deviation from her instructions was to make the waistband and the apron strings all one piece.  I also made the strings extra long so they could be wrapped around and tied in the front.