Remember in November when I bought Doctor Who fabric to make Christmas aprons? I ended up not making them in time and the fabric has just been hanging out… waiting… until my friend’s birthday. Since a Doctor Who apron is a much better birthday gift than Christmas gift … because of … reasons.
Anywho, I spent the day working on the apron. I got the pattern from WhatTheCraft.com and I don’t think I can rave enough about her patterns. I have extensive quilting experience, but almost 0 experience making clothes (and no experience making things correctly, just guessing). Her pattern says that it’s for beginners, but I had my doubts. Her instructions were so detailed and there were pictures for each step, it was so easy to make (all 80 steps of it). For the pattern, you get a 16 page file of the pattern pieces which you print on regular letter paper, tape together, and then cut out the shapes. And that may be a common thing but my experience is just the patterns on the light brown tissue paper so I appreciate her pattern being easy to print.
Here is the fabric cut out with the pattern pieces. I found a teal batik to match the colors in the Tardis fabric.
Close up of the fabric. I used a cotton poplin. It’s thicker than I’m used to (compared to regular cottons) and I was worried it was too thick, but since it’s an apron that will be used and washed, I think it’s an appropriate thickness.
I got some off white ruffle trim from Joanns and made the skirt.
Next up was the bodice, including some ruching at the top. And throughout all of this, I didn’t sew myself to anything! Not even once! I was also thinking this could work as a swimsuit, with different fabrics.
I got both halves put together and had my finished apron!
The problem with aprons is that they don’t look quite so fabulous laying down, so when I gave it to my friend, I took pictures of the apron being worn. And I taught Paul how to bevel.
Continuing with non-quilt projects…
First up is the Boo iPhone case that I stitched for my friend Brian. They sell rubbery cases that have the cross stitch holes cut into the case. You then design whatever you want (they provide some ideas) and stitch it up. His favorite Mario character is Boo and any time we play Mario Party or Mario Kart or such, we all know to give him Boo. And purple is his favorite color.
I know that when I think about cell phone cases, I immediately think about scarves … so here are some scarves that I’ve made. I have trouble knitting with needles because I suck at it and it’s tough on my hands. I can crochet find but it takes forever. One day during a break in class, one of my students was knitting on a loom. She showed me how it worked and I went out and bought a set. Brian and I (oh, there’s the connection between iPhones and scarves) both took up loom knitting since it’s easy to do while you’re doing other things and is great for people like us who can’t sit still. Here is my loom with a scarf in progress.
With the loom, I learned some basic stitches and made some scarves with 1 or 2 colors of yarn. Usually, the color blocks are horizontal. I wanted to figure out a way to make them vertically, so I came up with my own technique. It makes a cool zipper effect in the middle. This one used Red Heart yarn and is Seahawks colors for my friend who is a Hawks fan. And I liked it so much, I made myself an identical one.
After doing a few scarves like this and the regular technique, I wanted to see if I could make patterns in the loom. It’s not quite as straightforward as it would be with needle knitting. I started with a Doctor Who / Tardis scarf for my other friend. I used a wider loom than the one above, and I’m really happy with how it came out.
The next pattern was a heart. This is probably my favorite so far. I don’t have a finished picture anywhere, but I did finish it… I think. It has a heart on either end. I was thinking it might be cool to have a whole poker series of scarves.
Right now, I’m working on finishing 5 quilts by next Friday (Nov 14) and then 4 more by Christmas. All are close and just need labels sewn in, pictures taken, and washing. More on those later.
But, that means it’s time to start thinking about non-quilt Christmas gifts. I saw the below apron at Whatthecraft.com and decided to make it.
I bought custom printed Doctor Who fabric from Spoonflower.com and am eagerly waiting for it to arrive (it shipped today). I just bought the main fabric for each apron (I’m making 2) and will color match the accent at a quilt shop.