The Napkin Apron

Do you have an obsession  a healthy love for aprons like I do (seriously, I have too many)? Well here is the easiest apron you will ever make. I made this for a craft competition and the theme was “Under $5″… I made this for $4.97. Easy and cheap; what’s not to like?
All you need is:
2 cloth Napkins (I found these on sale at World Market)
2-3 yards of cotton twill tape
One napkin will be left alone for the bottom half of the apron. The other napkin will make up the top of the apron and the ruffles.
To make the top, serge and sew (or just sew) two of the sides so that your dimensions are 10″x10″. The best part of this apron is that the napkins are almost totally sewn for you!
Now you need to sew the top square to the bottom square. Center the top square on the bottom square with right sides together and sew.
Sew down the seam that you just made all the way across the bottom square.
Add the twill tape to the top of the square, hold it up to your body to determine the length. Then do the same for the side straps, make sure to tie it in a bow because it will need to be longer than you think. Remember you can always cut more later but you cant add on to it.
Now, you will have over half of the top square left over and that will be used for our ruffle. Sew it into one large rectangle and ruffle it however you like. You will need to piece two long pieces together but you wont see the seam because of the ruffleyness (new word of the day?). I like to use my serger because I don’t have a ruffle foot…whomp whomp whomp. Make sure you make two different ruffles, one for the bottom of the apron and one for the top. With the serger, I have to kind of “pleat” as I sew because it doesn’t do a very tight ruffle. Sew the ruffle to the bottom and the top of the apron.
So simple right? It is my new painting apron because I already have too many cooking ones and I don’t garden.

Puff Paint Tee

I saw something so amazingly pretty last week on Pinterest. Have you seen the Alisa Burke Blog? Its one of my new favorites. So, I had to replicate her Puff Paint Embellished Tee. I know what you are thinking, Puff Paint, like for making crafts in elementary school. Yes, but it is more sophisticated than that!
Didn’t it turn out pretty? Here is the original. It is super easy.
Start with a plain tee shirt or tank and tape it down so it wont move on you.
Add a paper bag to the inside of the shirt so the paint wont bleed.
Just like Alisa, I started with dots around the collar.
From there you can just doodle a design as it comes to you, so fun. I have a re-discovered my love for puff paint.

Peacock-ish Painting

I have had a blank canvas burning a hole in my closet for some time now. Then I saw this rug from Modern Chic Home. This rug is soooo beautiful and wouldn’t make it a week in my house with my dogs and babies! So I decided it should go on my wall. I changed the colors up a bit and made it look a little more Peacock-ish.
This painting is by no means a creative masterpiece but it added some much needed color to my sad bedroom walls. Does anyone else have oddly shaped rooms and walls that are too tall to paint yourself? This is the longest I have ever slept in a room with white walls :( But it is definitely happier now.
My tips… when painting a pattern that is repetitive like this one, change it up a bit. Make some circles not so round and add a few streaks of un-expected color. It will make it more interesting.

Etched Mommy Tree Plate

I made this cute little plate for my mom for Mother’s Day. Super simple but I think it was a hit. I made a stencil with my Silhouette, vinyl and transfer paper and used etching cream to etch the glass plate. My mom is the “M” at the bottom of the tree and the initials of her “kids” are in the branches. My husband is an honorary “kid” and of course we couldn’t leave off Clyde and Finn- her grand kids.
Have you used the transfer paper with the vinyl? I was like, what is this roll of white stuff? Then I tried it and it really helps. With a plate like this you have to etch the back of the plate, therefore you need to mirror the image. Also, this is my second time with etching cream (first project here) and just a tip, the bottle says leave it on for 10 mins, I did 30… last time I thought it was too light.
Happy Mother’s Day Mom! xoxo
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