Mommy & Me Apron Tutorial with Jedi Craft Girl

I’m back from our glamper trip at Quiltique and getting back on a schedule. Things have been a little hectic as I have been trying to finish out some fabulous things for Carta Bella’s summer lineup, creating some fun cutouts for Silhouette, and working on a new project that I’ll be launching in June. Oh ya, and quilting. That Little Ark fabric line has been sitting on my table beckoning to me, and I finally decided on a quilt to make after Charlie’s afternoon nap yesterday.

Today I have a wonderful tutorial for you from Amanda from the Jedi Girl Craft blog.  This darling apron set is right up my alley—perfect for your little ones who want to be just like mom. Hope you get a chance to try it! Make sure and also check out Amanda’s blog. I spotted some pretty sweet tutorials using Riley Blake fabric that I might have to try out soon.


The aprons are pretty simple to make.  Here’s what you need:

3/4 yard main fabric
1 yard stripe fabric
1/4 yard pink fabric
1/4 yard pocket fabric
2 yards wide lace
2 yards medium lace
2 yards small lace

For Adult Apron:
Cut main fabric 13.5″ x 36″
Cut stripe fabric 3″ x 36″
Cut pink fabric 4.5″ x 36
For Child Apron:
Cut main fabric 9.5″ x 30″
Cut stripe fabric 2.5″ x 30″
Cut pink fabric 3″ x 30″
Sew the strip sets together using 1/4″ seams in this order.  Zig zag each seam to prevent fraying.
Press seams in one direction.
Fold pink raw edge (hem) under 1/4″ and sew.
Lay the wide lace with right sides together along the hem.  Sew along the edge of the lace about 1/4″
depending on the lace pattern.
Fold under and press.  Top stitch in place.
Next place the medium and small lace along the seams of the fabric strips.  Top stitch in place.
To finish the sides, fold raw edges in 1/4″ and sew, then fold in 1/4″ again.  Back stitch at the
start and stop.  This should also secure the raw edge of the lace and keep it from fraying.
Prepare the pocket…cut:
Adult pocket: 8.5″x 6.5″
Child pocket 6.5″ x 5.5″
Fold the top edge in 1/4″ and sew.
Press sides in 1/4″ and bottom 1/4″.  Fold the top down about 2.5″ or to your liking.
It should look like this:
Pin the pocket into place.  Of course you can sew 2 pockets or change up the shape.  I am
right handed so I put the pocket on the right side of the apron.  Pin in place and topstitch
leaving the top open.
Prepare the sash:
Adult apron cut (2) 5″ x WOF and (1) 5″ x 21″
Child apron cut (2) 4″ x 38″ and (1) 5″ x 18″ – you can adjust the length depending on how
long you want the ties.

The idea is to have a waistband portion (the shorter piece) in the center and two ties

(the longer pieces) on each side.

Sew the waist band pieces end to end with the shortest piece in the center.  Press seams open.

Sew a 1/4″ gathering stitch along the top of the aprons.  Pull up threads to gather.
Lay the gathered piece along the waistband piece like this – making sure to align centers.
Notice right sides are together.
Pin into place.  Sew just this portion sewing over the gathering stitch.
Press the entire waistband under 1/4″ – all the way around, like this:
Fold the waistband over so folded edges align.
Pin into place.  I leave my pins in and turn the apron over and sew using the front of the
waistband as my guide.  That way the front of the apron looks perfect.  The seam catches
the back of the waistband just fine. Continue sewing the entire way around the waistband
with a 1/8″ seam.
You can find a printable version of this tutorial here Mommy and Me Apron Tutorial

Weekend with College Roommates


IMG_3530_web Last weekend I got together with my 12 college roommates from freshman and sophomore year at BYU. It was the first time we had all gotten together since we lived at the Elms 14 years ago. It was an amazing experience seeing what everyone was doing and reminiscing on the old days. It made me miss college. Well, the social part anyway.

I brought up supplies to scrapbook and sew for the fun of it. I didn’t actually think we would have time to craft. So I was completely amazed when everyone started in on the fabric, and we made a crazy  mess of the cabin.

The group sewed up the Little Love Next Ruffle Dress, and we made up a funny little pincushion. I took up 2 garbage bags of scrap fabric and was so happy to see them used for the pincushions. Love seeing a little Paris and Co mixed with some Songbird.

The best part was (after everyone went home) seeing everyone’s texts of their little girls holding their dolls in the new outfits. Sooo cute!



Still trying to figure out how Brittany was able to do the splits. Go Brit!





We also shopped (couldn’t be helped) and went to Olympus Park for a ride down the Alpine Slide and one of the zip lines. I might have screamed like a little girl on the zipline (shhh!)



We also had a surprise baby shower for Amanda (having her first baby!). There may have been some squabbling on the correct way to swaddle a baby (the Burrito vs. the Binky-holding-in method). Thankfully, we had a real baby to perform all the swaddling tests on. (photo below is the Onesie Advice Diecut book).



I don’t have any photos of this (except on instagram), but we also knocked on our old apartments at the Elms and Chipman Hall (almost brought tears to my eyes!) and bombarded the current residents (who let us in to take photos). We ate at the Brick Oven, I drove a four wheeler for the first time, laughed our heads off in a Rhino-Jeep-Thingy (and almost fell out when we went over bumps), and tried to go running (super fail).

It was so amazing to reconnect with all these wonderful lovely women. Feeling so blessed to know them!

Hope you are having a lovely end-of-summer too!


How to Make A Fabric Flower

In honor of the Create and Make Class beginning NEXT week, I have a little treat for you! Siri and I made a quick little video showing you how to sew together one of the little flowers from the Little Playdate Outfit and Little Love Nest Ruffle Dress Sewing Patterns. It’s a fun video and I think you’ll love how simple the flowers are to make! Enjoy! Carina