I love when I see something and it totally inspires me... It makes creating so much more enjoyable when I feel freshly inspired. Lots of things inspire me- pretty projects on pinterest, amazing bloggers, fabric, etc- but one of the things that inspires me the very most, are my kids. I love thinking up projects to make for them. Things that I know will make them smile. They are even starting to come up with projects on their own. It's so fun to hear the things they think "mommy should make them" and it is so fun for me to be able to actually make some of the things they come up with... According to my daughter- next on the list is a stuffed purple dolphin! ha ha If anyone knows of a cute purple dolphin tutorial out there- please share! I would be so grateful! :)
This apron project was a combination of inspiration for my daughter and also inspiration from fabric. I had been wanting to make an apron for a while but, had been putting it off. When I was in my local fabric shop, I came upon this darling Happy Home fabric by Robert Kaufman, and I knew instantly that it was the perfect fabric for a little apron. I could envision it perfectly- right down to the little rolling pin as a waistband.
I used the Home Sweet Home Fiesta print to make the apron bib and also used it for the rolling pin on the waistband and the utensils on the pocket. I used the Happy Home Pitchers print for the apron skirt and the ties around the neck and waist. The yellow dot for the ruffle on the bottom edge is from Joanns.
I think her favorite thing about the apron is the pocket. She loves being able to put her special treasures in there while she "cooks".
I didn't use a pattern for the apron. I started by cutting the "home sweet home" motif from the fabric for the bib and took some measurements of where I wanted the skirt of the apron to fall on her leg and just went from there. It was really simple to make and came together just how I envisioned it would when I bought the fabric. I backed the entire thing with the yellow polkadot fabric incase she wanted it to be reversible... but let's be honest- who in the world would want to hide this darling kitschy kitchen fabric on the front??
To date- this is my favorite project I have ever made. Not sure if it is because I was inspired by so many things while making it, if it is the way it turned out, or if it is watching her while she is playing in it- possible a combination of all three? :)
I can't wait to make a twin version for my mini kitchen helper... thinking I may do one minus the bib and neck ties... Stay tuned!