A lady at a bible study I go to on Saturday mornings is pregnant with her third child. So, the other women of the bible study group decided to give her a baby shower. My Mom decided that it would be cute for us to make something for her. You know how a hand made present can mean much more to a person than when you just go to the store and buy something typical. It shows that you really thought about the person receiving the gift and what would be most beneficial to them. (at least that's my family's mindset :)
But when my mom thinks "we" can make something, it usually means "me".
So that is why one day I come home from work to find a pattern for an apron and a pile of fabric laying on my bed.
A typical day in the life of Susan The Seamstress.
Now, before I make my Mom sound bad, I DID know about the shower beforehand, and she DID cut it out, and Mom DID offer to help me, but my Stewart pride got in the way and I was determined to make this all by myself!
Now back to the apron:
The basic idea Mom had was to make an apron that the mother could wear whenever she was washing her baby yet keep herself dry. Mom found some gorgeous deep purple terry cloth and a coordinating flannel that we (I) could trace letters out of for the front to add a little extra something.
It's amazing what you can find in the back of your closet! (shhhh! Don't tell!)
So the first thing to do was to make the actual apron; then apply the letters.
(please excuse the sloppy bed)
We (I) used McCall's pattern 5551 view C, but instead of lining it, I just hemmed the raw edges and used bias tape for the neck strap and ties, omitting the pockets.
For the letters, I cut a strip of flannel big enough for the ones my Mom printed out, plus a *slightly* smaller strip of Wonder Under and fused the two together. After that, using transfer paper and a pen, I transferred the letters onto the paper side of the Wonder Under, (also the wrong side of the fabric) then I cut them out. I had to trace the letters out backwards so when I flipped it around so the right side of the fabric showed, the letters would be right too.
Next, I peeled the paper backing off the letters, centered them up on my apron, pressed into place...
... and sewed a narrow zig-zag stitch around the edges.
Here is the final result! A big high five goes out to my bro Christopher for taking pictures of the finished product. (It is quite difficult to take pictures of yourself when you're the model :)
And there you have it! A terry cloth apron just right for giving a darling newborn a bath! I really hope the mother likes it and I can't wait to welcome this wonderful bundle of joy into this great big world!
For you fashioned my inmost being,
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I thank you because I am awesomely made,
wonderfully; your works are wonders --
I know this very well.
My bones were not hidden from you
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes could see me as an embryo,
but in your book all my days were already written;
my days had been shaped
before any of them existed.
Psalms 139: 13-16 Complete Jewish Bible
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