Apron gift

Mal | Finished Projects,Media,Sewing | Saturday, January 24th, 2009

Gift aprons

This is a gift I made for my sister-in-law to-be, whose wedding shower is being held this weekend far away. It was made to match an apron I made for my brother at Christmas, whose embroidery announced, ”I am being helpful.” Note the snaps on the neckstrap — this is to make the apron adjustable. (And also to satisfy my current obsession with snaps! snaps! snaps!) I guess being a super tall amazon lady (6’1″ tall!) makes me hypersensitive about the fallacy of one size fits all.

Ready to wrap

I’ve developed a method for folding these aprons before I wrap them for gifts, because I want to showcase the embroidery right when it is pulled from the wrapping.

Folded apron

This is the folded apron from the back. Neat! (But please clip that errant thread!)

Experimenting with wrapping

At Christmas, I found Wild Olive’s marvelous wrapping idea to be one of the best time-savers of the season. I haven’t found a better, box-less way to wrap fabric-based and sewn gifts so I’m so glad she shared.

After exhausting the painting/drawing avenue of embellishment, I started pushing the idea in different directions, including the method above. I use a die-cutter that my mother gave me (but which I haven’t otherwise found much use for) and randomly glue the shapes to the paper before folding and stitching the packages together. In my natural state, I wouldn’t be terribly interested in mass-producing dozens of precise and exact shapes. But for a throw-away item like wrapping paper, sure!

At Christmas, I used a snowflake shape. For the wedding shower — hearts, of course!


  1. I LOVE this apron. So cute! All your art is wonderful and I love all of the art therapy insight. I’ll be a dedicated reader. Thanks for visiting!

    Comment by Sarah — 30 January 2009 @ 2:20 pm

  2. Thanks for the compliments! I’ve got your blog in my feed reader, too, so I look forward to seeing more of your stuff!

    Comment by mal — 1 February 2009 @ 12:22 pm

  3. Ahhh! The apron is fantastic! The cupcake on there is adorable, and the text is so perfect…

    Comment by mollie — 12 March 2009 @ 7:48 am

  4. Thank you, Mollie! I had a fun time designing it.

    Comment by Mal — 12 March 2009 @ 5:32 pm

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