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Josefly | Posted in General Discussion on

Yay! I finished my aprons and my placemats and napkins and got them all off – last mailed package went to the post office early this morning. Now, don’t smirk, all you non-procrastinators! I’m so glad I got it all off, a full week before Christmas!

Still have some shopping to do, but that feels like a snap at this point.


  1. damascusannie | | #1

    Good for you! I'm finishing knitting one last hat and then a bit of wrapping and I'm done!

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    paddyscar | | #2

    Hi Josefly:

    THAT'S not procrastinating - procrastination is flying out Tuesday morning and still not having started 5 children's Christmas tops and a jumper. :))

    Have a happy Christmas!


    1. Josefly | | #4

      Whew. That does sound like a lot!
      Good luck, and may the angels travel with you.

  3. MaryinColorado | | #3

    Yahoo!  Congratulations!  I'm not smirking, I'm proud of you too!  Mary

  4. ROSESKES | | #5

    I feel the opposite: it's sewing that's a snap compared to shopping at this time of year!

    1. sewingkmulkey | | #6

      I agree with you Roseskes.  I spent most of the weekend sewing Christmas aprons for my daughters and grandkids avoiding the malls and was happy as a lark.  I have an 8 year old grandson who asked for a Rachel Ray cookbook (on his Amazon wish list) so I'm filling his order plus a "manly" denim apron.  If he continues to enjoy cooking I'll make him a proper chef tunic/shirt for his birthday.  Since my hubby does all the cooking at my home I'm hoping my grandson will do the same for his wife some day in the future.


      1. MaryinColorado | | #7

        He will love his manly apron!  Is it like a barbeque apron?  My son does most of the cooking and his wife does most of the desert baking.  My grandson's are both good cooks too and all seem to enjoy it.  I'm rarely seen in the kitchen these days as I've promoted everyone else and happily put myself right out of the job.  I enjoy occassional stints as a "guest chef" if I'm in the mood and available, ha ha!

        1. sewingkmulkey | | #14

          and he did love his "manly" apron...his spontaneous hug said it all!

          I did have to make an adjustment on the neck strap along with ones for his sister and Mom.  Why on earth the pattern was several inches too long is beyond me!

          Anyway, hope your visits to the kitchen as a guest chef are few and far between.  I'm happy as a lark to do the cleaning up if someone else does the cooking.  We all need more time for sewing!!!!

          Happy New Year



          1. MaryinColorado | | #15

            Glad he appreciates his apron!  I just finished cleaning the kitchen, no I didn't cook either.  ha ha  now I'm going to do a bit of machine embroidery I think. 

            Have a good night!  Mary

          2. ROSESKES | | #16

            I always make the neck strap adjustable, because all patterns have them too long! 

          3. sewingkmulkey | | #17

            Thanks! I'll do that on the next one.Karen

    2. Josefly | | #8

      It took me way longer than it probably does most people to do those aprons. I couldn't have done them all in one weekend, for example. I'm probably just slow, but also, each apron was slightly different than the others, in design, as well as in embellishment. I had no pattern, and had to think through the process - something that slowed me down, thinking! :>) I also had to fiddle with fabrics, since I used small remnants (scraps, actually) and wanted to coordinate them, so they looked planned. I pieced some squares for embellishment, also, something I'm not accustomed to doing - and couldn't do that very efficiently since different fabric scraps were used for each apron. I enjoyed doing it much more than I do shopping, but I could've bought something in much less time.

      1. gailete | | #9

        I love making gifts and love it even more when the recipient has some notion of the time and care that went into it. My MIL is getting an apron and a potholder. When I made a top this fall I also machine embroidered a lace insert for the neckline in two different colors as I wasn't sure which color would look the best. The one that I didn't use, I used on my MIL's apron as a lace applique. I think it is more fun to use scraps and fiddle and figure things out than always picking up new everything for a project.

        I love those butcher style aprons and I wear them a lot.


        1. Josefly | | #11

          I agree that it's more fun to use fabrics and trims that you have left-over from other projects, or simply the ones you had the foresight to buy for "something, sometime." It somehow feels better than going out and buying new, meant-to-go-together - though that's fun too at times.

          Your apron & pot-holder gift is a good combination. The lace applique added to your apron must've made it lovely. That's the nice thing about aprons - they can be plain, rugged, or fancy or frilly. Lots of room for expression and customizing.

      2. ROSESKES | | #10

        This sounds very enjoyable as a project; and the little differences will make the individual aprons all the more treasured by the individuals you give them to!

        Thinking does slow us down a little - but again, makes it more satisfying!

        1. Josefly | | #12

          Especially MY thinking! :>)You know, when you've got all those scraps of fabric and trim and all those ideas rumbling around in your head, it takes time to settle on one design!

          1. Ceeayche | | #13

            The Fairy Studio Godmother applauds your efforts!  Even those who ran out Tuesday to grab new fabric for that forgotten gift!  All this energy and excitement towards making others happy!

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