In the past, my attempts at handmade gift giving where the kiddo was concerned failed miserably. For the most part, at least. I think this time I finally managed to make something that strikes her fancy. Her interests lately involve cooking, feeding, and caring for her dolls. She also loves to play dress up so I figured why not make her an apron and oven mitts. I've caught her running around with socks and mittens on her hands before while "cooking" and thought it might be time to upgrade her dress up clothing stash. To go along with the apron and mitts, I made another one of Anna's awesome divided fabric baskets thinking it would be a great place to stash some of the kiddo's play food. She received a fun new set from her aunt for her birthday and so I had the makings of a perfect themed gift!
The green and white fabric has been in my stash for ages. It was a lucky thrift store find and most likely vintage. It's a home dec weight fabric and I thought it was a good match for the floral print which I found at Hobby Lobby. It was in the clearance section ($5 a yard!) and is also home dec weight. It took me a few visits to the store to finally decide that I had to have some...something about the bright colors and retro feel kept grabbing my attention.
Oh...these teeny tiny oven mitts. I think they might be my favorite! I used a tutorial/pattern by ikat bag. It was exactly what I was looking for so no need to start from scratch. For the apron, I started out by using a pattern by Sew Much Ado. I wanted the apron I made to have rounded corners and be reversible so I made a few changes. Using a round lid, I traced curves onto the corners of the pattern piece. I also shortened the top of the apron by a few inches. I cut out the two sides of the apron, made and attached a neck strap and waist ties (those are about 1" wide), and then sewed the two sides together right sides facing. Turned everything right side out and top stitched. Done! I made this late at night before the kiddo's birthday so I had to guess at a few things but overall it fits her. I do wish I had made the neck strap adjustable but can always fix that later.
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