February Project

March’s Project: Aprons

Yes, it’s only February 19. And yet… I’ve already made two projects for March. March’s project is aprons! I cook and bake a lot, and as my friend Natalie reminded me, aprons are a great way to practice various techniques. Binding, ruffles, pockets, straight lines (my old nemesis), curved lines (probably my new nemesis), etc.; aprons are a more varied lot than you’d think.

My first apron is this little beauty. Instead of using a dish towel, I hemmed a piece of fabric to measure 27″x21″, the size of a typical dish towel, and went from there. I added patch pockets to my apron, too. The final product is absolutely adorable and functional, two of my favorite things.

I’m still making lined totes like crazy, and I want to make a few fun full aprons in the next month. Every project I do makes my sewing skills better, so who knows? Maybe I’ll make a skirt in April or May!

January: coasters

February: totes

March: aprons

A Year of Projects: February’s Tote Bags

I started February’s project a few days early, in January. Now it’s officially February and I’ve already made four tote bags. I have a problem.

Here’s something I love about this year-long endeavor: I’m already so much better than I was a month ago. My fourth tote bag looks so much better than my first. Every mistake I make truly is an opportunity to learn, which, yes, is super cliche, but in this case it’s accurate.

For my third tote bag, I decided to make a gift for my friend’s son, who turns 5 in a few weeks. He loves Star Wars, Spider-Man, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, etc., so basically he’s awesome. I found some adorable Marvel Comics fabric at Jo-Ann, and put this together the other night:

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The tote measures 13″ tall by 11″ wide. I think it’s a good size for coloring books and comics. I made the strap a little shorter than I would for an adult so it doesn’t drag on the ground when carried by a teeny.

 

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The interior of the bag; I added a pocket (the Captain America part) with a label that says “To [Kid], From Amanda”

I think it looks adorable. I reinforced the straps and bottom of the bag like crazy, because littles tend to put a lot of stress on their stuff (I assume). I’m going to put a few coloring books and maybe this crayon roll in there and call it a gift. It only took about an hour (and that’s because I’m still new to this) and cost maybe $7–yay for fabric sales!

Lately I’ve felt like a motivational poster: “You can do it!” “Follow your dreams!” “Practice makes better!” But seriously: sewing is better than any therapist I’ve gone to, and I can’t wait to make more.