One project can turn out an unlimited number of ways, depending on the choices you make with fabrics, trims and notions. That's the fun behind our Re-imagine & Renovate projects, an on-going series here at S4H. The beauty of today's apron is its clean and simple lines, along with a few subtle details, like a gently curved bottom edge and a perfectly matched front pocket. The fully bound edge makes the apron reversible, so you get to chose three coordinating fabrics. We added a matching headscarf to complete the charming peasant girl vibe. Why look... our cute French Country model is on her way to sell warm bread at the village market. (Actually, she's standing on a corner downtown and everyone is staring at her... but that's only because they love her apron!) Our new fabric is from Amy Butler's Gypsy Caravan collection for Rowan Fabrics from Fashionable Fabrics. The blue is the most perfect cornflower shade in combination with a rich, milky ivory. Like a crackle pottery bowl of fresh blueberries and cream.
A big thanks to Fashionable Fabrics for sponsoring today's R&R projects and providing all the fabric. Tonia and Dennis of Fashionable Fabrics are experts in trendy, modern fabrics and sewing patterns. We love their flat rate $4.95 shipping on any size US order and their super easy to navigate site; you can search by collection, manufacturer, designer, theme and more. Check our their great selection of holiday fabric: lots of Halloween choices, Christmas choices... even Valentine choices for those ultra-organized folks out there.
Wild Poppy in Milk for the apron front
Velvet Vine in Stainless for the apron back
Wind Flowers in Stainless for the bias binding and scarf
If you are new to making and working with bias binding, check out our updated tutorial: Bias Binding: Figuring Yardage, Cutting, Making, Attaching.
The original tutorial for this apron and scarf set includes helpful step-by-step instructions on how to cut, place and stitch a perfectly matched pocket.
To make a pretty narrow hem, like we did on the scarf, use our handy tutorial: How to make a ¼" double-turn hem with clean, finished corners.
To Re-imagine & Renovate your own French Country Apron and Scarf, go to the original tutorial:
Hints and Tips
Looking for more information on blending, mixing and matching your fabrics? Check out these tutorials:
Project Design: Alicia Thommas
Sample Creation and Instructional Outline: Debbie Guild