Timia’s “Stripey” Apron

The Facts

  • Fabric: quilting cottons (stash)
  • Pattern: none
  • Year: 2012
  • Notions: thread (stash)
  • First worn: by Timia in mid-October for this photo
  • Wear again?: I hope she will. :)
  • Total price: $0

Short and sweet and not full of artsy photos, but it’s here. In October I helped a friend from church fix her sewing machine, which was breaking thread and needles left and right. In order to be sure it really did work when it was used for more than a couple minutes, I decided to make her a little present using some already cut out strips of quilting cotton. After about an hour or two, I had a simple apron done for Timia.

Since I haven’t asked Timia’s mom if it is okay to post a photo of her, I’ve blurred her face. Timia really liked the apron and has asked for sewing lessons. I have to come up with some simple projects to start her out on. Any suggestions?

Also, in case you’re wondering, the writing is going well so far and I’ve got a couple blog posts (first this, then this) you can read in case you’re wondering what I’m up to this month. I do have a couple quick ideas for some of the Sew Weekly challenges this month, so I may be able to squeak them in there in time, though pics may just be of my dress form. We’ll see!


Erin Bartels

Erin is a copywriter by day, a novelist by night, and a wife, mother, dressmaker, quilter, zoo docent, painter, poet, and photographer in between. She only gets paid for the copywriting.


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  1. Cute apron! As for sewing lessons for beginners – there’s the ever popular pillow case, apron, simple wrap-around skirt, simple top (like Sorbetto) and perhaps a gathered skirt? Leveling up – maybe a simple shift or shirt, and a lined cape to learn about lining?

  2. Cute apron and clever way to use those pre-cut strips. I remember one of my first projects in 4H was a simple half apron, consisting of a rectangle gathered at the top and attached to a waistband/tie. Would that be easy for her?

    I took a look at your blog to see what you are so busy with instead of sewing. Greenday? Here’s a small-world fact, Frank Edwin Wright III (Tre’ Cool) grew up in my hometown before he became a drummer for GreenDay. Never met the kid, but of course, everyone mentions the connection to our town.

  3. woo hoo – getting another novice on the path to a lifetime of sewing. Well Done, You!. Great little apron too btw. Lovely colour combination. How about a pair of boxer shorts and a sorbetto to create a cute pair of pjs?