It’s an Apron for a Bottle!

Random? Yes. Unnecessary? Yes. Cute? Yes. Fun? Yes!

I came across this tutorial for these adorable washing-up-liquid bottle aprons on Pinterest (of course) and immediately pinned, knowing I had to have a go! How cute are they?! (photo pinched from ‘Hostess with The Mostess’)

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So, this week, following my Sew Selfless September pledge, I had a go. Here she is! Don’t ask why the top turned out narrower than those in the photo. I guess I was meant to add a seam allowance; there was no mention of this in the tutorial. I think it looks cute regardless.

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It was quite a cool coincidence that my soap bottle is red and white too! (Unusual – normally it’s clear!)

It was really quick and simple to make. It would have been even quicker had I followed the instructions to the tee – but they involved glue, which I consider cheating!

Here’s the link to the tutorial if you fancy making your own. You will need to download the template, which you use to cut two pieces of fabric, and stitch them together. Perhapy add seam allowance if you want them to turn out wider than mine.

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This is the only bit of sewing that the instructions tell you to do… but of course I broke the rules slightly; instead of hot-gluing the ricrac and ribbons on, I hand stitched them. Anyone can glue, right? (Besides, I don’t own a hot glue gun!)

Here’s the ricrac around the bottom, and a bit also along the top (the top is just folded under, and I made sure to stitch right through to the back to secure it in place – whereas the piece around the bottom of the apron is stitched so that it isn’t visible at the back).

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And then once that was in place, I also hand stitched the two pieces of ribbon on:

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I wanted to finish it off with a little bow. I was just tidying up my explosion of ribbons after I’d found my tutorial on how to make the perfect bow, when I spotted a cute glittery gold readymade one sitting there on the table. It was fate.

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And just to show it tied at the back… a perfect fit!

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So, there we have it. My first totally selfless make for Sew Selfless September. I’ve posted this to my sister, purely because I am trying to be totally selfless. It’s a very random gift – there’s no occasion to celebrate. I purposely didn’t write a note explaining what it’s meant to be for. I wonder what she thought it might be…

I’ve already made my second make for SSS, but I’ll blog about it next week. It was also a quick sew and used less than a fat quarter of fabric, so if you’re after inspiration for quick and simple projects, this is the place to be at the moment! Til then, happy sewing everyone!

Beth x

A Bottle Apron!

Sew Selfless September

Wow, two posts from me in two days – aren’t you lucky!

This is just a quick one, though.

A few days ago I came across a post by Thread and Bobbins, where she pledged to sew selflessly in September, by making things for other people.

I now feel like it would be selfish not to participate…

So, I am joining. Without further ado, this is my pledge:

I, Beth, of After Dark Sewing, pledge this Sew Selfless September to sew three items for three different people – one being my partner.

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Of course, I’m a bit late seeing as we’re nearly midway through September… but don’t panic. I didn’t pledge to make extra-special-stress-inducing-no-sleep-allowed projects. The items may not be fancy, but I WILL make THREE things for other people.

I have specified that one of the items will be for my partner. This is because I have never sewn anything for him before. There’s no way I’m making him clothes, but he may get a little accessory. I’m thinking phone case – but I might change my mind yet.

Of course, I do sew for others fairly often – my two daughters, especially. However, I have been meaning to make my youngest a party dress to match her sister’s – but I guess I have been selfish recently. Maybe I will do that this month. You will have to stay tuned and find out, because even I don’t know what’s going to happen…

Beth x