I am really enjoying my subscription to Mollie Makes. I seem to have started a little challenge to myself to make something from each edition, and since my knitting skills are limited and my crochet skills non existent, that leaves the sewing projects. I saw this pattern for a patchwork traycloth apron in issue 12 and liked it very much. So today I have a little apron to show you.
When I saw this old embroidered tablecloth in my local charity shop for £2.50 I was so pleased. I thought this will do nicely!
I decided to use pinks and greens simply because that's what I had to hand. The pale green polka dot is from my local haberdashery and the floral print is from IKEA (doing a very good imitation of a Cath Kidston or Greengate fabric for only £6.99 a metre). So, all in all, a very thrifty apron. I probably spent £7 or £8 on the tablecloth, fabric and trim altogether.
I struggled to stop the green spot fabric wrinkling while I sewed on the pink ric rac, and I always seem to find working with different fabrics tricky. I remember this from making my patchwork quilt - some fabrics really stretched and bunched when I sewed them, while others stayed perfectly flat. When I sewed around the patchwork area with the pink zigzag machine stitch, I didn't keep the speed consistent enough, and you can see where the stitching is not terribly even.
But every time I do a project like this my skills increase a little bit more, and I am now very speedy at changing the bobbin on my sewing machine, a task that used to take me half an hour and lots of swearing a year ago. Slowly, slowly.
It was a really fun project, and very quick to complete. I started cutting and pinning the fabric and made the little patchwork panel during the afternoon in between other things, then when the kids were in bed I spent about two hours on the sewing machine - and it was done! I do like a fast turnaround in a crafting project, it stops me getting bored.
Here I am wearing it (if you can see me - I am merging into the quilted background). I was going to put it in the present drawer but I am currently obsessed with the adorable Rachel Khoo and her TV series The Little Paris Kitchen, so I may wear it over a polka dot dress with plaited hair and red lipstick and pretend to be chic.