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Haunting Halloween Apron

{Whimsical Fabric Wacky Wednesday Bundle}

It’s Wednesday again, and there’s another perfectly timed fabric bundle deal from Whimsical Fabric.  The Wacky Wednesday deal can be purchased HERE on the Whimsical Fabric Facebook Group.

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Halloween is only a few weeks away.  Make a Halloween Apron using fabrics from Whimsical Fabric online store.  Order today for this fabric bundle deal of Happy Haunting fabrics by Riley Blake.

To show off the Wacky Wednesday fabric bundle, I stitched up this reversible apron using the Happy Haunting fabric collection.  The collection includes novelty prints in the traditional Halloween colors of orange and black.  The reversible apron features the orange haunted houses, owls, witches, and moons print on one side, and the reverse side is a mix of stripes on the bodice and hexie print on the bottom.

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This reversible apron pattern is one of my favorites – my serious favorite considering it is a frequently featured pattern on my blog – HERE, HERE, and HERE!  It’s the Jezebelle Reversible Apron PDF Pattern by Handmaiden’s Cottage.  It is a flirty full circle skirt on an hourglass shaped bodice.  For me, the apron is a canvas to show off lovely & fun fabrics.

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The Wacky Wednesday Deal is offered at 12 noon central on the Whimsical Fabric & me Facebook group.  It is only offered until it sells out which is usually in the first 24 hours.  This bundle includes the 5 fabric prints, and you can buy a Full Yard bundle (5 total yards) or a Half Yard bundle (2.45 total yards).  Of course, multiple bundles will be cut in continuous yardage.

And while you at Whimsical Fabric & me Facebook group, look around, make some friends, and find so much inspiration.

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www.From-a-Box.com Easy Pocket Apron Tutorial

Easy Pocket Apron Tutorial

{Bought to you by Whimsical Fabric Tuesday Tutorial}

Need a simple to make apron with customized pockets?  Get your free Tutorial and free Pattern Template HERE.

The apron features a large front pocket that you can make into individual compartments to fit your necessities, like a pen and pencil, notepad, keys, reading glasses, and of course your cell phone.  The apron ties in the back around your waist.

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Using less then 2 yards of fabric from Whimsical Fabric, I designed this Easy Pocket Apron and you can have the free pattern.  The supplies, printable template, and instructions are available to you.

And look at all the fabrics on Whimsical Fabric online shop.  I very much appreciate working with the ladies at this shop.  The fabric quality is high offering designer collections, shipping is FAST, the customer service is supportive and helpful, the fabric prices and shipping costs are good & reasonable (and sometimes spectacular! on sale), and I especially enjoy the activities & challenges on their Facebook group – see HERE, and HERE, and HERE.

And for some instant inspiration for your own Easy Pocket Apron, here are the pocket aprons that I made:

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Fabric: Arrow Flight collection by Michael Miller, available HERE

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Fabric: Country Girls collection by Riley Blake, out of print

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Fabric: Be My Honey collection by Moda, out of print

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A Pot of Gold at the End of a Rainbow

{For the Love of Legends Blog Tour, hosted by CraftingCon and Phat Quarters}
For the Love of Legends Blog Tour hosted by CraftingCon and Phat Quarters

Read along for the blog lineup & prize package give-aways… enjoy!

Featuring the Jezebelle apron PDF pattern designed by Handmaiden’s Cottage Patterns to share the famous legend of A Pot of Gold at the End of a Rainbow.

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The legend has many interpretations.  The most famous is the Irish story of Leprechauns leaving pots of gold at the end of rainbows.  Or something about fairies leaving the gold to be guarded by Leprechauns.  And sometimes there is an old farmer and his wife involved in the myth.  I think the point of the legend is mostly the same… Because a rainbow is a circle arcing across the sky, and you can only see a portion of it, the end of the rainbow does not really exist, so the pot of gold is never attainable – meaning that you can keep following that rainbow looking the reward of a pot of gold, but you will not get there to find it.  (geez, that sounds kinda pathetic now that I type it out…)

Let’s try another interpretation… Some versions of the A Pot of Gold at the End of a Rainbow legend take a spiritual theme.  Such as, if you chase a rainbow only expecting to find a pot of gold at the end, you will be disappointed.  In other words, enjoy the journey.  I guess if you are traveling a rainbow, that’s a reward already.

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Because it is St. Patrick’s Day this week, I chose the A Pot of Gold at the End of the Rainbow legend to contribute to the For the Love of Legends Blog Tour hosted by CraftingCon and Phat Quarters.

For the pot of gold, I needed a gold fabric pocket. I re-purposed a dance costume to get the gold fabric. The rainbow needed to arc across the garment to end in the pot of gold, or the pocket in this case.  I pulled one of my favorite patterns for adapting a theme to a wearable garment.  It’s a flirty apron pattern called the Jezebelle Apron by Handmaiden’s Cottage Patterns.  (I featured the same apron for The Day of the Dead Celebration HERE and again HERE)

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The apron pattern is completely reversible, although that is not needed for my adaption today.  The pocket is gathered and rounded, and looks perfectly like a pot of gold.

The rainbow, however, was a bit of a struggle.  The apron bodice is fitted with princess seams to make it so flirty.  My vision was to have a quarter of the rainbow arc across the right side into the pocket on the left side skirt.  Getting the curved shape of the arc across the fitted bodice was challenging to say the least.  This project spent many nights in time out when I just couldn’t look at anymore. — ever have a project that just needs to sit in the corner until you can work with it again.  Finally, I found this rainbow ribbon in my collection, and borrowing a ‘mannequin with boobs’ from my friend, I was able to achieve the arc that I wanted.  Then I just stitched 5 rows of ribbon following the arc with gold metallic top stitching, and I had my rainbow!

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And I have to say, I am very happy with the results!  I managed to represent a favorite legend in a wearable garment! Not to sound too trite or too cheesy – I followed the rainbow long enough and found a pot of gold.

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Thank you to the ladies at CraftingCon and Phat Quarters for another FUN and Challenging  blog tour.

For the Love of Legends Blog Tour hosted by CraftingCon and Phat Quarters
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The Wholesome MamaSkirt FixationAmazing Adventures Of Bubba and BugBella Sunshine DesignsFrom-a-Box
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Wild + WanderfulThe Fairy Dust BinGYCT DesignsThe Kisses Co.Call Ajaire
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Handmade BoyMae & Kcreate3.5Pear Berry LaneSewing Mama RaeAnna
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The Inspired WrenRebel & MaliceSew StarlyXO JessicaFalafel and the Bee
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PenSeb&RoxKnot Sew NormalBeatnik KidsLulu & CelesteSwoodson Says•Friends Stitched Together

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Celebrate Day of the Dead Blog Tour

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Day of the Dead… I know what you’re thinking, “oh such awesome colorful fabric!”… that’s exactly what I think every time I visit a fabric store this time of year.  I LOVE the novelty fabric to celebrate Day of the Dead.  The bright colors, the thrilling imaginary, and the slight haunting of it.  I wondered if I would ever dare use the fabric – especially since I didn’t even know what Day of the Dead was/is or even if I could/should ‘bing’ it from my home computer. 
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