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Apron Skirt Tutorial

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This is such a simple and easy little skirt to make. I wanted to do something different than just a bunch of plain skirts for Skirting the Issue and this is one of them that I decided on.


I used about a 1/2 yard for the skirt and maybe an 1/8 for the little apron. A fat quarter would be great!! ๐Ÿ˜‰



Step 1 –ย 

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Fold over the edges on 3 side by a 1/4″, press and fold them again by 1/2″

Then ย stitch them in place.

PRESS again!


Step 2 –ย 

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Next ย cut out a heart from the main fabric, just like cutting a heart from paper. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Then ย pin it within an inch of its life and zigzag it all around.




Step 3 –

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Set the little apron aside and fold and press your hem. Fold and press 1/2 ” and then again by 3/4″.

Then ย stitch it in place and press again!



Step 4 –ย 

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Now, pin the apron to the skirt, wrong side of apron to right side of skirt.

Sew a line of stitches across the top to secure the 2 pieces together.



Step 5 –


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Next, pin and sew your back seam.

Press it.



Step 6 –

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Now, you are going to make your elastic casing.

Fold over the top of the skirt by 3/4″ and press. Then fold it over by 1″ and press.

Sew the casing but make sure to leave an opening to insert the elastic.

Pin one (or both ends) of the elastic with a large safety pin and thread it through the casing.

Sew the ends of the elastic together.

Sew the casing closed.

You are now DONE!!!!!!

Sit back and admire your pretty little appliqued apron skirt! ๐Ÿ˜‰


As always, if you have any questions, just hit the Contact Me button at the top of the page and shoot me an email! I always answer back! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Let me know if you find this easy to follow!








Colin’s Madras Shorts

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It is SOOOOOO hard to get pictures of Colin sometimes. Especially when it has to do with clothes…. LOL He just doesn’t stand still for long. I end up taking more than 20 pictures and very rarely get the “perfect” shot. LOL

I made these shorts for him the same way I always make shorts and pants. Just use the search bar on the right side if you would like a tutorial.

The only difference is in the way I did the pockets. I cut them on the bias and left the edges raw. ๐Ÿ™‚


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He LOVES them!!! They are so nice and cool! Perfect for the summer IF it ever stops raining!!!!! LOL


Today I will be back to skirt sewing for Skirting the Issue!!! ๐Ÿ™‚





Sewing Pajamas!

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While Joe and Lisa were visiting they decided to have me do a little sewing! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Their granddaughter has a birthday coming up and they wanted me to make her some pajamas. Lisa picked out the little monkeys from my stash and then picked this pattern –

Simplicity 1925ย  (Pssst!! It’s on sale for $3.99!!!)

The pattern calls for wovens but I think the knit worked just fine. ๐Ÿ˜‰


While we were out running around Joe asked me if I could make him some new pajama shorts and of course I said YES!! LOL

He picked out some flannel and wanted to get enough for me to make Colin a matching pair. (Colin was sick.)

Here are Colin’s PJ shorts!


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Right before our company arrived, I finished another skirt for Skirting the Issue.

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I think this is my favorite so far.

I have fabric draped over the back of my sewing chair just waiting to be turned into more skirts!! YAY!!!






Our 4th in Pigeon Forge

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We spent the 4th of July in Pigeon Forge with our friends Joe and Lisa and their daughter, Amanda. We had SOOOOO much fun!!!!

Here are a few pictures to show some of the things we did.

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We saw the bears at Three Bears Country Store. They have 5 of them!

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We went to one of the gem mines and panned for rocks! The kids loved it!!!

Poor Deanna didn’t find as many as the other kids did.

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We went into the gem mine’s store and museum. We thought about waiting around to have our finds identified but the wait was FOREVER. Instead, I think I will make it a science project! Identify your own finds! ๐Ÿ˜‰

We had SO much fun and we can’t wait until Joe, Lisa and Amanda come back to visit!!!


Chest of Drawers Redo Reveal

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I had painted this chest of drawers black a couple of years ago. I wish I had a picture of it in its original state. You wouldn’t believe the difference! LOL



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Can I just say that I LOOOOOVE LOOOOOVE LOOOOOVE the way it turned out!!! It’s just the way I wanted it!! YAY!!!

I used the exact same paints and stuff that I used for the Door to Headboard Upcycle.

When I painted the dresser black, I just painted right over the pulls. This time I took them off and painted them blue.


I also made 2 skirts for Skirting the Issue! ๐Ÿ™‚


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Deanna has been very adamant that I should make things for older girls. I made this skirt for a teen girl. She was very pleased. ๐Ÿ˜‰


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This is the other one I made. It’s such a sweet print.


I am nearly out of donated fabric, which, if you think about it, it a WONDERFUL thing!! It means that the lives of so many children have been touched!!! YAY!!!!! Isn’t that AWESOME??? Everyone that donated fabric has touched the lives of children all over the WORLD! Not just the US but South Africa, too!!! YAY for you!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

We are going to have company today!! YAY!! Some friends that we’ve had for 12 years (or so) are coming to visit with us for a few days! I can’t wait to see them!! So, if I’m a little quieter than normal, you know why! LOL




Colin’s Mushroom PJs and Chalk Fun

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Colin is a happy little fella with his new PJs. He has been begging me for a very long time to make them for him. Poor guy. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I made them same way I did his dinosaur PJs. ย The only difference is that I made my own bias tape and did a lettuce hem at the bottom.

I bought 3 yards of that mushroom fabric when it was on clearance at Hancock’s. ย I was hoping to have enough to make Cailey and Deanna PJs out of it BUT it was way too narrow. I should still be able to make Cailey some, though. I’m thinking of a nightgown.


Cailey LOVES to draw. It’s probably her favorite thing in the world to do. Here are some of her chalk drawings.


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She drew the entire cast of SpongeBob! LOL As a matter of fact, I need to go out and photograph the rest of them. ๐Ÿ˜‰


Today I will be starting on my chest of drawers redo. I SHOULD be able to post the finished project on Wednesday! ๐Ÿ™‚


Don’t forget to check out Skirting the Issueย over at Project Run & Play!!!



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