Monday, May 12, 2014

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day! A Gardening Apron

I think I've told you before how much I appreciate Sew, Mama, Sew -- it's a website dedicated to furthering sewing interest and skills, full of tips, tutorials, patterns and ideas.  If you like to sew, or want to learn, you should bookmark SMS ASAP!

Twice a year SMS sponsors a Giveaway Day, on which sewists like me can say "thanks" to the sewing community by giving something away on their blogs.  This spring, my giveaway is this gardening apron:


Last year, I knew I needed to make myself an apron like this for my gloves, shears, and other gardening tools.  But I never did.  I just kept setting down my shears and then forgetting where I put them.

So this year, as we enter the high gardening holy days, I decided to make myself one.  And then I thought someone else could probably use one, too!

The fabrics are all things I had in my sewing room.  My sister handed on the main fabric to me last year -- someone probably donated it to preschool!  It's a coarse fabrics with a wide weave, and not soft enough for pillow cases or pillows -- but perfect for an apron.  I used a lot of fusible interfacing in hopes of making the apron sturdy enough for outdoor use.  The turquoise and green are left over cottons from other projects.

I didn't have a pattern, but looked at many aprons on pinterest, and came up with this -- it's basically a rectangle with pockets and ties!  I constructed it like a pillowcase, so I guess you could say it's reversible.  If you like your pockets on the inside!

Inside the right pocket, I put in another pocket with velcro -- I thought this would be good for a cell phone, and hopefully would keep it clean:

And on the left side, I added a fabric-covered elastic loop for a garden tool.  I had seen this in many garden aprons, and thought it might come in handy:

I top-stitched around the whole apron for a little more structure.

If you would like to win this giveaway apron, just leave a comment below -- tell me just a little something about why you love to sew or what you love to sew.  I'll use one of those random-number generator thingies to pick a winner, and you have until Friday evening at 8:00 to enter.

Now, I'm off to look at some of the participating giveaway blogs.

Peace.

105 comments:

  1. Great apron!
    I love sewing bags and quilts -I've never made an apron!

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    1. Thanks! And if you can sew a quilt, you can whip up an apron in no time!

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  2. Omg, this looks really adorable, I love to sew baby stuff :)

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    1. Oh, me too! Sewing for babies just makes me happy!

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  3. I own a crochet business and that actually involves many of the sewing techniques I learn as a kid. Also an avid gardener!

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    1. I love crochet, too -- my mama taught me when I was little!

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  4. I love to sew because it is such a de-stress thing. I've had people tell me "don't lose sleep over your points not matching" but somehow fussing over mis-matching points calms me down and I sleep better (I'm not sure what this says about my life!)).

    jhunsberger (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. I completely understand! Have you tried the Bloc Loc rulers? I bought one a few weeks ago, and now my blocks are straighter and pointier!

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  5. I agree with Jess; It is such a de-stresser. I can focus on what Im working on and the sense of accomplishment when it is done!

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  6. I would love your apron, very pretty and practical. I like sewing quilts, table runners and mug rugs.

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    1. Thanks! I like little things I can get done quickly and give as gifts, too.

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  7. Beautiful Apron and it would be very useful for keeping track of my gardening supplies. I always seem to loose them in the garden.

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    1. Me, too! I waste so much time tracking down my tools! Hopefully, not any more!

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  8. I love to sew smaller items such as totes and soft toys. :)

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    1. Totes are my go-to projects for kids lately -- so many great fabrics out there for kids!

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  9. Love the garden apron and all the little details you put in. I love to quilt but I'm very slow. It's okay. Thanks for participating in the Giveaway Day.

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    1. My mother always said that slow and steady wins the race. Which is why her quilts looked perfect but mine have lots of little mistakes -- I can still hear her reminding me that the sewing machine pedal is not a gas pedal!

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  10. Sewing clears my mind, and gives it something else to think of besides the daily chores of life. LOVE the apron! sarah@forrussia.org

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  11. I love to sew because it gives me a thrill to create lovely useful things!

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    1. I agree with this, too! Useful is very important.

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  12. Lovely apron! When I'm not sewing, we're in the garden. Teaching 6 yr old son the importance of a well planted seed. Next on the list this summer…teaching him to sew! Can't wait! Thank you for participating in the blog hop!

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    1. I'd like to teach my grandsons to sew, too -- maybe this will be our summer project.

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  13. I've just been in my garden planting a few winter crops. I enjoy making clothing for my grand children best of all.

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    1. I have only grandsons, and don't sew much for them except for costumes, quilts and pillows. Fun, but I am ready for a little granddaughter to sew dresses for!

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  14. That is so cute! I'm not a gardener, but I can picture one of my sisters or gardening friends just LOVING this! I sew quilts mostly - I have to do it, I have no choice in the matter, whatsoever. (and I do have a certificate around here somewhere that certifies that I am the Goddess of Quilting....)

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    1. Ha! Of course you are -- any woman who sits and creates a quilt it surely a goddess!

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  15. I sew because I love to create. I love to take a piece of material and make something new out of it. I love to take an ugly garment and give it a new life.

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    1. Beautiful thought! I love recycling old clothing into useful things!

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  16. I love to sew mini quilts and table runners-you get quick results !

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    1. I just love quick results! That's why I've been crocheting more than knitting lately -- you get things done! Thanks for stopping by!

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  17. I love to sew reusable grocery bags, aprons and clothes for my kids. For me sewing is relaxing.

    mamasimpson4 at yahoo dot com

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    1. Me, too -- if more people sewed, the world would be a more relaxed place!

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  18. I love to sew things for kids. I make lots of fun stuff to sell in my Storybook Felts shop.

    storybookfelts at gmail dot com

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    1. The items in your shop are adorable! That tooth banner is the best!

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  19. I love to sew because even the smallest projects make me feel like I can create something huge! I really enjoy sewing house things like napkins and towel loops.

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    1. There's lots of love in small projects!

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  20. I like to sew clothes for my kids

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    1. Trust me on this -- that is something special they will remember when they are older!

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  21. I like to sew quilts and clothes for my grandkids. I loose my gardening tools all the time too!

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    1. I think it's because we're in a hurry in the garden so we can get back to sewing! Thanks for stopping by.

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  22. That apron is adorable...love it! I love to sew quilts. :O)

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    1. Me, too! And I just love your sassy blog art!

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  23. I love to sew all kinds of things, dresses, shirts, quilts, mug rugs, aprons, etc. I really like this gardening apron. I just bought a new set of tools that would go great with it. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

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    1. You wouldn't want to lose those new tools!

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    1. By hand? I do, too -- we need some more hours in the day to stitch, don't we?

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  25. I like to sew scrappy things, but I really love to garden!

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  26. Such a happy little apron! I love to make baby blankets and quilts and tea towels.

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  27. Oh, how brilliant! I never thought about having a gardening apron until now, haha! I'm always losing things while gardening... oops!

    I love making clothes, especially from vintage 1940s and 1950s patterns and from small independent designers. :-)

    macska at gmail dot com

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    1. I love looking at those patterns on pinterest!

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  28. I love to quilt and I love to garden; they're both fun, creative and artistic!

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  29. this is wonderful, and guess who doesn't have an apron? i love sewing bags and totes- it seems as though i'm always in need of some new something to carry my random things around in.

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    1. And totes make great gifts! Thanks for stopping in.

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  30. I love to sew quilts. It's my therapy. Thanks for the giveaway. Really cute apron.

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    1. It was for my mom, too -- and pulling weeds!

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  31. Gorgeous! I like sewing things for my kiddos.

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    1. Thanks! You could make garden aprons for your kids!

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  32. I could really use this! I like to sew for my grandchildren. They like costumes, twirly skirts, pillowcases made with the fabric they choose. This summer I am working with a non profit that helps children with special health challenges design and create superhero capes.

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    1. How wonderful! A young friend of mine has a son who just had a heart transplant, and he received a cape from Tiny Super Heroes -- sewing can do such good things!

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  33. emmevon(at)gmail(dot)com
    I love sewing skirts!

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    1. I was just thinking about making a skirt today!

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  34. I love to make little pouches and purses!

    jachelno at gmail dot com

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  35. Beautiful apron! I love love love to sew little dresses and tops for my girls. I also enjoy quilting too!

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    1. Thanks! I have two grandchildren arriving later this year -- we know one is a girl, and I am so excited to start sewing little dresses again!

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  36. I love sewing purses, totes and aprons - haven't done a gardening apron though !

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  37. When I'm not quilting I love to sew princess costumes for my granddaughter!

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    1. So sweet! She will always remember that!

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  38. Love the apron! I love to sew small projects for gifts. sew relaxing.

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    1. Thanks! I have currently been sewing a lot of pillowcases -- easy, relaxing and a wonderful gift.

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  39. Cid
    I love to design pocketbooks and I love adding embroidery and beads to the fabric pattern.

    i would love to win this apron.

    cidtwo at cox dot net

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    1. I bet they are beautiful! I wish I would take a little more time to embellish my work.

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  40. What a great apron your velcro pocket and elastic one were great ideas, I hate bending over and having everything drop to the ground! I enjoy making table runners and quilts.

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    1. Thanks! Maybe I should velcro all the pockets on the next one? Or maybe leave just one open. You have me thinking . . .

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  41. I love to sew, it is my creative outlet. The apron is such a great idea. Thanks for the chance to win.

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    1. You're welcome. I just love Giveaway Day -- I wish everyone who replied here could be in a sewing circle at my house!

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  42. I like to quilt for people I know. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. Yes, quilting is love. I really believe that.

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  43. Cute apron! I sew to relax and so I don't kill my children :D

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    1. Haha! I remember the first time I saw Rosanne Barr on the Tonight Show, she said, "if my kids are still alive at the end of the day, I've done my job!"

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  44. I'm a newbie sewer so still finding my feet. Love lots of crafts and learning new skills is what drives me. I absolutely love the gardening apron and am blown away by what a great idea it is. I'm new to gardening too and keep leaving my tools on the hedge then spending ages looking for them!

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    1. Thanks! I wish you many happy years of sewing -- I have been sewing since I was a little girl, and am so excited about this resurgence in the art!

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  45. rocagisela (at) hotmail (dot) com

    I am a new sewer, but I'm hooked on it! I like sewing clothes and bags for myself and my son.

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  46. I have been sewing for about 40 years but mostly quilting for the past 25. I will probably start up again as I have a granddaughter now who would look cute in some new outfits. i love the quilting and sewing because i feel very creative and working with those beautiful colors makes me happy.

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  47. I love to be able to make something with my own hands for someone else. Thanks for the giveaway! wonderlandbyalyce(at)gmail(dot)com

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  48. This is so pretty and practical. I love to sew kid's clothing.

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  49. I like to do hand sewing...applique, piecing.....I find it relaxing. I also like making small projects like pillows,etc for the house...I can pick the fabrics/colors that I want, and sometimes mix a bit of a special fabric in. I have a small stuffed owl holding a heart that I sewed, and the heard is make from fabric from an old flannel shirt that used to belong to someone special until it got worn out...

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  50. I make quilts, clothes for my kiddos as well as cross stitch and embroider! I love them all! Would be psyched for the apron as I'm in the midst of planning a 52 square foot garden! (Sadly, with our drought, it may have to wait a year :-(

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  51. I love to make quilts for my family and friends--love made tangible.

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  52. I love to sew clothes - love that I can wear what *I* want to wear, not just what the stores think I should wear!

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  53. Sewing makes me feel peaceful and creative!

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  54. I would love to win this for my daughter-in-law...she is so into gardening! I love to make little pouches and clutches! So quick and easy!

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  55. I love to sew modern baby quilts

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  56. I love to quilt and I mostly make twin or larger. Traditional and modern..but leaning more towards modern. Also love to garden

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  57. I just like to MAKE. Oh, and I want to try my hand at gardening, so I think this would be a nice inspiration to actually do so;)

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  58. I love sewing quilts the most but also enjoy bags!

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