Easy Reversible Aprons - Full Flair by Mary Mulari



Guest Blogger Mary Mulari 

For the final apron in this series, I’ve chosen the Spoonful of Color Apron from my Easy Reversible Aprons—Full Flair pattern. The special details of this apron make it very stylish and fun, a perfect holiday gift for the hostess.

Easy Reversible Aprons - Full Flair by Mary Mulari



Starting at the top, you’ll see the neckband inserted through grommets on the apron top.


Easy Reversible Aprons - Full Flair by Mary Mulari



The band is pieced with fabrics from both sides of the apron and the ends of the bands are held in place with Velcro.

Easy Reversible Aprons - Full Flair by Mary Mulari

This pieced construction and Velcro closures allow the wearer to open the neckband to put on the apron, adjust the band length for comfort, and show the fabric appropriate for each side of the apron.

Easy Reversible Aprons - Full Flair by Mary Mulari

The grommets are two-piece plastic sets with a 1″ center opening. They are easy to attach and are machine washable and dryable.

Easy Reversible Aprons - Full Flair by Mary Mulari

The apron ties are easily constructed from 3″ wide fabric strips. Pressing and sewing are all that is required—no turning the strips right side out. These samples show the pressing steps, which are followed by a single seam in the center to form the ties. You’ll notice that I used tie fabrics from each reversible side of the apron, but you can make both ties from the same fabric. (Normally I wouldn’t use black thread for the center seam on this colored tie, but this is a Sewing with Nancy sample and we always go for high contrast stitching for visibility.)


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The next detail is the large spoon, which is both an appliqué and a pocket. You’ll trace the spoon shape from the pattern and the tracing line is also the stitching line when you assemble the appliqué and pocket.


Easy Reversible Aprons - Full Flair by Mary Mulari



Choose pattern tracing material to layer over the spoon shape. With the pocket attached to the spoon front, stitch around the spoon, trim the seam allowance around the edges, and cut an opening through the pattern tracing material. When you turn the spoon fabric right side out, you’ll have a neat turned-under edge that can be sewn to the apron with a blanket stitch. Try on the apron front to test placement location of the spoon and pocket before sewing it to the apron fabric.

Easy Reversible Aprons - Full Flair by Mary Mulari



Moving toward the bottom of the apron—The flirtatious ruffle is sewn to the apron body with WRONG sides of the fabrics together. The seam allowance is trimmed away and then a strip of raw edge bias, standard bias, trim, or fun ribbon is sewn over the top of the seam.

Easy Reversible Aprons - Full Flair by Mary Mulari

When the kitchen preparations are complete and the party begins, flip over the apron to wear the black and white side with your little black dress.


Easy Reversible Aprons - Full Flair by Mary Mulari



This Spoonful of Color Apron from my Easy Reversible Aprons—Full Flair pattern was made by my friend Linda in fun kitchen-themed fabrics.


Nancy Zieman Apron Blog Spoonful of Color Apron Easy Reversible Aprons by Mary Mulari



The reverse side of Linda’s apron features coffee-house fabrics. Nice job, Linda!


Nancy Zieman Apron Blog Spoonful of Color Apron Easy Reversible Aprons by Mary Mulari



Easy Reversible Aprons:  Full Flair also includes the full-size pattern and instructions for the Working Hostess Apron.


Easy Reversible Aprons - Full Flair by Mary Mulari



This is the “party” side with a button-on skirt made from two fat quarters.


Easy Reversible Aprons - Full Flair by Mary Mulari



The reverse side of the apron features a towel buttoned beneath the lift-up waistband.

Easy Reversible Aprons - Full Flair by Mary Mulari
Easy Reversible Aprons - Full Flair by Mary Mulari



Last month you saw the third full apron in this same pattern and that was the Child’s Little Helper Apron.

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Here’s the recipe for this year’s final apron blog. You can mix the ingredients together with a wooden spoon. The bars are yummy and fast!

Date Nut Bars

1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup sugar*
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup chopped dates (If you use chopped dates that are sugar-coated, reduce the sugar to 3/4 cup.*)
2 large eggs, beaten
1/4 cup butter or 1/4 cup margarine, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Powdered sugar (optional)

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Spray a 9″ x 13″ pan with non-stick cooking spray (such as Pam) or grease pan; then line pan with aluminum foil. Spray Pam over foil or grease foil.
  • Sift flour, salt, and baking powder in a medium bowl.
  • Add all remaining ingredients (except for the powdered sugar) and mix well with a wooden spoon.
  • Spoon mixture into pan, spreading evenly.
  • Bake for 20–30 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Invert onto work surface and carefully remove foil and slice into bars while still warm.
  • Transfer bars to a rack to cool and sprinkle with powdered sugar (if desired).

Thanks for reading my apron blogs, using my apron patterns, and for your comments. My thanks also to Nancy, Deanna, and Lois for putting together my blog entries and sharing recipes too. Keep on sewing reversible aprons! There’s still time to make some for Christmas gifts!

Mary

Here are links to Mary’s previous guest apron blog postings:

Top 10 Apron Sewing Ideas: #9—Aprons for Kids

Top 10 Apron Sewing Ideas: #8—Chatterbox Apron

Top 10 Apron Sewing Ideas: #7—Wrap Front Apron

Top 10 Apron Sewing Ideas: #6—Apple Cobbler Apron

Top 10 Apron Sewing Ideas: #5—Clothespin Apron

Top 10 Apron Sewing Ideas: #4—Hot Dish Apron

Top 10 Apron Sewing Ideas: #3—Sew Green Aprons

Top 10 Apron Sewing Ideas: #2—Church Ladies’ Apron with New Twists

Top 10 Apron Sewing Ideas: #1—The 4-Way Apron

Watch Easy Reversible Aprons Online 24/7!

Mary and I did a program titled, Easy Reversible Aprons – Everyday to ElegantYou can watch as we construct these aprons in part two of this mini-series online or on DVD.


Easy Reversible Aprons - Everyday to Elegant, Nancy Zieman & Mary Mulari



Easy Reversible Aprons - Everyday to Elegant, Nancy Zieman & Mary Mulari

 

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