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.
Starting at the top, you’ll see the neckband inserted through grommets on the apron top.
The band is pieced with fabrics from both sides of the apron and the ends of the bands are held in place with Velcro.
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.
The grommets are two-piece plastic sets with a 1″ center opening. They are easy to attach and are machine washable and dryable.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
This Spoonful of Color Apron from my Easy Reversible Aprons—Full Flair pattern was made by my friend Linda in fun kitchen-themed fabrics.
The reverse side of Linda’s apron features coffee-house fabrics. Nice job, Linda!
Easy Reversible Aprons: Full Flair also includes the full-size pattern and instructions for the Working Hostess Apron.
This is the “party” side with a button-on skirt made from two fat quarters.
The reverse side of the apron features a towel buttoned beneath the lift-up waistband.
Last month you saw the third full apron in this same pattern and that was the Child’s Little Helper Apron.
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)
- 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!
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Bye for now,