Wednesday, November 26, 2008

One Sweet Apron!

This was a fun project/experiment, trying out these Pentel Fabric Fun Dye sticks I got at CHA with my "Have a Cookie" set to make a stamped apron for one my little bakers! You could also use fabric markers, but I thought the pastels would be easier to work with on this slightly ribbed surface, (markers I think would take longer and look blotchy) Here's a little apron I got at Hobby Lobby for 2.99. (I'm not sure how much the pastels are since I got them free but I did see they had them at Hobby Lobby, not to far from the aprons!Obviously, they would last/work for a ton of projects!) :)

I started stamping just the gingerbread cookie and greeting in the middle of the bib. Make sure you use a fast drying ink that won't run on fabric. (I do not recommend craft ink, as it fades quite a bit after washing.)

Then I used just about every image in my set to decorate the bottom(very fun!), and colored them with the pastel sticks. They are very soft, very similar to the greasy kind of art pastels, so it went quickly, and while there were only 15 colors, I found you could shade/blend them. I added a little shadow of grey pastel under each. The sort of "crayon" look they give instead of smooth"Copic" is perfect for a child's gift.

I tried to keep it a surprise, but William burst into the room as I was finishing it, and of course wanted to put it on right away. Here's the pic!

This resulted in some smudges and smearing of the pastels from him touching it and pulling it on and off, you are supposed to throw it in the dryer to heat set it when you're done! Oh well, it's gonna have stains all over it soon enough!

I am pleased to report a few weeks later he is still completely enchanted with it and taking wearing it for messy project very seriously! This is a super inexpensive gift to give, or a really fun project to do with kids! And not just for kids, of course, you can get adult-sized aprons, too :) I have some little chef's hats as well, I plan to stamp some cookies around the band, but haven't gotten to that yet...

Let's TALK TEES! ("Tee Talk"!)A few other ladies who are rockin' the tshirt house this month are Laura Fredrickson, and Suzy Haghighi, you MUST check out their awesome t-shirt samples with this set!!( Sorry if it even seems I haven't given enough T-shirt love this month, but never fear! I am working on something with this new set I will share soon that, IMHO, is gonna blow your mind!! hee! Curious??
Have a VERY safe and happy Thanksgiving!! (DO I even bother posting tomorrow, will anyone have time to check it? LOL!) I'd love to hear what you're thankful for! (That little guy above is just one of my many blessings) :)


  1. Very cool gift idea. I'm so happy your family enjoys your creativity as much as we all do, Mel.

  2. Melanie what a fantastic idea! Oh my wheels are spinning...smell the smoke? lol This would be a great craft to do at my Daughters birthday in Jan. oh they could decorate their own apron & we could me cookies! yeah I have a plan formulating! Thanks

  3. What a cutie!! It's a great idea, and such fun too!!

  4. Oh I forgot to mention I got my cookie set today, Thanks so much

  5. Love the apron and can't wait to see what you are creating to show us soon!!

    I am thankful for my 2 little girls who have brought more joy into my life than I knew was possible!! My DH is also a true blessing to me and my girls!!

    Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Blessings and Hugs!!

  6. Oh my goodness!!! What a great idea. My oldest son is always wanting to do some kind of project so that means my youngest wants to as well. They love to paint and stamps as well also. This would be great for them to be able to create for themselves. TFS!!!

  7. The smile on your son's face says it all--such a cute apron. I am so thankful for my family this year. Just having lost my little sister summer, makes me really realize just how short life can be and we have to grab each moment that we can. Darlene

  8. SOOOOO Cute!! And William looks adorable in his little apron?

  9. Incredible! What a fun & unique project. Adorable pic of William wearing it. I just made a cookie box using similar shading that I have yet to photograph (I've been SO sick!) I love how well all those stamps fit together. They are just THE cutest! :O)

  10. trust me. For your blog, I will make time, if you write. I promise!!

    Cute apron.

    And a Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

  11. Great apron - he looks so proud to wear it!! What a fun project for the kids too!
    Happy Thanksgiving!
    hugs, Jami

  12. This is adorable and the model just adds to the cuteness! Can't wait to see the chef's hats that you create as well.

  13. Cool project Melanie and what a cute model! Happy Thanksgiving! I'm thankful for my family and good friends.

  14. Hands down adorably sweet!!! I must make one for Gaven...thanks for the idea.

    BTW - my advent calendar is posted...hope you like it!

    Hope you and yours have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  15. Awwww, such a cute little apron and such a darling little boy!

  16. Melanie, the apron is almost as cute as the boy!

    You were the Craft of the Week at Card of the You can see the original post here:

    I did use a picture from your post, with links back to the site and the original post. I hope that is OK. Please feel free to email me if you need me to change anything.

    I also have an “I was featured” on badge for you if you want it :D

  17. oh my goodness!! how utterly cute!! your little wiliam is justtttt sooooo cute! how my goodness!!

  18. What an adorable idea! Love how it turned out and he looks so proud. :o)

    Take care and STAY POSITIVE!


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