Five New Tool Aprons–One New Market

Just listed 5 new pieces in my Etsy shop. And here they are:

Blue Hankie and Pink Seersucker

Blue Hankie and Pink Seersucker

Best Hankie Find EVER!

Best Hankie Find EVER!

Flowerpot Apron Pocket meets Barkcloth and 60s Print

Flowerpot Apron Pocket meets Barkcloth and 60s Print

Old meets New with Veg in Pink

Old meets New with Veg in Pink

More Barkcloth with Vintage Plant Patches.

More Barkcloth with Vintage Plant Patches.

Blue, Brown, Gold, Orange with Appliqued leaves.

Blue, Brown, Gold, Orange with Appliqued leaves.

What to check these pieces out in person? Come to the newly revamped Apex Farmers Market next Saturday, July 23. It’s Christmas in July–so there should be several craft vendors, along with great fruits, veg, flowers, baked goods and cheeses.

This morning I bought okra, tomatoes, tiny little cukes, eggs and blue berries. Delicious, farm fresh and this up and coming market is right down the street from where I live. Check it out!

New Tool Aprons Online–Finally!

Ok, I could make them faster.  I could hire someone to help with the sewing or use fewer fabrics, fewer rows of stitching.

But then it wouldn’t be nearly as much fun to make my super-sturdy, vintage fabric tool aprons.

I love that each one is little fabric puzzle that takes time to solve.   The only downside is I run out of inventory sometimes.

But I’ve just listed 4 new tool aprons on my ETSY site.   And here they are:


1940s barkcloth with an old apron fragment and blue tulip skirt.   I love blue and brown! (Note: This apron sold within hours of posting.  See what I mean about inventory–)


NYC designer “Vera” silkscreened textiles that were the all the rage in the 60s and 70s.  And who can resist watermelons in July?


I love this floral fabric from my best friend’s  great grandma’s very best chair.  The white and yellow pop art daisies are also a nice blast from the past.


And finally, an old bed cover meets a men’s pink denim shirt.  ( I do love  a man in pink!)

Got a favorite?  I do.  But two more aprons are on the sewing table now.  I always love the one I’m working on at the moment the most!


Tool Aprons for Women who Work HARD

One of the best parts of making and selling my super-sturdy, upcycled tool aprons is that it puts me in contact with other hard-working women on a mission.


In the last few years, I’ve made aprons for gardeners, teachers, painters, knitters, seamstresses, decorators, and midwives.


And then there was Vibrantkate, the English Girl Guides camp counselor, who needed one for tent building.  Kate, who became a mom this year, told me she now uses her apron for pegging the wash while holding  baby Tom.  (I bet he’ll have a fun childhood.)


And  last week,  I  completed a project for Donna  a local practitioner of massage techniques that  help women with birth, pelvic and digestive problems.


Donna needed a special pocket for her massage oils.  She loaned me a bottle and I went to work on her apron modification, making an elastic topped canvas pocket which I sewed inside one of the larger pockets.


And here’s the final result!


Success!  Another hard-working woman working in one of my tool aprons.    It makes me proud

If you want to know more about  Donna’s practice Seven Generations Massage and Birth in Cary NC,  go to

And for more information about my tool aprons and other reclaimed fabric creations, check out my Etsy shop:


Upcycling Fabrics–How I Work

I am always amazed by the mess I make when I design my upcycled garden tool aprons.    I may start out with a few neat piles from my vintage fabric collection, but I always end up composing on a tiny workspace, surrounded by towering textile piles.  work

As much as I hate cleaning up the mess, I think working this way is a good thing–

A sense of play makes designing more enjoyable, and I think the happiness of process shows in the work.

I design by color (of course) but consciously build each piece from different eras.  Contrast is my friend.  Ditto serendipity. I like to trust the moment.

Once I pull fabrics together, I cut or tear and place the pieces on canvas using this quilter’s spray.  It’s acid-free, temporary, and won’t gum your needle.  I also use some anchor pins. work_2

Design takes time.  I never try to produce too many pieces at once.  This session yielded 7 designs.  Here’s a finished look at the first 5 which I’m in process of listing in my ETSY shop now.   Do you have a favorite????

bluebotaincail_1The blue botanical fabric was salvaged from my friend Laura’s breakfast nook.  It took a lot of washing to get the paste off.

browndasy_ecuA 70s bedspread, unfinished cross stitch table cloth and feed sack remnant from the 40s.

brown_bluewideUnfinished dress, circa 1960s, old apron and vintage rick-rack.

pinkshirt_wideMy favorite of this groups has a granny hankie, and a band from a men’s pink denim shirt (complete with buttons)


But I love this vintage drapery fabric and wonderful mattress ticking too!

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