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Aprons and Dolly Diapers

This week, I’ve been busy sewing more play things for our oldest daughter’s classroom.

First up were these two reversible aprons with adjustable ties.

I used a few different aprons as inspiration.  I got the idea for the adjustable ties from here.  Somewhat Simple inspired me to use up some more of the fat quarters I’ve been collecting. And the idea to make them reversible came from this Moda Bake shop tutorial here.

I’ll be posting my own tutorial some time in the next few days.  My tutorial for a Reversible Child’s Apron with Adjustable Ties uses three fat quarters. Two for the apron and one for the ties.

After I finished the aprons, I turned my attention to making dolly diapers.

I printed off the pattern from Skip to my Lou.

They are super easy to make. Simply cut out two diapers using the pattern. Place right sides together.  Sew all the way around using a ¼” seam allowance. Leave an opening for turning. Trim corners, clip curves (very important.) Turn right side out and sew opening closed. Topstitch.

Yesterday afternoon, I sewed four.

I made two of the blue with pink flowers and two of the green and blue plaid.

For these, I used a white tea towel for the inside and cotton for the outside. I just need to pick up some Velcro so I can finish them.

I have plans to make a few more but those I’ll be making out of some flannel leftover from another project.

I did get one small project finished for myself. I needed something to keep pencils, erasers and pens in so I made myself this pencil case.

Isn’t this fabric the most appropriate ever for a pencil case!

Next on the list of things to make are more of those dolly diapers and some dolly bibs.

And then I need to sew some new laundry bags. The ones we’ve been using on this extended move of ours are almost worn out and getting beyond being repairable.

What projects have you been working on this week?



  • Kathie
    August 9, 2012 11:18 am

    These are wonderful! Good for you for being so creative with what you have already. You inspired me to sew a doll cradle mattress, blanket/quilt, and bed skirt as a gift for my niece’s daughters. Thank you for wonderful posts; I enjoy reading them.
    Chico, CA

    • admin
      August 9, 2012 11:41 am

      Hello Kathie,

      Thank you for your lovely comment. It made my day!

      I’m sure your niece’s daughters are going to love the dolly mattress, blanket and bed skirt that you made for them.


  • Sandra :)
    August 9, 2012 10:57 pm

    You know — we’re going to have a BLAST sewing for our grand children when they start arriving, LOL!! I think that once you get settled and once I get some stash busted, we should start filling a Rubbermaid container for FG – Future Grands 😀

    Oh – today I did the 3 flamingo + denim bibs, then tonight I worked on another Pinterest pin — a paper pieced project. I had a terrible time with the paper piecing – it’s been so long since I did it that I kept coming up short on the angles – it looks OK but the project would fall apart if it went through the washing machine, lol! I’ll finish it tomorrow – I was too tired tonight 😀

  • Sara
    August 12, 2012 12:28 pm

    Awesome aprons for your daughter’s class and dolly attire I bet her “kids” will have a great time with that!

    Enjoy your day of sewing!

  • Hollie
    August 13, 2012 3:04 pm

    Looking at your projects is so incredibly inspiring… it’s been way too long since I turned on my sewing machine!

  • Cheryl (Grandma Coco)
    August 13, 2012 7:09 pm

    I love those little adjustable aprons! Such a good idea.

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