Project : Patchwork Pocket Apron by Lisa Tilse

Dailylike Apron with Pocket by The Red Thread

Have you heard that aprons are back on trend? Make something that’s pretty and practical and in keeping with the ever-popular retro revival. This apron would make the perfect Mother’s Day gift, or a lovely present for a friend. Give it on it’s own or together with a handmade ceramic coffee cup or a cookbook. You can’t go wrong with handmade.

Dailylike Apron with Pocket by The Red Thread

Dailylike Apron with Pocket by The Red Thread

Skill Level
Intermediate

You’ll Need
1 x Dailylike Quarter Pack – Beach
1 x Dailylike Quarter Pack – Sometimes
1 x Bias Tape Bobbin – My Buddy
Rotary cutter
Fabric scissors
Self healing cutting mat
Fabric ruler
White thread
Sewing machine
Pins
Iron

Dailylike Apron with Pocket Materials

Instructions

Press all the fabric pieces and trim the edges slightly if necessary to make them square.

Set aside the lime green and linen fabrics – these won’t be cut and will be used for the front and inside of the apron.

:: Patchwork Pocket ::

Take the remaining four fabric pieces and cut a strip from each that measures 20cm tall x the full width (long side). Set aside the other pieces of fabric.

From the 20cm tall strips cut the following:
Blue floral – 2 strips. 20cm x 10cm, and 20cm x 5cm
Blue raindrop – 2 strips. 20cm x 10cm, and 20cm x 7cm
Orange with white circles – 3 strips. 20cm x 10cm, 20cm x 7cm and 20cm x 5cm
White with orange dots – 3 strips. 20cm x 7cm and two strips 20cm x 5cm

Lay the strips out in order to match the photo. With right sides together, piece them together using a quarter inch seam allowance. Press the seams flat and all in the same direction.

Dailylike Apron with Pocket - Step 1

Turn the pocket over and press the other side.

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Take the piece of white fabric you set aside and trim it so it’s 20cm tall x the full width. This is the pocket lining. Place the pocket lining right sides together with the patchwork pocket and sew them together with a quarter inch seam allowance. Open out and press the seam to one side.

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Now fold the piece in half along the seam with the right sides facing out, and press along the folded edge. Make sure the top raw edges of the patchwork pocket and the pocket lining align. If they don’t, trim them so they align and are straight.

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Cut a piece of bias tape that is a couple of centimeters longer than the top of the patchwork pocket. Lay the bias tape and pocket down and starting at one end, open the tape up and place the top raw edges of the pocket and lining inside the fold. The top of the pocket should sit along the fold of the tape. Work your way along the tape, opening up a bit at a time and sliding the pocket in. Pin the tape and pocket together as you go.

Sew the pocket and tape together close to the bottom edge of the tape.

Set the pocket aside.

Dailylike Apron with Pocket - Step 5 :: Apron ::

Take the piece of orange fabric you set aside and cut a strip 10cm tall x the full width. With right sides together sew it to the long side of the linen fabric using a quarter inch seam allowance. Now sew the piece of lime green fabric to the opposite side of the orange strip (as shown). Press the seams flat.

Fold the whole piece in half, bringing the lime and linen fabrics to meet at the top. The orange strip will be folded along the centre and will form the bottom hem of the apron. Press the fold.

Dailylike Apron with Pocket - Step 6

Trim the sides of the apron if necessary.

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With the right side of the apron facing up, place the patchwork pocket on top. The bottom of the pocket should be 11cm from the apron hem. Pin in place.

Dailylike Apron with Pocket - Step 8

Sew the bottom of the pocket to the apron, a few millimetres in from the pocket edge.

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Baste both sides of the pocket to the apron by sewing a few millimetres in from the edge. Trim off any excess fabric on the sides of the pocket.

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Now we are going to divide the large pocket into three sections. Counting in from the left hand side of the pocket, ‘stitch in the ditch’ between strips 3 and 4, and between strips 7 and 8. This means that you position the sewing machine needle so that it stitches exactly along the join of the strips and the stitches won’t be visible.

Dailylike Apron with Pocket - Step 11

There will now be three smaller pockets.

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Cut two lengths of bias tape that are a couple of centimetres longer than the sides of the apron.

Open out one end of one piece of tape and fold in the raw edge. Align the folded edge with the bottom hem of the apron. Pin the tape in place along the side of the apron in the same way as on the pocket. Sew together.

Repeat with the remaining piece of tape on the other side of the apron.

Dailylike Apron with Pocket - Step 13

Fold four half centimetre pleats along the waistband and pin in place. The pleats are 10.5cm and 19.5cm from the left edge of the apron, and the remaining two are the same distance in from the right hand edge of the apron.

Baste along the top of the apron and set it aside.

Dailylike Apron with Pocket - Step 14 :: Waistband and Ties ::

Take the piece of blue floral fabric you set aside and cut two strips 12cm x the full width of the fabric.

Take the piece of blue raindrop fabric you set aside and cut a strip 12cm x the full width of the fabric.

Join the raindrop fabric between the two pieces of floral fabric to form a long strip (as shown). To sew together place right sides together and use a quarter inch seam allowance.

Fold the top and bottom edges of the strip over by 1.5cm and press.

Fold the strip in half lengthways and press.

Open one end of the strip and fold each corner in on a diagonal (as shown). Fold the strip over again to from a pointed end and pin in place. Repeat on the other end of the strip.

Dailylike Apron with Pocket - Step 15

Lay the waistband strip out and open the centre raindrop section. Place the apron, right side up, so the top raw edge is centred on the raindrop fabric and overlaps it by about 1cm. Pin in place.

Baste the top of the apron to the raindrop waistband. Remove the pins.

Dailylike Apron with Pocket - Step 16

Fold the waistband down over the apron to enclose the raw edge and pin it in place. The floral apron ties should still be folded in half. Pin the folded ties and starting at one end, sew along the bottom of the entire length of the ties and waistband stip. Your stitching should be about 4mm or an eighth of an inch in from the edge.

Dailylike Apron with Pocket - Step 17

Press the apron and admire your sewing skills.

Dailylike Apron with Pocket by The Red Thread

Dailylike Apron with Pocket by The Red Thread

Dailylike Apron with Pocket by The Red Thread

This project was created by Dailylike Design Team member Lisa Tilse of The Red Thread.

Project : Surprise Snailmail Garland by Rin Dawson

Dailylike Mother's Day Garland by Papered Thoughts

We all know how wonderful it is opening up your mailbox only to discover a pretty little package waiting just for you! But here’s something even better.  Mail that you can put up on the wall – yes please! Create this lovely little garland for Mum, pop it in a mailing tube and you have a little surprise “I Love You!” reminder for her wall.

Skill Level
Intermediate

Materials
1x Collecting Paper – Childhood
1x Masking Tape – Murmur
1x Mailing Tube
1x Sheet Kraft Cardboard
1x Bobbin of Twine
Scissors
Double Sided Tape
Pen

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Instructions

Using the double sided tape stick some small square cuts of the patterned paper to the kraft cardboard. I used a few of my most favourite designs – but there are 16 in each paper pack to choose from!

Dailylike Mother's Day Garland - Step 1

Write out your message on the reverse side of the patterned paper. Make sure you write it as a mirror image! Otherwise it’ll turn out back to front!  I went with a very simple “I Love You Mum” but you can get as creative as you want!

Dailylike Mother's Day Garland - Step 2

After all your letters are cut out – line them up and use the washi tape to attach the twine to the letters, creating a hanging garland.

Dailylike Mother's Day Garland - Step 3

Add some washi flags for an extra loveliness by folding a piece of washi tape over the twine and trimming the ends.

Dailylike Mother's Day Garland - Step 4

Take a moment to admire your fantastical “I love you” garland up on the wall before we create the mailing tube to house it through the post!

Dailylike Mother's Day Garland - Step 5

Take your mailing tube (I upcycled one that was sent to me) and use the double sided tape to adhere a sheet of the patterned paper to cover it. Use the Washi tape to cover each end of the tube (it’ll make it look a little more professional).

Dailylike Mother's Day Garland - Step 6

Attach the twine to the end of the mailing tube lid by poking a small hole with the scissors and AFTER threading the twine through the WHOLE tube thread it through the lid of the tube and tie and knot (this will ensure when they pull open the tube it doesn’t fall all the way out).

Dailylike Mother's Day Garland - Step 7

Attach the other end of the twine to the other lid of the mailing tube using the same method. Now when they open the tube the garland will pop out all untangled!

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Finally all you need to do it create a sweet mailing label.  Use the Kraft Paper and frame it with a different patterned paper! Oh and don’t forget a little “Open this end” sticker!

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This project was created by Dailylike Design Team member Rin Dawson of Papered Thoughts.

Project : Zip Pouch with Frill by Sam Dunne

Dailylike Zip Pouch with Frill by Dunne with Style

There’s nothing more thoughtful than a handmade gift, so surprise your Mum this Mothers Day with a gift that is a step up from the days of making her paper chains and finger painted cards. This zip pouch is the perfect protector for an ipad, notebook and pen or even a travel make-up kit.  It is even keeping the contents of my Mary-Poppins-like handbag organised. Customise it to suit your Mum by choosing fabric that she’ll love from the huge Dailylike range.

Happy Mothers Day to all the Mums, and if your babies are a bit too little to whip you one up for Mothers Day (as mine are!) steal a few moments of the day and make one for yourself, you deserve it!

Skill Level
Intermediate

Materials
1 x Dailylike Quarter Pack – Wedding
1 x Dailylike Bias Tape Bobbin – Wedding
1 x Dress Zip 25cm

Dailylike Zip Pouch with Frill Materials

Prepare
Before you start sewing, cut your fabrics to the following sizes:
2 x pieces 29 x 23cm from print 1 (back and front of pouch)
2 x pieces 29 x 23cm from print 2 (lining)
1 x piece 55 x 12cm from print 3 (frill)

Instructions

Select one piece of fabric (print 1) and place facing up.  This will be your pouch front.  Lay the zip face down along the top edge of the front piece as per photo.

Place one piece of lining (print 2)  face down on top and pin together along the top edge.

Dailylike Zip Pouch with Frill - Step 1

Sew along top edge as close to zip as possible.  If you have a zipper foot for your sewing machine, use it here, as it will allow you to sew closer to your zip.

Fold back lining, so that the front and lining are now back to back on one side of the zipper.

Dailylike Zip Pouch with Frill - Step 2

Place your second piece of print 1 fabric face-up.  This will become the back-side of your pouch.  Lay the zip face down along the top edge of the back piece

Place the second piece of lining (print 2)  face down on top and pin together along the top edge.

Sew along top edge as close to zip as possible.

Dailylike Zip Pouch with Frill - Step 3

Open up so that the front and lining are back to back on one side, and the back and lining are back to back on the other side of the zip.

Press with an iron.

Dailylike Zip Pouch with Frill - Step 4

Sew 1/8” in from the zip along both sides.  This will attach the front and back to its respective lining.

Dailylike Zip Pouch with Frill - Step 5

To make your frill, fold your piece of fabric (print 3)  in half along the long edge with right sides together.

Sew along the short edges.  Open up and press with an iron.

Dailylike Zip Pouch with Frill - Step 6

Sew along the top (open) edge of the frill.  Increase your stitch length to 5.5, and sew a second line of stitching approximately 1/8” underneath the first line.  Make sure you do not knot/stop the thread at the start or finish of these rows otherwise your frill won’t gather!

Dailylike Zip Pouch with Frill - Step 7

Pick up the top threads only at one end and pull to create a gather. Gather enough so that the finished frill is 25cm long.

Dailylike Zip Pouch with Frill - Step 8

Cut a piece of bias 31cm long.  Open up and lightly press.  Pin it to the front piece only (not the lining!), approximately 5cm below the zip.

Pin the frill so the top edge aligns with the centre of the bias.

Dailylike Zip Pouch with Frill - Step 9

Sew along the frill.  Fold over the top of the bias and press with iron.

Dailylike Zip Pouch with Frill - Step 10

Sew along the bias. I used a zigzag stitch reducing the width and length to 1 at the base of the bias, but you could use a straight stitch it you prefer.

Dailylike Zip Pouch with Frill - Step 11

Open up the zip and lay flat so that the 2 pieces of lining are face-to-face and the front and back are face-to-face on the other side of the zip.

Dailylike Zip Pouch with Frill - Step 12

Sew around all four edges leaving an opening of about 2” at the bottom of the lining side. Use the zipper start and end (where it opens and closes) as the guide for your seam allowance – it will be approximately ¾”.

Trim corners and any excess fabric in the seam allowance.

Dailylike Zip Pouch with Frill - Step 13

Turn inside out through the opening in the lining.  Fold the seams in in the opening, press with iron and sew across the opening.

Dailylike Zip Pouch with Frill - Step 14

Tuck the lining back into the pouch.

Dailylike Zip Pouch with Frill - Step 15

This project was created by Dailylike Design Team member Sam Dunne of Dunne with Style.