When I'm not finishing up the odd commissioned piece or knitting away I spend my free time making little gifts for friends and family. I really love giving handmade presents - always hoping that the recipients like the handmade aspect too! This year I seem to have a kitchen theme going on ....
While I was searching for something suitably cute, frilly and silly for Auntie Anita's birthday present I came across this wonderful apron pattern.
Would you believe me if I told you that I had selected some jolly fabrics to use for this gift before I found the pattern? And to my surprise it was the same line of fabric as in the picture - but in different colors. The whole project - fabric and all - must have been calling out to me. (Thank you to my lovely friend Christina who agreed to model the apron as long as I cut her head off!)
I also made some matching oven gloves (my own pattern) so Auntie Anita would have a fantastically stylish and overly frilly baking set!
I really enjoyed making this apron - it was so fast - and the frills were so much fun!
I then turned my attention to another birthday girl in our family - my sister-in-law Daphne. After asking Daphne what she would like for her birthday - she announced she would like some pot holders.
"Pot holders?" I questioned. "Are you sure? You can have anything you want."
"Pot holders." I was told.
These pot holders were super easy to make (9"x9"). They have a pocket on the side so that you can have a secure grip on those hot pots and bakeware.
I used one layer of cotton batting and one layer of heat resistant batting inside. And on the reverse I used hemp - which I thinks works quite well - at least I think it looks pretty and extra grippy at least! And then I made a series of five quilted pot holders (no glove pockets in these) ... ... that can be used for either gripping bakeware or as a pretty heat pad/mat for the table. I had fun quilting these out of scraps and I got to practice some more free motion quilting. I hope these will all satisfy Daphne's desire for new pot holders!