Ho ho ho! Can I interest you in a splash of Peppermint Schnapps?
No?? Have you ever tried this stuff? It’s like a liquid candy cane with a kick. Christmas in a bottle.
Hmmm. I get the sense that you are actually here to “tie one on” in the apronish sense of the phrase, and not the boozy one. Suit yourself. Both can be fun. And combining the two is an absolute blast. (er, or so I hear…)
It was actually last week that I cut out the pieces for the apron and then got the urge for a coordinating button. Nothing I already had was really appropriate, so I dug three primary-esqe colors and white out of the creative rubble on my work table and whipped up six colors to match those in the “merry christmas” fabric.
I could have gotten all fancy with the millefiori, but I felt that the main fabric was busy enough and simple would be better. So stripes it was. Here are a few tips if you find yourself in a similar situation:
- As long as you have the supplies out, why stop at one? Make as many buttons as your cane will allow. Even if you don’t use them all now, you might be able to use them later, or sell them.
- Nothing is simpler to make than stripes when you’re in a hurry, and they always look so striking.
- I lied. Dots are easier than stripes, particularly if you don’t have a pasta machine and/or you are new at this whole clay thing. (I wrote a whole beginner tutorial based on that premise). I whipped up this dotted button while waiting for the oven to heat up.
In the end, the striped button captured my heart and the dotted button went in the box with the extra striped ones to await sanding, buffing, and use in some other project someday.
After I made the apron, I worked on a table runner for the kitchen. (Strictly speaking, after I made the apron, I played dress-up, had a fatigue-and-diet-induced meltdown, ordered a pepperoni pizza for supper, ate a few slices of pizza, felt much better, and then worked on the table runner.)
It doesn’t exactly lay flat, but if I put enough stuff on top of it nobody needs to know. Here it is, with and without stuff on top of it (hover your cursor over the image to see it both ways – fun, huh?)
My favorite way to cope with crafty mistakes is to hide them 😀
It feels good to have those sewing projects out of the way. They’ve been on my mind since last Christmas. I guess having the festivities at my house has given me the kick in the pants that I needed!
Now. Where did I put that Schnapps??
P.S. The fabric used here is from Anna Griffin’s Mackenzie Christmas collection.