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Thursday, November 15, 2012

The Amazing Hot Pad Apron

Hot Pad Apron

"Did you put on . . . makeup?" my husband asks.

"Yes." I had to take photos of my apron. Duh.

Heehee. You'd think he's not used to seeing me in makeup, or something, since I now work from home. :)

I've been self-employed for about two weeks now, and all in all, I'd say it's going pretty well! I've been keeping busy with freelance deadlines, sewing projects, and weekend trips.

Hot Pad Apron

I won't say I haven't been thrown off by the change. The other day, I sat in the same spot for six hours working on my laptop, until I realized my legs were going numb! It's not uncommon for me to get so caught up in a project that I forget to eat, stretch, or look at the clock for hours.

I've commuted to work most every day for the last 7 years, so I'm still getting used to spending most of my time at home. The days flow together one after the other, unless I make it a point to get out of the house and see people. Although I've wanted to work from home for years, I think I'm learning that even a good change is still, well, a change.

What's that? You want to hear about the apron? ;)

Hot Pad Apron

Well, it's the hot pad apron, a beginner-friendly sewing pattern from the book, "Fabric-by-Fabric: One-Yard Wonders!" I love this book, and this is actually the first project I've sewn from it, with this exception of this little guy.

Hot Pad Apron 
As you might guess from the title, the apron has hot pads built in. Genius! I don't normally wear an apron, but if it means the added convenience of not having to look for pot holders, I'm in. To keep them from flaying out of the apron, you can secure them with one or two little hand-stitched "tacks," which allow you to slip your hands into the mitts and wear them, more like oven mitts.

I love this black-and-white print, because it's a take on zebra without being overly "wild." You can ask my mom . . . I still struggle with wearing prints that are very bold, and I'm way more comfortable buying clothing in solids and earth tones. But this print still feels "clothing safe" to me, and I'll leave the louder prints for quilts.

 Hot Pad Apron

The fabric is Licorice Fizz by Carol Van Zandt, for Andover Fabrics. I was happy to meet Carol in my Sewing Summit class last month, and I am planning another project and tutorial with some of her other fabrics from the line, so stay tuned!

For another look at Licorice Fizz, you can check out Sara's Sis Boom Rebecca Dress and read about the sew along she's hosting. It's a great dress pattern, and you can read my review of it here!

Sew Sweetness


  1. What a brilliant idea! =D That "One-Yard Wonders" book sounds really neat :)


  2. Love it when 2 friends team up together and get creative! I think you are going to adjust very quickly to being self employed.

  3. I know about that! Some days I don't even shower unless I force myself to.

  4. I love how cute you look modeling it! It took me awhile to adjust to being a SAHM, especially after both kids started school and I found that I had to make a schedule for myself to make sure I got stuff done during the day. Otherwise it was 2 p.m. and it was time to go to pick up the kids and all I'd have done all day was pinterest and google reader!

  5. Fun and functional! I like the cute photo of you demonstrating how to use the hot pad part of the apron! I can see it being very helpful for baking over the holidays. :)

  6. That is sooo clever, Lindsay! Good luck with working from home. I've been at it for 15 years (after 30 years of commuting to work). I love it! You make some excellent observations, which indicates to me that you're going to love it too.

    Nice makeup ;-)

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