Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Mommy & Me Apron and Giveaway!!


Today is kicking off a week of projects made with Laminated Cotton.  During the summer I made a quite a few items using this fabric and fell in love with its versatility.  All the features of regular cotton, but with the added bonus of being water resistant!  It's also phthalate free, which means its safe for kids & anything food related. 


Timeless Treasures, an amazing fabric producer, saw some of the things I'd made and asked if I wanted to try out some of their new laminated cotton fabrics for a project of my choosing.  A chance to play with some all new fabric?!  Yes, please!  Well, me being me, instead of making 1 thing, I made 5.  The prints were soooo pretty!  These laminated cottons will be coming out this fall and are from their Sunny Daze collection by Alice Kennedy.  Aren't they gorgeous?!?



Now let's start with today's item, what I'm calling my Mommy & Me Apron.  I'll be honest, I've never been a huge apron user.  Mostly because most are either too blah looking or seem too pretty to get dirty.  I came up with this design so clothes stay clean and cleaning the apron itself is a 2 second job.  Just wipe & it's ready for next time.



I also designed it so that it uses less than a yard of laminated cotton and would be easy enough for a beginner to make.  In under an hour, this apron is ready to wear when cooking, making art or doing anything a little bit messy.  Flattering AND functional!


It's also got three built-in pockets for holding utensils or tools.  And of course, once I made it, someone small horned in on the action:


"Hey Mommy!  What about me?"  How could I refuse that little face?  So I also made a child sized version so every little helper could stay clean too & look just like mommy (or grandma, daddy, etc.).



The icing on the cake was Timeless Treasures liked my projects enough to want to use them in a tradeshow display showcasing this new fabric! I was so excited - it's like showing it to all the cool kids at craft school. Yay!!  


This pattern set is now available in my Etsy shop, The Green Hedgehog, but to celebrate my week-long laminated cotton lovefest, I'm giving away TWO pdf copies of my Mommy & Me Apron Pattern Set to two lucky winners.  Make some cute aprons for yourself, your kids or to give as gifts (hint: the holidays are fast approaching!).  You know you're part of the cool, craft crowd so get in on the apron action!  To enter:

Initial Entry:
Tell me when would you wear an apron made from this pattern?  Cooking, cleaning, gardening, crafting, something I haven't even thought of...etc.

For additional entries (leave a separate comment for each one):
  • Become a follower of Sew Can Do 
  • Become a fan of Sew Can Do on Facebook 
  • Mention this giveaway on Facebook
  • Add the Sew Can Do button to your blog 
  • Heart my shop on Etsy 
  • Blog about this giveaway on your blog (2 entries)
The giveaway will be open until 11:59PM EST October 12, 2010.  I will announce the winners on October 14, 2010.  Good luck & come back tomorrow for more fun projects!

46 comments:

  1. I love this apron! I'd wear it cooking, mainly - which means it would get used every day!
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  2. I "like" sew can do on facebook

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  3. I put your button on my blog...

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  4. I actually wear an apron all day long...between crafts we do for homeschooling, the baby who constantly spits up, and cooking 3 meals a day, I don't take it off until dinner is done & cleaned up! So I would get LOTS of use out of this!

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  5. I would wear this baby while vacuuming! I always find little things that are too big to suck up or tiny toys. I'd love to be able to just stick them in an apron pocket and carry on. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  6. I would totally wear it cooking! I love it!

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  7. I like to use my apron like a towel when cooking, so I'd use a laminated one primarily for crafting with the kids. Love your mini version, too!

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  8. I would wear this for cooking! Would love to win these patterns!

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  9. I follow your blog

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  10. I heart your Etsy shop.

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  11. cheryl, love the new apron! i am a follower by the way!

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  12. the apron is so cute, i would wear it while cleaning.
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  13. I would use it when I do the dishes! I always end up with a wet spot on me no matter how much I try!

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  14. Love it. I ama new sewer and have been told that an apron is a good first project.

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  15. Well, Cheryl *I* wouldn't wear the apron, but I would send it to my daughter who has a daughter and ask my son-in-law to take a darling photo!

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  16. Well, Cheryl *I* wouldn't wear your apron -- but I would send it to my daughter who has a daughter and insist that my son-in-law take their photo!

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  17. I would definitely use it for cooking! :)

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  18. Your button is on my blog!
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  19. I'm a Sew Can Do follower!!!

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  20. I blogged about your giveaway!
    http://fragrantblissoils.blogspot.com/2010/10/giveaways-5.html

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  21. I blogged about your giveaway!
    http://fragrantblissoils.blogspot.com/2010/10/giveaways-5.html

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  22. I "heart" your etsy shop. Such cute hats!

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  23. I would wear it mainly for cooking - like you, I don't generally bother, they are so hard to keep clean! I reckon the laminated cotton works really well though. I should start making all of my grubnut girl's clothes out of this stuff - lol!

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  24. I love that you made your pattern new-sewer friendly, which means I feel comfortable to try it! My 3-yr old and I love to bake cookies together- these would be great for some Halloween treats!

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  25. I have started baking my own bread and this would a bonus to have an apron that would easily brush off all the flour. I love that material too. I need to do some more investigating on your blog to see where I can get some. BTW- my daughter would LOVE a matching apron too!!

    Have a fabulous day.

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  26. I'm new, and I would dearly love an apron pattern! Hubs & I are on special diets, so I cook every single meal we eat, and I really do love to wear pretty aprons. Trouble is, I don't have any that are pretty! I am dying to try the laminated cotton so a new one will STAY pretty! Yum!
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  27. I would wear this apron while giving my son his bath....when he gets his hair washed, he is always burying his face in my shirt so I get a little bit of a bath myself...since it's water resistant, my shirt would stay dry!! YEAH!!

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  28. I'm following...I'm following...I'm following!!!!!

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  29. Of course I would wear it while making muffins with my daughter! :-)

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  30. not sure when I would use it, but whenever my little ones are in theres I would adorn mine and maybe get a bit messier than I usually do. . . I don't have an apron. Have some air drying clay that needs some imagination used on it. . . maybe me and the girls would admire the apron whilst conjuring up something from another planet. Great blog. Thanks

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  31. I never heard of laminated cotton but was so excited to see how you used it. It makes so much sense to make an apron that you can wipe messes off of. I'd mostly use it for the ordinary cooking, cleaning and gardening. I would also make sure that one was available for my boys and girls to use. Very cute and practical!

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