Showing posts with label aprons. Show all posts
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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

A Harvest of Creative Possibilities and Fun

Wishing you all a happy, healthy, and wonderful Fall Harvest of Thanksgiving, creative opportunities and fun!

And please, do not let me forget to share that as much as I love to create, and as much as I love to share and to give to others...

Martha Stewart Doesn't Live Here

"Martha Stewart will not be dining with us this Thanksgiving. I'm telling you in advance, so don't act surprised. Since Ms. Stewart won't be coming, I've made a few small changes:

Our sidewalk will not be lined with homemade, paper bag luminaries. After a trial run, it was decided that no matter how cleverly done, rows of flaming lunch sacks do not have the desired welcoming effect.

So, please just click on the above if you want to remember just how clever and fun this truly was..especially if you're younger than I am...or maybe even older than I am, or maybe just me..and don't remember the years this made the rounds and creative a bit of levity over the Thanksgiving shopping, cooking, gatherings, and clean up involved. Bit of post is link clickable to see the rest.

And the earlier part of this updated post was, of course, all about my doings over Halloween, and the meaning behind all of our various cultural celebrations!

Because, after all...
What fun it is to see the playful side of Halloween and have fun creating small themed gifts for others with Autumnal, Harvest, or Halloween birthdays! Some of my gifts feature 'traditional' Halloween themes, others are more harvest oriented items, and still others respectfully celebrate other cultures and traditions!

And having some cowboy boots fabric ..way back from 2005, I used that as well to make some fun pillows for October birthdays that seamlessly blend in with a variety of colors, themes or even holidays as well as a grandpup's quilt!!

And of course some of my own Paper+Fabric gift cards, these are four layers with collage on fronts and backs and machine sewn greetings on the interior pages.

And finally some upholstering off cuts..long narrow pieces..hmm...tiny little crossbody purses..perfect! And a lovely autumnal color, too!


With this left over marred Halloween panels of Daisy Kingdom fabric, I knew the missing edges or incorrect pieces would not keep me from makings some fun items for others!

 So out came the scissors, extra fabric for backing the aprons, the potholder hot mitts,the little puppy bandanna, a fun Halloween mice riding broomsticks and vacuum cleaners through the starry night sky puppy pillow and even some quickly appliques onto kitchen like fabric dish towels!

All were well received and are already in use..especially by my little grandpup who loved his simple minky covered empty water bottle chew toy,his puffy pillow and quickly tied fleece ribbon toys!

 And with a lot of family staying with us for from one to three plus weeks in early autumn last year, why not dye silk scarves with fiber reactive dyes outside when the weather was still nice and our energy levels high?

Great fun! Two days later we hung them from my loft rails to dry...wonderful harvest of homemade gifts for all!

But what about Halloween itself?  Why do we celebrate such a strange holiday and just how and when did it all begin???

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 (image courtesy of wikipedia)

The origins of Halloween, may have begun with Roman festivals of harvest, but is typically linked to the Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-an or sow-in)",which is derived from the Old Irish and means roughly "summer's end."

The festival of Samhain celebrates the end of the "lighter half" of the year, and beginning of the "darker half", and is sometimes regarded as the Celtic New Year. It is believed that the border between this world and the otherworld became thin on Samhain, allowing spirits (both harmless and harmful) to pass through. The family's ancestors were honored and invited home whilst harmful spirits were warded off. It is believed that the need to ward off harmful spirits led to the wearing of costumes and masks. Their purpose was to disguise oneself as a harmful spirit and thus avoid harm.

All Saints Day, or All Hallows or Hallowmas, is a Christian feast day celebrated on November 1, or the first Sunday after Pentecost. It a day meant to honor all of the saints, both known and unknown. Because Halloween preceded this feast day, that day actually took it's name from this feast day and thus became "The Eve of All Hallows', and eventually 'Hallowe'en'.

In many of the Christian cultures, All Saints Day honors those who have attained beatific vision in heaven, while November 2, All Soul's Day, commemorates the departed faithful who have not been so purified and entered heaven. In the tradition of using holy names taken from the Greek, early names such as All Hallowmas referred to hallowed or saintly, and mas, to the early Christian mass.

The Day of the Dead (Día de los Difuntos or Día de los Muertos) is a holiday celebrated mainly in Mexico and the Mexican immigrant community living in the United States. The holiday is based on the complicated blended cultures of their ancestors, the Aztec and Maya, and the Spanish invaders, layered with Catholicism.

For more than 500 years, the goddess Mictecacihuatl (Lady of the Dead) presided over Aztec harvest rituals using fires and incense, costumes of animal skins, images of their dead and offerings of ceramics, personal goods, flowers and foods, drink and flowers.

The Aztec, Mayan and other indigenous traditions have enriched the Mexican's attitude about death. From these ancestors has come the knowledge that souls continue to exist after death, resting placidly in Mictlan, the land of the dead, not for judgment or resurrection; but for the day each year when they could return home to visit their loved ones.

Los Dias de Los Muertos is a time for remembering friends, family and ancestors. In the Mexican tradition, people die three deaths.

The first death is when our bodies cease to function; when our hearts no longer beat of their own accord, when our gaze no longer has depth or weight, when the space we occupy slowly loses its meaning. The second death comes when the body is lowered into the ground, returned to mother earth, out of sight. The third death, the most definitive death, is "when there is no one left alive to remember us."

The act of preparing an altar by placing photographs, flowers, candles, favorite foods and drink of the loved one provides a special time to remember, and to transform grief into acceptance. The living invite the spirits of the family to return home for a few hours of laughter, tears and memories.

Once the night has passed, and the spirits have returned to their world, the ones remaining know that for another year they have triumphed in the struggle of life and that the only way to celebrate death is to live with courage.

Beware of the following superstitions of olde!

• Many people used to consider that owls would dive down to eat the souls of the dying on Halloween. They believed that if you pulled your own pockets out, and left them hanging, the dying would be safe. (Good to know, especially the next time you get caught with your pockets hanging out from the dryer!)

• To ward off evil spirits on Halloween, bury all the animal bones in your front yard, or even put a picture of an animal very close to your doorway. (I'll assume they mean collected wishbones and leftovers from Thanksgiving for the burials, and not those of anyone else, for the photos.)

• People used to believe you could walk around your house three times backwards before sunset on Halloween, and that would take care of all evil. (Next time you can't find the kids for dinner, remember you're keeping your family safe at the same time.)

• It has been said if a bat flies into your house on Halloween, it is a sign that ghosts or spirits are very nearer, and maybe they are in your home and let the bat in. (Living in the country, I've had bats in my house on several occasions. My friends claim they live in my own 'belfry', as well.)

• People used to believe that if bats are out early on Halloween, and they fly around playfully, then good weather is to come. (The bats in my belfry are beyond playful. I've been known to be borderline manic.)

• If a bat flies around your house three times on Halloween, death is very soon to come. (Doesn't this negate the good luck of the above?)

• It could be the spirit of a dead loved one watching you, if you watch a spider on Halloween. (And if you're watching, do so respectfully, and don't squish them!)

• Going in for what was once called a 'dumb' supper, meaning that nobody will talk while having supper, encourages the spirits to come to the table. (Well, not only is that term antiquated and not p.c., most families today with teenagers suffer from this predicament, so it's no wonder that most teenagers appear possessed.)

• It is believed that if an unmarried girl keeps a rosemary herb and a silver sixpence under her pillow on Halloween night, it is quite likely that on that very night, she would dream of her future husband. (If you have young daughter's, check their pillows tonight and remove those sixpence.)

• It is said that if you hear someone's footsteps behind you on the Halloween night, you should not turn back because it may be a dead following you. And if you commit the mistake of looking back, it is likely that you might join the dead very soon. (You just can't win on this one. I'm staying home and wearing ear plugs.)

• People believe that if on the Halloween night, a girl carrying a lamp in her hand goes to a spring of water, she will see the reflection of her life partner in water. (This sounds dangerous to me, especially if you believe in the superstition just above, and the one following you is already dead. Sure wouldn't want him for my life partner.)

• People have a superstition that if an unmarried girl carries a broken egg in a glass and takes it to a spring of water, she will be able to catch the glimpse of not just her future husband, by mixing some spring water in the glass, but also she can see the reflection of her future kids.

(OK, this is just too much. Now we are being followed by the dead, stuck with them for life and sharing common ghouls.)

• There is the old saying that "black cats are bad luck". It was once believed that black cats were the devil, or consumed by evil spirits. (I've had several black cats, I loved them dearly, they slept with me every night. Time for an exorcism. Now, do I exorcise all black cats or just me?)

• People used to believe that Satan was a nut-gatherer. Nuts were also used as magic charms on the day of Halloween festival. (At this point, I'm feeling nutty. I think the exorcism has to be on me.)

• If you put your clothes on inside out as well as outside walk backwards on Halloween night. At midnight you will see a witch in the sky. People used to believe witches were the devil, or that they were consumed by evil. (I've been known to do both, on a fairly consistent basis. No wonder I run into so many witchy people and was gifted with a sign that says "If the broom fits, ride it"! It fit and I do.

• There is also an old saying "if the flame on your candle goes out on Halloween celebration; it gives you the meaning that you are with a ghost". (Stocking up on matches, lighters, and battery powered lanterns)

• If you ring a bell on Halloween it will frighten evil spirits away. (Ding!)

Free Ideas and Tutorials for Making Magic of  Your Own: 


Make Halloween Banners or Prayer Flags:

My little trio of holiday flags, given as an October gift.  These simple burlap and felt banners can be seen as prayer flags for those in their colorful costumes and festive spirit and not those darker aspects of this season that so many shy away from.

Making Magical Devil's Club Lip Balm in Alaska

One of the things I most love to do while I am in Alaska, is to be able to take small bits of spare time, and do creative and unusual things...and often using free, recycled or inexpensive ingredients. One of them one year, was to learn how to make lip gloss using native materials....many of them indigenous to southeast Alaska.

This is continue on the original post at:Making Magical Devil's Club Lip Balm in Alaska

And for the intuitive world of the unseen but often not unknown check out some of my favorite magical, mystical, and for me deeply spiritual parts of my world that connect to doing good for myself and I do good for others..after all, we are all connected by mysterious internets of endless possibilities!

Michele Bilyeu Creates With Heart and Hands as she shares her imaginative, magical, and healing journey from Alaska to Oregon. Creating, designing, sewing, quilting, and wildcrafting... from my heart and with my hands.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Free Apron Patterns: Updated 2015

I love making aprons, potholders, counter and dish mats! But when it comes to most things, I wing the patterns on my own, publish tutorials for my own versions that usually combine techniques and ideas, and then include those ideas in all of the links to free patterns that I collect and share!

An apron is not something you might ordinarily make yourself, but its wonderful to have on hand when you need one! And they are way cute to wear when you're cooking for company... or just are wearing something new or nice that you don't want to get a spill on! And best of all, they've been a big hit as gifts!!

For Christmas, I love to make a complete apron, some hotpad/potholders, serged edged cloth napkins, and a simple little tea cozy ...the simple cozy is the one at the top left of the photo above
(see its little lifting up and down pull tab?). Once I get one set designed and made, I can't help myself...I have to make more and I create multiple sets in no time at all!

(A Short Cut Through Time: Daisy Kingdom Apron Panel)

So, one year...three sets, another year...a repeat for anyone who has really used their apron or potholders and needs a new get the idea!!!

And when I'm in a hurry, it's lovely to have a simple printed panel from a discount fabric store on hand. This one was from the Daisy Kingdom line and it was sooo popular one Christmas in Alaska, that I had two sisters-in-laws literally fighting over it!

The victor wore it quite literally all day long, even when she was eating Christmas dinner and just visiting with our big family.  Oh, yes! Show off your victory big time, Becky!That's the year I knew I had a great gift that was truly appreciated!

Unfortunately, Daisy Kingdom closed a number of years ago, but you can still find their various pre-printed pieces online, at tag sales, and often in free share fabric tables.

My Own Alaskan "Kuspuk" the original Apron in Alaska

(How To Make A Kuspuk)

I grew up in Alaska, and the native Alaskans especially of the northern and north western areas make and wore kuspuks. But what most people don't realize is that this is not a 'dress' or a 'jacket' as most people assume. It was actually an apron of sorts.

Women and girls wore the long version...with a skirt ruffle..over their other clothing to protect that clothing from the hard work of cleaning fish, seals etc. for food, clothing, lamp oil and other means of survival. For many years, I helped a SIL teach grade school children(and their parents) how to make these, designing our own non standard math 'non patterns'...measuring lengths and cutting to size.

My other links included in that post show many years of this great project, our wearing of them to visit the Governor and his family in Juneau Alaska, and how we were not only featured in the Alaska Daily Empire but online and referenced during a legislative session for Kuspuk Friday...when all of Alaska's legislator' literally wear kuspuks to work!

Baby Nursing Cover-Up Apron Tutorial

And last but not least, nursing aprons or baby coverups that I have made for several wonderful mom's who have chosen natural baby feeding, but still want to be discrete in public for others!  I created my own patterns and they are both reversible and can be pocket pouched just like a quillow so they fold up for carrying and look like a little pouch!

Yes, the entire nursing apron is folded up using my special tutorial technique into that little pocket! (Two sizes of aprons for two sizes of little mama is super extra small and one a medium so I designed the aprons to be just the right size!)  And, you can use my idea for any kind of pocket pouched apron!

And  here is my ongoing list of links, tutorials etc for making a variety of aprons...from full length bib aprons, to simple skirt front aprons, to nursing cover up aprons for feeding baby discretely.

I'm still in the process of finding links and don't have all of the photos yet..but you can surely find something that will work for you and if inspired to come up with one of your own!

Free (Full-length w. bib) Apron Patterns


4th of July Apron
Smock Apron
Butcher Style Apron Pattern
Crafty Gal – Dressing For Success
jcaroline Creations Apron Instructions
Martha Stewart – Bakers Apron, template is here (pdf)
Apron Tutorial – Jeans Apron
Free Apron Pattern
Taly’s Very Easy Apron
Suzy Homemaker Apron – Tutorial
Make a Plain Apron (updated dead link)
Apron Pattern (not English, Japanese? but is fully illustrated) download file is here

Free Lined and Reversible Apron Pattern

Lined Apron Tutorial
Nana’s Reversible Half Apron (with tutorial)

Free (Made From Dishtowels) Apron Patterns

Dishtowel Apron Tutorial
Quick and Fun Apron Made from Two Dish Towels
Martha Stewart’s Dish Towel Apron
Homespun Apron
Towel Turned Apron

Free Craft Project Friendly Apron Patterns

Craft Apron Tutorial

Crafty Tool Belt
Martha Stewart’s Crafter’s Apron

Free House work/ house keeping Apron Patterns

Sew A Clean Sweep Apron!
Martha Stewart’s Carryall Apron

More Apron Patterns and Ideas and Tips!

Free Directions to Sew an Apron Using One Yard of Fabric
Shimmy, Shake, & Bake Apron pattern download is here (pdf)
Pleated Embroidered Apron
Jeans Apron and another similar concept here
Valentine Ruffle Apron
Keeping it Real Sewing Series: Apron Tutorial pattern downloads: Part 1 and Part 2 (both pdf)
Half Yard Apron
Scalloped Apron the pattern download is here (pdf)

Knit and Crochet Aprons

Daisy Apron
Party Apron
Kitschy Apron in Cotton Chenille
Crocheted Apron
Cheeky Squares Apron

Clothespin Aprons

My Byrd House Clothspin Apron
Vintage Apron Bonnet Pattern

Children’s Aprons

Tutorial: Little Girls’ D-Ring Ribbon Belt Apron
Sewing: How to make a kid-sized chef apron
Quilt Block Apron
Smocket pattern pattern download is here (pdf)
Apron/Sunbonnet Combination
Quick Apron Tutorial

Vintage Style Aprons and Vintage Patterns

Vintage Pillowcase Apron Tutorial
50’s half-aprons with tie-pocket pattern/tutorial
Retro Orange-Flowered Apron w/ Tutorial
Vintage Apron Pattern
1940’s Style Bib Apron (pdf)

Men’s Aprons

Men’s Apron Tutorial
Chef’s Apron

Cute Misc Links

Hillbilly Housewife: Apron Evangelism
Sweet Little Apron Ornament Tutorial
Little aprons – free crochet pattern

Nursing Coverup Aprons for Feeding Baby Discretely

Baby Nursing Cover-Up Apron Tutorial ( own pocket pouched version!)

Reversible Cover Up for Nursing Baby
Tent Like With Boning Nursing Cover
Nap time Simple cover up

From Michele Bilyeu "With Heart and Hands" primary blog...other associated links:

 Potholders, Counter Cloths, Mug and Coffee Press Wrap ...Patterns, tutorials and just plain blog and sewing and quilting fun!

  On The Cheap With October Projects

 Yes, I Still Sew and Quilt !

 Frugal Fun: Make a Potholder!

  Yes, Those are Catfood Pull Tabs

 AD36: The Fat Gene You Can Catch 

Eating Humble Pie

Love, Chaos and Meandering

 Potholder Therapy and Kitchen Love

 Everyday Art
In The Sewing Room

 How To Make a Heart Shaped 'Mitt' Potholder

 Make a Scrappy Potholder

Camp Sherman: A Token Gift, Left Behind

Patriotic Sewing Frenzy


And never miss a single sensational post !!!!!!!!

Michele Bilyeu blogs With Heart and Hands as she shares a quilting journey through her life in Salem, Oregon and Douglas, Alaska. Sewing, quilting, and wildcrafting, with small format art quilts, prayer flags, and comfort quilts for a variety of charitable programs. And best of all, sharing thousands of links to Free Quilt and Quilt Block Patterns and encouraging others to join her and make and donate quilts to charitable causes.   Help us change the world, one little quilt at a time!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Baby Nursing Cover-Up Apron Tutorial

Every year in Salem, there are organizations that encourage expectant mothers to take the best care that they possibly can of themselves, and of their expected babies. Often, those programs support moms who lack the emotional, family, or financial support that encourages healthy eating for themselves, much less for the new little ones.

They often request things like baby quilts, burping pads, baby bibs, or simple little sleepers and other clothing for the little ones.  (Free Babies and Childrens Quilt Patterns)

I had the opportunity to be with several nursing mothers in a one week interval while I was up in Alaska in September,  and noticed that both of the modern, young moms used baby nursing cover-ups which are also called nursing aprons. And because both of these young mothers were on their second children, the coverups had already seen a lot of use and wear!

Bingo! New gift idea! Make a Baby Nursing Cover-up/ Nursing Apron!  In my day, all we had were receiving blankets for comfort and privacy and they didn't stay put. A nursing apron is only a tad bit different than a regular apron. You still have a neck strap, you still have an apron body but the body shape doesn't narrow into a bib at the top, it simply stays wide. So, it's basically a horizontal oblong with an attached strap.

I found a series of free tutorials or patterns, online....but to be honest, I didn't especially like their design and having witnessed these young mothers packing their cover-ups for trips, between houses, in their purses, etc. I knew that there was one crucial design element missing. Ease of transport and pack-ability. I had already designed and created a great many fabric shopping bags that turned into their own little carry pockets. And I have made a number of quillows where quilts pocket pouch into little pillows.

So, I had my 'aha' moment and thought..."Brilliant!!!" a nursing cover-up, pocket pouched that turns into a neat and tidy little flat unit that can easily carried or slipped into a purse or a diaper bag.

 Step 1: Select your fabrics.

I went into my stash and found bright and busy fabric that would not only be cheerful, but coverup stains of any kind and checked the web for patterning ideas.

As you can see from the photo above. One fabric piece for the top, and another for the lining. The pocket ends up on either side, but if you didn't mind the bulk, you could actually sew a pocket on each side and make it fully reversible.

 (I am making two aprons at once, with these choices of fabric. So, the fabrics may switch around as I remember to take photos, or change up my design plans!)

I debated over some of the ideas of making a separated pocket for holding a diaper etc. but realized that with my design, I didn't need to add that. It simply automatically created a pocket space for either /both a flat pocket of wipes and a diaper. So, on one side of the cover-up or both...your choice!(I show with one pocket on the outside only.)

I didn't use velcro etc because the tabbing on one would not match the tabbing on the other (i.e. pocket holding items versus pocket pouch for transport) and I didn't want the moms to deal with their long hair snagging on velcro tabs. Remember? I'm the one with 36" hair that had two mishaps with appliances and hair loss ;-) Much less sweet babies having hair and velcro issues!

 And I do not like the insertion of boning that some 'sewists' (new term for a sew-er) use in the top seam, as from many years of experience you don't need that window to see down at your baby, the natural contours of our bodies creates that anyway and it only takes one hand to peek at baby, anyway!. And boning would not be conductive to pocket pouching the coverup anyway.

Step 2: Cutting pattern pieces. 

(note: I made two nursing aprons at once, and experimented with color choices so photo tutorial may show either color choices for Apron #1 or Apron #2 at any given time.) This shows one apron with its choices laid out after selecting and cutting to size:


Apron Sections:
Cut two as shown for apron, and lining.
Small: 28" wide by about 34" long
Medium: 34" wide by about 35" long
Large: 36"+ wide by about 36" long

Pocket Sections:
Cut 2 pocket. sections. You are making a lined pocket that is then sewn down.
I cut mine 10"-11" wide by 12" in length.
(Pocket Band is optional, mine doesn't show well in this photo, but it did add a nice decorative element. You would cut this by the width of the pocket (10"-11" across by 4"-5" deep.)

Apron strap:
One long one that is created and top stitched and then cut into the strap and a short looping piece for tying the strap onto for sizing of length.  I cut my pieces 30" long by 4"-5" wide.

Step 3: Sewing apron cover-up

Optional Seam Finishes:

Pre-finish the edges of the top seam and /or pre-finish all edges. I pre-finished my top edge as you can see from the photo above. I have used my serger to pre-finish the top sections of both the front and the lining pieces. But I also used it to seam the apron front to its lining and then did a second stitching with my regular sewing machine for durability. I like keeping all of my baby things super clean when I raised my 3 children and old patterns maintain! So, I was thinking 'washing a lot and keeping durable" as I made these ;-)

Sew apron body (front and back main pieces) right sides to together.

Turn apron to right sides out.


Press apron body section creating a nice folded under finish on your still open seam at the top.

Step 4: Making and attaching strap section and loop:

 Make strap pieces:

Cut full 12" long by 5" wide strap piece, as shown in first diagram of pattern pieces. 
Fold in raw edges on each side to meet in the center..they are too narrow to easily use the tube and inside out technique. So, much easier to just fold in raw edges, and top stitch into a strap shape!

Topstitch/sewing of the strap can be either down one long side or down both.

Now  measure and cut off a section of the top stitched strap to use as your loop. I cut mine about 5"-6" long. 5 for the small sized apron, 6 for the medium sized apron.

(Switching apron color choice views here...multi-tasking projects doesn't always mean all photos of all projects end up being good photos!)

Attach the strap and the loop section of the strap to the coverup body piece. You are inserting the straps from the inside and allowing the raw edges of the strap to match the raw edges of the apron top to match up...just like inserting a purse strap.

Being right handed, and the average mother being right handed, I attached the strap to the right side (looking down at self) and the smaller loop, to the left (looking down at self. Imagine using your own right hand to adjust, or left hand for a left handed mother ;-)

Pattern sizing note:
Measurement for positioning of the strap attachment can be altered to best fit the mother.

I made one 'small' apron and one 'medium' one as I did this tutorial. The 'small' apron was for a mother who was only 4'10" or less and didn't need a long apron dangling down her legs as she sat! The width of the body, the size of the chest, the sitting height of the mother and even the size of the baby can make a difference in comfort as well as looks, just like any garment's sizing matters. Mine measured out to be approximately 10"-12" apart from each other, measuring from the center of each strap, to the center of the apron body.

  Step 5. Making and attaching pocket:

Optional Pocket Band:
photo tutorial shown below, using another color choice, again from the second apron, again!

The optional decorative pocket band, at top shown in a simple photo tutorial. Skip the photos shown below if this is not wanted or too confusing for you..


Stitch band to pocket, right sides together and follow steps as shown, leave inside seam of band to pocket open.


Without optional pocket band:
Stitch two pocket sections (outside and inside lining) right sides together, leaving a small area open for turning. It is easiest to leave the bottom open for most sewists, for the turning right side out. Just use the photos as shown above but ignore the band!

Turn pocket, right side out, so it looks like the photo, above.

(With band insert, only: Pin inside seam opening closed. Hand sew opening in band. )

Pin pocket onto nursing coverup-apron, lining up bottom edges together.

Sew pocket onto apron body. 

 I sewed through both the front and back (lining) pieces so as to make it sturdier for all of the pouching use.

I back stitch at upper corners to lock stitch and go about three stitches in towards the center as I do this.

Your Nursing Apron/Cover-up is finished, now to learn how to fold it into its own little pocket pouch!

6. Nursing Cover-up, Pocket Pouched!

"How to Fold the Nursing Apron into a Pocket Pouch"


Fold in each of the two sides.

Fold again, top to bottom.

Reach into the center section (inside of the pocket in other words) and pull the apron out.

This will include that strap which gets pulled into the very inside where you wll not see it at all in the pocket!

You should be viewing your pretty lining fabric, as well as your pretty front fabric, as you pull, see photos above. If you reach into the wrong space, you'll know it as soon as you pull it out. Then try again, using logic as to what should be visible on both sides of the pouch when it is all out!

The nursing cover-up/apron is now a pocket pouch and you now get to view your lovely lining fabric, as the outside now, instead!  

Isn't it cute? Ready to tuck into a purse or diaper bag, or a backpack. And some mothers just use it as a travel cover-up completely over baby in his or her little front carry sack on airplanes. '

Total discretion and it keeps light out of baby's eyes whether she/he is nursing or sleeping!

And I also made an assortment of baby towels, wash cloths, burp bibs etc. for little ones. I started with these little pink ones on the left,  but then also made a variety of other colors!

And do check out my free quilt patterns for little ones at:

Free Babies, Childrens Quilt Patterns

EXTRAS: Bib, burp cloth and other free patterns:
Free Baby Bib Pattern with Paper Piecing Center
Baby Breakfast Bib Tutorial

Baby Burp Cloth Tutorial by Finn, Pieces from My Scrapbag
How To Make A Burp Cloth Tutorial
Overhead Baby Bib
Baby Sling Tie Baby Bib
Moda Bake Shop: Baby Burp Cloth and Bib Tutorial
Button Shirt to Toddler Dress
Chenille back blanket
Dog Applique Onesie
Felt Baby Shoes
Itty bitty Baby Dress
Diaper Changing Pad
Soft Baby Blocks
Ruby Soft Doll
Nursing Cover
Another Nursing Cover
Childs Pool Robe
Bitty Booties
Cloth Baby Shoes
Fabric Bird
Fab Fifties Bib
Childrens Apron
Baby pants from recycled sweater

Michele Bilyeu blogs With Heart and Hands as she shares a quilting journey through her life in Salem, Oregon and Douglas, Alaska. Sewing, quilting, and wildcrafting, with small format art quilts, prayer flags, and comfort quilts for a variety of charitable programs. And best of all, sharing thousands of links to Free Quilt and Quilt Block Patterns and encouraging others to join her and make and donate quilts to charitable causes.   Help us change the world, one little quilt at a time!