Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Upcycled Shabby Apron

Hello sweethearts!
How are you doing on this beautiful day?
I truly hope all is well, dear friends,
and I hope each and every one of you had a lovely Easter.

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I am very excited to say that I finally made an apron :)
This is my first ever apron and I don't know why it took me so long to try my hand at one.

It all started when my family I went to my parent's home for supper one night
and I saw my mom wearing an apron that looked like a man's shirt - I was very intrigued.
My mom is not a sewing lady so I was quite curious to find out where she got it.
Well, my sister's mother-in-law made it for her :)

So began my desire to make myself one.
Now I know aprons made out of a man's shirt are nothing new,
but in case you are like me (in the dark) and had never seen one before
then here is a full tutorial on how I made mine.

Basic Items Needed:

man's shirt
sewing machine
seam ripper
extra embellishments (optional) such as:
eyelet lace

My darling husband went through his closet and tossed out three shirts
so I kept them to use for this purpose.
I don't know about you, but I love putting on a sweater or shirt of my husband's
just to breathe in his scent and feel close to him. . . . . . 
Anyway, I was quite happy to use one of his shirts for this project.
You can also go to the second-hand shop and find a shirt for cheap :)

Shall we get started?

If the shirt you're using has a pocket you will want to rip it off with a seam ripper
(keep it to sew on elsewhere on the apron).

Using chalk, draw an angled line from the shoulder seam
down to the seam under the arm.

Start at the bottom of the shirt and cut along the seam
and work your way up to the shoulder seam by cutting along the chalk line.
This is what it should look like. . . 

Flip the collar up and cut along the seam.

Here is what you should have. . . 

Making sense so far?
I hope so :)

I attached an old doily to my apron since I have a hard time leaving things "plain." :)
I cut the doily to size and pinned into place.

Then I sewed along the edge to secure it down.

Next, fold over the edges of the shirt
and sew along the edge.
Also, button the shirt up and sew along the middle to keep the shirt from gaping.
Make sure you don't sew all the way up to the top button 
or else you won't be able to get your apron on over your head!
Leave about 2 - 3 buttons open at the top :)

Sew the eyelet lace onto the inside of the shirt along the bottom edge.

If you kept the pocket then now would be the time to sew it onto the apron.
I placed mine on the doily.
Pin into place and sew around the edges leaving the top open.

To make an eyelet lace flower use a needle and thread
and sew a running stitch along the top.

Pull to gather it and to form a flower shape that looks like this. . . 

Bring the two ends together and sew them closed.

Add a pretty embellishment to the center of the flower
and sew or use fabric glue to attach it to the apron.
You can even attach the flower to a pin so that you can take it off
and add it to your outfit :)

And finally it's time to attach the apron strings
(which I forgot to take photos off),
but thankfully it's easy.
I used a rose chiffon ribbon that was about 14 inches long for each
and sewed them onto the edge of the apron.
You can also use the extra fabric from the shirt to make strings out of.

All done! :)
Enjoy your upcycled apron, sweet friends!

Have a beautifully blessed day!

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

We Serve A Living Savior

"And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth,
they said unto them,
Why seek ye the living among the dead?
He is not here, but is risen . . ."
~ Luke 24:5 - 6a ~

Those two verses never fail to excite me . . . HE IS RISEN!
How can we not rejoice and be glad that we serve a living Savior,
a Savior that conquered death,
a Savior that chose to take upon Himself the sins of the entire world,
a Savior the shows us grace and mercy,
a Savior that fights for us,
a Savior that loves us!

"The resurrection of Jesus Christ affirms to us that He is indeed to Son of God,
just as He claimed to be.

"And declared to be the Son of God with power,
according to the spirit of holiness,
by the resurrection from the dead."
~ Romans 1:4 ~

It also proves that His sacrifice for sin has been accepted
and the work of salvation is completed."

"But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed,
if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead;
Who was delivered for our offenses,
and was raised again for our justification."
~ Romans 4:24 - 25 ~

Those who trust Him can "walk in newness of life"
because HE IS ALIVE and imparts His power to them.
~ Wiersbe Commentary ~

"I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live;
yet not I, but Christ liveth in me:
and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God,
who loved me, and gave himself for me."
~ Galatians 2:20 ~

We do not have to live defeated lives - the Word of God is living
and when we have Christ as our Savior we are alive in Him!

Christ Arose 
Low in the grave He lay - Jesus, my Savior!
Waiting the coming day - Jesus, my Lord!

Vainly they watch His bed - Jesus, my Savior!
Vainly they seal the dead - Jesus, my Lord!

Death cannot keep his prey - Jesus, my Savior!
He tore the bars away - Jesus, my Lord!

Up from the grave He arose, 
With a mighty triumph o'er His foes;
He arose a Victor from the dark domain,
And He lives forever with His saints to reign:
He arose! He arose!
Hallelujah! Christ arose!
~ Robert Lowry ~

The Lord Is Risen
"The Lord is risen indeed;
Now is His work performed;
Now is the mighty Captive freed,
And death's strong castle stormed.

The Lord is risen indeed;
The grave has lost its prey;
With Him is risen the ransomed seed,
To reign endless day.

The Lord is risen indeed;
He lives, to die no more;
He lives, the sinner's cause to plead,
Whose cures and shame He bore.

Then, angels, tune your lyres,
And strike each cheerful chord;
Join, all ye bright celestial choirs,
To sing our risen Lord!"
~ Thomas Kelly ~

Happy Resurrection Day, lovely friends!

We worship and serve the ONE who broke the bonds of death
and now lives forevermore!

Have a blessed Lord's Day and delightful Easter!


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