A Pretty Little Apron Made With Vintage Linens

Happy May, 
lovely friends!

MAY. . .
we've been waiting for you.

Today I want to show you a darling little apron I made
using vintage linens and lace.

The secret ingredient
is always love.

To begin with I found two vintage linens
that would work for an apron.
The bottom linen was a small table cloth
that had some stains on it
and the top linen was a table runner.

I cut the top off of the table runner
so that it could be easily gathered at the waist.

Then I found some beautiful lace
that was on the edge of a table cloth.
The table cloth itself was in bad condition,
but the lace was still perfect.

I pinned the table cloth, 
table runner, and lace together.

And sewed a gathering stitch along the top edge.

Once I gently gathered the fabric at the waist
I sewed on top of the gathering stitch to keep everything in place.

I made a waistband with cotton fabric
and folded in the edges.

Then I folded the waistband in half
and tucked the top of the apron inside.
Once everything was pinned into place
I sewed along the bottom edge of the waistband
to secure the apron to the band.

And that's it!
A fun and fancy little apron.

How do I like my eggs?
In a cake!
- Unknown -

is love made edible
- Unknown -

A recipe has no soul.
You as the cook
must bring soul to the recipe.
- Thomas Keller -

Remember that top piece from the table runner
that I cut off?
Well, I kept it and used it to make a cute little tag
to pin onto the apron.
Everything was simply sewn onto card stock.

And on the backside
there is a place to write a recipe.

She discovered she could have her cake
and eat it too. . .
she just needed to put on her prettiest apron. . .
and bake it!
- Unknown -

Pin the tag onto the apron
and you have a sweet gift for someone
that loves to cook and bake.

verb: when you have a million things to do,
but ignore everything and bake.

Thanks for visiting,
sweet friends!
Have a beautiful day!



Vee said...

That is beautiful! Creatively repurposed linens are fabulous!

Shellah said...

Sew very beautiful, Stephanie! The only problem with your lovely aprons is the fact that I would never want to get them dirty!

Lorrie said...

What a beautiful apron! You used some gorgeous pieces in a very creative way.

Anna said...

Beau-ti-ful !!!!!!!!
You are right ! That's the perfect gift for someone that loves to cook, bake and eat ;) !
Have a lovely day !

Tamara said...

Good morning, Sweet friend!
This is so lovely and creative... you always have such a way of bringing cheer and inspiration to my day. And the love that you put into everything just bubbles over! Have a blessed and beautiful day and thank you for sharing.


kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Oh my, that apron is just darling!!! I just love how you re-purposed the linens into something so adorable. You are so talented and creative with those magical hands of yours. Thank you for sharing those cute quotes, too. Love and hugs to you!

Debbie Harris said...

You are darling!!
Amazing, wonderful creativity flows from your heart to your hands and into something beautiful.
That is one special apron and what a gift that would be for some dear lady.
Your tag is perfect and to think that you didn't waste a thing on those well worn linens.
Where do you find all those wonderful quotes? I especially enjoyed the one on "how I like my eggs"
Lovely post~

Karen said...

The apron is just beautiful. What a great idea. I like my eggs and lot of butter in an old fashioned pound cake!! LOL

Susie said...

Stephanie, You are an adorable young girl in that pretty apron. So very beautiful. I love that you save the cut off piece and made the tag. I love this whole idea. Blessings, xoxo, Susie
p.s. the little quotes are perfect.

hobbyloes said...

What a wonderful idea!!
Love the incredible beautiful apron you've made.

Marilyn McLeod @ Pink Paper Cottage said...

Oh my! So pretty and sweet and such lovely linens... I too wouldn't want to wear it to actually bake! Too pretty and WHITE! Using the two different linens is so creative of you. I never think of doing things like that. You are so inspiring to me! And the sweet tag using the lace and a snippet of the linen.... ingenious! I need to have a "to do" list of "things to make that Stephanie made"!!!!!!!!!! Love the quotes too and would be perfect for my sister who loves to cook. Have a fun first week of May....xoxo Marilyn

Becky in Texas said...

Just lovely, Stephanie!

Debby Ray said...

Oh, be still my heart! I love this, Stephanie...it is just so beautiful and delicate and I would be SO careful not to get it dirty! Seriously, isn't it amazing how these lovely vintage pieces can be purposed into something even more lovely? I have a whole stash of different linens from the thrift stores purchased for this very reason. Love the photo at the end! Hugs!

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

A beautiful apron and I love the tag. Thank you for sharing it and all the lovely things you share with your readers! Nancy

Teri said...

Dear Stephanie ... So, so precious. I love vintage linens and such a lovely way to make good use of them. Thank you so much for sharing. Happy May Day to you and your family. Homespun Hugs ♥ Teri

Cheryl said...

Stephanie, you are so talented. The apron is lovely and you have such great ideas.

Carla from The River said...

Sweet! Oh this was so fun. I love your creativity my friend.
Happy May Day,

1Thess411gal said...

You are so creative! That apron is beautiful...but I definitely wouldn't want to wear it while cooking. It's too pretty to get messed up!


Margie said...

What a great way to repurpose old linens! I also love your cute dress.

Mari said...

That is so sweet! I love the way you saved both pieces!

Kate Yetter said...

Oh Wow! This is stunningly lovely. I love when old embroidered linens are using in sewing projects. well done, Stephanie.

Visits With Mary said...

A very sweet apron, I love vintage things.

krishna said...

This is so, so cute!

Betty said...

I love aprons and that one is so pretty. You came up with a very clever way to make one.

Anne Payne said...

You are so incredibly talented!!! The apron is gorgeous!

mamasmercantile said...

Talented indeed, you are an inspiration.

Marilyn Mathis said...

This is lovely. You are so talented. Hugs.

Creations By Cindy said...

How lovely. I just love it so much. You look so darn cute behind that book! And I NEED those darling shoes! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

SSSSSTOP!!! THAT IS SO STINKIN' CUTE!! What a great way to use linens that have damage/stains but such pretty designs. I LOVE this so much and that little tag . . . well you had me at the apron alone but add the tag and it's truly a stunner!!

elizabeth s said...

What a good way to use old fashioned linens and give them a new life!
This is one of the CUTEST aprons I have ever seen - I just want to look at it!

Debbie said...

Lovely, made even more special by the use of repurposed fabrics!! Would make a wonderful gift for mom on Mother's Day!!

Linda Walker said...

This is adorable! Darling is the perfect word to describe your apron! I love anything made from vintage linens as you know! )also I like my eggs in a cake too! ;) Have a nice day my friend!

Tamago said...

Hi Stephanie. What a smart and creative way to use vintage linens and lace! Your apron is so pretty! I love the tag, too. This makes the cutest recipe card I've ever seen :-)
Have a lovely day and happy May!

My thrift store addiction said...

Sweet Stephanie, this darling little apron makes my heart go pitter-patter! I would love you to share it at our Vintage Charm party ;) Have a lovely day! Blessings, Cecilia @ My Thrift Store Addiction

Chris Lally said...

I will be smiling all day long! Wonderful post, Stephanie!!


Very sweet and darling! You are very creative. Love it.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

It turned out SO pretty! I love old linens like these and of course you think of the little details that I wouldn't think of! And look how CUTE you are! Hugs!

Conniecrafter said...

That is just beautiful, I love the way you combined the two but they work so perfectly together, that matching tag is just too cute and tops it off so nicely :) cute quotes to go with your post. Hope your having a wonderful week

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

Such a perfect apron for May! I love the last picture of you wearing it....<3

sarah said...

That is so pretty! I love such things that make everyday life beautiful, enchanting.

Jennifer said...

So very lovely Stephanie! The perfect combo of blue and white and lace!

Karen @ Beatrice Euphemie said...

Your apron is so charming, dear Stephanie! You are so creative! Sending hugs and blessings to you. xo Karen

e l i z a b e t h ♥ said...

Your apron is simply beautiful, Stephanie! I love the vintage blue color and the style reminds me of something that I would see in my Grandpa's black and white photographs of the olden days. Such a sweet touch of a time gone by!

I love the photo of you with the cookbook...my sister has that book so I know what a delight it is! And your dress is so pretty {{smiles}}

Wishing you a lovely weekend and a very happy May! Love and hugs!


handmade by amalia said...

So lovely! And very classy with its blue and white color combo. You did well :-)

Kris said...

Oh, Stephanie, what a darling, darling apron!! Thanks for the tutorial and the wonderful eye candy!! You are such a dear!!

tealady said...

What a beautiful, thrifty use of old linens. I recently went through my linens and it's a lot, have some that I inherited and are fairly wore but just couldn't part with them, and then I see this. So my mother in laws lines are going to be made into aprons and napkins, this way I will always have a part of her with me.

Lowcarb team member said...

I'm a person who enjoys wearing aprons ...
I'd certainly enjoy wearing this one, it is very nice indeed.

Enjoyed seeing and reading your post.

All the best Jan

Deborah Montgomery said...

Oh Stephanie, this is beautiful! What a great idea. You could make so many of these with all the vintage linens lying around in consignment stores. What a great way to repurpose them. I love the picture of you at the end with your pretty dress! xo Deborah

Red Rose Alley said...

That little apron is so pretty, Stephanie. You did a really nice job on it. I always love blue in the kitchen, and this will be nice when you bake those special goodies that you always do. The lace is feminine and goes well with it. This is a cute picture of you wearing your sweet apron.

Happy May days, dear Stephanie.

love, ~Sheri

living from glory to glory said...

Hello, What a very cute idea, so very sweet! Love the picture of you (smiles)
The quotes were perfect!
Hugs, Roxy

Zaa said...

Dear Stephanie... Your apron is beautiful ...I particularly love how you combined the pieces and salvaged all that gorgeous lace...I'm sure it took alot of patience and YES...LOVE. I am so partial to old linens and crocheted works... anything antique and you have done an exquisite job of repurposing things of beauty into a modern work of art.... BRAVO, my Friend.... xoxoxo

Schotzy said...

What a n extraordinarily talented woman you are.. these are gorgeous... oh, and btw, Im not sure what to do about the tea cup exchange.. I posted this last week

Cathy @ My 1929 Charmer said...

OMG, it’s just beautiful. I love how you used different linens and then made a notecard to attach! Creativity at its best! I’m ready for the 17th!

Little Wandering Wren said...

You always make me grin, I love this apron, you are so clever. I love the idea of the recipe card as well, it would be an amazing gift and a really great way of keeping some of these amazing heirlooms in use, I have drawers full of things made way back in the family that would be crying out for a makeover if only I was clever enough!
Have a lovely weekend!
Wren x

Michele said...

Steph, you are so amazing to create such lovely things! This sweet little apron is just adorable!!!!!

Hugs and prayers. ♥

Lillie said...

The apron turn out beautifully. You are very creative.

Sheryl said...

Just love, love your pretty apron.

Peabea Scribbles said...

And who doesn't love an apron even if we no longer use them. The ones I made, I sometimes just display in my kitchen. Love this one, and I've had some vintage linens that I found few years ago so now you've given me an idea for them. Thanks. You are so creative and love visiting what you've been up to. My sewing and crafting have taken a back burner lately but need to get back to it, and you're just the right inspiration. :)

Peabea from Peabea Scribbles

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