Posts Tagged ‘pink’
With all the cooking that's been going on around here lately, I could really use a new apron. And since I had a few extra napkin laying around from the bleached acid wash napkins project, I figured we might as well use them to whip up a little something.
These aprons are SUPER easy to create...Two quick lines of sewing and you're done! Want to make your own? Here's what you'll need...
- tea towel (we used napkins from the bleached napkins DIY)
- cotton cord or rope (long enough to use as a waste tie)
- sewing machine or all-purpose needle and thread
- iron and ironing board
Fold over about 3 inches of the long edge of your tea towel with the wrong sides together. Once sewn, this will create a channel along the top of the apron. Iron the tea towel and press the folded crease.
Sew along the folded edge of the tea towel, keeping a 1/4" seam allowance. Sew another seam, parallel to the first one, 1" from the first seam. Feel free to use a larger seam allowance for the second seam if you are using a thick cord. Back-tack all seams to prevent unraveling.
Cut your desired length of cotton cord for the waist tie. Knot the ends of the cording to prevent fraying. Pass the cord through the space between the two sewn seams.
Not too bad for two lines of sewing, huh? I have three of four of these now and use them all the time for cooking and crafting.
You could easily add a pocket too, for paint brushes or other random items. But I kind of like the simplicity of this sans pocket. One less thing to sew, you know?
Photography by Amelia Tatnall
Sewing by Linda Jednaszewski
Step by step photos and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff
Looking for a no-sew version of this project? Try this no-sew cafe apron using an old scarf.
You know how, sometimes, you'll be working through a DIY and then suddenly realize that it's totally not going to work out and you just have to abandon it? It happens to me at least a couple of times a month. And most recently, it happened with some DIY bleached aprons that I wanted to try out.
Unfortunately, I bought the wrong kind of aprons (aka super cheap ones that were one step above a paper towel, yet they did not absorb liquid?!), and the bleach didn't work at all.
SO...instead of throwing in the towel on the idea, I switched to napkins and had much better results. In fact, it worked like a charm with the colorful linen napkins I had leftover from the workshop I did with Ash earlier this year. So, I put a quick tutorial together in case you want to make your own.
The results of this process are a little different than your typical bleached textile DIY. It's a little more understated and more toward the acid wash side of things, which, as it turns out, is my jam right now for some reason.
So, let's get to it...
- colorful napkins (or another textile)
- spray bottle
This one is super easy. All you need to do is pour a little bit of bleach into a spray bottle. Then, put on some gloves and spray the bleach directly onto the surface of a colorful napkin. You should start to see the color lifting right away (within 10-15 seconds).
Then, run the entire napkin under water thoroughly for at least 60 seconds to rinse the bleach away. Wring out the water from the napkin as best you can, then pop it in the dryer, iron it, and it's ready to use.
Totally doable, right?
Here's what the napkins looked like after they had all been bleached and washed, but not dried yet. The color looked much more saturated while the linens were still wet.
After the napkins were rinsed and run through a cycle in the dryer (photo below), I could see the color changes a lot more clearly than when they were still wet (above photos).
The mint linens turned white and off white, depending on how long the bleach was left on. And there are some soft greens and blues that pop through in certain areas, mainly at the edges.
The terra cotta red napkins turned a really pretty pale pink, with a subtle acid wash pattern.
And here's what they looked like after I ironed them...BIG difference...
Photography and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff
So what do you think? Do you like the way the napkins looked before the bleach, where the color is flat and saturated? Or do you prefer the more organic / muted after version?
Believe me, I've tried, but I just can't shake this pink phase that I've been going through lately. Design-wise, dusty pinkish tones are still my fave. And no matter how many times I try to suppress those Pepto-Bismol vibes, they keep coming back up.
So, I figure, why fight it. One day, I'll wake up and be completely over it. But today isn't that day. So for now, let's just go through a few reasons why pink is still kind of the best...
1. (above) Super tall cactus on pink from Hannah Klemm
2. Pink and Periwinkle from Aleksandra Kingo
3. Pink + pineapples. Not a bad combo.
4. Styling (pink) perfection from Molly Cranna
5. Pink on pink
6. Stairway to (pink) heaven from Park & Cube
7. Color blocked pink and peach from Adi Goodrich
What color is having it's moment in your eyes right now? I've been loving blues lately too, but I'd love to hear what you think.