My partner for the Cheap Hot Mama Apron Swap requested “RED<RED<RED<” and chose the Wild and Crazy theme. We were supposed to use only things we already had, thus the Cheap part of the title, and red is not one of my main stash colors. I could do anything with a blue or green request, and I was struggling with finding enough red for her. I pulled out my few pieces of reddish fabric and let them sit for a few weeks. Several days before the deadline I remembered a new full apron I won in a contest last fall and I decided to refashion it.
The pictures make the apron look more orange than it really is. The ruffle is a shimmery sheer orange and the rest is red. I covered one of the existing pockets with a darker red print and did two bands of tomato across the top and bottom. I used the original apron’s narrow ties. It’s the first apron I’ve made for a swap that’s not lined or reversible. When taking a picture I was asked, “What theme did she want,’gaudy’?” I said she requested “wild and crazy”. “Ah, that works too,” he said.
The Halloween apron swap package that I put together included the apron, a tote bag made from my favorite Skullfinity fabric lined in orange, a set of Halloween fabric scrap cards, and a bag of candy corn. I’ve gotta say, I was really proud of this package, I think it is my best yet, and the package I received in turn was also fantastic. As for the apron, I recommend that it not be worn with four-year-old SpongeBob pajama pants and a tank top wet with spilled toothpaste. (The picture was taken at 7 a.m. when the photographer generously agreed to wake up early to take a picture before mailing it off that day.) For some great pictures displaying the items, check out the recipient’s blog post.
When I got home tonight I realized that I didn’t check the mail yesterday. I went outside and found a box for me: my Halloween apron swap package had arrived! I got the camera and opened it right away. As I type this, I’m wearing my delightful new apron and black headband with black rose and feathers. It also came with purple and orange jack-o-latern tote bag, perfect for bringing my lunch to work tomorrow; a small plate with the cutest bat saying “Screech” (in my right hand, it’s turned away from the camera); a beaker full of skull and bones candy; and a smaller felt Happy Halloween bag. You can see more pictures of the apron at Gin’s blog. I especially like how the ties are long enough to be wrapped around to the front, as I’m doing in the picture above, or tied in a big bow in back.