Thursday, May 3, 2012

Aprons for Haiti : :

Oh, I love a good apron. Yes I do! So, when Craft Hope announced Project 17 : : Aprons for Haiti, I signed on right away to contribute at least one! Today, I'm happy to have two to share with high hopes of a few more to send in by the May 31st deadline.

Aprons for Haiti

For my first apron I used a bit of my Fabric Envy mail, pulling four fat quarters from the bundle of Hello Luscious that I won recently in a giveaway Andrea had on the Fabric Envy blog.

Hello Luscious

The colors in this collection are so pretty and sweet. It was a nice change from the brights I usually work with.

Hello Luscious Apron

The idea I had for this apron was to create something beautiful and useful that wouldn't require too much fabric for easy construction and very little cutting. I ended up using just two full fat quarters for the main skirt of the apron, half of the third fat quarter for the waist band, and the straps needed about three quarters of the forth fat quarter to create this entire apron! I'm calling it my Flirty Fat Quarter Apron and I'll have a quick tutorial to share soon! Hopefully you're interested! *wink*

Flirty Fat Quarter Apron

For my second apron I used my Fabric Lover's Apron Tutorial, choosing Loulouthi once again! I had all the pieces already cut, left from when I created that tutorial, so this one came together super quick, too! I've made four of these now myself and have loved being sent photos of this apron pattern made by some of you! Thank you!!

Loulouthi Apron

In case you are interested in joining Project 17, I pulled some of the information off of the Craft Hope Facebook page to share today, as well. In the words of Craft Hope --

It is unlikely that the average Haitian woman will ever receive anything that is special and pretty, something just for herself. Daily life for the Haitian woman is grueling and backbreaking. Most have to carry 5-gallon buckets of water on their heads from miles away. Cooking is done in a pit in the ground from handmade charcoal. The few pieces of clothing they have are washed in the river and hung to dry.

To receive something as precious as an apron made with love from pretty new fabrics would go a long way in making a Haitian women feel special. We would love for you to join us as we sew and collect aprons for the women of Haiti!

Guidelines for Project Apron:
--Pretty-but-practical full or half aprons (nothing too frilly, ruffly or lacey)
--Washable fabrics only please
--Pockets are a plus
--You may include a handwritten note with your apron if you like. Someone will be available to translate when we deliver the aprons

--Please send all aprons to:
3333 Benton Road
Cedar Hill TN

Again, the deadline for this project is May 31, 2012, so you can still have plenty of time to follow and share on the facebook page that was created while the Craft Hope website is being rebuilt. You can get all the additional details there, as well!

I hope you do join in and that you let me know if you do!!  Maureen 

p.s. Be sure to stop back from my new fabric giveaway beginning tomorrow morning! Here's a peek!!


  1. Maureen, Love the new apron and look forward to seeing the pattern. Thanks so much for making us all look so good as we bake and cook!

  2. These are beautiful!!! I haven't started on my aprons yet... Thanks for the inspiration!!!

  3. What a great cause! And apron #1 is adorable!

    1. Thank you! I think I may try to turn the side panels of it into pockets somehow? It's cute, the pink fabric underneath stays draped and you can lift the side panels to wipe your hands almost like hanging tea towels. I probably should have described that in my post! :)

  4. thanks for bringing this project to my attention , I didn't know #17 was already up...

  5. I can't wait for the tutorial! Thanks!

  6. wow such a great project! the first apron is stunning, totally in love with it!

  7. That's such a nice gesture. Gee, I should be following Craft Hope! I'll have to go check them out. I have a book, but haven't been following.

  8. Love these and the reason you made them! =D

  9. What a great charity, thanks for telling us all about it! Looking forward to your tutorial on that first apron.... I've got some FQs crying out for a project

  10. Oh I love this! I really really reeeaaally wish now that I had mastered my sewing machine!

  11. i love these aprons so much! looking forward to the tutorial.

  12. I love the fat quarter apron! Can't wait to see the tutorial....!

  13. These aprons are lovely - thank you for sharing the information. I for one, would love to make some with your FQ apron tutorial. I'll watch for it, thanks!!!

  14. Just beautiful!! The aprons and your intention behind them!!

  15. Looking forward to the apron tutorial. Great cause, good for you

  16. My daughter and I will make at least one, hopefully with the tute you're about to put up. Soon. Right? That one is so adorable I want to make one for me, too!

  17. The aprons look gorgeous! =D

  18. How fab, and a wonderful cause :o)

  19. I don't wear aprons myself...too much elastic around the waist these days and I don't really have a waist anymore anyway. I'm thinking of going to a smock with pockets. But I would love to make some for those gals in Haiti....they certainly have had more than their share! Yours are gorgeous! They're going to be ecstatic when they see yours! Thanks for the info!

  20. The aprons are beautiful! I'm going to try to make some too!

  21. Lovely aprons, and economical use of fabrics! You know what else I like? The fab wide sash! They are often a little puny. These aprons look cheerful AND functional!

  22. I finished my apron and am ready to send it. However, the address only has 4 digits in the Zip code. Is that right? I though American zips had 5... Let me know if I'm just crazy. :-)

  23. I just made one of these tonight for Craft Hope!

  24. Thanks for posting about this project. I made three aprons for Craft Hope, making them up as I went along because I didn't have any fat quarters. I was looking for another sewing for charity project and this one worked out great!


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