When deciding on a design for my blog banner, I knew I wanted to make a craft and take a picture of it rather than doing an illustration on the computer. I am a graphic designer by training, but am really burned out on graphic design work. So I settled on a craft apron inspired by the above image from Machine Made Patchworks which I just received from Amazon Japan.
My apron has a white linen body (thanks to some leftover fabric I cut off of my bedroom curtains from Ikea) with a patchwork pocket that runs the length of it. The pocket is divided into three smaller pockets with stitches. The patchwork is made up of printed fabrics, as well as some fabrics that I printed myself using Bubble Jet Set that have the line from the Madeline books "In two straight lines they broke their bread and brushed their teeth and went to bed." (see previous post for the meaning of this) I also made three patches by printing out fabric care symbols using Bubble Jet Set (no I am not being paid by the Bubble Jet Set people!) The ties are made from a really heavy red twill tape that I surprisingly found at my local JoAnn's.
It felt so indulgent to put so much work into something that is all for me, but I'm really happy with the result. To see all the photos including a few of the apron laying flat, look here.