Welcome to my stop on the Sweet Orchard blog tour! I was so excited when Sedef of Down Grapevine Lane asked me to share in celebrating the release of her first fabric line, Sweet Orchard through Riley Blake Designs.
I was so happy to see this beautiful fabric in person – there is much to do with the range of prints that Sedef created – a perfect bias stripe, text print and a cheater patchwork which just begs to be fussy cut. Of course, no detail being spared even the selvedge is special with it’s row of pears.
Wanting to make something unique with this fabric, I chose an online tutorial for an apron, which will be my new craft apron for all my sewing adventures. The pattern is the “Flirty Apron” from The Dating Divas website.
Taking advantage of the double sided nature of the pattern, the pocket side contains a fun mixture of the different prints, however the reverse side is a great way to show off the cheater print and all the different elements.
I chose to use the text print for the pleated ruffles – both on top of the pocket and along the hem of the apron. I added a ribbon loop to the bottom of the pocket edge, ideal for hanging a pair of scissors or a wooden spoon from. I also stitched a seam 1/3 of the way across the pocket to split it in two – ideal for tucking in my phone or my rotary cutter.
I couldn’t resist stealing a square of fabric to embellish the pocket further – using double sided fusible and a couple of rows of stitching to secure it.
The soft grey bias stripe was the obvious choice for the neck strap and waist ties. If I remade this pattern I would make the neck strap shorter (I prefer my aprons to fit a little higher than it currently is) and I didn’t make the waist ties long enough for a truly flirty bow. Another good change would be to end the straps with a point rather than a square edge.
I just love this fabric and I am looking forward to adding it into my stash – I can see it being used in lots of projects in the future!
To follow along with the blog tour and see all the wonderful inspiration we have cooked up for you, here are all the dates and links! You can also follow the blog tour on Instagram and Facebook each day with the tags #sweetorchardblogtour and #sweetorchard, where we will have a few fun giveaways!
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You can get your hands on Sweet Orchard through your local quilt shop and Riley Blake Designs distributor, or Millhouse Collections in Australia.