I could spend all day in an antique store and be happy as a clam. In fact, a few times I've come close! Antique, craft and fabric stores are my Bermuda Triangle.
The vintage sewing machine pictured above lives in my Grandma's house. To say she loves antiques is an understatement. Let's just put it this way - her rotary phone looks out of place. However, by no means is her house cluttered with her vintage possessions. Most of them are in use; which brings me to today's blog topic - the re-purposed family heirloom.
A little over a year ago, I acquired a stash of aprons that were sewn and worn by Rowan's Great Grandma Ardiel (AKA Rowan's Dad's Mom's Mom). I kept one, passed some around to other family members and...hastily took one apart. Of course, that's the one I used for my project, so unfortunately, I don't have a before picture. I wish the 'March 2010 Me' had a little more forethought and a little less pregnancy-brain.
I can't imagine how long it took Ardiel to embroider the names of her family onto that apron. 'March 2010 Me' knew that no one would be brave enough to don such an apron for fear of staining it. It definitely deserved a revamp. I used the spring tote tutorial from Homemade By Jill to transform the apron into a functional shopping bag. The little pocket on the apron was removed and sewn to the bag lining.
...and it's a birthday gift for my mother-in-law! Rowan's Grandma Avis is moving to Abu Dhabi (after spending the previous year in Kuwait) at the beginning of August to begin a two year teaching contract. We will miss her very much!