More “Happiness” Coming Your Way: Laminated Cotton, a Free Apron Pattern, and a Super Giveaway

After fabric designer Kathy Davis read Christie’s post singing the praises of her (Kathy’s) new fabric line, Happiness by Free Spirit, Kathy generously sent us four pieces of these beautiful prints in laminated cottons. She could not have sent us a more lovely gift.

Just so yummy!

Apparently, I am the one who loves working with laminates (at least according to my blogging sisters), so they offered me the task of designing a project to put these wonderful fabrics to good use. I immediately jumped at the opportunity.  As with any new piece of fabric, the decision is always what to make with it.

By now you probably know that I love baking almost as much as I love sewing. I can always use another apron, and the idea of having one made from one of these easy-to-care-for fabrics sounded like the perfect choice. I took the pieces to my local Cost Plus World Market to hunt for some interesting, coordinating dishtowels. My plan was to attach a dishtowel to the band of the apron. Perhaps having a dishtowel handy would stop me from wiping my hands on the back of my pants. Yes, a bad habit that often embarrasses me when I take the time to look in the mirror! I was delighted to find exactly what I was looking for. Aren’t these just perfect?

These dishtowels were the perfect find to complement my fabrics.

Here’s what I used to make the apron:

Two pieces of laminated cotton fabrics, each 18” x 28” (technically fat quarters since many laminated prints are 56” wide).

One “D” ring – make sure it is big enough for your dishtowel to fit through.

Thread to match fabric

Painter’s removable tape

Walking foot for sewing machine

Dishtowel to coordinate with the apron fabrics

The dishtowel simply slips through the ring for easy removal and washing.

Here’s how I made it:

Fabric One (Main fabric): Cut one piece, 15″ wide x 18″ long

Fabric Two (Trim):

Cut three pieces, 2-1/2″ wide x 28″ long (for waistband and “D” ring strap)

Cut three pieces, 3″ wide x 28″ long (for ruffle)

To make the waistband: Sew the three 2-1/2″-wide Fabric Two pieces together along the short sides. Topstitch the seam allowance down flat. With the right side facing out, finger press the strip in half lengthwise and sew three stitching lines, one down the center of the strip and the other two approximately 1/8″ from the edges (one folded edge and one raw edge). Cut a 4″ strip from one end of the band. This will be used to fasten the “D” ring to the waistband.

To make the ruffle: On the wrong side of each 3″-wide Fabric Two strip, mark a line 1″ in from one of the long edges. Then mark every 2″ down the length of the strips, as shown.

With the right side facing out, fold the strip along each of the 2″ marked lines. Then fold again to form a pleat. For ease in attaching to the body of the apron, be sure to fold in the direction shown in the photo. Use painter’s removable tape to hold the pleats in place. It’s not necessary to stitch the strips together to form one long piece; simply place one strip next to the other, hiding the raw edge of one behind the fold of another.

Position the folded strip onto the bottom edge of the main fabric, aligning the main fabric with the 1″ marked line on the wrong side of the ruffle. Secure on the wrong side with tape. Sew two stitching lines on the right side; one 1/4″ and one 1/2″ from the top edge of the ruffle.

Fold the top edge of the apron 1-1/2″ to the wrong side. Secure with tape. Make two 1″ pleats at the top edge, each 5″ in from the sides of the apron. Position the “D” ring and strap over a pleat (right side for right-handed bakers and left side for left-handed bakers.) Stitch across the top to secure.

With the folded edge on top, center the waistband on the top edge of the apron. Stitch through all layers, stitching over the previous stitching lines. Trim the waistband to your desired length and cut the ends at an angle.

Insert the dishtowel through the ring and you are ready to spend the day in the kitchen…and keep the back side of your pants clean. Enjoy!

Note: there is some very helpful information on working with and caring for laminated fabrics on the following websites: The Quilt ShowPink Chalk Studio and Oilcloth Addict.

I just can’t resist showing you one more project. This one is so super simple, yet I think it has many uses. I purchased a hand towel (could be any size), and then cut a piece of laminated cotton approximately 1″ smaller. With the right side of the cotton facing up, I centered it onto the towel and then edge-stitched all the way around, using a walking foot to prevent slippage.

Here are a few potential uses: baby-changing pad, dog-or cat-food mat, shopping-cart seatcover for toddlers. Can you think of any others? Simply tell us how you might like to use these fabrics by the end of day Friday, March 2nd, and I will be “happy” to send one lucky reader a fat-quarter bundle of the same four, beautiful laminated cottons we received from Kathy Davis. Thanks again to Kathy for the fabric and the inspiration.

Sending more happiness to all of you.

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41 Responses to More “Happiness” Coming Your Way: Laminated Cotton, a Free Apron Pattern, and a Super Giveaway

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  2. Candace Dubrof says:

    I would probably make a laminated cotton/chalkcloth place that little guys can use. I have made made these before, included a pocket for the chalk and a grommet from which a wiping towel can be hung. i used a grograin ribbon on the laminate side so that the mat can be rolled up for easy carry. My friends with little guys luv to take these to restaurants.

  3. Patti O says:

    I just bought a pattern for a tote bag at a retreat that suggests using the laminated fabric for the lining. This would make a great diaper bag.

  4. Judy Forkner says:

    I’d like to make a table cloth. Just today my husband dropped a cinnamon roll on the fresh cloth & then spilled some wine on it after dinner! Wipe off would be good!

  5. Pam says:

    Blouse saver for my 98 year old mother. She protects her clothes from inadvertent food drops.
    The fabric would be good for blouse/shirt savers at resident care facilities.
    Also the laminated fabric could be used for a shower cap.

  6. Quilter in Motion says:

    I’ve been so tempted to try this laminated cloth to make a bag to carry my swimsuit, etc. to the Y when I go for water aerobics. These designs are SO much cuter than any I’ve seen so far. I’d love a chance to try these out. Wonderful giveway, wonderful blog. Thank you.

  7. Belinda says:

    Make up pouches are on my list for these fabrics!

  8. Sorcha girl says:

    I purchased some laminated cotton to make lunch sacks for a gift exchange at work. Very well received!
    Beautiful fabrics in the give-away bundle–I love the pinks!

  9. Judy Goble says:

    As a grandmother of 14, laminate fabric chair covers would be a wonderful way to protect the fabric cushions on my dining room chairs,yet be charming enough for grown-ups to sit on! And these delightful prints would certainly dress up the dining room.

  10. Modern June says:

    Hey Laura!! What a great apron, I’ve shared it on the Oilcloth Addict blog!! http://oilclothaddict.blogspot.com/2012/02/great-idea-laminated-cotton-apron.html Thanks for the link love!!

    Great job!

  11. Holly W says:

    I would like to try laminates as the backing for a picnic quilt. No more picking grass clippings, twigs, squished insects, etc. off of regular fabric. Somewhere I have seen a recipe for laminating your own favorite fabrics. Do you know anything about that process?

  12. elaine says:

    the laminated fabrics are so colorful. it would be fun to make baby burb cloths for your shoulder. the laminate would truly protect the clothing. my daughter makes burb cloths using diapers and embroiders them, but laminated ones would be with extra protection! laura, i’ll have to share my “country” apron that i just made. they are the aprons my farming relatives used in wisconsin. thanks for the new apron with the pleats!

  13. Mary Jo says:

    I have a friend who used yardage of laminated fabrics and made a great rain coat. I am not so adventuresome! I would probably make place mats or maybe a lunch tote.

  14. Sally says:

    I made a Kindle cover with laminated fabric that my daughter chose! I love your ideas too.

  15. would make a pretty lunch bag to carry my lunch in… place mats on my table

  16. Evelyn O'Brien says:

    Lovely…..I think tote bags would be my choice…..or perhaps matching aprons for my granddaughter
    and me when I go to visit this summer.

    • Darra Williamson says:

      Hi Evelyn, I’ve tried to reach you via email a couple of times, and my messages keep bouncing ;-( You’re the winner of Gwen Marston’s book, 37 Sketches, from my January 27 post! Please contact me by email (seehowwesew@gmail.com) with your mailing address, and we’ll get that autographed copy out to you asap. Best, Darra

  17. Deborah Sandoval says:

    I would love to make a re-usable market bag with this fabric. I think the fabric would be perfect and gorgeous)!

  18. I’ve really been wanting to make an apron with laminated cotton – perfect!

  19. Patrice Vint says:

    I think the laminated cotton would be great for placemats! Thanks for the easy apron pattern.

  20. Sandra says:

    I have worked with a laminated fabric before, but never with anything as beautiful as these fabrics. Love, love, love them. I’m anxious to make new small travel bags. Thanks

  21. libby says:

    I haven’t used laminated fabric yet, but have been reading up for making a baby changing pad. This would be a great way to experiment and hopefully create a really useful item.

  22. Lisa says:

    Bags! The laminated fabric would make excellent bags!

  23. Arlene franklin says:

    I love your apron with matching towel, but I would use the laminated fabric to make the inside and part of the outside of cosmetic bags. Coordinating fabrics would make these into lovely gifts for my friends and family.

  24. Living at the beach, terry and other cloth bags and totes trap sand and get wet easily. A bag made of this laminated fabric would be ideal for carrying beach paraphernalia. I would also make a separate pouch or bag for the wet bathing suits or to store the dry clothes in until you changed. It then would become a wet bag. This fabric could be easily wiped down and ready for the next use without having to laundry it or store it in an outside area due to the sand. A lunch bag would also be a great addition to this ensemble as it would keep your beach snacks dry. I think a beautiful Beach Bag Ensemble would be a great use of this fabric

  25. Terry says:

    I’ve never tried laminated fabrics so I’d love to make some tote bags for taking on road trips.

  26. Hi Laura,
    I really like the idea of the pet towels. We do a lot of traveling in our 5th wheel and truck and have just used towels. This would be perfect for traveling and then using in the 5th wheel. Thanks for the great idea! I have a tote made by someone else out of a laminated fabric and would love some laminated fabric to make another tote that is smaller and also some baby bibs. We have lots of grandchildren.
    Thanks for the opportunity!
    LauraT

  27. Carolyn Brrien says:

    great job using those laminated fabrics!

  28. Gill says:

    I’ve never sewn with laminates so if I was lucky enough to win I’d make some simple tote bags!
    Great fabrics!

  29. Sally says:

    Terrycloth backed bibs are wonderful. I would probably try to make some of those.

  30. Stephannie says:

    Pretty fabrics! The pet mat idea sounds good, we just use an old towel normally.

  31. SuzyMcQ says:

    Love, love this apron. The pleats are perfection! I think I have to put these fabrics on my “wants” list!

  32. Meg says:

    Love using tape to hold the pleats down… stroke of brilliance. I am off to Home Depot to get more!
    -M

  33. Peggy O'Connor says:

    Wow, I didn’t realize laminate cotton would be so easy to use. I would love to try it for myself.

  34. Susan says:

    Thanks so much for the apron tutorial. I love the idea of having a towel connected to it since I am constantly washing my hands while I cook. I have 2 nieces soon expecting babies, so I like the idea of making changing mats for them.

  35. Pat says:

    I love the laminated cotton/terry combo. Would make a great beach bag, or reuseable grocery tote (the terry/towel lining would absorb condensation from your frozen food purchases). Looking forward to trying out these new laminated cottons. Thanks for the opportunity to win this grouping.

  36. ohangelina says:

    hi! your apron idea is simply divine. its so functional. i’d use it every day !! than kyou!

  37. Carol Barringer says:

    Dear Laura,
    Thank you for this great project! I’ve been so curious about laminated cottons but have not yet had the time (or courage) to try them out. I love your apron, with its kicky pleated hem! You used your two fabrics with very little left over. I think I would pair the two florals to make a full length apron. I’d use a coordinating non-laminated fabric for the neck band, waist ties, and the ruffle. The other two FQs could be a great pair of tote/shopping bags. Thanks for the chance to win some seriously fabulous fabrics!! Carol B

    • Donna Lucier says:

      The laminated fabrics are beautiful. I think the fabrics would make a beautiful ensemble for a patio…tablecloth, placemats, dish towels, grill towel, etc. Thanks for the opportunity to possibly obtain these wonderful fabrics. Donna

  38. Claire Graham-Smith says:

    I need a bib on my aprons- I really use them. And a pocket!

    • I would love to make crayon roll-ups for my grandchildren to carry in the car. I think an apron would be nice also. I really would like to invest in a teflon foot to use with oilcloth and vinyl fabrics.
      Thanks so much for the opportunity to see these beautiful fabrics.
      Nettie

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