photos by Jared Smith
Now that the floral workshop is all wrapped up, I can finally share the DIY no sew apron gifts we made for all of the attendants as a thank you from Sugar & Cloth. We folded them up and used them as place cards for the girls to find their seats, and tucked the shears and little supplies inside. I reallllly loved how they turned out even if it did take quite a few hours and an extra hand or two (thank you Nancy and Aelish!) to help out with getting all twenty finished in time!
I think these would make the cutest thank you or Christmas gifts for florists, gardeners, or even the DIY lover (like myself, I have a black thumb – let’s be real) who can tuck tools in them just the same…
First, use the rotary punch to make a whole the same size as the rivets in the top corners of the apron. You can use a thick needle or sharp point to make sure the hole is all the way through to make inserting the rivets easier. It’s a little tough to punch through with the rotary punch, but Jared had no problem, so this may just be a user thing!
Next, cut a strip of leather lace that goes the full length of the top of the apron, leaving about a half an inch extra on each side just to be safe. Use the rotary punch to punch through one end of the precut leather, and insert a rivet (instructions for inserting rivets come with the kit if you’re unfamiliar, or you can see a tutorial for them here) through the apron and leather holes you punched.
Now lay the leather lace flat along the top edge of the apron to the other side (where you should already have punched a hole through the apron), and mark where the hole in the leather needs to be to match up to it, and punch a hole there with the rotary again.
Before inserting a rivet on the other side of the apron, use rubber cement to glue the leather lace down along the top edge by generously applying glue with the brush, then applying glue to rim of the apron that you’re adhering it to, let the glue become tacky, and then push them together smoothing it down along the way. Originally we were just putting glue on the leather band by itself, but it doesn’t stay as well as when you apply glue to both.
Lastly, insert a rivet through the apron and leather lace on the remaining side of the apron, and let it set until the glue is completely dry.
For the name tags, you’ll use the same steps to cut, glue, and insert rivets through the leather lace and apron, except this time it will be even easier to use the rotary punch through both at the same time instead of punching through the fabric and apron separately. Be sure to stamp the leather with the alphabet kit (instructions are included), before cutting the leather to make sure the piece is long enough for the name.
Once it’s all set and dry, you’re ready to package and gift the apron to your favorite ladies (or lad!). You could easily make these more masculine by using longer, pinstripe or dark canvas aprons in lieu of the petite white version.
You’ll get to see more of these aprons in action later this week when I share the recap of the flower workshop, so stay tuned!
photos by Jared Smith