The Seamstress Apron

So either I’m getting old and forgetful, or as I age, my sewing area grows…but lately, this is what’s been happening to me:  I start to sew, can’t find one of my 3 pincushions, I stop, go get one, start sewing some more, stop because I can’t reach my scissors…it goes on and on.  In order to remedy the problem, I’ve bought extras of all the basics.  I have 3 seam gauges placed in all the right places, 2 seam rippers, 2 rotary cutters, 4 pairs of scissors, and 3 pincushions.  The problem is something about my system is failing.  I set a scrap of fabric on the seam gauge, then can’t find it, or I push a pile of things out of the way, then can’t find the scissors that I pushed out of the way with the pile.  Well, in the spirit of “occupational therapist, organize your environment” I’ve come up with a solution.

 ETA:  The pattern for this apron is now available at my shop!

May I introduce the Seamstress Apron.  With all the little tool belts and aprons I’ve been making, it seemed became clear to me that this could help with my problem, and it has!


The front slots are slanted so that nothing jabs me in the leg or stomach when I sit down.  It holds everything: seam gauge, marking pen, pencil, chalk roller, scissors, rotary cutter, AND has a small loop to hold a cute tomato pincushion on the side.  And the best part?  The strap attaches with velcro for a nice fit no matter how much I’ve had for supper. 


If I can ever get an Etsy shop open, this one will be my first product in it.  Long story short, someone else used “craftapple” and no, you can’t change your username on Etsy, even if customer service suspends your account when you ask them if this will help you change your name.  And I know, I know, Etsy is quite the saturated place to be selling things, but I’m going to give it a shot anyway.  So if you’re thinking about openning an Etsy store, I’d open it NOW before someone uses your name.

Eventually I’d like to make a pattern for this, but right now, I’m edging near “overwhelmed” on the continuum of busy-ness.

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40 Responses to “The Seamstress Apron”

  1. 1 autum September 7, 2006 at 9:06 am

    Fantastic idea. I was beginning to think I had written that first paragraph. Me, me, me. Every thing you described happens to me on a daily basis, several times. I love your solution and would have never thought of the slanted pockets. You are such a clever occupational therapist/seamstress.

  2. 2 Randi September 7, 2006 at 9:09 am

    Very cute! I am glad you are thinking of selling some of your things online. I started an Etsy too and it is much easier than my blog-store!

  3. 3 kirsten September 7, 2006 at 9:27 am

    um, yeah, you could be talking about me, too – what a grat idea – good fabric choices, too!

  4. 4 sueb September 7, 2006 at 9:49 am

    Great idea! of course I’d be the one who would forget where I left my apron….

  5. 5 capello September 7, 2006 at 9:56 am

    Pppfffttt. Like that little belly of yours gets pouchy no matter how much you eat for dinner.

    And someone else used “craftapple” WTF?

    (All of this to try to hide the fact that the apron is oh-so-cute and I’m seething with jealousy.)

  6. 6 beki September 7, 2006 at 10:03 am

    What a great idea – I need one of those.

  7. 7 Kristy September 7, 2006 at 10:19 am

    I fell into the etsy name trap too!I love the apron such a great idea.

  8. 8 danielle September 7, 2006 at 10:21 am

    playing with some of the other possible names: maybe “crafting apples” or “a craft a day” or a “craftapple a day”?

    I don’t have a store open yet, but I have several favorites, so I registered my name in order to use their “favorites” category.

  9. 9 Ali September 7, 2006 at 10:50 am

    Fabby apron. I wish I was one of those orderly people who always put the scissors in the same place on the table, but no matter how hard I try I find myself impossible to train. Yours is a neat solution.

  10. 10 Rosa September 7, 2006 at 11:46 am

    That’s so cool. Very clever.

  11. 11 Monica September 7, 2006 at 12:54 pm

    slanted pockets eh? Now that’s a bit clever!

    Good for you. It’s brilliant. Where do you get the time to do all this?

  12. 12 Danielle September 7, 2006 at 12:58 pm

    Good idea! I might have to think about something like this …

  13. 13 quenna September 7, 2006 at 2:02 pm

    That is an amazing idea! I love how the slots are slanted for the sharp stuff!! I am so tired of searching under piles of fabric/interfacing for my scissors, cutter, and pin cushion.

    Best wishes on Etsy selling!

  14. 14 rebecca September 7, 2006 at 2:21 pm

    I love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    And somehow I don’t think you could ever eat too much for dinner! And truly it is gorgeous enough to wear out to the grocery store…..then you could fill it with the wallet and green beans.

  15. 15 meg September 7, 2006 at 2:38 pm

    Oh my gosh, you should go by “Craft Apple: Super Genius”! The slanted pockets my be one of the best ideas ever, and now I’m going to go pout in the corner because I don’t think I ever would have thought of it myself. The floral one there is especially snazzy – I love that fabric. Cute!

    Yeah, I made myself a craft apron, because aprons make me feel official (or somethin’), but so far I’ve only remembered to put it on twice. Maybe I need to seek help. ;0)

  16. 16 Karyn September 7, 2006 at 3:23 pm

    What a great idea! I think every crafty person needs one of those aprons!

  17. 17 lera September 7, 2006 at 5:43 pm

    another fabulous idea!

    do you ever sleep? or do you dream these things up?????

    it seems sometimes i am so disorganized when i sew. usually it’s my tape measure!!! but it’s always something.

    good job as usual.

  18. 18 Cindi September 7, 2006 at 8:12 pm

    Cute, cute idea. I need that. I went and bought 15 of those notebooks today! Did you get the one I mailed you? So, will you mail me the dimensions of this? Hey, I like the fabric you used in yours…some of it looks familiar.

  19. 19 Debbie September 7, 2006 at 9:00 pm

    Great idea. The slanted pocket is an ingenious design idea, as is the velcro closure. Love the fabrics you used.

    Good luck with your shop – these would be a perfect holiday gift item for one’s crafty friends and relatives.

  20. 20 weirdbunny September 8, 2006 at 5:05 am

    That’s brilliant, I loose everything, but knowing me I’d loose the wonderful fabric organiser belt too !!!!

    You’ll do so well on esty, all that you make is so professional – love Julia x

  21. 21 Monica September 8, 2006 at 2:05 pm

    That is awesome! So pretty too, and I just LOVE your fabric choices! If I made something like that for me, I’d be draped head to toe in an apron for the way I loose and misplace things! Great job and fun to see Lindie!

  22. 22 Sandy September 8, 2006 at 6:01 pm

    Good idea. That’s what I’d need. Of course I’d probably forget I put the items were in there just like I go around the house looking for my glasses & they are hanging from the top of my blouse.

  23. 23 Lauri Smith September 8, 2006 at 6:16 pm

    That is a great idea, but it’s the fabric that really makes it adorable! Very cute!

    And…I knew you couldn’t change your name on etsy, but, I really need to now, to change it to my business name and I thought I could just shut down my other account, then open up another one. But you can’t even do that? How do they track it? By address???

  24. 24 alison September 8, 2006 at 8:40 pm

    That is so cool and very very clever. I love that fabric!

  25. 25 Elizabeth k September 8, 2006 at 9:10 pm

    Great idea. I guess there’s a reason why you see the old woman working at fabric stores with their scissors tied around their neck.

  26. 26 Mom September 9, 2006 at 8:35 pm

    I told you I would reply when you posted your apron on your blog site. I was there when she did it folks, and she is a fast worker. She showed me the material, discussed her ideas for slanted pockets, and the next thing I knew she showed it to me all made up as cute as can be! (I think she did it while I was taking my nap.)

  27. 27 Kimberly September 10, 2006 at 12:21 am

    Oh Linda, I love it!!! What a fabulous idea. If there is anything you need me to do to help with the pattern-let me know!!!!!

  28. 28 Heather September 10, 2006 at 10:28 am

    That’s a great idea! I was just thinking of buying an extra set of everything because I do most of my sewing in the dining room but my quilting frame is upstairs so I’m constantly going up and down to get the seam ripper, etc. An apron would work perfectly! You are so creative, I would love to see your stuff on Etsy.

  29. 29 lizzie September 10, 2006 at 11:08 am

    How fun that you have a ‘shop’ for your stuff! You’ve had quite a year with sewing; now you have a way to sell your beautiful items. It’s been a delight watching your talents grow over all these months. I’m delighted for you! That’s a really neat apron for all of your supplies!

  30. 30 Cathy September 10, 2006 at 6:02 pm

    Yep! Another winner. I need one of those because like you I am always losing my sewing tools.

  31. 31 Gina September 10, 2006 at 8:28 pm

    In a squealish high voice “that is so adorable!”

  32. 32 Diane September 13, 2006 at 10:15 pm

    Amy Butler is going to be *so* jealous that she didn’t think of this first.


  33. 33 deb September 15, 2006 at 9:21 am

    I think you’ll need to make A LOT more than just one of these babies! 🙂

  34. 34 Sarah October 2, 2006 at 3:55 pm

    I’m anxiously waiting this with baited breath *waiting with pattern ready hands held out*

  35. 35 Miss Beryl Cheng May 14, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    How are you! I am Beryl. I know that apron is one of the main products in your company.Our factory is specialized in all kinds of aprons.Whether you are interested in some from us ? I want to send some pictures of our products to you as reference, but the space is limited . Please contact us if you have some interests. We can produce according to your specific demand. Thanks a lot! Hoping to cooperate with you !

    Best Wishes
    Beryl Cheng
    Hothome(Ningbo)Textiles Factory
    –China, manufacturer of household textiles&holiday textiles gifts
    Ad.: Dongqiao Town Industry,
    Ningbo City
    China, 315157
    Tel.:86-574-8804 5685
    Fax:86-574-8804 5675


  36. 36 Rebekah Sue January 6, 2012 at 1:07 am

    Please Please Please make a tutorial for this! I am a new sewer and am dying to make an apron! You are amazing, truly an inspiration! ❤

  37. 37 sbobetasia May 22, 2015 at 1:58 am

    Fantastic blog! Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?
    I’m hoping to start my own website soon but I’m a little lost on everything.
    Would you recommend starting with a free platform like WordPress or go for a
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Craft Apple

An apple a day keeps the doctor away, right? Well, crafting is my apple. It’s what I do to maintain my sanity while taking care of my family. I homeschool my three boys, ages 14, 15, and 16), am a quilter, a bagaholic, and pattern designer.  Oh – and I also like taking pictures.

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