I wear an apron when I'm teaching workshops, and when I'm at shows. Partly because it means I have pockets to put things in, but also it makes it easy to spot me! When the stand is busy there are a lot of people around, and working out who's working, and who's shopping can be difficult.
Mum made my first stall apron 3 years ago, until then I'd used a money belt, but by the end of a show it's usually full of change, and very heavy. It used to dig in on the top of my hips and be uncomfortable. So she made me a full size apron, with cross over straps at the back, so it doesn't dig in to the back of my neck.
That original apron now looks rather tired and worn out, so this autumn I treated myself to some custom printed fabric from Spoonflower. They're based in the US, though I have since found some UK companies who offer the same service.
It's Polyester, not the nicest of fabric to feel, but it won't crease, which is important, as it usually ends up being screwed up in to a ball at the end of the first day of a show... cotton just ends up looking really dreadful on the second day.
It took me ages to get the fabric set up right, I needed to have half a sheep at the top of the repeat, and half at the bottom, and get them cropped exactly right so they lined up when the design was printed.
When it arrived it was put to one side, the run up to Christmas was very busy here, and personal sewing was not a priority. Now however, it's made, and I have my own Flossy sheep apron for this years shows.
There was a tiny bit of fabric left over, so Mum has turned it in to a mini project bag. It's not quite as large as the ones she normally makes, but will still hold a ball of yarn, and some needles.
I thought as a thank you to Mum for sewing the apron we might have a little contest. If you want to own this unique bag then you need to head over to Mum's shop. Take a look around, then come back here and tell me, in the comments, what your favourite thing is. Simple as that, no need to buy anything, just do some window shopping!
I'll pick a winner on January 22nd, entries close at 8am GMT.
If you like the fabric, and fancy getting some of your own to make things with then you can buy some direct from Spoonflower here.