great children's toys. Last Christmas I was in the market for the
Black and Decker Tool Bench pictured here for my grandchildren but was unable to get one in time for the holiday. The one I spotted at the yard sale was in excellent condition and had most of the power tools and hooks and everything worked. The best part though was that it was only $5.00...a real bargain!
It was a great gift for my daughter to give to her identical twin nephews for their upcoming 2nd birthday. We enhanced the workbench by adding some more tools and hardhats from Toys 'r Us and also thought tool aprons would be fun which I volunteered to make.
My daughter (the twins mother!) likes the boys to be identified by colors ...one in green, the other in blue so keeping that in mind I shopped for a heavy cotton fabric that came in those colors. It's a really simple pattern and can be adjusted for any size. Give it a try...there are lots of alternatives to this garment...if there are any others out there please send them along.
1 and one half yards yard of heavy cotton such as poplin or duck
1 yard grosgrain ribbon in contrast color
thread and straight pins
press-on letters, buttons or sticky letters to personalize
- Cut 2 apron shapes placing center on fold.
- Make neck ties and/or apron ties out of ribbon or same fabric
- Place neck ties on front of apron 1/2 inch in from top corners and pin (downward) in place
- Place good side of lining of apron face down on front of apron with ties pinned down.
- Pin all sides except bottom and sew together.
- Trim edges and turn apron inside out. Press.
- Center ribbon on bottom edge and sew along raw edges top and bottom, leaving extra yardage on wither side for ties.
- Turn unfinished bottom edge up to the curved corner.
- Sew edges closed and add as many vertical pocket lines as you wish to hold tools.
- Personalize with iron-on letters or decorate with buttons or stick-on letters.
Tomorrow: Making a better daily schedule