Skip to main content

McCall's 2233 - NASCAR Apron

I have a friend that likes NASCAR. A lot. I don't like NASCAR. I would say I am principally opposed to NASCAR. I think it is a horrible misuse of natural resources. But, we can still be friends. I had lunch with this friend while we were on vacation and just a couple of hours after lunch, I saw this NASCAR fabric on the clearance table at Field's Fabrics. I nearly laughed out loud. There were two bolts of it. Two full bolts. Perhaps not many other sewists like NASCAR? Since it was dirt cheap, I bought some of it.

I've mentioned here before that I like to make apple pie. This friend likes to make apple crisp and awhile back I may have told him that apple crisp is just apple pie for slackers. It's the same idea as apple pie, but with less work. He was a bit indignant about this and brings it up every chance he has. I thought the NASCAR fabric would work well as an apron - and might encourage him to step up to apple pie. ;)

This is a very basic apron pattern. There are two pockets: a small one on the upper front and a larger one that is divided into two by a line of stitching. I added a band of black fabric to the top of the pocket so that they could be seen in the print. I have no idea what the top pocket is intended for. It was very narrow, but deep. A wooden spoon? Spatula? I don't know, so I changed it to fit an iPod. Anything that would fit in the original size pocket before will still fit in this one.

The NASCAR fabric was pretty flimsy so I backed it with bleached muslin. Now it has a better weight and feel.

Something went very wrong with the printing of this pattern envelope. Look at the back view diagrams at the bottom. I think it's actually this pattern (McCall's 2213). Too bad those pieces weren't also in the pattern envelope. Who doesn't want ruffled bloomers to match their apron?! Also, where the yardage requirements are listed, it doesn't say what garment each is for. And the spacing and centering seems to be off in all the sections. I didn't use too many of the pattern pieces, but what I did use seemed just fine. So, I think the problems are only on the outside and not the inside.

I'll be entering this in the fair in the "Kitchen Apron - with bib" category. And yes, this project did violate my "no new yardage" rule, but sometimes rules need an exception or two.

Next up: a shirt for the Preacher.


  1. love it - my husband just asked me this weekend to make him an apron... Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Hilarious! I can just picture him, baking his pies while listening to his iPod. Brilliant! I hope you win some prizes in the fair.

  3. I think he also would've appreciated the bloomers. It can get hot when you're baking!

  4. Awesome! Thank you very much for NOT making the bloomers. That does not create a pretty picture... :)

  5. Love the ipod pocket on the apron!! I think you should make more aprons with ipod pockets and sell them at that shop in town!! I'd buy one!! ...not the NASCAR type but Jeff would!!

  6. does the iPod come with this beautiful creation? Oh, and I enjoyed lunch with you the other week. And yes, the race yesterday was great! Even the part where we had to listen to the Canadian National Anthem. :-)

  7. oh, and next up is a rhubarb pie....the next batch of rhubarb is almost ready. it was going to be rhubarb crisp, but I have something to prove.


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Shopping Bags

Most stores in our town charge you a nickel for a plastic bag when you check out. I love this practice and the way that it encourages people to bring their own cloth bags or reuse their plastic ones. My habit of bringing along bags to the grocery store is well established, but I used to find myself stuck at places like the drug store or farmer's market or other impromptu stops. Then I picked up a bag at an upscale kitchen goods store that rolls up quite compactly. Now I keep that in my purse, so I always have a bag with me.

I like my bag so much that I wanted to replicate it for the art sale. The final result is a hybrid of the bag I purchased and these that I made last year.

The bag is a little bigger than the average plastic grocery bag. The velcro tab is used to keep the bag rolled up, but also can close the top of the bag when it is full.

Most of the bag is a single layer of cotton, but the handles are faced. There is a double row of top-stitching around both edges of the handl…

Grocery Bags

More gifts!

These are just like the still-all-too-ubiquitous plastic grocery bags, but they're fabric. 

I followed this tutorial and you actually use a plastic bag as a pattern.  The instructions are very good and include a pocket so that the bag can be folded up and is easy to keep in a purse or a car's glove box.

Mostly for the sake of the gift recipients, here's how to fold up the bag....

1.  Lay the bag pocket side down and fold it length-wise using the edges of the pocket as a guide.

2.  Fold it in half, aligning the top of the handles with the bottom of the bag.

3.  Fold in half again and then reach into pocket with your hand and turn the whole thing (pocket included) inside out.

Happy shopping!

Christmas Table Runner

S asked me to make a Christmas table runner for her shop. Her only suggestions about what it should look like were "not too fussy or busy."

I decided on a simple applique of three trees on a linen background. The runner is 60" long and 13" wide.

For the trees, I used a lightweight fusible product and then straight-stitched around the edges. I like the raw-edge applique look, but don't use it very often.

The border and backing is an apple green color that didn't photograph well. I was happy with the mitered corners, but they don't look so good (a little lumpy) in the pictures. I do really like the narrow folded border inside the green one. I only had a small amount of the striped fabric, but think this was a good way to use it.

I was so happy with this when I finished it a couple of weeks ago, but now that I'm looking at the pictures, I'm less than thrilled. I'm really hoping that it is just the pictures, but it looks wrinkly and rumpled to me…