B has been insisting all week that she wanted to get Nick a batman t-shirt for father's day, so i headed off in search of one this afternoon. i wasn't convinced this was the best gift, but what can you do when you're shopping for dad *on* father's day, right? apparently the universe agreed that the t-shirt was not the best choice, as it could only be found in sizes small and extra large, so it was on to another gift idea...
luckily, inspiration struck! i ran into Joann's to grab a yard and a half of duck cloth and headed straight back home to my sewing machine. Nick looked slightly concerned when i walked into the house with a random piece of fabric and announced it would be the best present ever. always the good sport, he went along with it when i asked him if i could get some measurements.
after some figuring, cutting, folding, pressing, and convincing my machine that it did want to sew through nine layers of duck cloth (win!), i had created a very sturdy blue apron.
when B woke up from her nap, i managed to convince her that she wanted to draw a picture of our family on some freezer paper. after she completed her masterpiece, i cut it out with an exacto knife and ironed the stencil onto the apron.
(in case you've missed this piece of random sewing genius: the shiny side of freezer paper will adhere when ironed on to fabric. works great for stencils or for tracing patterns... no pinning necessary.)
for a brief moment, i considered a test run, but threw caution to the wind and went right for it! we painted the
we now have a fabulous apron for one very handsome chef, and very proud little girl. the dog... well, she's just wondering where the food is.
cheers to a very successful last-minute father's day craft project! and here's wishing a very happy day to all of the dads out there, especially my incredibly loving, patient, and all-around fabulous husband. you make me one very lucky gal!