Growing up, my favorite memories consisted of coming home from school and having the smell of mom’s cooking tickle my nose. My mother was an avid baker and while we seldom had snacks in the house, a delicious homemade dessert followed most of our dinners. Her dessert skills ranged from something as basic as rice pudding to elaborate as apple tartlets with ice-cream and homemade vanilla sauce… still one of my favorites!
During the holiday season, our house had a permanent bouquet no scented candle could match. To this day, every time I smell cookies baking, it transports me to my childhood. It’s funny how a simple smell can bring back a memory.
The baking seemed to go on for weeks, and the tins of cookies filled up daily with all the homemade confections to be shared with family and friends over Christmas. Us kids helped pick the shapes of the sugar cookies, assisted in decorating them, and of course fought over who got to lick the beaters. Two beaters to five kids was not the best beater to kid ratio. But there was always the bowl and a few spoons left for all of us to get a taste (before raw eggs became a big no-no).
There are some traditions I loved growing up so much that I carried them on with my own children. Naturally, we added a few of our own. Creating cookie houses from scratch became an new annual event with all the cousins. Whether you’re baking from scratch, a box, or a bag, the memories you are making are priceless.
I especially love that my kids are keeping these traditions going and I love that they are still including us in the festivities. This year, the Saturday cookie house day is at Me-Mom’s and Pop-Pop’s! All the cousins are getting together and I can’t help but love that they added pajama day to the tradition. So our house will be filled with the smells of Christmas cookies, the sound of laughter from kids ranging from 6 months to 60 years, and the warmth of our family’s love...all while wearing our Christmas PJ’s!
So, in honor of this holiday season, I would like to offer you this free tutorial on how to make an adorable children’s apron for your own holiday baking traditions!
Feel free to add YOUR favorite holiday traditions and recipes in the comments below!
Happy Holidays from my house to yours!
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Quick and easy 5 step instructions for making a child’s apron from a kitchen towel and pot holder.
I sew for fun! I enjoy making fun things for my kids and now grandkids and I love sharing! Check out your local dollar store for holiday themed sets, add a few colorful utensils and a package of cookie mix for an adorable gift.
NOTE: Look for sets with two pot holder to make two complete aprons.
First thing's first, make sure you have all your supplies ready. Nothing is worse than sitting down and getting started only to realize you forgot the ribbon. Running back out into the winter weather isn't exactly ideal, so double check your list!
Step 1: This step is simple! Cut towel in half.
Step 2: Here's where you put your mom's sewing tips to work. You need to hand stitch to gather on raw edge of the cut towel.
Place design side up on top of pot holder Pin in place half an inch from bottom of pot holder. Stitch in place.
Step 3: Cut approximately 45 inches of ribbon for waist (measure waist plus 24 inches for the tie).
Center the ribbon and lay on top of the bunched towel edges on the pot holder. Pin in place. The cut edges should be encased in the ribbon.
Step 4: Sew across the bottom of the ribbon, turn to sew alongside over the ribbon, turn sew along the top of ribbon, then turn and sew down side, and finally secure the stitch.
...I was going to make another sewing pun, but I didn't want to put you in stitches.
Step 5: Cut ribbon approx.30”,turn under ¼” and sew along top left side on pot holder. Repeat for right side. Cut in the ribbon center to create a neck tie.
Finished! And there you have it! A simple 5 step guide to help your favorite bakers save their clothes from the inevitable flour spilling. Be sure to share your finished product and some recipies you'll be baking while wearing your apron in the comments.
Happy baking to all and to all a good night!