Zoe took her old jean with holes out of the trash, looked at me and said, “How could you?” I guessed that she was thinking we could make a Recycled Jeans and Felt Apron with the Dresden Template we received in the mail.
Then, about a week ago, I received a package from Nancy’s Notions with a Dimensional Kaleidoscope Dresden Template enclosed. I opened it and started thinking all of the many fantastic possibilities of ways I could use it to create and make. I gathered up different fabrics and felt and brainstormed. After playing with the template and testing it out with different combinations of fabrics and cutting tools, I decided to make an apron for Zoe using those jeans she saved from a grave of food slop and garbage. We, of course, used Kunin’s high end eco-fi Plus felt too. This post is sponsored but the ideas and opinions are my own. This is what we ended up with, a Recycled Jeans and Felt Apron with the Dresden Template!
To get started, we used the template to cut six pink felt pieces trimmed down to the 3 1/2 inch marking.
We sewed them together on the machine.
To add the denim fabric to the center, we cut a large semi-circle then sewed the top fold down to create a finished look. We sewed the circle to the apron. The jeans have a great pocket and decorative stars so we cut those out and added them to the apron too.
The pocket is perfect for holding a cell phone while baking (according to eleven year old Zoe anyway).
Let me back up for a bit and share a little about this acrylic template. It is actually a quilt block pattern that was inspired by decorated fine porcelain that originated in Dresden, Germany. It is often used to cut wedges that get sewn together and turned into flowers. We were curious to see how awesome it would be if we sewed a full circle of felt pieces cut with the plate and so we gave it a shot. We ended up making a darling table cover for our wrought iron round table in the back yard.
I love it because it is darling and it keeps things from falling through the holes in the table.
There are a few great tips that we have for using this Kaleidoscope Dresden Template if you are beginner with it.
- Start out with scrap fabric and practice cutting around it with the rotary cutter.
- Choose something simple for your first project.
- Felt works great because the edges do not have to be sewn to keep from fraying.
- Be willing to access your creativity. There are TONS of ways to use this tool.
I encourage you to hop over to Nancy’s Notions and check out all of their awesome sewing tools and supplies. You can grab the Dimensional Kaleidoscope Dresden Template in the online store.
Cheers to Sewing!