My friend, Chandee needed help with her project, and in the process I ended up making on of my own for my own mom!
This is a quick, easy and cheap project with lots of love and sentiment attached!
First wash the apron and iron out wrinkles.
Then take a 2 inch wide and about 1 1/2 the width of the apron long piece of fabric. Sew a basting stitch down the center and pull the strings to gather it making a ruffle. Sew the ruffle near the bottom of the apron. I also made a flower to embellish the top part of the apron. Then I sewed a ribbon right down the stitching of the ruffle to add just a little more embellishment.
I was originally only going to take the handprints of my own kids, but then I realized I have all of my mom’s grandkids living within 10 minutes of my house so why not grab them all?! Squirt some fabric paint on a paper plate, use a foam brush and paint a good amount onto the child’s hand and press onto the apron. You need to have a generous amount so that it shows up on the apron. You could practice on a separate piece of fabric until you get the desired consistency—but it’s likely that grandma will love it no matter what :)
Later than evening after the handprints have dried, write the names above the prints using the fabric paint. Mine was a kind that had a good tip already good for writing—otherwise you could use a sharpie paint pen or maybe a fabric marker to write the names. You could also create name stencils and then brush on the fabric paint to fill them in.
Wrap, package and ship! A one-day project—let dry overnight and it’s ready to go!
PS My own mom loved hers and wore this proudly to an event she was helping with in a kitchen!