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FREE PATTERN + TUTORIAL: THE LOLA APRON PACK

2/10/17
FREE Apron Sewing Pattern + Tutorial: The Lola Apron Pack

FREE Apron Sewing Pattern + Tutorial: The Lola Apron Pack

If you read the post about what to expect in the Lola Apron Pack, you know that we are going to show you how to create four different variations of aprons using a single pattern pack - and all for FREE!

So gather your supplies and have fun with choosing fabric combinations - like the fabrics we use in the tutorial.  Those awesome graphic prints are from a Fat Stax collection by Emma + Mila, which you can find at most WalMart stores (even if they don't carry fabrics on the bolt).  The corresponding waistband + ties, ruffles, and lining will need to be purchased off the bolt since they are too long for fat quarters.   

FREE Apron Sewing Pattern + Tutorial: The Lola Apron Pack

And don't forget the supplies you'll need for cutting out your fabrics and sewing!

FREE Apron Sewing Pattern + Tutorial: The Lola Apron Pack

DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE LOLA HALF APRON SEWING PATTERN


To download your free apron sewing pattern, just click on the icon in the box below to expand the PDF.  That will take you to a viewing page where you have the option to simply view, print, and download the pattern - you can download the pattern there!


We are also including photo companion PDFs so that you can print out the crib sheets for each version and use the photo companions if you need a visual reference on your laptop or tablet.  You can download each one (or not) individually using the links below.

We are testing out this feature, so, if you download these companions, will you do us a favor and leave some feedback about whether you like it, is it helpful, or is it a waste of time and download space?  Thanks in advance - we do appreciate it!

COMPANION BOOK: LOLA HALF APRON VERSION 1



 

COMPANION BOOK: LOLA HALF APRON VERSION 2



 

COMPANION BOOK: LOLA HALF APRON VERSION 3



 

COMPANION BOOK: LOLA HALF APRON VERSION 4



Sorry for the super long post!  We hope you have all of the information you need to create some really awesome aprons - for yourself, your friends + family, or to even sell in your Etsy shop.

If you give the pattern + tutorial a go, drop us a comment or shoot me out an email (kate@bambinoamore.com) to let us know what you think.

FREE APRON SEWING PATTERN BY BAMBINO AMORE. #LOLA
If you know anyone who would enjoy this pattern, please share it!  Thanks 😊


Credits // Author and Photography: Kate Mark for Bambino Amore // Apron Pattern + Tutorial by Bambino Amore

FREE PATTERN + TUTORIAL: THE LOLA HALF APRON (COMING 2/10/17)

2/9/17
Free Apron Sewing Pattern: The Lola Half Apron

Mark your calendars!  Tomorrow we will share with you our Lola Apron Pack: A Sewing Pattern + Tutorial - for FREE!  Can you believe it?!  Yep, FREE.

We are revamping + expanding our sewing pattern line.  Part of that expansion includes the addition of a series of absolutely FREE patterns + tutorials that can only be found right here, on the Bambino Amore Blog.  So you will want to be sure to follow us and stay tuned to our social media accounts for release dates of future patterns.

FOUR APRONS IN ONE PATTERN


With the Lola Apron Pack, we will teach you how to use fat quarters from a fat stack to create four different variations of a vintage inspired half apron that is limited only by your creativity in fabric combos.  Seriously, you can get super creative + mix fabrics that perhaps you wouldn't have even considered mixing before. 


The PDF tutorial is broken down in to four sections - one for each version of the apron - complete with supplies list, design tips, pattern placement, step-by-step instructions, and crib sheets.     

WHAT IS A CRIB SHEET?


A crib sheet is basically a shortened or condensed set of instructions that you can use for quick reference.  Each version of the Lola Apron Pack has it's own crib sheet in a plain text format that you can print out + refer to as you are creating the apron of your choice.  Additionally, we have included a companion photo book for each version.  If you print your crib sheet, you can then refer to the photo book on a mobile device or laptop for a visual learning experience to accompany the printed out crib sheet.

Free Apron Sewing Pattern: The Lola Half Apron

LOLA HALF APRON: VERSION 1


The first version of the Lola Apron Pack is perfect for beginning seamstresses.  It features a fully lined front created from a super trendy fat quarter of your choice, double fold extra wide bias tape to seal up the edges, and finished off with contrasting waist ties + band.

Supplies List:
  • Fat Quarter of Main Fabric
  • 1/2 yard of Lining Fabric
  • 3/4 yard of Corresponding Fabric for Waist band + Ties 
  • 1 package of Extra Wide Double Fold Bias Tape
  • Matching Threads
Finished Measurements:

From top to bottom, the finished apron measures approximately 14 1/2", it is 19" across at the top, with a 32" waist, and two 32" ties at the waist - so that you can easily adjust the ties the way you would like.
  Free Apron Sewing Pattern: The Lola Half Apron

LOLA HALF APRON: VERSION 2


The second version of the Lola Apron Pack is also perfect for beginning seamstresses.  It builds upon the foundation of the first version while adding a towel loop + hanging pocket.  There are no extra supplies needed and the finished measurements are the same as the first version.

Free Apron Sewing Pattern: The Lola Half Apron

LOLA HALF APRON: VERSION 3


The third version of the Lola Apron Pack will build even further on your seamstress skills.  It features a fully lined front created from a super trendy fat quarter of your choice a fully lined large pocket created from another fat quarter, double fold extra wide bias tape to seal up the edges, and finished off with contrasting waist ties + band.

Supplies List:
  • Fat Quarter of Main Fabric
  • Fat Quarter of Pocket Fabric
  • 1/2 yard of Lining Fabric
  • 3/4 yard of Corresponding Fabric for Waist band + Ties 
  • 1 package of Extra Wide Double Fold Bias Tape
  • Matching Threads
*The finished measurements are the same as the first.

Free Apron Sewing Pattern: The Lola Half Apron

LOLA HALF APRON: VERSION 4


The fourth version of the Lola Apron Pack  will build even further on your seamstress skills.  It features a fully lined front created from a super trendy fat quarter of your choice a fully lined large pocket created from another fat quarter, a ruffle edge, and finished off with contrasting waist ties + band.

Supplies List:
  • Fat Quarter of Main Fabric
  • 1/2 yard of Lining Fabric
  • 1/2 yard of Ruffle Fabric
  • 3/4 yard of Corresponding Fabric for Waist band + Ties 
  • 1 package of Extra Wide Double Fold Bias Tape
  • Matching Threads
*The finished measurements are the same as the first.

Free Apron Sewing Pattern: The Lola Half Apron

And there's the sneak peek of the Lola Half Apron Pattern + Tutorial Pack!  We hope you enjoyed it and be sure to come back tomorrow to download your FREE copy of these super fun sewing patterns.

FREE APRON PATTERN RELEASE 2/10/17. #BAMBINOAMORE  

Credits // Author and Photography: Kate Mark for Bambino Amore // Apron Pattern + Tutorial by Bambino Amore 

UPDATE: The FREE Lola Half Apron Sewing Pattern + Tutorial Pack is now available for download

KONA COTTON: WHY WE LOVE IT + USE IT TO CREATE MANY OF OUR APRONS

2/6/17

Why We Love Kona Cotton by Bambino Amore - The Apron Makers

It's all about the cotton when it comes to the fundamentals of many of our aprons.  And probably many of your sewing projects as well.  For us, if we're talking about character aprons, it's crucial that we pick the right cotton.  So what's up with the love for KONA?

Why We Love Kona Cotton by Bambino Amore - The Apron Makers

WHAT IS KONA COTTON?


First thing first.  What is KONA Cotton anyway?  It's a  light-weight quilting cotton created + manufactured by Robert Kaufman, a company that has been synonymous with quality fabrics for over 50 years.  Oh, and it's still a family run business - which I have a special place in my heart for, but that's just me.

Unlike some cottons which are blends (think cotton/rayon, cotton/polyester, etc), KONA is 100% cotton.  It doesn't stretch or get distorted when you work with it, which is a HUGE deal when you're doing appliques.  The fabric is thick and durable, weighing between 4.3 + 4.35 oz. per square yard, making it ideal for those portions of the apron or garments that receive the most rugged use, such as the neck ties + waist ties.    
  
Why We Love Kona Cotton by Bambino Amore - The Apron Makers

KONA FEATURES THAT STAND OUT


As mentioned above, the quality of the fabric makes it stand out head and shoulders above the crowd of other cotton fabrics.  Additionally, KONA has minimal shrinkage and the colors don't bleed like a lot of other solid fabrics do.  That is crucial when you are putting blue, red, yellow, and white together in the same apron or garment.  And speaking of color - there are over 300 color options in the KONA line-up.  Talk about choices!  I have never seen a manufacturer of fabric carry that many color options in a single line. 

Why We Love Kona Cotton by Bambino Amore - The Apron Makers

NO NASTY CHEMICAL BATHS


As you probably know already, a lot of fabrics are chemically treated in the "finishing" process.  These chemicals are used to make the fabric stain resistant, crease resistant, stiffen the fabric, give the fabric an anti-static quality, and to lessen the flammability of the fabric - to name just a few.

KONA, on the other hand, is the "only quilting solid to come with the assurance of Oeko-tex certification, which certifies that no harmful chemicals were used in the production, processing or finishing of these goods".  In plain English, that means that not only is it super soft and non-scratchy but it skips the nasty chemical baths in the process.

wow, fabric with no nasty chemical bath - genius. #chemicalssuck #konacotton

Why We Love Kona Cotton by Bambino Amore - The Apron Makers

NUTSHELL RECAP:  WHY WE LOVE KONA COTTON

  • It's a  light-weight quilting cotton created + manufactured by Robert Kaufman
  • It's 100% Cotton (not a blend)
  • It's durable - weighing in at between 4.3 + 4.35 oz. per square yard
  • It has minimal shrinkage + doesn't bleed when wet or washed so you can mix colors easily
  • There are over 300 color options available in the KONA line
  • It's soft and non-scratchy fabric
  • It is the only quilting fabric that bears the Oeko-tex certification stating no harmful chemicals were used.

What is your favorite cotton for your projects?  Do you use KONA?  Let us know in the comments below.


Credits // Author and Photography: Kate Mark for Bambino Amore // Bottom 3 Photos of KONA Cotton: Craftsy

CHAMBRAY: A SOFT ALTERNATIVE TO DENIM + FASHION'S NEW OBSESSION

1/27/17
Chambray - A New Obsession by Bambino Amore - the Apron Makers

So maybe Chambray isn't a new obsession per say, but, it has been seen all over the runways for the Spring/Summer 2017 fashion shows.  And for good reason since it's the perfect alternative to denim + is super comfy - those are just facts.


Chambray - A New Obsession by Bambino Amore - the Apron Makers

WHAT IS CHAMBRAY?


Chambray is often confused with denim.  But, it's actually denim's light-weight cousin.  It's a cotton fabric that combines colored yarn (in the warp or top of the fabric) and white yarn (in the weft or back of the fabric), which is actually the same manner that denim is woven in.  However, Chambray is a plain or sometimes crisscross weave whereas denim is a diagonal weave.  In plain English that means that Chambray is a lighter, airier weave that exposes more of the white yarn in the top side of the fabric.  Whereas denim is a dense, tight weave (and therefore heavier) that keeps the white yarn on the back side of the fabric - giving it a darker color than any Chambray.

Chambray - A New Obsession by Bambino Amore - the Apron Makers

WHAT TO MAKE USING CHAMBRAY


We know that Chambray has the appearance of a lightly colored denim and that it is a little bit heavier than basic quilting fabrics, but, not as heavy as denim.  So the question becomes - what can you make using Chambray?

The answer to that question is pretty endless.  You can go traditional and create a top like the one pictured above or you can get creative with it and create nearly anything you can think of for your Spring/Summer wardrobe.  Think: button up shirts, dresses (both flowing and structured), pantsuits, pants, and even shoes (Espadrilles look amazing in Chambray).

WHAT ABOUT HOME-GOODS USES


Can Chambray be used to create home-goods?  Of course!  It is perfect for tablecloths, napkins, pillowcases, duvet covers, and yes - especially aprons.  It is tough + durable while staying soft + comfy, which, in my opinion makes it ideal for a workhorse apron.

Washed Chambray will give you a similar wrinkled look of linen,.  As I'm sure you've seen all over Etsy and Pinterest, that wrinkled look is crazy popular these days.  So, with that in mind, I am thinking that a revamped bistro apron or gardening apron would be the perfect style choice for Chambray.  Mix it with pops of color - sparingly or all over for an unexpected surprise.  Like the soft pink seen in the image above. 

chambray bedding? yes please #softandcomfy

NUTSHELL RECAP:  WHY CHAMBRAY IS THE PERFECT DENIM ALTERNATIVE

  • It's lighter than denim, but a bit heavier than standard quilting fabrics
  • It's generally 100% Cotton (not a blend)
  • It's durable - weighing in at 4.9 oz. per square yard
  • It's soft and non-scratchy fabric + will only get softer with each washing
  • Its composition makes it more versatile than denim + can be used for clothing and home-goods alike

What do you think of Chambray with pink?  I have tons of ideas swirling around and can't wait to share the end result with you!

Credits // Author and Photography: Kate Mark for Bambino Amore // Top Photo of Chambray: Fancy Tiger Crafts

WILD ABOUT CHRISTMAS

12/16/16
Wild About Christmas Fabric Combo by Bambino Amore - the Apron Makers

For some reason I have loved this fabric combo for years.  It made its first appearance in our shop when we were still selling the Jessie Apron.  I think the pops of animal print in the main Santa fabric are just fun - and a great way to add a little of an unexpected pop.

Wild About Christmas Fabric Combo by Bambino Amore - the Apron Makers

Wild About Christmas Fabric Combo by Bambino Amore - the Apron Makers

This fabric can be purchased at Hobby Lobby - and if you catch it on a sale, snag a bunch of it to make your family and friends some awesome aprons!  If you want to make this exact one, you can snag the Jessie pattern in our Etsy shop

Credits // Author and Photography: Kate Mark for Bambino Amore // Jessie Apron Pattern + Tutorial by Bambino Amore // Wild Santa Jessie Apron by Bambino Amore

CHRISTMAS APRON FABRIC INSPIRATION

12/2/16
Christmas Apron Fabric Inspiration by Bambino Amore - The Apron Makers

Christmas is the perfect time to really get creative with your fabric combos - it's almost like Halloween all over again, except with a sweet twist as opposed to a scary one.

Christmas Apron Fabric Inspiration by Bambino Amore - The Apron Makers

Like this custom Gingerbaby apron that we made for a clients little one and her friend.  We began with a light brown gingerbread background for the body of the apron and added some white icing up the middle in the form of white ruffles on either side of a middle panel.  Inside that middle panel we added bright green braided trim + buttons in red and green.  The crisp white icing bias around the bodice was topped off with red ricrac and a sweet red bow.  The traditional red + white striped fabric ties the whole look together in the underskirt and the ties.

Christmas Apron Fabric Inspiration by Bambino Amore - The Apron Makers

What do you think of this fabric combo?  It's a nice spin on a traditional gingerbread, isn't it?

Credits // Author and Photography: Kate Mark for Bambino Amore // Last Two Photos - client thank you photos.

PUMPKIN + SPICE - FABRIC INSPIRATION FOR A THANKFUL GATHERING

11/11/16
Thanksgiving Fabric Inspiration by Bambino Amore - the Apron Makers

There is something special about this time of year, isn't it?  The air turns crisp and chilly while the house gets decorated with leaves + pumpkins.  The smells coming from the kitchen are both spicy and sweet - a beautiful juxtaposition of the season itself.

This month's fabric inspiration comes directly from this juxtaposition.  The vanilla bean half apron is the ideal hostess apron, although I wouldn't recommend cooking in it as it's a creamy white KONA with a crochet lace overlay.  We'll do a tutorial for this apron if you'd like - just drop us a comment below letting us know!     

Thanksgiving Fabric Inspiration by Bambino Amore - the Apron Makers

The two aprons above feature vinyl iron-on appliques that I made and cut on my Cricuit.  The combo of the spice and vanilla colored KONA cotton with the pumpkin colored skirt with golden pin dots is topped off with golden trim along the waistband.

What do you think of these three combos for Thanksgiving?  Do you have a favorite?

Credits // Author and Photography: Kate Mark for Bambino Amore // Aprons by Bambino Amore - found at Bambino Amore

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