Monday, November 11, 2013

For the Nephews

[Spoiler alert for any relatives who know they are getting an apron for Christmas.  Turn away now, or the surprise will be ruined.  Camillia White, this means you.]

Today is my day on the For The Boys blog hop, sponsored by Sew We Quilt, and cheered on by Amy.  I have had a super-busy fall at school, so just barely managed to finish these projects in time to share with you.  Thanks for stopping by!

I have had an idea to make aprons for family members for quite some time.  This just turned out to be the year to do it.  These are the aprons for the nephews; I still have to work on the ones for the nieces.  Big family.  (Shh: these will be Christmas gifts, so don't spoil the surprise!)

I asked for input as to a style or a color, and went from there.

Bold, kinda plain



Retro (for the chef in the family)


Modeled by my cheerful neighbor, Josh

Have to highlight the heirloom family recipe on the pocket of this one.  If this family has ONE recipe, it's Grandma's cheesecake.  I photocopied the recipe, which Grandma had handwritten on an index card as a gift early in my marriage.  A group of students at the high school runs a screen printing business, so I had them screen print the enlarged recipe onto muslin, and sewed it up into the pocket here.  I am especially proud of this touch.

Nerdy



As my nephew replied, "Can Star Wars be an adjective?"


Notre Dame

Pretty proud of the football fabric on this one

Patriotic


I didn't hear back from this nephew, but I feel pretty secure in the red-white-and-blue theme.

Every picture I see of him on Facebook has him wearing some loud, patriotic outfit, a la the dojo master Rex Kwan Do from Napoleon Dynamite




I have really enjoyed working on the aprons.  I don't get to see my nieces and nephews much, as they are adults and now live in scattered locations.  Trying to make something personal to each of them has made me feel closer to them.  As the (self-proclaimed) nerdy one said, "I trust that you'll do the magic to make it awesome."



Please go and visit all the others who are showing off their creativity today:

 rainbows.bunnies.cupcakes (that's me!)

 

47 comments:

  1. I love what a good sport your neighbor, Josh, was to model all these for your blog! A wonderful batch of aprons.

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  2. Aprons make such great guy gifts! Love how you have taken the time and effort to personalize each apron for the nephews,they are sure to be loved and bring memories of you each time they are used!

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  3. Your manly aprons are wonderful! Thank you for sharing.

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  4. Now you will have to coordinate a Christmas bake off for all of the ones who will receive these great aprons!

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  5. What man can't uses an apron? Maybe I'll make some for my men for Christmas. Great idea.

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  6. Ha! those aprons are just great. I love the Star Wars one and the recipe one is a very clever idea. Just lovely.

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  7. Great aprons...love that they are personalized...they will certainly think of you when they wear them. It'll be like a long distance hug each time!

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  8. Those are some lovely Aprons customized for your nephews! Great job!

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  9. Great idea and you did a wonderful job capturing the individuality of each one.

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  10. I smiled through them alllll, your model was perfect….totally masculine, except maybe for the recipe one…totally great Christmas gifts...

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  11. Those are fabulous aprons! The cheesecake recipe is a great addition.

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  12. Great aprons! I love the idea of printing the recipe on one; that's really clever!

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  13. I love how you personalized them all!!! Maybe I need to make some aprons! :)

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  14. You created some EXCELLENT gifts ! I really like the recipe enlarged on the first one.

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  15. Wow!! great ideas for gifts...I love them!!

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  16. Those are all great aprons - each one suited to their intended recipient! You are a very special aunt! Wonderful job on all!

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  17. Love the aprons, thanks for sharing

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  18. and Awesome you did. What a great and thoughtful aunt you are. Each and everyone is terrific. Should make for wonderful smiles around the country on Christmas.

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  19. These are awesome! You are going to have some very happy nieces and nephews. I would love to see what you do for the girls. Great job!

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  20. They are so cool. I love the red, white, and blue the best. Thanks for sharing.

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  21. Great job on the aprons. They all look fantastic. I know your family will love and appreciate them. Thanks for sharing.

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  22. They are all just wonderful and such great ideas! I love the idea of adding a special recipe to an apron.

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  23. That is a very creative idea!! I love the one with the handwriting of your grandma's recipe, wonderful!

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  24. What a wonderful idea! Especially using your grandmother's recipe- that will always be a keepsake and what a wonderful way to hand down a family treasure to successive generations!

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  25. Great aprons and they are wonderful gifts too.

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  26. Those are hilarious! I love it! Your gonna have some decked out men for the holidays! I know a trekkie who would love the Star Trek apron! :-)

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  27. Great gift for the boys! I know a couple guys that would love one of those.

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  28. What great aprons!!! My husband would love these. He wears an apron when he grills.

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  29. Amazing creative aprons! Great for grilling and if we could talking them in to doing the dishes too.

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  30. Such fun aprons! Always a great gift!

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  31. I love your aprons. I need to make one for my grandson in law. He is always grilling out.

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  32. Wonderful aprons, great job! Thanks for sharing.

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  33. You do have the "magic" and made so many unique aprons, each with a different touch. That is so amazing. Actually, I rather like that 'plain' blue and white one.

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  34. I love them all but I especially love the recipe pocket! blessings, marlene

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  35. I think you can consider yourself a magic maker after seeing what you came up with! Well done. Cool idea about the recipe pocket.

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  36. You have created a wonderful bunch of memories for your long distance relatives, These are great. Love the variety.

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  37. Love how you personalized these, especially the retro one. My hubby likes the Star Trek one best.

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  38. What a fun gift. You'll have to share pictures of everyone in their aprons. Thanks for sharing your creations with us today.

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  39. Terrific aprons! Especially like the Star one! Thanks for sharing.

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  40. Great idea! I need to think about making a couple of those for Christmas! :)

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  41. Fun and Fabulous "For the Boys" aprons. I adore that you make gifts for each family member. Sew very special. Thanks for hopping. Creative Stitching Bliss...

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  42. What a brilliant idea to put Grandma's cheesecake recipe on the apron!!!

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  43. Aprons are a great idea for guys - I like the idea of printing out the recipe to use on the pocket too!

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  44. Great work, funny aprons, thanks for sharing!
    Bente

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