A Dish Soap Apron – because it makes me happy!

Retro Kitchen Dish Soap Apron from GloryQuilts So Kitschy!

I’ve been wanting one of these for a while. It’s so delightfully kitschy – how can you not smile?  I scrolled through Pinterest this morning, looking for “retro kitchen” and “dish soap bottle dresses” ideas, and I came across this website: Home in the Finger Lakes. I printed out her pattern, but I made it wider over the “shoulders”, longer (because my bottle is tall) and fuller in the skirt. I added a cute little button at the back of the neck and a pocket.

It was a quick project. I had just enough of the picot-edged bias binding. It’s been in my stash for years, because it was too sweet to throw away. It’s perfect for this.  I used Aleene’s OK to Wash It glue to hold the binding to the fabric prior to stitching it, and even though it made a sticky mess of my fingers, it really was helpful. I zigzagged it in place while the glue was still wet.  It didn’t gum up my needle at all. I stitched through the button a couple times and then added a little glue to that, too. The pattern recommended a wash-out glue, but I feel the permanent glue will be better here.

I’m sure this will make washing dishes more fun, right?

Did your mother or grandmother have one of these? What retro kitchen items do you remember from your childhood? (or rather, what items do you remember that are now considered retro??)

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7 thoughts on “A Dish Soap Apron – because it makes me happy!

  1. I have a set of salt and pepper shakers that were my mom’s. They sat by her stove for as long as I can remember and when we cleaned out the house after Dad died I grabbed them. 🙂 They sit by my stove and are a happy reminder of hours spent leaning over the counter talking to her, the wonderful smell of dinner cooking and snitching cookie dough from the bowl.

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  2. I made my mom one of those years ago – long before blogging! I used a 30’s reproduction print, and it’s a very vintage style apron. I MAY have used my embroidery machine to make it, I can’t remember…..she still has it, and uses it. Never did make one for myself, but after seeing yours, I think I might have to! I love it, Cathe!

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    1. I actually wanted a 30’s reproduction print, but that tote was in the attic and I was too lazy to go up and get it. This print goes well with my kitchen, though, so I like it. 🙂

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