Apron and Recipe Box

I made this recipe box and apron as a gift for my niece’s bridal shower. The gift was one of a kind and came straight from my heart.

I painted the box as a blog project for our sister company Artist Club, as inspiration to adapt artist designs to different surfaces.  After I finished the box, I wanted to make an apron that coordinated with the box as part of the gift to my niece. 

I took a black tea towel that I purchased at a local crafts store and added the watermelon pocket and waistband from my fabric stash trying to match the colors as closely as possible.

I’m not going to give you exact directions on the waistband because if I were ever to make this again, I would do it completely different. (You notice there is no real close-up of the wasteband.) I will let you make your own errors on that. I made 3 pleats on each side to give it a little more shape. Make sure your pleats are pleated towards the outside for a better finish.

I cut two of the pockets out in the green fabric. Then I fused the red watermelon to the top of one of the green rinds.  A little decorative stitching adds whimsy to the pocket.  I sewed the two rinds together right sides together leaving myself some space to flip.  I then simply sewed the pocket to the towel.  I filled the box with some of my favorite tried and true recipes each with a personal note or hint at the end, so each time she made the recipe she would know how much I love her. Look at her, who couldn’t love this beautiful girl.



  1. Stephanie - April 15, 2013

    Handmade is best and always from the heart. What special shower gifts.

  2. Sandra :) - April 15, 2013

    Awwwwwwww what a beautiful young lady – and great gifties from her auntie! I’m a sucker for anything watermelon – so summery!

  3. Amanda Best - April 16, 2013

    How special! What a sweet Aunt you are. Congratulations to your dear niece.

  4. Anita - April 18, 2013

    Thanks guys! It was fun to watch her open it. She quickly went through the recipes I had put in to make sure the German Pancakes that I made for our slumber party that morning were in there. LOL. Now I just need to get the scrapbook guest book done. Wish me luck!