We’ll pick you up and take you away


Pattern: BBQ Apron with Rivet Accents by Liz Johnson
Fabric: Cotton duck from Hancock Fabrics
Notions: Double-cap rivets

Noel’s Valentine’s Day gift was two weekends in the making. Weekend #1: Shopping trip with Cady Gray to find fabric. The pattern calls for 60″ wide cotton duck, but the only suitable fabric I could find was in a 45″ width. So instead of one yard, I bought two. Instead of 36×60, I came home with 72×45, and hoped that cutting in the perpendicular direction would not affect the construction.


I placed orders for the other tools I needed — a hole punch, a plastic-headed mallet, and rivets with a setting tool and anvil. Weekend #2 was devoted almost entirely to assemblage. I cut and sewed. And, to my husband’s delight, knowing that I was working on his gift but not knowing what it was or any details, I hammered in rivets.


I learned so much making this. A clean finished corner, made according to this set of instructions, at the top and bottom of each armhole. Using rivets to attach straps and reinforce corners. I had a blast acquiring the tools and learning how to use them. There’s nothing better than a specialized tool, something that does only one thing and does it well, and imagining how it might be put to use in future projects, now that it has been tried and the skill to wield it tested.


Along with the apron, I gave Noel a set of grilling tools. They should fit nicely in the apron’s deep pockets.


Noel loves his Traeger smoker as much as I love my Janome sewing machine. We both use them to create, and we both enjoy experimenting, buying unusual materials, learning new techniques, and taking pleasure in the results. I loved bringing those passions together in this project. And I confidently expect to eat many delicious meals made by a man in this apron.

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