For the longest time, it was so stressful to even try and get any type of sewing or quilting accomplished in my house. With a toddler running around, pins and scissors and seam rippers and rotary cutters (shudder!) were tools I just couldn't have sitting around. I do have a dedicated office/craft/guest room, but the "no kids allowed" approach doesn't work for us -- it's too difficult and frankly, just isn't our parenting style.
So enter the craft apron. Why did I not think of this sooner??? I noticed the girls at the fabric stores sporting a variety of aprons, poked around a bit for different options, then cobbled this one together from stash fabrics -- Robert Kaufman Carnaby Street, and an old lightweight canvas curtain. I particularly love the slanted pockets which allow me to sit down without impaling myself on any pointy tools (I picked up that idea from seeing this pattern).
This live model shot is courtesy of my almost 3.5 year old, hence the blur and subsequent refusal to reshoot it. The apron measures 20 inches wide by 10 inches tall, and the ties are a ridiculously long 110 inches from end-to-end, tied jauntily over at the side. It makes me super happy!