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A Second Chance for Love

Minerva Spencer

Writing as S.M. Laviolette
Smart & Sexy Historical Romance

Spring cleaning with style!


I know it’s pretty hard to make housework fun, but I’m going to at least try to make it more stylish!

When my brain is functioning I remember to wear gloves and an apron to clean. Not only is it better for your hands and clothes, it is yet another excuse to have a wardrobe change.

So I thought, why not make those boring old rubber gloves something to get excited about wearing? (Okay, so that probably isn’t going to happen, either…)

And then after I made the gloves I just HAD to make an apron to go with it. Because that’s the way I am.

Anyhow, I’ve tried to keep track of the glove and apron making with photos, but I’m a writer, not a photographer, so it might get dicey at times.

Do I sound demented about pinning? Yes, I do–because I AM! I hate pinning, but it is necessary. Why? So you can BLEED for your project. Okay, I’m only kidding about that.

Now, how about that matching apron I promised?


NO, you can’t have my knitting chickens apron! This is just to show you what I’ll use for a pattern. My mom made this lovely apron for me several years back. It is a bit worn, but I still love it best among all my aprons.

Okay, below I’ve added a picture of the Pink Panther apron. I live in the sticks, so imagine my surprise when I learned I had NO PINK BIAS TAPE!!! How can such a thing happen? Well, it did. But I am crafty, so I thought, “Hey–why not make your own?” I’ve done it before but for some reason the geometry of folding the fabric was eluding me.

Enter Mom!

Yes, I called my mother and she talked me through laying out and cutting bias tape. In case you hadn’t guessed by now, it needs to be cut on the bias.

Here is the cut strip and then I fold it in half, and in half again, and voila!! Bias tape!

I’ve pinned both apron and pocket and now I’m ready to sew.

apron with bias tape
Apron pinned and ready to sew!

But wait, you say! How will I attach the apron? So, below are some pics of the apron ties in progress…


Ready for the finished photo???

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20 Responses

  1. You are so talented!! Not only an award winning author and can make your own quill pen but you can sew!! You even made it without a pattern. I am impressed!!

  2. Omigosh, I’m loving the pink panther material, that is so awesome!! My mother was a seamstress and use to make all my clothes while I was growing up….I can barely hem pants, go figure! lol

    1. I used to love the Pink Panther cartoons! Hemming pants is one of the nastiest sewing jobs!!

  3. Your apron/glove set is adorable. They would be so much fun to wear cleaning my house.

  4. You are so talented! I can’t see to save my life. Love the materials you have pictured, though.

    1. Thank you! It’s really not hard, I think sewing machines just intimidate a lot of people because of all the buttons and levers. Every time I sew something I have to haul out the instruction book!

  5. I really don’t like cleaning behind our toilet, it’s crammed between the sink counter and the wall. The oven would be second, my knees don’t like either.