Fabric Guns Upgrade Apron to Gunslinger Status

I’ve been busy working on lots of projects this week including this Gunslinger Apron. I made this fully loaded number last night. And after tying this one on, I have to say it is by far the most intimidating apron in my collection.

The apron is an original design with a layer of lace-trimmed netting underneath the pink striped cotton, but I can’t take credit for the massive guns. I bought the screen-printed gun patches from Steven Rainey, an up-and-coming Grand Rapids, Michigan artist, and made them into pockets. (Check back here this weekend for a link to my column about Steven that will run in Sunday’s Grand Rapids Press.) I was inspired to make this apron when I saw Steven sporting gun patches on the sides of his jeans. He kindly encouraged me when I told him I wanted to make an apron featuring the patches.

The crazy part of this story is that I decided stay home and sew instead of going to the YMCA with my daughters. While I was sewing this apron, two people were shot after an altercation at the Y spilled out into the parking lot. Thankfully, no one was seriously injured. I’m very upset this happened at my Y and childishly wishing all guns were made of fabric. Unrealistic, I know.

I’m allergic to real guns, so this new apron is as close to packing heat as I plan to get. My intention was to create an apron that contradicts itself and makes viewers question their response to it. Do you think it’s funny? Disturbing? Pretty? Ridiculous? Why? Would you wear this apron? I had my reasons for creating it, and now it seems I have even more. I’m curious about what it communicates to you. Please join the conversation below.

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