At Long Last A CraftSanity Apron Contest

by jennifer

Download a PDF of the entry form

It’s no secret that I LOVE aprons. And it’s also no secret that I’ve been plotting for years to host an apron show of some sort. It all came together recently in the most unexpected way. When I made the top 20 competing for 10 spots on the  2010 25K Fifth Third River Bank Run Road Warrior team, I brought the apron I wore to last year’s race to my interview.  I knew there was a possibility that the apron would bomb, but I brought it anyway because I’m a firm believer in unusual visual aids.

Thankfully, the apron didn’t bomb and actually may have secured my spot on the team. Soon after, I was partnered with a charity sponsor for the race. On May 8, I’m running for Safe Haven Ministries, a domestic abuse agency that assists women and children here in West Michigan. At my first meeting with charity administrators I told them that I really stink at asking people for money, and then I threw out my charity apron idea. They already had plans for a quilt made of men’s neckties symbolizing male leaders in the community standing up for women. After some discussion, we decided to combine the two ideas and make aprons with neckties incorporated into the design. While I know working neckties into an apron design can be tricky, I think we’re all up to this challenge. Plus keep in mind that the tie doesn’t have to be prominent in the design or used in it’s entirety.

So in lieu of cash donations, I’m hoping that some of you kindred apron lovers would be willing make an apron to enter into the contest. I’m really excited to see the unique designs that people come up with. And even more excited to document the collection online. So when you send your apron, be sure to send your story, too.

Here are the details: 

Make an apron of any kind and don’t be afraid to get wildly creative. The only requirement is that a necktie be incorporated somewhere in the construction. Winning entries will be showcased online and displayed in a traveling exhibit to raise awareness for Safe Haven Ministries throughout the summer of 2010. All entries will be displayed at the David D. Hunting YMCA in Grand Rapids from April 30-May 6.  Entry is free, but participants must agree to donate their apron to the charity sale. The deadline for entries is April 19. Send entries to Safe Haven Ministries, 3501 Lake Eastbrook Blvd. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546. Questions? E-mail

And I’m hosing a little sew-in for all you local folks…

What: An Apron Sew-in
When: 1 to 4 p.m., Sunday March 21
Where: David D. Hunting YMCA Community Room 
Why: Come and help sew aprons for Safe Haven Ministries. You will get contest credit for all the aprons you sew. 
What to Bring: Your sewing machine, ties, favorite apron pattern, and any special supplies and trims you want to work with. We’ll have limited fabric and plenty of ties on hand.

Thanks in advance for helping me raise awareness for this important cause.

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