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The Pinafore Apron aka The Cross-Back Apron

Aprons have held many purposes throughout human history and the pinafore apron is one of the longest running styles.  Intended to be removed easily, the pinafore has many uses from protecting the underneath clothing to indicating social status.  

Today we are seeing the use of aprons, such as the pinafore, as we return to a simpler way of living. As we include sustainable practices such as gardening, baking, and cooking at home rather than relying on factory farmed produce and highly processed fast foods, the increased need to protect ones clothes is more of a necessity.  

Try adding one to your kitchen and you'll see how beneficial an apron can be. 

These Pinafore aprons are available in a wide range of colors and even prints, if that's what you prefer.  

​They are made of a 50/50% Cotton/Linen blend and are created with two large side pockets.    

Email me with your preferences and I will make a pinafore apron to fit your lifestyle and need. 

Don't wan't to wait? Scroll down to see where to find Joy Stitch!   

Bowl Cozies

Tired of burning your fingers trying to take a bowl out of the microwave after heating your food?  Here's your solution!  Place your bowl inside the Bowl Cozy and put it right in to the microwave.  Once your food is heated you can now safely remove your dish without burning your fingers!

Not just for the microwave! Bowl Cozies are great for soup or chili night.  Imagine yourself cuddled up on the couch with a quilt and a warm bowl of soup/stew/chili as you're binging your favorite series.  

Construction:  The outer shell of these Bowl Cozies is made of 100% cotton fabric.  The lining the inside is 100% cotton batting (like in a quilt).  The batting I use is free of resins and glues so there are no harmful toxins released in the microwave.  

Care:  Washer and Dryer safe!  Yaaay!!

To-Go Placemats

By far the most ingenious product of late, these to-go placemats are perfect for those of us who either eat at their desk at work or school, or who travel to food truck parks and don't want to put their food on tables of questionable cleanliness.  

The outside shell of these mats are made of laminated cotton.  It's a soft cotton with a thin layer of food-safe laminate providing a water-proof barrier to whatever surface on which you're eating. The inside is made of a coordinating fabric and is stocked with wash-and-reuse, compostable bamboo cutlery, a silicone straw with cleaning tool, fiberglass chop sticks, and a coordinating cloth napkin.  The mat and napkin are washer/dryer safe and are sturdy enough to last for years to come. 

Laminated Cotton Bags

     Laminated cotton bags are such a handy and earth-friendly way to pack snacks and lunches or any other small items you need to secure. Because they're made of cotton they are sturdy and will last for a very long time (I'm talking years). With the thin layer of food-safe laminate on the outside these bags will keep food fresh and protect them from outside elements.

     They are also widely used to pack small objects such as feminine products, small electronics, or even cash and change! 

     Laminated Cotton Bags come in several styles from the simple fold-over sandwich bag style to a secure zipper or Velcro strip to safeguard all your belongings.  Use these to eliminate the need for single-use plastic bags.  

     One of the best things about these bags is the ease of upkeep.  

They can simply be turned inside out and rinsed off and, left out overnight to dry.   

If the need arises, they can also be put through the wash with the rest of your dishtowels and washcloths 

(or with any load of laundry, really).  

     They are best washed by hand but will withstand machine wash gentle cycle and tumble dry low. 

Flannel Towels and Cloth Napkins


The Flannel "non-paper" towels are designed to replace your current paper towels.  Measuring 10.5 x 12" and made of flannel which sewn around the edge to prevent fraying, these towels are excellent in the kitchen to use just how you use your paper towels. The property of the texture of flannel causes them to cling to each other so can be rolled around a used towel roll and they stay there until pulled off.  They are safe for the microwave and become even softer and more absorbent after time with continued use and washing.  Machine wash and tumble dry (absorbency is best if fabric softener is not used). 


These beautiful napkins are made from 100% cotton which is hand block-printed in India.  They are ethically sourced and benefit a small business in India.  They measure about 9.5 x 10.5" and become softer and softer over time.  

In the case of both the towels and the napkins, prints vary over time as new shipments come in.  You can see my most current stock by either visiting a vending event if you are in the area, or by keeping up with my Instagram or Facebook.  


Don't have time to wait for a market to shop in-person?  No problem!  You can find a collection of items at the Truly Pure Refillery store in San Marcos, TX!  

Hello, Friends.

Please join me either here, on my social media sites, or at any of the local arts markets listed in the calendar below. 

I will be sharing beloved favorites such as:

 cloth napkins, flannel non-paper towels, wash-and-reuse food bags, and travel placemats. 


Additionally, keep an eye out for a line of apparel such as the well-loved cotton blockprint tunics and dresses 

and also items from the realm of the costumed world.  

Sara Boone


     The next time you use your ironing board, consider the origin of the design.  Sarah Boone was born to enslaved parents but was able to secure her own freedom.  She became a dressmaker and identified a problem with the ironing process of sleeves and other contoured areas of clothing.  In response, she designed and engineered a better working ironing board which was contoured and padded so it fit the curves of clothing better and didn't leave marks or wrinkles.  

     She was awarded a patent for her design, becoming one of the first black women to be recognized in this formal way.  

     Thank you for taking a moment to learn about individuals from our history who have made an impact on our lives today. 

“Sarah Boone.”, A&E Networks Television, 13 Jan. 2021, 

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