Sunday, August 14, 2011

Apron {tutorial}

Whew... it has been a busy week! But, I am here with the promised apron tutorial. As I mentioned in my last post, I made this apron really fast, and really last minute. Luckily, I snapped a few photos, and made a few notes. Hopefully this tut will make sense :)

Go, look in your fabric closet, and get out whatever you have! That's what I did.

This apron is really open to make whatever size you want. I was making this for a child, so I held the fabric up to my daughter, and eyeballed it :)

I had one yard. A yard is 36 inches. Standard size for most fabric is 45 inches.
This fabric was folded in half.

I just figured I would use 22 1/2 inches for the width. I like to make things easy :) I ended up using about 1/4th of the piece of fabric total.

Here is what I did:

Cut one 15x22 1/2 inch section of fabric.
Cut 10x22 1/2 inch section off that for the body of the apron.
Turn in and press the sides and bottom of the fabric, leaving the top unfinished.

Cut the waist band down to 5x15 inches.
Press in half, long way, then turn and press all four sides.
Top stitch both of the short sides. Leave the long sides alone.

Cut the pocket out in whatever size you want with the left over fabric.
Add ribbon if you want.
Turn and press all sides.
Pin in place, and top stitch onto apron front.

Pin the sides of the apron fabric to the sides of the waist band,
and pin in the center.
You will have excess bunchy fabric that you can make pleats out of.
You can play with it, and eyeball it until you have them lined up perfectly.
You can pin and unpin as needed.

Once everything is pinned in place,
stitch over the pleats, and remove the pins.

Put the ribbon in place, towards the top of the waist band.
Fold the waist band over, and top stitch over the pleats.
The ribbon will be able to move.
If you don't prefer it to be that way...
go ahead and sew it in place on each side,
or wherever you want.

I forgot to take a picture of the hem ,
but you can add lace and/or ribbon at any point in the process.
Just make sure to turn the edges over twice in the back,
so it looks finished.
Enjoy your new apron!

Have a Happy and Creative Day!



Kristy said...

This turned out lovely!

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