- Measure: Decide how long and wide you want the apron. If you are planning on doing the ruffles, add about 3 inches to the width. Our apron cuts measured 18 x 24 inches.
- Purchase your fabric. Always buy on sale! You will need 1/2 yard of two fabrics that will form either side of the apron. You will also need a piece that coordinates with both sides for the tie. You can just get an 1/8 yard of fabric or we found that the small pre-cut pieces they have at JoAnn's are the perfect size.
- Prepare your fabric: Wash cottons in cold water with about 1/4 cup of white vinegar to set the color. Tumble dry low. Remember: treat your fabric exactly the same way you plan on treating it after your creation is made. Press fabric.
- Cut your fabric: If you take your own measurements, make sure you make the cuts 1/2 inches longer all around to account for the seams. You will need:
- 2 pieces of fabric of equal size (about 18 x 24 inches)
- 1 strip of fabric 3 x 55 - 60 inches (can be made by sewing several pieces of 3 inch wide fabric together)
- With your two large fabric pieces facing each other, sew them together along the sides and bottom with a 1/4 inch seam. Turn the apron right-side out and press.
- Create a ruffle (optional): Make small folds in the un-sewn side of the apron. Use push-pins to keep the pleats intact. Use a basting stitch 1/4 inch from the edge to preserve the pleats. It will also be useful as a marker for the blind hem stitch for later. Hint: Sew slowly and lift up your machine's foot to keep the pleat from catching or going askew.
- Prepare the tie: Fold the strip in half and press. Fold the halves in as well and press these.
- Mark tie with pins: Fold the apron in half and the tie in half to find out how much of the tie will be on the apron. The sides will be sewn in a different way than the blind-hem stitch on the apron piece.
- Fold the tie right-side-in and sew along the press you made up to the pins that mark how far the ties go. Turn the tie right-side-out and press.
- Pin the tie to the apron so that the basting stitch you made earlier lines up with one of the press marks you made. Sew along the press mark.
- Use a blind-hem stitch to attach the tie to the other side.
Anchor your thread in the base (the apron part).
Then, slide your needle through the fold of the tie about 1/4 of an inch. Then, anchor your stitch in the base, again. Make sure you cover up the stitch you made to anchor the tie to the other side.
- You're all done once you can't tell the difference between which side you stitched by hand and and which one by machine.
Monday, April 5, 2010
The One with the Reversible Half-Aprons
These reversible half-aprons are simple and great for gifts or personal use. There are lots of tutorials online with direct measurements - you can find these are just take measurements yourself. Here are the basic steps we used.