Good morning! I hope you aren't tired of hearing about aprons, because t0day, I'm going to share a tutorial on how I made the one from my recent giveaway.
The measurements are based on a vintage apron I have. I made Grace and Emily's aprons smaller, but the steps are the same.
1 yard cotton fabric
1/2 yard coordinating fabric
Lace or trim for pocket
Scissors or rotary cutter and mat
Sewing needle or sewing machine
Iron and ironing board
Wash, dry and iron fabric.
Cut out 6 fabric pieces:
Apron: 20" x 30" (main fabric)
Pocket 5" x 6" (coordinating fabric)
Bottom strip: 4" x 30" (coordinating fabric)
Top strip: 4" x 19" (coordinating fabric)
Apron strings: 2 of 2" x 30" (coordinating fabric)
1. Place bottom of apron and bottom strip fabric right sides together. Secure with pins.
2. Sew using 1/4" seam allowance. Remove pins and iron seams.
3. Fold over the top edge of pocket 1/2" and iron.
4. Pin lace or trim to top edge of right side of pocket.
5. Sew in place. Remove pins.
6. Fold over remaining three edges of pocket 1/4" and iron in place.
7. Pin to front of apron 5" from left side and 10" from the bottom. Sew. Remove pins.
8. Fold over and iron the seams 1/2" along both sides and bottom of apron. Pin in place.
9. Sew using a 1/4" seam allowance, but stop 1/2" from top on both sides.
10. Using your machine's longest stitch, sew a basting stitch 1/2" from the top edge, leaving a long tail of thread at both ends.
11. Pull the top thread carefully, gathering into a slight "ruffle," until the top measures 18 inches in length. Tie a knot on each end. Set aside.
12. Fold over and iron lengthwise seams 1/4" on top strip.
Fold in half and iron.
Slip gathered top of apron inside top strip, leaving 1/2" on each end.
Pin in place. Set aside.
Fold over and iron the lengthwise seams and one end, 1/4" on apron string fabric.
Do not fold the other end.
Fold strip in half and sew along folded edges.
Fold in the seams of top strip sides 1/4".
Slip unfolded end of apron string in 1/2". Secure with pins. Repeat with remaining apron string.
Sew along all 4 sides of top strip 1/4". Your apron is finished!
You can get different looks for your apron, depending on the fabric you use.
Ruffled bottom trim.
Let me know if you make one, too. I'd love to stop by and take a look!