October 29, 2009
One of my most favorite things about blogging is the friendships made online with other fantastically creative people. One of my many blogger friends is Kim over at Newly Woodwards. Kim doesn’t really have fingers. No, in fact she has ten green thumbs. Don’t believe me? Check this out. And this. And she’s kind of famous in her hometown. I truly envy her gardening skills. But Kim doesn’t just garden, she cooks, she decorates, and she does it with style. She’s my kind of gal. So when Kim wrote up this post about her desire to sew a retro apron, I leapt at the chance to join her in her endeavor. And today we’re both featuring our apron projects.
Off to visit my friends at the Material Girl fabric store I went, to select my fabric. Which designer should I choose? Heather Bailey ? Amy Butler? How about both ?! Today, I came up with my own version of a reversible apron – just for futzing around the kitchen. No pattern at all – just a series of simple steps and straight stitches on my sewing machine.
Here’s a peek at the final apron, and my step by step.
Simple Sew Reversible Apron with Pockets – No Pattern Necessary
- I yard each of two complimentary fabrics
- Matching thread
- Ruffle or trim detail (optional)
Step One: Fold both yards of fabric in half and cut to make two pieces each 18” x 45”. Take one of each size piece of each fabric and turn them so that the patterns are inside out. Pin bottom of apron and sew straight stitch to form bottom of apron. Flip right side out and press with iron for a crisp hemmed bottom.
Step Two: For pocket, cut piece of remaining fabric from leftover 18” x 45” piece of fabric twice as large as you want your pocket to be. Fold fabric in half, and align raw edges of fabric. Fold under 1/2 inch along bottom of pocket, then pin raw edges to single side of fabric. Do not sew to both pieces of fabric, just the one side.
Pin sides of pocket to apron, then top stitch all around to form clean straight pocket.
If you want additional trim, top stitch ruffle or trim to pocket. I chose old fashioned eyelet for a retro look.
For an additional pocket on the other side, simply repeat the above steps.
Step Three: To complete sides of apron, double fold over the seam, then sew with straight stitch.
Step Four: For the top, you can do a double fold over again like with the sides. I chose to give the front an additional waistband. Cut a piece of fabric about 5 inches wide from the leftover scrap fabric.
Fold the fabric under about 1/2 inch, and pin the raw edge to the top of your apron. Sew waistband to single side of apron.
Double roll your hem over the top of the other side of apron, secure with pins, and stitch closed with sewing machine.
Step Five: To make ties, cut 45” long strips of fabric approximately 5 inches wide. Flip inside out and stitch raw edges together. Once sewn together, use safety pin fastened to end of fabric tie and insert into tie. Using safety pin, work through fabric in order to bring fabric tie right side out.
Insert raw end of ties into waistband, then secure with sewing machine. Finish off end of other side with a double fold seam.
That’s all folks. A simple sew reversible apron by a self proclaimed non-sewer working without a pattern. Not bad for my first attempt !
Floral fabric is Heather Bailey’s ‘Wallpaper Roses’ from her Pop Garden series, and the stripe fabric is Amy Butler’s ‘Daisy Chain’ series.
I really couldn’t wait to break in the first version of my reversible apron. Two aprons for the price of one ! Next month, I want to make more of these for hostess gifts for the holidays.
And if you want a list of Heather Bailey and Amy Butler fabrics currently in stock at Material Girl fabric store, I’ve got the goods right in my inbox. Just drop me a line and it’s yours.