Friday, May 22, 2009

Stop staring and start sewing

For the longest time, I’ve wanted a nice little apron to wear when I’m baking goodies in the kitchen. Aprons are kind of like cute pajamas though; they aren’t a necessity. I would rather spend $25 on dinner or drinks with friends than on looking like Martha in the kitchen. That being said, for months, I’ve been book marking cute apron tutorials with the intent to at some point sewing something together. Well here goes!

I used this tutorial from Stop Staring and Start Sewing. The pattern requires one fat quarter for the main apron piece and 1/2 yard of fabric for the waistband and ties.

First, I removed the selvedges from my waistband fabric. Then, I laid my waistband fabric down and made 1” snips at 6" and 12" and ripped my fabric into 3 equal strips, so that I had 3 strips (6" x 44") and one fat quarter. Lastly, I removed the selvedge off of my fat quarter, and then it was time to break out the sewing machine!

So, I took one of my waistband strips and cut a piece off the same width as my fat quarter (22" or so, not the 18" side). I saved the remaining length of this waistband strip for later. Then I folded the strip in half and pressed it.

Then, I put my fat quarter and the folded strip together so the raw edges matched up. I stitched in place using about a 1/3 inch seam allowance and pressed my seam allowance upward and topstitched to finish it off. Next, I hemmed the sides of my apron by folding over twice (pressing each time) and stitching.

Next, I took the remaining piece of my waistband strip (the one I cut from the bottom of my apron) and pinned the two long pieces to each side, stitching both seams and pressing them open.

Then, I laid my main apron piece on the center piece of the waistband, right sides together, and stitched the pieces together across the top of the apron piece using a 1/3" seam allowance.

I folded and pressed the unfinished edge of my waistband strip directly above the main apron piece (just the part above the apron, not the whole length of the waistband). Next, I folded the waistband strip, right sides together, matching raw edges. Then, I pinned both sides, leaving the center above the main apron piece open.

At the end of each waistband strip, I made a mark 2” up from the bottom. Then I stitched the waist ties starting at the main apron piece. When I got to the mark I made, I lowered my needle, pivoted, and stitched a straight line ending just above the corner where the fold meets the raw edge. To finish off, I trimmed the extra fabric away below my stitch line.

Next, I turned my ties right side out (my favorite part of sewing because it feels like magic) and pressed them flat (presto-chango! you have an apron). I folded the unsewn part of the waistband over, so that the folded edge covered the stitch line, and pinned it in place on right side. I used a small zigzag stitch on the right side of my apron and stitched all the way across the top where the main apron piece met the waistband piece. Lastly, I trimmed all my loose strings and ironed my apron.

Ta Da! Time to go make dinner in my super cute new apron!


  1. erin this is amazing! so cute and AWESOME except not and cute and awesome as you ;) great pictures, too.

  2. thanks! It took more than the hour the tutorial said it would (more like 2.5 and I already had my fabrics washed and dried) but I'm definitely going to make these as gifts next year for Christmas because it was super easy and came out cute!