Tuesday, September 1, 2009

copy cat apron

You might recognize this apron from yesterday's canning post. And perhaps you recognize the red and brown fabric from this bag. When Stacy and I got together with our friend Kayleen to make aprons, I knew we could count on Stacy's fabric stash to provide just the right options for the perfect aprons. She really has great taste, and she's so incredibly generous! I love this apron, and I've pretty much been living in it all month with my crazy canning.


So you may be wondering, where did you find the pattern for those adorable aprons? Funny thing, that. We planned on doing a tutorial, but it was so darn easy we couldn't bring ourselves to take step-by-step pictures! Don't believe me? If you have a similar BBQ-style apron at your house, you can make this apron. That's right--we used another apron as our pattern. It took all of a half an hour to put these together. In fact, Kayleen made 2 and 1/2 of them while I left my kids with her and went to visit another friend. When I came back, they were all three almost finished!

That apron we copied is the one you see below. Or the six you see below. My amazing mother-in-law made aprons for every single person who came to Christmas Eve dinner last year. Down to the last-minute guests and the kiddies. I couldn't believe how much work she went to outfit us all to help in the kitchen. Her little secret? She used an old apron as a pattern and traced it. Now that I've made one, I guess I can see how she did it. Sort of. That's still a lot of aprons. She really is incredible!




So, here are some loose instructions on how to make this apron, but really, once you get your fabric out and start, you'll see it's a piece of cake.

1. Lay out a simple apron on top of your fabric. We used heavier decorator-weight fabric for ours.

2. Trace the apron, adding a 1" border, and cut it out.

3. Cut a piece of ribbon, or a wide band of fabric, to make the neck strap. If using fabric, cut it about 4" to 5" wide. Fold it in half lengthwise and sew all the way down, using a 1/4" seam allowance. Turn right-side out and press flat with the seam down the middle. We didn't even hem the edges, but you could for a cleaner look.

4. Cut two long pieces of ribbon or fabric to make the ties (use same method as 3. if you're making fabric ties). We used ribbon because it was just so much easier!

5. Optional: Cut a wide band the width of the chest in a coordinating fabric (ours was about 4"). Or use ribbon. Hem the fabric 1/4" on each long end, and sew on the front of the apron across the chest. Trim any excess fabric.

6. Optional: Cut a wide band of coordinating fabric the width of the bottom to make a ruffle. See this tutorial to create your ruffle.

7. Fold over the edges of the apron 1/4" and iron. Fold over another 1/4" and iron. Stitch the hem down around entire apron. (We were lazy and just folded it over 1/2" and sewed it.)

8. Take your neck strap and position it at the outside edges of the top of the apron. Sew in place.

9. Position your waist ties at the appropriate spot and sew in place.

10. Hem the bottom edge of your ruffle strip with a 1/4″ seam. Using a basting stitch, or the longest machine stitch you have, sew two parallel lines across the top of the strip. To create gathers, tie the threads at one end, then pull the bobbin threads (on the back side) on the other end gently, evenly distributing the gathers until you like the way they look. Sew across gathers with a zig-zag stitch to keep them in place. Pin in place on the bottom of the apron (right sides together and upside down). Sew onto the apron using a regular straight stitch to hold in place. This is what it will look like on the back. Need a video? Check this one out from SewSing.com--it's excellent.



That is it! Sorry about the lack of pictures. If we make another one we'll update the post. But really, it's a very simple project that even novice sewers can tackle. If in doubt, take a closer look at the apron you're copying!

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14 Responses to “copy cat apron”

Julie @ Little One-of-a-Kind Design said...

a fun apron making cooking so much more fun! love your green one!

Beverly said...

I have been wanting to start sewing...this looks like a good starter project! They are cute.

simplymodernmom said...

I love easy aprons! My friend has been looking for an easy apron pattern for her daughter. I'll have to refer her to this post.
http://www.simplymodernmom.com

Jode said...

Loved the post! I have learned a quick way to gather fabric, and have used this no fail method over and over again. I use fishing line, and hold it straight under my sewing machine needle, then zigzag on top of it. You then adjust your gathers,(they slide very easily over the fishing line), attach the ruffle to the piece you are sewing, and then pull out the fishing line. So easy! P.S. When everyone has a matching apron, everyone helps with the dishes!!!! It's magic!

arkie said...

Cute aprons!

Beth- the mama bee said...

I made an apron awhile back that is almost identical to the ones your MIL(?) made for the christmas dinner helpers. Here it is: http://mamabeefromthehive.blogspot.com/2009/05/swirls-and-polka-dots.html

thedoodlegirl said...

Too, TOO adorable!!

Juanita said...

Thanks for showing us your cute aprons! Also, many thanks for the link to the video on gathering - I know its seemingly simple, but I needed a visual to actually get the directions many other have given me. :P silly I know. Thanks again!!

Sandra said...

Several years ago I invested in the ruffling attachment for my sewing machine. It is amazing how much you can do with it! I used it to make a dust ruffle for our bed and used it on tubes of fabric for little girls socks. Great timesaver if you're mass producing!

Amy said...

I love a cute apron!

Myrnie said...

Love all those aprons! :) I made a few for my sisters in law a few years ago- they're such great gifts :)

I had to laugh when I saw the clock behind the group of women, though- I have an identical one hanging in m living room! My husband's aunt lives in Utah and made it with her Relief Society- guess it was a popular project down there?? :)

Custom t-shirts said...

Well these aprons are looking very beautiful. I really like the children wearing apron. These kids are looking very beautiful.

Jeannine said...

Love the aprons but **really** love the red floral fabric you used on the non-ruffled one - any ideas on where it's from?

Little Birdie Secrets said...

I bought the fabric at Hancock Fabric in the home decor section a while ago. I looked and it doesn't have a name or designer on it (or I cut that off so long ago and didn't keep it). I am sorry I don't have any more information.

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