here is the apron i made before christmas. loving my cows! this apron gives you a chance to use some of those FQ piling up in your stash and lets you have some fun with aprons. I've already made 5 of these. I'm thinking i need one for each day of the week! what a fun gift also. you could give this, matching pot holders and some kitchen gadgets!!! i could go on and on....but lets see how these things are made!
below is the one we are making today. my hubby did a quick modeling for you :)
(he is straight in the door from work, hence the nasty white t-shirt and sweats LOL)
List of supplies:
1 fat quarter of fabric for the body (18x22)
1/2 yard of fabric for the bottom/top sash and tie. (18 inches by WOF--width of fabric which is around 42-44)
cutting mat and rotary cutter (or just a simple scissors and ruler)
here we GO!
1/2 yard of fabric for handles/borders
cut your 1/2 yard of fabric into 3 sections. all 6inches by WOF (width of fabric--usually around 42-44"). be sure and cut off any selvage (bottom) edge.
iron your fat quarter and also trim this piece up so it is even and the edges are nice and straight. ( cut off selvage if there is any)
ok, here is the FUN part. take your 6x22ish piece and place is right side UP. take your fat quarter piece and place the 22inch section right side DOWN. NO PINNING YET. make sure if your apron body has a directional fabric or words that this is the BOTTOM edge of your apron. your words would be upside down.
see, right sides together.
see....its a fabric burrito and a TUBE! :)
DO NOT get any of the tube into the pinning section, because we are going to sew a seam here.
remove your pins and pull the tube of fabric out. you shouldn't need any type of a turning tool. this should come out very easy.
VOILA!! the seams are INSIDE the tube and wont fray when washed. WOOT WOOT. now get that iron heated back up and iron this edge nice and crisp.
i like to sew and give this piece a nice top stitched look. you could get creative here and do all different types of decorative stitching too.
next....we aren't done with this bottom edge YET. now take and fold the sides of your apron (the 18" edge)over twice. (towards the back of the apron) i do about a 1/4inch seam x2. I also iron it down, which keeps it in place when sewing.
sew this edge down. this will not fray either when washing because your raw edge is inside. how sweet is that??!!!
lets get to the top and get this girl done!
take your other piece of band/sashing fabric which you had cut in half earlier. it should be around 6x22. fold the sides over x1 about 1/4-1/2 inch. iron this piece well so it stays in place when sewing.
lets do the burrito/tube method again! right sides together, roll, pin and sew.
time to make the ties/handles and we are in the home stretch. fold one of your pieces of the 6x44ish tie fabric right sides together, so its a long piece (3x44ish). pin if you don't trust yourself to sew this straight. I'm a bad girl and don't pin a lot. tisk tisk tisk.
here is a picture of our completed apron....this time i grabbed my son to pose. THANKS FOR THE NICE POSE BUDDY! (he loves to read my blog)
i have seen similar tutorials online for this apron, but i have changed and added a few of my own directions which worked best for me. this is the idea my sister and i brainstormed together and came up with. i hope you find it user friendly.
SEWMUCH2LUV has a good apron tutorial and HERE is an older tut from a different blog.