A Christmas Apron TutorialMonday, November 17, 2014
I know it's not December yet, but hopefully this tutorial might get you in the festive spirit! Today I am sharing a really easy and fun tutorial to make a 50's inspired Christmas Apron. The fabric I have chosen, which was very kindly donated by Elephant In My Handbag (don't forget you can get 10% off your first purchase by using the code 'Salt'), is a really fun and quirky print which I am just in LOVE with. Actually, I would love a dress in this print, but just don't have time to make one, so an apron is a really quick alternative - I'm definitely going to be wearing this apron at our annual Christmas drinks party in our house!! Housewife-extraordinaire! lol.
On to the tutorial:
- Approx 1m main fabric
- Approx 1m accent fabric for the strap and ties and optional pocket(s) (you could get away with a bit less if you don't include pockets)
- Sewing machine
- Matching thread
1. Cut out your pieces
You will need (refer to diagram above):
In the main fabric:
1 x Skirt piece 110x55cm
1 x Bib piece 35x35cm
In the accent fabric:
1 x Strap piece 60x9cm
6 x Waist Tie piece 85x9cm
I recommend using a rotary cutter, mat and ruler to cut out the pieces for best results.
Cut a small notch (only about 0.5cm in size) in the middle of the skirt top edge, bib bottom edge and both top and bottom edges of 2 of the tie pieces.
2. Sew skirt sides and hem
Fold under shorter sides of skirt piece 1.5cm, iron, fold over again, iron and pin in place.
Sew down with just under a 1.5cm (5/8inch) seam allowance.
Repeat with both sides
Sew with just under a 1.5cm seam allowance.
2. Gather top of skirt
Pull top threads of one side of each row of stitches, and the bottom threads of the other side and slowly gather fabric.
Decide on the required final width for the skirt section of your apron (I decided to make mine 50cm) and distribute gathers evenly.
3. Prepare waist ties
Sew together the short end of one of the notched waist tie pieces to the short end of one of the un-notched waist tie pieces, right sides together, with a 1.5cm seam allowance.
Repeat with the other short side of the notched piece (so again, sew short ends of the notched piece with the short end of an un-notched piece, right sides together). This will form a strip of three ties sewn together, with the notched piece in the middle.
Iron seams open.
Repeat with remaining three waist tie pieces.
You should now have two strips, both made up of three waist tie pieces sewn together.
4. Sew ties to skirt
Pin centre notches together.
Measure half of the skirt finished width (so for mine, this was 25cm) and pin the tie to the right edge of the skirt. Repeat for the left side. Now continue pinning tie to skirt, distributing gathers evenly.
Now take the other length of ties and place right sides together with the first set of ties - this will be on the WRONG side of the skirt. Match the centre notches again and use the same pins to pin through all layers. You will essentially have a skirt 'sandwich' "Ties - Skirt - Ties". Continue pinning ties right sides together along the full length of the upper and lower edge until you reach the edge of the skirt again.
Stop sewing around the ties when you reach the skirt edge again, leaving a 'gap' to turn the ties right sides around.
5. Prepare the neck strap
Open the piece up again and fold the long edges into the middle, wrong sides together, and iron.
Keeping those folded edges in place, fold the strap in half again, iron and pin in place.
Sew the open edges together with a 3mm (1/8inch) seam allowance (or as close to the edge as you can). Repeat with the folded edge (essentially topstitching to create symmetrical sewn lines on either side of the strap).
6. Prepare the Bib
Sew down the sides with a seam allowance of just under 1.5cm.
Baste the strap in place.
Sew down with a 1.5cm seam allowance.
Secure the ties in place by top stitching over them with an X figure - see photo above.
7. Attach bib to ties and skirt
Place the bib in-between the top of the ties, matching the centre notches.
Pin in place. This is when you can test the size of the bib and adjust as necessary. I ended tucking the bottom of my bib all the way into the ties, so you might do the same, or it might be the right size with just 2cm being tucked in.
And you are done!