Wednesday, May 4, 2011

{Simple Adjustable Apron}



Aprons are great. They make great gifts too.
So with Mother's Day coming up I decided to put together a little tutorial
for you all to make one or two for the moms in your lives.

I like my aprons SIMPLE....no ruffles, laces, or bows for me.
I am NOT a froo-froo kinda gal.
I just really like these kind of aprons and they are
GREAT for kids....easy to take on and off....not rings or ties to bug ya up at the neck

I MAY OR MAY NOT be making these to give as gifts for Mother's Day (wink...wink!!!!)

What you'll need:
2 kinds of fabric (one for the front and one for the back)
thread
sewing machine
iron
ironing board
large safety pin
scissors

Step 1: Make a Pattern
I originally just traced the apron I wear when I cut hair and just tweaked it a little.
I like to make my patterns out of butcher paper. If you don't have butcher paper and are wondering what to use you could use newspaper or wrapping paper.

Here's my measurements (you can adjust them to fit the person better)


Step 2: Cut out pattern
*Cut 2 main apron pieces
( I used 2 different fabrics(the teal flower & brown polka dots but you could use one if you'd like)

*Cut 3 inch strips that will be sewn together to make the tie
(I just use the leftover material for this)

Step 3: Pin pieces of apron right side together.


Step 4: Now you are ready to sew

in case you were wondering.....I used 1/4 inch seams just because that's what
my machine is usually set to for my quilting.


*You are going to sew along the edges but make sure to leave openings for the casing for the tie. The picture shows you where to and not to sew


As you can see from the picture I start on the bottom and work my way around.

Step 5: Turn to the right side
Using the opening on the bottom turn apron to the right side and iron seams flat
Make sure to tuck in the raw edges from ALL the openings(there should be 5) and iron them flat
After ironing your apron should look this this.......

Step 6: Top stitch close to edge all the way around....
but don't sew your holes shut on the sides and top. If you do you'll be HATING life cause when you go to put your tie in you'll realize there is not hole for it and then you have to pull out the handy-dandy trusty seam ripper and trust me you DON'T want to do that!!! (you don't have to so this step but I think it just gives it a more finished look)

Step 7: Sew casing
Sew about 1.25 inches from the edge to form a pocket for the tie to reside in.


Step 8: Make the tie
To make the tie cut 4 -5 strips of remaining fabric that are 3 inches wide.
I like my ties really long so I can wrap it around my back and tie it in the front but
you can make your ties as long or as short as you want.

Sew the strips to together to make one really long strip.
Follow the instruction below on the picture to make your tie


Adjust the tie to your liking and there you have it
The Best Adjustable Apron!!!


You can also adjust everything and make mini versions for the kiddos

Hope this was helpful for all who want to make some aprons

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5 comments:

Michelle Walkenhorst said...

I tried making a reversible adjustable apron without a tutorial or pattern. I did not turn out like I wanted. I gave up hope on getting it
But reading this I can see exactly what I did wrong, so I'm gonna try it again.

Becky said...

Cute Apron! I love that pattern. Come share it with more people! ‎{Share the Love} link up party is starting tomorrow at mydomesticdesign.com!

Dawn said...

What is the best kind of fabric for this? I am making a chef's apron for a preteen who likes to bake. So I want it to be appropriate/fun for him, but also hold up well.

Beth Morris said...

Thank you so much for this tutorial, it is exactly what my daughter wants for Christmas. Finding this was a blessing!

Anonymous said...

Thank you VERY much for sharing this! . This is a huge help to me as i plan a girls group sewing activity! I am very grateful for your kindness in taking the time to post this. Very helpful!!

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