Spring Apron

Of all the tutorials I’ve done, this apron took the most time and work on my part to develop, so I’m kinda proud of it.  Now to find time to make one for myself!

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To make this apron with a main fabric and contrast, as shown above, you’ll need

  • 1 2/3 yards of the main fabric (skirt, top and waist ties)
  • 1 1/2 yards of the contrast (ruffle, waistband, neck tie and pockets)

Wash and dry both fabrics before cutting so your apron can be washed later with little to no shrinkage.

You’ll also need this pattern.  It’s a big one – 25 pages – but for this project we’re dealing with large pieces.  You’ll have to piece them together by printing out the pages and matching the X’s.  The pieces overlap, so just look for matching letters next to the X.  It’s also printed on a grid, which should make it easier.

Fold the main fabric with the selvages together.  If you’re not familiar with the term, the selvage is the long finished edge on both sides of the fabric perpendicular to the cut edge.  Cut top and skirt as shown.  Mark dots on bottom edge of skirt and for pocket placement.

Apron 1
Apron 1

Unfold remaining fabric and fold with selvages apart, just enough to fit waist ties.  If the waist tie piece is too long to fit the width of your fabric, simply shorten it.  It won’t be noticeable on the finished apron because the ties are very long.

Apron 2
Apron 2

Fold the contrast fabric with the selvages on the same side, but only wide enough to accommodate the waistband, since it’s the tallest piece.  After cutting the other pieces, fold smaller for the pocket, as shown.  This will keep all your scrap fabric in a larger piece.  Fold the necktie and ruffle pattern pieces and cut on the fold.  Add the point to one end of the necktie.  Mark the dot on the waistband.

Apron 3
Apron 3

Use a 1/2” seam allowance for all stitching on the apron.

Fold the pocket, right sides together.  Stitch around edge, leaving a 1 1/2” opening on one side for turning.  Trim seam.  I leave the seam a bit wider at the opening to make it easier to turn in.  Turn right side out.  Press, turning in opening.  Repeat with remaining pocket.

Apron 4
Apron 4

Match top corners of pockets to dots on skirt.  Pin in place and stitch near edge, leaving top open. 

Apron 5
Apron 5

Turn sides of top under 1/2”, then turn edge in to fold to create a 1/4” rolled seam.  Press.  Trim off ends of seam even with lower edge of top.  Stitch.

Apron 6
Apron 6

Fold upper edge of top under 1 1/2”.  Press.  Fold edge under 1/4”.  Stitch near inner fold to create casing at neck.

Apron 7
Apron 7

Pin waistband to lower edge of top, right sides together, matching tip of lower edge of top to dot on waistband.  Stitch, slightly stretching waistband if necessary to match edge of top.

Apron 8
Apron 8

Lay waistband, with top attached, right side up.  Pin upper edge of skirt to raw edge with right sides together.  Stitch.  Press seam toward waistband.

Apron 9
Apron 9

Fold waist tie right sides together.  Stitch, leaving straight end open.  Clip corners.  Turn.  Press.  Topstitch.  Repeat with remaining waist tie.  No, the end is not symmetrical.  Yes, it was an accident.  I decided I like it, but if it bugs you, feel free to fix it on your pattern before cutting.

Apron 10
Apron 10

Match raw end of waist tie to edge of waistband, with the edge next to the skirt seam, right sides together.  Stitch.

Apron 12
Apron 12

Fold short ends of remaining waistband piece under 1/2”.  Press.  Fold top down over skirt. 

Apron 13
Apron 13

With right side facing top, pin second waistband to first, sandwiching top between, and matching folded edge to stitching line where waist ties were attached. 

Apron 14
Apron 14

Sew along previous stitching line.  Press waistbands down toward skirt.

Apron 15
Apron 15

Sew short ends of ruffle pieces right sides together to create one long strip.  Zigzag stitch over edges of seams to finish.  Press seams to one side. 

Apron 17
Apron 17

Turn one long edge under 1/2” and then turn the edge into the fold for a 1/4” rolled hem.  Stitch.  Do the same on both short ends.

Apron 18
Apron 18

Stitch a long basting stitch 5/8” from raw edge, then 1/4” from that.  Stop and restart stitching at each seam, leaving long threads.  Mark center on edge of skirt.

Apron 19
Apron 19

Pin ruffle to bottom edge of skirt, right sides together, matching center and dots on skirt to seams on ruffle.  Ends of ruffle should be next to waistband seams.

Apron 20.1
Apron 20.1

Gather each section of ruffle by tying long threads together at one end and pulling threads from the other.  Even out gathers and pin. 

Apron 20
Apron 20

Stitch.  Remove basting threads.  Zigzag stitch over edge of seam.  Press seam up toward skirt.  Top stitch near the edge of skirt through seam and again 1/4” away.

Apron 21
Apron 21

Turn remaining raw edge of waistband under 1/2”.  Press. 

Apron 16
Apron 16

Pin over first waistband, covering raw seams on upper edge of skirt and at sides where waist ties were sewn on. Topstitch.

Apron 22
Apron 22

Stitch short ends of neck tie pieces right sides together to create one long piece.  Press seam open.  Fold right sides together.  Stitch, leaving an opening near the middle.  Trim seam.  Turn.  Press, turning in opening.  Top stitch.

Apron 23
Apron 23

Feed neck tie though casing at upper edge of top.  Make sure neck tie is flat and centered.  Stitch through casing at center to hold neck tie in place.  Push sides of casing toward center while holding neck ties to gather.

Spring Apron from craftystaci.com

Ready for the kitchen!  Hang onto those leftover fabric scraps – I’ve got another cute kitchen project coming next week.

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If you happen to make one of these yourself, I’d love to see a photo.  Just tag me @craftystaci!

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Anniversary and Spring Apron Giveaway Winners

First of all, I’d like to say thank you to everyone who entered both of these giveaways.  I asked you to tell me something that would make me smile and you definitely did.  In fact, some of them made me laugh out loud, which was even funnier since I was out in the world reading them on my phone.  There are a couple of establishments I may not be allowed back into.

Anyway, with no further ado, the winner of the book and fat quarters is…Mindy Bohn!  I’ve sent an email to Mindy and have her prize ready to ship.  According to her comment, she’s expecting a baby, so I can only imagine the adorable things she can do with her book and fabric.

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And, the winner of the Spring Apron goes by the initials B.M.!  I’ve sent an email, and it appears from the address that this winner is from Germany.  My very German husband will be happy.

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Congratulations to both winners and thank you all so much for reading and entering.  Be sure to check out the apron tutorial on Wednesday!

Spring Apron Giveaway

My sister Jennifer recently had an important birthday.  I won’t out her on which one, even though she’s my younger sister, but it was one of those that deserves a little something extra.  That, combined with her new kitchen gave me the perfect excuse to re-visit an apron pattern I had attempted to create over a year ago that needed more work.  I spent a couple of months on it and made a mock-up, which my daughter promptly claimed.  Here she is, cooking out in the yard.  You know, like everyone does.

Spring Apron Giveaway 1

I had some perfect sarcastic 50’s housewife fabric, which I knew my sister would appreciate, so I made this one and sent it off to her.

Spring Apron Giveaway 2

I owe a big thanks to my niece, Alorea, for cornering her mom (and little brother) in the kitchen and snagging this photo for me!

I had originally planned to share how to make the apron today.  But I also wanted to give away the one I recently made.  A giveaway and big tutorial in one day was too much, so of course, giveaway first!

You can enter to win this springy little number:

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I especially love the back.

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To enter to win this apron, leave a comment here.  That’s it.  Super simple, whatever you’d like to say.  One entry per visitor.

You have until next Sunday night, April 1, 2012 at 11:59 pm to enter.  I’ll choose a random winner after that and announce who it is on Monday, April 2nd.  Please make sure there is an email address attached to your profile or included in your comment so I’m able to contact you.  If I’m unable to reach the winner within one week, I’ll have to choose a new one.

This contest is open to anyone, and international entries are welcome, provided your country has no limitations on whether you can receive items from the United States.

In case you missed it, my other giveaway ends at the same time – be sure to enter that one too.

I’ll be posting the tutorial for this apron next Wednesday, after the contests are over.  Get your printer ready and your sewing machine fired up!

Friday Favorites–Fat Quarter Projects

You may have noticed by now, it’s Fat Quarter Week.  I didn’t exactly plan it, it just happened.  What better way to wrap it up than a round-up of great projects from around the ‘net that can be made with a fat quarter or two?

A pincushion may seem an obvious choice, since you can make most of them from a small amount of fabric, but the addition of the Scrap Bag to this Puff Pincushion from Awaiting Ada takes it up a step.

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You probably saw my apron yesterday, but there are lots of others out there, including this cute Fat Quarter Apron from Prudent Baby.

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And this Reversible Apron from Wendymoon Designs.  She used her own fabrics she had printed by Spoonflower!

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With a fat quarter and 20 minutes, you can make this Grocery Bag Holder from Craftiness Is Not Optional.

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Tiny shoes always get my attention, so I’d love an excuse to make these Cloth Shoes from Stardust Shoes.

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Little gift bags are a great way to use up fabrics you might be having a hard time finding another use for.  Check out these Small Treat Totes from AllPeopleQuilt.

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This DIY Fat Quarter Bag from Make and Takes would be cute for a little or big girl.

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I love the elastic around the inside of this Beach Comber Bag from 2 Little Hooligans to hold all your sunscreen bottles in place.  I also love the thought of getting to use sunscreen again.

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The Sometimes Crafter makes these Fabric Scrap Baskets look easy.

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These Criss-Cross Coasters from Allsorts are so cute, and the color and pattern mixing opportunities are endless.

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If you’re still searching for projects that can be made from fat quarters, here’s a few Crafty Staci tutorials that fit the bill:

Pan Protector and Hot Pad

Butterfly Headband

Flip-Flop Covers

Take-Out Wristlet

Quick and Easy Fabric Coaster

Shamrock Barrette

Drawstring Wristlet

Reversible Coffee Cup Sleeve

Love Note Coffee Cup Sleeve

Camera Lens Cap Pouch

Fabric Cornucopia

Reusable Sandwich and Snack Bags

Superhero Luggage Tags

Lip Bag

Sunglass Bag

Forever Fabric Flowers

Last Minute Flower

Fabric Fortune Cookies

Purse Pad Pouch

Fabric Origami Jumping Frog

Passport Wallet

Travel Curling Iron Pouch

Thanks for joining me for my informal Fat Quarter Week!

Fat Quarter Half Apron

If you’re keeping score at home, you know I have two fat quarters left out of the bunch I received from my New Zealand fabric swap partner.  They’re my favorites, so I wanted to make sure I used them for something I could keep.  I’ve been working on a full apron pattern I’ll be sharing with you soon, but sometimes all you need is a half.  Since I don’t own an apron at all, that settled it.

FQ apron 1
FQ apron 1

To make this apron, you’ll need two fat quarters and this pocket pattern

From the first fabric, cut:

Apron skirt – 21” x 19”

From the second fabric, cut:

Bottom edge trim – 21” x 4”

Waistband – 21” x 4”

Ties (cut two) – 21” x 2 1/2”

Pockets (cut two) - from pattern

FQ apron 2
FQ apron 2

Sew the two pockets, right sides together, leaving a 2” opening at the bottom to turn.  Clip the corners.

FQ apron 3
FQ apron 3

Turn the pocket right side out and press, turning in the opening.  Place the pocket, centered on the skirt, 6 1/2” from the top edge.  Stitch around the straight edges of the pocket, leaving the two curved sides open.

FQ apron 4
FQ apron 4

Fold the bottom edge trim in half with wrong sides together.  Press the fold.  Open back up and line up one edge with the bottom edge of the apron skirt, right sides together.  Stitch.  Press seam toward the trim.

FQ apron 5
FQ apron 5

Repeat the same process with the waistband, stitching it to the top of the skirt and pressing the seam toward the waistband.

FQ apron 6
FQ apron 6

Create a 1/4” rolled hem on each side by folding the edge under 1/2”, then folding the raw edge in 1/4”.  Stitch.

FQ apron 7
FQ apron 7

Fold tie the long way, right sides together.  Stitch near edge, angling at the end if desired and leaving the opposite end open.  Turn and press.

FQ apron 8
FQ apron 8

Turn the raw edge of the waistband under 1/4” and press.  Fold in along the previously pressed center line, so the folded edge covers the seam on the back.  Tuck the raw end of the tie into the end of the waistband.  Stitch near the bottom edge and down the sides of the waistband.

FQ apron 9
FQ apron 9

Repeat with the bottom trim, leaving out the ties.

FQ apron 10
FQ apron 10

This is quick and easy to make and takes very few supplies.  You could even change up the shape of the pocket.

FQ apron 11
FQ apron 11

I’m not only the proud owner of a new apron, but a new apron with a story behind it.  The very best kind.

FQ apron 12
FQ apron 12
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Bet you can’t guess what my Friday Favorites theme is tomorrow!