Very easy apron
I really like these aprons and enjoy making them when I need a break from fitting garmets =).

First, the pattern: Some aprons I made so far, I just traced from some RTW aprons I had (I just pressed the apron along the center front, pinned it on the folded fabric and traced directly, then I took it off and made any changes I wanted). Others I made from the apron pattern available on the free software Wild Things! from Ginger, Inc. The software make a full pattern, but I prefer to cut the aprons from folded fabric, so I just use one half of the pattern. I also make some changes to the pattern, mainly rounding the bottom corners.


So, then I fold the fabric (I prefer cotton and for small children, even small leftovers will do) and pin the pattern to it. I trace it with chalk and make any changes in length or desing. (in this case I made it longer and curved the corners) The I cut it out.

Then I find some embelishment. I don't have a wide selection, so ric-rac is usually what I use. You don't really have to use anything or can use any nice ribbons you have or even make an applique. I also pick the bias tape I am going to use. If I don't have anything matching, then I make my own bias tape out of self-fabric. I have found that the ironing-board techniques works well, but if you have a tape maker, even better.


After I stitch any embelishments, it's time to apply the bias tape to the top of the apron. Now, I do not have any special tools to do this and I have tried too many times to apply the bias tape in one process, but always made too many mistakes and spent too much time unpicking the stitching, so now I rather choose to apply the binding in two steps, but do it accurately every time. So, I do it in two steps. First I open up the bias tape and stitch it, aligning the edges of fabrics and tape (on RTW, the smaller side). With cotton, I usually don't even pin, just sew slowly.

Then I turn the bias tape over to the right side of the fabric and top-stitch from the right side. This helps me to get it rigth every time. Now, if you are skilled in binding in one step or have a special machine foot, you can do this apron even faster.

I do this also to the bottom part of the apron, all the way from one side to the other. When this is done, I trim all the binding and embelishment even with the fabric of the apron.

The second part of the job is now to make the ties, bind the sides AND do the neckstrap all in one process.

So, now I measure actually measure something, LOL. I decide how long I want the ties to be and how long the neckstrap should be. When making an apron for someone in my family, I actually hold the apron to their bodies and measure with a tape measure how long the neck strap should be. For other people, I estimate. But if I would be making a apron for someone, I don't know well, I would probably not make a loop on the top, rather two neck ties that can be custom tied at the top.

Then I actually pin the bias tape to the right side of the apron. Starting at one side, I measure the tie length, mark, then pin the side of the apron, measure the neck strap, mark, pin the second side of apron and measure other tie. Cut off the bias tape. Sew the bias to the left side of fabric. Turn the binding to the right side and pin again.

And now come the fun part - finishing all of it in one process. Turn the apron with right side up and start with one tie. I usually turn the end of the bias tape to the inside (clipping the corner a bit) and start sewing the tape together. When I come to the apron side, I continue to finish the binding, then come to the neck strap part and sew that together, then the second side and finally the second strap - all this without having to take the needle out of the fabric! Cut off the thread and you are done! Press the apron and you have a lovely present in less than 30 minutes.

This one I made for my niece who is coming to visit us next week.

Here is the first apron I made this way for my daughter last year.

And here are several more I made a while ago for my other daughters.

Just last Saturday I also made one much larger one for my SIL, using a wider bias tape and it came out great!


Happy sewing!

Actively sewing since
July 2003


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