Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Apron from The Secret Stitch Club Blog

This is the apron we are making. Isn't it adorable. It would make a great gift (bridal shower, housewarming, because your a great friend, etc.) and can be made in about 1 hour. Choose 4 fabrics that coordinate (or not)...
You will need:
1 yard 45" wide of main fabric (green) - the body, neck strap, and ties
1/3 yard of coordinating #1 (flower/paisley print) - top ruffle and smaller top ruffle1/3 yard of coordinating #2 (blue/green swooshes) - bottom ruffle and smaller ruffle
1/4 yard of coordinating fabric #3 (polka dots) - middle ruffle and cover tape
Step #1: Cut out the main body, neck strap, & ties.
Neck strap: Cut 2 - measures 23 1/2 x 2 inches wide (or cut 1 at 4 inches wide and fold in half)
Waist ties: Cut 4 - measures 36 x 3 inches wide (or cut 2 at 6 inches wide & fold in half)
The main body is a basic apron shape. The apron measures 24 1/2 inches long by 12 1/2 inches wide at the top and 26 inches wide at the waist (these are finished measurements - you might want to add 1/2 inch for seam allowances).
Step #2: Cut out coordinating fabric #1 - top ruffle & smaller ruffle
a. larger ruffle - measures 44 x 8 (or 22 inches cut on the fold)
b. smaller ruffle - measures 22 x 2 1/2 (or 11 inches cut on the fold)
Step #3: Cut out coordinating fabric #2 - bottom ruffle & smaller ruffle
(use same measurements as above)
Step #4: Cut coordinating fabric #3
a. larger ruffle - measures 44 x 8 (or 22 inches cut on the fold) - same as the other large ruffles.
b. cover tape - measures 12 1/2 x 2 inches (this cover tape is optional)
Step #5: Fold the neck tie with right sides facing each other. Pin in place, iron flat.
Step #6: Zigzag, sew, or serge the edge(s).
Step #7: Turn the fabric right side out.
Step #8: Iron the strap flat.
Step #9: Turn in the end of strap.
Step #10: Sew it closed.
Step #11: Top stitch down both sides. Repeat steps #5 through #11 for the waist ties.
Step #12: Zigzag or serge the edges of the main body. Turn in edge, iron, turn in again (so you can't see the rough edge), iron flat.
Step #13: Sew the ironed flat edges.
Step #14: Attach the neck tie at the top of the apron.
Step #15: Attach the waist ties at the sides of the apron.
Step #16: Zigzag or serge all edges of the smaller ruffles.
Step #17: Zigzag or serge all edges of the larger ruffles.
Step #18: Turn in zigzag or serged sides and bottom edges, iron, and sew flat. The top edge is optional for the bottom 2 ruffles (since the top edge does not show). It should be finished for the top larger ruffle. Repeat this step for the smaller ruffles.
(Optional Step): This is how to make cover tape. It is similar to bias tape - except it is not on the bias (45' angle) of the fabric. Take a 12 1/2 x 2 inch wide strip, fold in half, iron.
(Optional Step): Fold the sides again toward the middle and iron flat, refold and iron. The 2 inch piece should now be 12 1/2 x 1/2 inch wide.
Step 19#: Sew 2 rows of gather stitch at the top of the ruffle, then gather the smaller top ruffle from 22 inches to 12 1/2. Repeat this step for the other smaller ruffle.
(Optional Step): Insert the smaller top ruffle into the cover tape, pin.
(Optional Step): Sew the cover tape to the ruffle.
Step #20: Attach the top ruffle to the top of the apron.
(Optional Step): Top stitch the cover tape.
Step #21: Below the top ruffle (about 1 inch), pin your second smaller ruffle. Sew in place.
Step #22: Gather the other 3 larger ruffles using a gethering stitch. Ruffles should be gathered from 44 inches to about 26 inches.
Step #23: Place your larger bottom ruffle at the bottom of your apron, pin, and sew. It will be about 1/2 an inch (or less) from the edge.
Step #24: Place your larger top ruffle at the waist of your apron (right beneath the ties), pin in place, and sew.
Step #25: There will be about a 10 inch gap between the larger top & bottom ruffles. At about 4 1/2 to 5 inches from the top ruffle - place your middle ruffle, pin in place.
Step #26: Sew your middle ruffle in place.
And that's it!

2 comments:

SympleTymes/PrimitiveRose said...

Oh wow Marcel This is the cutes apron..It was so fantastic of you to share the pattern..Thank You!Your The BEST!

Mona said...

This apron is sew cute!! Thanks for sharing.