A little while ago I found this great fabric in a charity shop. I was hoping there would be enough for a pillowcase, but alas not (it was bundled in a bag so I couldn’t tell) but for a while I have wanted to make Rose a little play apron for when she is playing in her little kitchen (which is quite a lot really) and this seemed the perfect use for my fabric find.
I had the perfect home alone morning at the weekend which was the perfect time for a little bit of sewing machine action. A sweet but simple little project.
Here is how I made my little apron in case you would like to make one too…
t h e t h i n g s y o u w i l l n e e d :
A piece of cotton type fabric about 90cm x 70cm
Scissors, pins, a hot iron, a sewing machine, a tape measure
w h a t t o d o :
Cut out a piece of fabric 90cm x 35cm (my fabric was 90cm wide and this was perfect). Using a hot iron, turn up the hem 1cm, then over again. Turn in the side edges 1cm. Then sew all the way around with your machine to secure everything.
Next you want to put some gathering in the top of your apron. To do this, put two rows of a long running stitch along your top, unhemmed, edge. The first needs to be about 1cm from the top and the second another 0.5cm below. Start and finish these lines about 5cm from the side edges and remember to leave long threads at each end. I find doing two rows is useful to give a good even gather, and also good if one of your threads snaps (argh!). Snip a little notch at the top centre point of your apron as a marker for later.
To prepare the waistband, cut an 8cm wide band which is about 130cm long. You may need to cut two bands and sew them together to make up the length (as I did). Next press over the top and bottom edges of your band by 1cm, then turned in the ends by 1cm and finally fold and press the band in half all the way along (see pictures!)
Mark the centre of the waistband with a pin, then place two more pins one each either side at 20cm away from your centre pin.
Pin the edge of your apron to the first outside pin on your waistband. Pin the centre notch on your apron to the centre pin on the waistband, and then the other edge of your apron to your last outside pin.
Draw up the threads one edge at a time until your apron fits the waistband. Make sure the top of your apron is sitting straight against the fold line in the waistband. Fold the band over and pin evenly along the length. This bit can be a little bit tricky to get your gathers even and fitting properly but persevere, it’ll fall into place.
Secure everything with a sewing machine line close to the bottom edge of the band, sewing from the end to end of your waistband.
To add pockets cut out two squares 12cm x 12cm. Press in the edges by about 1cm, then stitch along the top edge. Pin and sew your pockets onto you apron about 20cm in and 9cm up from the outside edges of your apron (or where you think looks about right). I added my pockets last as it can be tricky to work out how the fabric will gather and effect the spacing, but it might have been easier to get them straight and even if I had done these before gathering the fabric…I’ll leave this decision up to you!
Then all that is left is to cut off your loose threads and find a little baker to model your creation.
Rose really likes her little apron. And not just for the kitchen – it has proved also a good shop keeper’s apron for when she is selling icecreams – the pockets are a win to put the money in. I am pleased she likes it.