Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Tuesday Tutorial: Apron TUTORIAL

I got some questions about the apron my daughter wore in the Cookbook photo shoot so I thought I'd share a quick tutorial with you. The dimensions could certainly be used for an adult as well!

Let's get started-it should take less than 30minutes!

1 fat quarter-1/2 yd (depending on your measurements) for main panel
1/4 yd of three fabrics for ruffles
grosgrain ribbon

sewing machine

1. Measure around your child's waist (or whoever will be wearing the apron) The measurement I used was 20.5.

2. Divide that number by 2, then add 2 inches. So 20.5/2=10.25+2=12.25

3. Measure your child from the belly button to their knee, then add 1. So we came out with 9+1=10.

Just to clarify, our rectangle to measure for the main apron panel will now be 10.25" wide x 10" long.

4. Cut 2 panels and lay them wrong sides together.

5. Fold the panels in half. Using a bowl or large cup, round out the corners. (You could also just eyeball it if you're ever so brave!)

6. Sew around the bottom perimeter of the apron and up the sides with 1/4" seam allowance on your sewing machine. (Leave the top open)

7. Turn the apron right side out, press.

8. Fold the top edges towards the inside of the apron with 1/4" seam allowance. Press. Set aside.

9. For the ruffle-Divide the length of the apron by 2. Since ours came out to 10, 10/2=5. Divide that number by 3. So 5/3=1.75 and I just rounded up to 2 to make my life a bit easier

10. Multiply the width of your apron by 2. Since ours was 10.25, 10.25x2=20.5 and I rounded up to 21.

To clarify, our ruffle measurements will now be 2"x21" (If you will not be using a serger, increase the height by 1" as you will need to fold each of the edges over 1/4" and press, then 1/4" and sew with a narrow stitch to finish each edge)

11. Create a rolled hem on the top and bottom edges of each of your ruffles with your serger.

12. On your sewing machine, run a basting stitch 1/2" from the top edge of each of your ruffles.

13. Cinch each ruffle to the width of the apron and pin the bottom in place, then sew on top of the basting line on your sewing machine. Repeat with the other two ruffles, one at a time.

14. For the tie: multiply the waist measurement by 2. Since ours was 21.5, I cut the ribbon to 43".

15. Center the ribbon over the apron panel and line the top edge of the ribbon with the top edge of the apron.

16. Using a narrow stitch, sew around the perimeter of the ribbon onto the apron body to attach it.

17. To finish the edges of the ribbon, you can either create a hem or carefully singe the edges of the ribbon with a lighter to melt the fibers to prevent fraying.

That's it!

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