Have you heard that aprons are back on trend? Make something that’s pretty and practical and in keeping with the ever-popular retro revival. This apron would make the perfect Mother’s Day gift, or a lovely present for a friend. Give it on it’s own or together with a handmade ceramic coffee cup or a cookbook. You can’t go wrong with handmade.
1 x Dailylike Quarter Pack – Beach
1 x Dailylike Quarter Pack – Sometimes
1 x Bias Tape Bobbin – My Buddy
Self healing cutting mat
Press all the fabric pieces and trim the edges slightly if necessary to make them square.
Set aside the lime green and linen fabrics – these won’t be cut and will be used for the front and inside of the apron.
:: Patchwork Pocket ::
Take the remaining four fabric pieces and cut a strip from each that measures 20cm tall x the full width (long side). Set aside the other pieces of fabric.
From the 20cm tall strips cut the following:
Blue floral – 2 strips. 20cm x 10cm, and 20cm x 5cm
Blue raindrop – 2 strips. 20cm x 10cm, and 20cm x 7cm
Orange with white circles – 3 strips. 20cm x 10cm, 20cm x 7cm and 20cm x 5cm
White with orange dots – 3 strips. 20cm x 7cm and two strips 20cm x 5cm
Lay the strips out in order to match the photo. With right sides together, piece them together using a quarter inch seam allowance. Press the seams flat and all in the same direction.
Turn the pocket over and press the other side.
Take the piece of white fabric you set aside and trim it so it’s 20cm tall x the full width. This is the pocket lining. Place the pocket lining right sides together with the patchwork pocket and sew them together with a quarter inch seam allowance. Open out and press the seam to one side.
Now fold the piece in half along the seam with the right sides facing out, and press along the folded edge. Make sure the top raw edges of the patchwork pocket and the pocket lining align. If they don’t, trim them so they align and are straight.
Cut a piece of bias tape that is a couple of centimeters longer than the top of the patchwork pocket. Lay the bias tape and pocket down and starting at one end, open the tape up and place the top raw edges of the pocket and lining inside the fold. The top of the pocket should sit along the fold of the tape. Work your way along the tape, opening up a bit at a time and sliding the pocket in. Pin the tape and pocket together as you go.
Sew the pocket and tape together close to the bottom edge of the tape.
Set the pocket aside.
:: Apron ::
Take the piece of orange fabric you set aside and cut a strip 10cm tall x the full width. With right sides together sew it to the long side of the linen fabric using a quarter inch seam allowance. Now sew the piece of lime green fabric to the opposite side of the orange strip (as shown). Press the seams flat.
Fold the whole piece in half, bringing the lime and linen fabrics to meet at the top. The orange strip will be folded along the centre and will form the bottom hem of the apron. Press the fold.
Trim the sides of the apron if necessary.
With the right side of the apron facing up, place the patchwork pocket on top. The bottom of the pocket should be 11cm from the apron hem. Pin in place.
Sew the bottom of the pocket to the apron, a few millimetres in from the pocket edge.
Baste both sides of the pocket to the apron by sewing a few millimetres in from the edge. Trim off any excess fabric on the sides of the pocket.
Now we are going to divide the large pocket into three sections. Counting in from the left hand side of the pocket, ‘stitch in the ditch’ between strips 3 and 4, and between strips 7 and 8. This means that you position the sewing machine needle so that it stitches exactly along the join of the strips and the stitches won’t be visible.
There will now be three smaller pockets.
Cut two lengths of bias tape that are a couple of centimetres longer than the sides of the apron.
Open out one end of one piece of tape and fold in the raw edge. Align the folded edge with the bottom hem of the apron. Pin the tape in place along the side of the apron in the same way as on the pocket. Sew together.
Repeat with the remaining piece of tape on the other side of the apron.
Fold four half centimetre pleats along the waistband and pin in place. The pleats are 10.5cm and 19.5cm from the left edge of the apron, and the remaining two are the same distance in from the right hand edge of the apron.
Baste along the top of the apron and set it aside.
:: Waistband and Ties ::
Take the piece of blue floral fabric you set aside and cut two strips 12cm x the full width of the fabric.
Take the piece of blue raindrop fabric you set aside and cut a strip 12cm x the full width of the fabric.
Join the raindrop fabric between the two pieces of floral fabric to form a long strip (as shown). To sew together place right sides together and use a quarter inch seam allowance.
Fold the top and bottom edges of the strip over by 1.5cm and press.
Fold the strip in half lengthways and press.
Open one end of the strip and fold each corner in on a diagonal (as shown). Fold the strip over again to from a pointed end and pin in place. Repeat on the other end of the strip.
Lay the waistband strip out and open the centre raindrop section. Place the apron, right side up, so the top raw edge is centred on the raindrop fabric and overlaps it by about 1cm. Pin in place.
Baste the top of the apron to the raindrop waistband. Remove the pins.
Fold the waistband down over the apron to enclose the raw edge and pin it in place. The floral apron ties should still be folded in half. Pin the folded ties and starting at one end, sew along the bottom of the entire length of the ties and waistband stip. Your stitching should be about 4mm or an eighth of an inch in from the edge.
Press the apron and admire your sewing skills.
This project was created by Dailylike Design Team member Lisa Tilse of The Red Thread.