Quickly sew up a half apron in your favorite fabric with this easy tutorial from Ashley Johnston of Make It and Love It. The pocket is a cute touch and a handy place to stash those teaspoons. This simple sewing project is great for beginners, but also makes a quick gift for Mother's Day, birthdays and more. For a touch of personalization, try embroidering the monogram of your recipient.
- 1 piece of fabric 18 x 25 inches (main piece)
- 1 piece of fabric 4 x 25 inches (waistband)
- 2 pieces of fabric 4 x 35 inches (ties)
- 1 pieces of fabric 6 x 8 inches (pocket)
- coordinating thread
- scissors, sewing machine, etc.
Use 1/2 inch seams unless otherwise noted.
- Start by making the ties. Sew along the long side, with right sides together. Curve your seam at one end, if you want, to give it a more finished look.
- Like this. Then trim. Turn them both right side out. Iron flat.
- Top-stitch really close to the edge, all the way around both ties.
- Next, fold over the long edges of your waistband, about 1/4 inch. Iron. Then fold over the ends a 1/4 inch and iron.
- Then fold the whole waistband in half lengthwise and iron.
- Next, your going to sew around 3 edges of the main piece. The 2 sides (shorter sides) and the bottom (one of the longer sides). Turn under each edge a 1/4 inch, and then 1/4 inch again. Sew.
- See all 3 sides that are sewn?
- Next, lay your main piece right side up with the unfinished edge at the top. Align your waistband up at the top.
- And fold the other half of the waistband over the top. Pin in place and sew close to the bottom edge, leaving the 2 ends open.
- Next, your going to attach the 2 ties to each end. But first, you'll need to fold each unfinished end just a little bit so that it will fit nicely into the opening. If you'd rather not do this, just make your strips 4 x 34 inches (instead of 4 x 35) and they should slide right in without folding. I just like the look of it.
- Then sew close to the edge to secure the ties in place. Cute, right?
- Lastly, the pocket. Fold over the top edge (one of the shorter ends) 1/4 inch with wrong sides together. Then flip that sewn edge back and fold over 1 inch with right side together. Sew along the edge, 1/4 seam allowance. Trim the corners.
- Then turn that section right side out. This is the top of your pocket. It makes it all nice and neat looking.
- Now fold the 2 sides in 1/4 inch and then fold the bottom up 1/4 inch. Iron into place.
- Then pin your pocket onto your apron. (You'll notice my ties aren't sewn on yet. I did it in a different order.)
- Now, sew around the sides and bottom of the pocket to secure it to the main section.