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Vintage-Inspired DIY Apron

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Vintage-Inspired DIY Apron
Vintage-Inspired DIY Apron
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"The perfect vintage apron can be hard to find, particularly the really brilliant ones with a detachable towel. Have you seen these vintage beauties? They truly are a work of geniusas are many antique aprons.

In this tutorial, youll learn not only how to make your own vintage apron, but youll do it with a vintage pillowcase, and youll do it without a sewing machine. Yep, a no-sew apron! Exciting, yes?"

Project Type: Make a Project

Time to complete: In an evening

Sewn by: Hand


Materials List
  • Vintage pillowcase
  • iron
  • Hem tape
  • Scissors
  • Washcloth
  • Fabric belt
  • Big button
  • Needle and thread
  • Safety pin
  1. Decide what shape you want your apron to be. Would you rather it be long or wideor both?
  2. Cut the pillowcase to desired shape, careful to leave a little extra room on each side as youll have to fold some of it down for hemming.
  3. Preheat iron to medium heatno steam.
  4. Turn apron upside down. Take one of the sides you wish to hem, and fold it down.
  5. Using the hot iron, press the folded-down edge.
  6. Measure out hem tape and place it flat inside the newly folded hem.
  7. Place and hold the iron onto the fabric for three to five seconds, careful not to ever let the iron touch the tape.
  8. Repeat across the entire edge until its all bonded.
  9. Turn apron right-side up and press once more, this time for one to three seconds.
  10. Repeat the above steps until all sidesapart from the top/waistare hemmed. For the apron pictured, only two sides needed to be cut and hemmed.
  11. Choose a string for your apron. For the pictured apron, a fabric belt was used that once belonged to a vintage dress.
  12. Make a three-inch fold at the waist and press with warm iron.
  13. Place hem tape under the fold, but this time lower and away from the fold so as to leave room for the belt to be strung across later on.
  14. Press fold as youve done before until its bonded and thread your belt!
  15. Hand sew a button to hold your (slightly snipped) washcloth. Voila!

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