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
- Vintage pillowcase
- Hem tape
- Fabric belt
- Big button
- Needle and thread
- Safety pin
- Decide what shape you want your apron to be. Would you rather it be long or wideor both?
- 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.
- Preheat iron to medium heatno steam.
- Turn apron upside down. Take one of the sides you wish to hem, and fold it down.
- Using the hot iron, press the folded-down edge.
- Measure out hem tape and place it flat inside the newly folded hem.
- Place and hold the iron onto the fabric for three to five seconds, careful not to ever let the iron touch the tape.
- Repeat across the entire edge until its all bonded.
- Turn apron right-side up and press once more, this time for one to three seconds.
- 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.
- Choose a string for your apron. For the pictured apron, a fabric belt was used that once belonged to a vintage dress.
- Make a three-inch fold at the waist and press with warm iron.
- 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.
- Press fold as youve done before until its bonded and thread your belt!
- Hand sew a button to hold your (slightly snipped) washcloth. Voila!
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