Vintage Style Apron

folded apron on bench

I have been slow to complete this latest project. I am getting burned out with all of the activities going on around here. I am pleased to put together this easy to sew tutorial, but I am going to be taking a break for a couple weeks after this, including stepping away from my FB Live Learn to Sew posts for now.

There are so many big things happening here. Graduations, weddings, work on the house, planting the garden. I can’t keep up. Also I have been working on my Newsletter, which you should be getting in your inbox soon. If you aren’t currently a subscriber be sure to sign up, I am offering a FREE download of my Learn to Sew Worksheets for new scribers, you won’t want to miss anything!

This all adds up to not enough time for blogging. We are entertaining soon for our son’s Graduation, taking a school trip and have a number of weddings and parties to attend. I have been meaning to work on my ebook for a while, and I want to finish a few larger projects that I started months ago. The blog is growing all the time, and I need to spend time working on the things that help make it happen.

finished apron

So, back to the apron. I love vintage style aprons. I have been looking at them on Pintrest for a while now, searching for just the right fabrics to put together to get that vintage look. Unfortunately, there aren’t a lot of vintage style fabrics out on the market. I finally settled on these prints from Riley Blake Designs. They came in a Fat Quarter Bundle which you can find for only a few dollars at any craft store or fabric shop. The good part about Fat Quarters is that since they are made for quilting, they are all cotton and are easy to work with  for a the beginning sewer.

The bad part about the Fat Quarter Bundles  is that you only get a 1/4 yard of each fabric, so it did require a little creativity to piece the entire thing together and have enough fabric for the entire apron.

Here’s what you will need for this project:

1 Fat Quarter Bundle of at least 4 coordinating floral prints

1 1/2 yards 2″ wide lace trim

Matching Thread

Machine wash and dry fabrics before starting to sew. Remove salvages and block each piece so it’s square.If you aren’t sure how to do block your fabric, see my Facebook Live tutorial here.

Choose 2 prints to use to make the skirt of the apron. I used a smaller print on the pockets, and a solid print for the sash.

apron sections and pockets

Rip or cut the two prints for the skirt into 4″ sections. I left one section 8″ wide for the center panel of the skirt. Your fabric will rip the length of the piece, so it will be 1/4 yard long when finished.

Stitch the pieces together to make one wide panel. I sewed three 4″ pieces on each side of the wider 8″ panel.

Finish the side seams with a 1/4″ rolled hem. I also finished the inside seams with a zig zag stitch to keep the edges from unraveling. Stitch two rows of basting stitches along the top edge 1/2″ from raw edge. Use a long stitch, size 5 or larger on the sewing machine. Leave long threads at ends to pull and gather the top when needed.

Finish the bottom with 2″ wide lace. Zig zag the lace over the raw edge of the fabric.

front and back of pockets

To make the pockets, cut two 9″ squares from a contrasting print. Fold the top edge over 1  1/4″ and press raw edge to the back. Pin lace trim on FRONT of pocket, 1″ down from the folded edge. Zig zag stitch lace onto pocket from front side. This should catch and finish the raw edge of the pocket on the backside at the same time.

Stitch 1/4″ rolled hem on pocket sides and bottom. Pin pockets 2 1/2″ down from top edge of skirt where desired. Top stitch in place by stitching carefully over the first stitching for the rolled hem, pivoting at corners. No one will know they were stitched twice, and the extra stitching makes a nice finished look to the pocket.

Rip or cut the solid fabric horizontally into 4″ sections. Stitch sections together at short edges so you have a continuous piece. Mine measured 4″ by 56″ after sewing. Fold right sides together. Stitch ends closed and make the sash, leaving an 18″ opening to attach to the skirt of the apron.

Turn sash right side out, press. Pin to right side of skirt, making gathers by pulling up basting stitches to fit skirt into opening of sash. Pin all layers together, stitch. Sandwich  fabric over gathers and topstitch on the right side.

Here it is all in a nutshell. I am loving these little video segments, I hope it makes the entire process clear and easy to understand. Please let me know if you have any questions!


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