Posts > Sewing, How To > May 31, 2011

The-Stitchery Apron

6 or 7 easy-peasy steps to a useful cover up with adjustable neck and optional pocket.

Make yourself a really professional looking apron for the kitchen or garden or even for Dad/boyfriend/hubby to do DIY in. Bound edges and D-ring neck tape-looks very smart and funky.

The finished apronthe apron ties -back viewdetail of D rings and webbing beck strap

What you need

1. Copy the basic paper template

You need to re-create a full size template onto pattern paper. We sell squared pattern paper in the-stitchery, it’s quite expensive at £5.15 for five sheets (87cms x 62cms) but it’s thin enough to pin onto fabric without ripping. Here’s a top tip money saving tip-wallpaper lining paper is fairly good value and comes in good length rolls-the only thing is it’s a bit thicker than pattern paper so a little bit more fiddly to pin.

Fabric cutting layout

2. Sizing

You’ll need to decide how long you want the apron (for example if you’re quite short you might not want it this long) and how wide you want the apron-(for example if you’re a plus size girl (or guy) you might prefer a bit more coverage width-ways).

If you get really stuck with the template-we have some freebies in store which we’ll be happy to give out free to the first customers taking us up on the May fabric/free bias binding offer – just ask for your free apron pattern AP1.

Start with a rectangular piece of paper with good square corners (90 degrees) 80cms x 62cms and using paper scissors cut out two curved armhole shapes from the top corners to create the classic apron shape.

cutting out the pattern pieces to match the grain

3. Cut Out the fabric

Cut out the pattern using paper scissors (never use the your dressmaking fabric scissors for paper-they will get blunt) and pin to your fabric, making sure that you have the pattern piece correctly positioned-you’ll ideally want to make sure that the edges a and c are approx.parallel to the selvedges of the fabric. This will be especially important with stripes. Cut out the apron.

optional apron pocket

4. Finish the raw edges

There’s no shaping in this ‘garment’ which is why is so brilliant for beginners. Most bought aprons are just hemmed and edge-stitched, but we thought it’d be nice to make them slightly more individual so we finished ours with contrasting bias binding (see bias binding tutorial, and check out our May bias binding offer).

end of neatened webbing strap

5. Optional pocket (we didn’t do this bit)

This could be any size or shape but as a suggestion why not cut out a rectangle 30cms by 20cms and bind all four raw edges as per the section above ‘finish the raw edges’ then edge stitch the sides and base in the desired position leaving the top edge open (see diagram 3).

how to join the webbing strap to the apron

6. Join the webbing neck and side ties

We used 25cms +90cms for the 2 neck sections and 85cms for each side ties this is a total of 2m 85cms. First neaten the free ends of the side ties by folding over twice and stitching pull threads through to wrong sides and Sew in thread ends and trim (see diagram 4).

Now fold over 2.5cm on the apron end of the ties and pin the tie to the apron to enclose the raw end. Stitch on with a traditional square and cross-this is both decorative and strong. Again, pull threads through to the wrong side and sew in thread ends. Repeat for other the remaining side tie (see diagram 5).

Now cut a short piece of webbing approx.. 25cms and fold in half. Thread this through the 2 d rings (see diagram 6).

Turn in raw ends of webbing and join to top bib corner of apron using the same stitching pattern from diagram 5.

Finally cut a last piece of webbing approx. 90cms and finish one end as per fig 4 and join to other top bib corner as per diagram 5.

how to fix the d-rings to the webbing strap

7. D ring jiggery-pokery

Follow the diagram 7 to make the neck webbing complete and adjust to a comfortable length et voilà! Time to get cooking or gardening or painting or…

how to position the d-rings to make the neck strap adjustable

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