Wednesday, April 14, 2010

A Sweet and Simple Apron

A friend of mine asked for some helping making aprons as gifts. Once upon a really long time ago, I had found a "pattern" for making aprons from kitchen towels. I unearthed the resulting Christmas apron and set to work updating the design. The result of this new "pattern" is so simple and absolutely adorable. The directions are below. They are so easy to follow you will be cooking up a new apron in no time (the puns are a little over-the-top, but I'm feeling silly today).

1. Select a thin kitchen towel. The towel will hang horizontally, so choose a print that will look good hanging that way. The thinner the towel, the easier it will be to sew. Choose 1 or 1.5 inch wide grograin ribbon to coordinate with your towel.

2. Set your sewing machine to the longest stitch length and run a seam line down the long side of the towel, about 1/2 an inch from the edge (I ran mine just inside the hemmed edge).

3. Pull the top threads to gather the towel until it is between 16 and 18 inches in length. You can gather as much or as little as you want to fit your waist. I like mine to hit just outside my hips.

4. Cut a length of ribbon for the tie. It will take at least 60 inches, but you can cut it longer to fit if you would like. Pin the ribbon to the towel so that the towel is centered on the ribbon and a small ruffle of towel is visible above the ribbon (see pic).

5. Sew the ribbon and towel together along both the top and bottom edges of the ribbon. Sew the ends of the towel to the ribbon as well.

6. Use a lighter to heat seal the ends of the ribbon. Hold the end of the ribbon close to, but not touching the flame until you see the edges begin to fuse together.

You could also add pockets, ruffles or other trimmings to make your apron a unique creation.

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