It’s almost plum jelly season in our households which means messy kitchens for a few days! Every year, Daughter complains about not having a proper apron to wear so I made her this keepsake apron.
This unique apron can be created in an afternoon. The turquoise fabric is a cotton twill and the polka dot fabric is vinyl that can be wiped clean. Both fabrics were purchased at Wal-Mart but essentially you can use your own scrap fabric. This would be a great bridal or housewarming gift and Daughter has already requested on for an upcoming wedding of a friend who owns a cake decorating business.
Two complimentary fabrics
-1 yard for the front (Vinyl is not the easiest fabric to work with, and a previous project using vinyl coated fabric was easier to sew)
– 1 1/4 yard for the back, ties, neck strap and pocket
We did not use a pattern but simply measured for the person. Seam allowances were 1/4 inch.
1. Cut all of the pieces of fabric:
a. For the front panel, cut a 23″ square from the vinyl or other option.
b. For the reverse side, cut a square 25 1/4″.
c. For the bottom trim, cut two strips 26″ long and 2 1/2″ wide.
d. For the neck strap, cut one strip 24″ long and 3″ wide.
e. For the waist ties, cut two strips about 30″ long and 3″ wide.
f. For the pocket, you can use any size you would like. Our pocket is 7″ wide and 10″ long. First we drew a pattern to determine the size and shape. The shape of the pocket is a square with a triangle on top. The triangle will fold down. Cut one pocket out of each fabric.
HINT: For the neck strap and waist ties, you could purchase twill ribbon or other trim which would save time and energy.
2. Sew bottom trim to a point. Folding the tail of the second trim piece back, crease, pin in place and with the right sides together, sew. Cut off excess.
3. Since you cannot really press vinyl with an iron, use your fingers to smooth any wrinkles.
4. Sew your pocket, right sides together. Allow for a two inch gap while sewing so you can turn the pocket right side out. Press again with fingers. Topstitch the pocket on the outer vinyl on three sides, leaving the top open.
5. Put the two large pieces of the apron right sides together. Sew the two pieces together using a 1/4 seam allowance and leave an opening on one side to turn the piece right side out.
6. Sew the neck strap and ties, turn inside out and press with an iron. Using a large safety pin can help turn the pieces right side out.
7. Hand stitch or machine stitch the opening and ends for a finished look.
8. We pinned the neck strap and waist ties to fit the person. Topstitch the neck strap and waist ties to the main apron
9. Fold the top of the apron down and sew on a button.
10. Fold the pocket triangle down and sew on a button.
Now its time to pick some plums and start making jelly!