I’ve been meaning to make an apron for a long time as mine were looking particularly scruffy. Luckily some very nice people saw them, took pity on me and made me some so I didn’t have to. One of them even has Made For Pin appliqued on to the front.
However, after coming across quite a few people who wanted to learn to sew, I decided to put on a class at the library where the participants could learn and sew an apron at the same time. It was lots of fun, if a bit frantic at times, with varying types of machines and all different sorts of bobbins and threading systems.
Here is what we did:
Start with 1m of fabric.
I used a lovely Ashley Wilde cotton twill fabric that is 143cm wide. I bought it at the fantastic Fabric Warehouse.
If you are using fabric that is narrower then buy extra length for the straps and pocket if you want one.
We started by folding the fabric lengthwise so that the selvedges were parallel.
Fold one side in so that the folded fabric measures 33cm from fold to selvedge.
Measure 5cm down from top of fabric and draw a 16cm line from the fold towards the selvedge. If you don’t want to mark the outside of your fabric, turn so the right sides are together.
I cut out a plastic guide for the next step but you could equally draw freehand or use a large curve like a round tray or something similar to draw out the armhole. Draw the curve from the end of your 16cm line to the selvedge. Make another straight line from the top of the curve to the top edge of the fabric.
Cut out from the top of the fabric along your last line, around the curve of the armhole and then straight down staying close to the selvedge.
If you have used a 1m length of fabric then just cut to the other end of the fabric.
Now cut 3 ties from the remaining fabric. Make them not less than 4 cm wide and as long as you need.
Press each tie so that one short edge and both long edges are folded towards the middle, then fold and press in half lengthwise so all the raw edges are hidden.
Press the raw edges around the whole apron in and then fold over again and press to hide the edge. Fold the top over at the line you made and press.
Stitch all the pressed straps and apron edges starting at the left underarm, up the left armhole, across the top and down the right armhole.
Once you turn to go down the right side, stop to add a tie. Tuck the open end of the tie under the folded and pressed side seam and fold over on itself like this:
Continue stitching over the top of the tie, down the right side, along the hem and up the left side. When you get to the same place on the left side as you placed the tie on the right, stop and add a second tie. Continue stitching over the top of this tie up to the bottom of the left armhole where you started.
Measure and cut the third tie to the length you need for around your neck. Sew the two ends to the inside top of the apron equidistant from the armhole edge.
If you have any fabric left you can cut out a pocket, fold and press the raw edges. Stitch along the top edge then pin to the front of your apron. Stitch in place around the 3 remaining unstitched sides (assuming you’ve cut a rectangular pocket).