Easy Apron – How to make a Fast and Free hostess gift!
May 24, 2012 by robiedodson
I realized LAST SUNDAY that TODAY was the last day of school for ALL of my kids. WHAT IN THE WORLD!?!? How did this happen???
Somehow in the next few days, I had to come up with 6 Thank You gifts for my kids’ teachers. And not only that – this week is the last week of our pay period … translation: I need these gifts to be FREE. But how in the world do I adequately say thank you for 9 months of loving and teaching my children …. for free???
Put on my thinking cap and think. think. think.
I opened up my scrap fabric drawer for some inspiration….
And I came up with this … a reversible scrap fabric apron. And I must admit, I LOVE them!
I kind of feel bad for showing off my mennequin’s posterior, but if mine looked like that I’d show mine off too. Anyway, I love how the reversible part peeks through in the back! This particular version is made from a fabric remnant my husband brought me back from Africa. The houndstooth fabric is just remnants from prior projects.
I made three of these in an hour – how awesome is that!? Here’s how you can too:
You’ll need to remnant pieces that you can cut to approximately 30″ x 12″. (That is just what I decided to do. You can make yours as wide and as long as you want. This size will make you what I call a “carpenter’s” length apron – just above mid thigh.) I cut mine out with right sides together so that I can go straight to the machine without turning the fabric. Just pick it up and sew. Also, I chose to round the bottom edges. Purely a matter of opinion.
For this particular apron, I wanted to add rick rack (and who cares that I didn’t have quite enough – I just started down a little lower…it’s MY apron!). So, I just sewed the rick rack to the rightside edge of one apron panel. Then I placed that panel on top of the other panel with right sides facing. I sewed along the rick rack stitch line to attach the two panels together. This way you can be sure that the rick rack appears as it should.
Turn your apron section right side out and press. Lovely! Sigh, take in the sights, so pretty!!!
Now to attach the tie/band … cut a long strip of fabric about 6″ in width and as long as you like. This one wrapped all the way around and tied in front. Others can just tie in back, whatever you want and have enough fabric for. Then press the center, and then press in about 1/2″ on each side.
Making sure to match up the centers of the apron panel and the apron tie – begin pinning the panel to the inside seam allowance like shown.
Then fold over the tie/band and pin in place as well. I stitch the apron panel and band together first, then stitch the rest of the tie … if you start at the tip of the tie and sew all the way down to the other tip, your band will have a tendency to shift, so sewing the panel and band first helps to avoid that. But it’s your apron – do what you want!
Okay hot mamma, you’re almost done!!! Try the apron on for size and mark where you’d like to trim your tie (assuming that you want to trim it!)
Now all you have to do is tuck in your edges on both sides and sew ‘em up. YOU’RE DONE!!!
Don’t just stand there… admire yourself and the mirror … this is one awesomely easy apron!
And so is this one! Wait…what? They’re the same thing??? How amazing are you!?!
Here’s another combo I whipped up.
EXTRA EXTRA: if you end up cutting a fair amount off the tie, just turn it into a headband. Bam. You’re killin’ it!
So, I feel as if you don’t really need the “breakdown” because I’ve been pretty clear…but here it is anyway:
TIME: I finished 3 in one hour, so 20 minutes. ***That means that you’ll have to cut them out at the same time though.
COST: FREE if you use scraps like I did! Not more than about $3-$5 if you purchase fabric.
Okay, now don’t just stand there…go make some and give them away!!!