Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Fushia Dot Apron

Hi everyone! I hope you had an amazing Christmas with lots of joy scattered between the moments of chaos and scotch tape! I am so excited to share with you my very first post, a free tutorial on this easy to make apron. I used Anna Maria's Clippings print from LouLouthi with Michael Miller's Ta Dot in Fuchsia. You can find these fabric and a whole lot more amazing prints at my friend Andrea's online fabric store http://www.fabricenvy.com/.



This apron is basically made up of rectangles.
Top- 11" 1/2 L x18 1/2" W
Bottom-19" Lx 22 1/2" W
Waistband- 4 1/2 L x 18 1/2" W
Apron strings- 4 1/2 L x 43" W (cut 2)
Neck tie- 43" W x 4 1/2L +24" W x 4 1/2" L


1. Hem the sides of the top, bottom and apron strings. Fold up a 1/4" and iron. Then another 1/4" and iron. Sew with at 1/8" seam allowance. After hemming the apron strings attach to the waistband either serging or stich with a 5/8" seam and then zigzag the seam so it doesn't unravel.


 2. Create a drawstring type hem at the top of the top piece by folding over 1/4" (or serge it) and then another 1" and sewing a 1/8" seam allowance along the bottom.


3. Make a hem on the bottom piece. Fold up 1/4" and iron then fold up 1 1/4" and iron. Sew at a 1/8" seam allowance. 


4. Create the pleats in the bottom piece then sew to the waistband.  Find the center by folding it in half and putting a straight pin in it. To make a pleat measure 2" from the center mark with a fabric pen. Then make another mark 3" from center. Make two more marks at 7 1/2" and 8 1/2". Bring the 2" mark and the 3" mark together with the excess fabric going toward the side (if you fold them with the excess toward the middle it adds bulk to just the place you don't want...the cookies you make in this apron are already going to try to threaten the sit-ups you did so no need to add more bulk then is necessary!) Do this for the 7 1/2" mark and 8 1/2 " mark on both sides. 
Fold the waistband in half and mark it with a straight pin. Match it up with the straight pin center of the bottom. With right sides together sew a 1/4" seam (or baste then serge).


5. Sew the top to the waist band. Find and mark the centers and align and pin with right sides together. Sew with 1/4" seam allowance.


6. Make the neck tie. Sew two pieces together. Fold in half with right sides together. Sew with !/4" seam allowance across the bottom and one side. Use a long handle or pencil to flip right side out. Fold the open end inside 1". Sew across to close at 1/8" seam allowance.
Thread the neck tie through the top with a safety pin. Tie it into a bow. 
   
Enjoy making lots of delicious foods in this darling apron!



77 comments:

  1. Cute apron and very clear instructions. Great first post by the way.

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    1. Thanks! Stay tuned for more tutorials. I have a lot more cute stuff coming!

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  2. I LOVE this apron, did I miss the step about attaching the apron strings to the waist band?? Can you explain how that was done??

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    1. Opps:) After hemming the apron strings attach to the waistband either serging or stich with a 5/8" seam and then zigzag the seam so it doesn't unravel.

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    2. It might be good to add the step of hemming the strings completely. I got to the 4th step and now have to figure out how to hem the strings now that its already attached to the waistband.

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    1. I would love to see it in other fabrics. Feel free to share you pic with me if you end up making it!

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  4. Is there a way to see the back?

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  5. Great fabric combination. Is it ok to make this to sell or not?

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  6. could this be made into a dress? it is so cute i would wear it alone

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  7. I found this tutorial on Pinterest and made this adorable apron over the weekend. Thanks for a great pattern! : )

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    1. I am so glad! I would love to see pictures. You can email me at amyheartsit@gmail.com

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  8. Thank you for sharing your apron, it is darling!

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  9. Love this apron, very comfortable and versatile. Found you through Pinterest, wrote a review of your tutorial last night! : )

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  10. Great tutorial! I made it as part of a mother/daughter set! http://craftsbycorrine.blogspot.com/2012/04/aprons.html

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  11. Adorable! Can you give me a general idea of how much fabric this would take...either total, or main fabric and accent fabric. Thanks!

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  12. Made this today! LOVE how it turned out!! I will email you a picture! Thanks for such a great tutorial! :-)

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  13. Do you think it would be better to make this with decorator weight fabric than standard quilting cotton? I have been promising my sister an apron for years and I think she will love this one. I already have some cotton in mind, but it's pretty thin. What did you use? Thanks for the tutorial!

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  14. very nice thank you so much ^_^
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  15. Great tutorial! I am in the process of making this cute apron now. I don't see where to hem the sides of the waistband - I'm assuming in step #1? Also, where on the back of the waistband do you attach the apron strings? Just curious - I might save that step for last and see where it falls on me. I would love to see a picture of the back. Thanks!

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  16. Made this last night! I attached the apron strings last, but other than that I followed your instructions precisely :) I am very short, so I might take another inch or two off of the bottom, but it's still super cute! Thanks for the great tutorial!

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  17. I just finished an apron today using your pattern: http://blessedtobeahomemakingmom.blogspot.com/2012/10/home-ec-day-2.html#
    I made a couple of modifications and noticed your pattern does not mention sewing the side seams of the top and bottom pieces. Really happy with the way the project turned out. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. My DIL wants me to make this for her and your photos of the back side of the apron were very helpful to me. I'm a novice seamstress and in one photo you answered all of my questions. Thank you so much, Yvonne!

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  18. Can't wait to make this!!! Going to be perfect Christmas gifts!!! Just wondering when you hem the top and bottom of the apron strings! I know it says to hem the sides, and when you attach it to the waistband they dot get sewn with the rest of the apron.....maybe it would be best to save that as the last step and hem on three sides and then attach the unhemmed short side to the unhemmed waistband sides??? I don't blog anymore, but I will instagram my finished products under user name sewitpretty. Thanks so much, this is truly fabulous!!!

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  19. Amy, Could you please send me more pictures, I'm confused about how to attach the apron strings. I'm very visual , I have this cut out just wait to see the back and how the necktie is done. Not sure I want to add bow. Thanks for you time and for sharing. Stephanie


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    1. Look at Yvonne's photos (see post above). They helped me.
      http://blessedtobeahomemakingmom.blogspot.com/2012/10/home-ec-day-2.html#

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  20. Love this! To cute.

    www.thepreppylittlepolkadot.blogspot.com

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  21. Hi, I don't know if your images are copyrighted but I wanted to make you aware of a seller in Listia using images and instructions she finds on the web to auction as her own. I have already reported her to Listia but they informed me that the original owners of the photos she is using must contact Listia to have your images removed from her auctions. The listing for this apron is here: http://www.listia.com/auction/7656952-diy-apron

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  22. Thank you!!! I got on right away and reported it. I really appreciate you letting me know. Take care:) Amy

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  23. My friends and I are wanting to try this for craft night. Any idea how much fabric is needed? Accent and regular would be very helpful. Thank you for the great idea

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    1. Chiming in here: looks like if you make it as is, using 45' wide fabric, you would need 5/8 yard for the top and bottom pieces, and 1/4 yard for waistband, apron strings and necktie. you could add a bit extra depending on whether you are going to add in the bow.

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  24. I absolutely LOVE this one! LOVE the fabric you used, too.
    I featured this on my blog this morning at http://whittskitsfabricscrafts.blogspot.com/2013/03/find-it-for-free-on-friday-apron.html
    Hope that's okay!
    Thanks so much, Carrie

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  25. Do you know how much fabric I need to buy? Love this pattern! Thanks for sharing

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    1. Chiming in here: looks like if you make it as is, using 45' wide fabric, you would need 5/8 yard for the top and bottom pieces, and 1/4 yard for waistband, apron strings and necktie. you could add a bit extra depending on whether you are going to add in the bow.

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  27. SO STINKING CUTE!!! Making one as a gift to a teacher right now and it is turning out crazy adorable. Thanks for the idea and the tutorial!! : ) I'm super lazy and am using twill tape for the ties, but I hope to use fabric for them another time. Will definitely be making this again! : )

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  28. LOVE THIS!! I don't currently own a sewing machine, but have sent the instructions to my mum - yes in hope that she will be kind enough to whip one up for me! Perfect apron for my jewellery making :) Thanks for sharing.

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  29. Love this apron,going to make one for my granddaughter thanks ,Hugs x

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  30. I love it :) Gonna have to make one of these! http://healthycraftymommys.blogspot.com/

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  31. Thank you so much! I love this and it has inspired me to make an apron as well. I have so many old Army BDU's laying around that I think I will cute them up and add some ruffles or something but you have got me going! Thank you again!!!

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  32. I just made this and it looks sosossosossos adorable!! clear directions!! thank you! #sopretty
    #greatpattern

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  33. My sister-in-law sent this pattern out and asked for one for her birthday. It was so easy to make and turned out super cute! I did make one change; at my mom's suggestion, I used french seams to put all the pieces together so that the frayed edges don't show. I posted about it here: http://wrongsidestogether.blogspot.ca/2013/10/an-apron-for-baking-season.html

    Thanks for the great pattern!

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  34. Ok, I'm making mine using some cute halloween fabric!! Thanks Amy for the tutorial :)

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  35. How much total yardage would you say for the apron is needed? Also, is this a one size fits all or should there be adjustments made for smaller/larger individuals?

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  36. can you please show us a picture of the back? i want to see how it looks as a finished product:):)

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  37. What size are you? I'm voluptuous, so I just want to make sure it will fit my lovely curves.

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  38. I also was wondering about size. I want to make this as a gift for someone who has a fuller body type. Do you think I should add an extra inch or two? Or keep the measurements you provided? Thanks so much for sharing this tutorial. I absolutely love the style of this apron!! It is just adorable!!

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  39. I just made this apron tonight and it turned out great. For those wondering about size.....I wear a 13/14 in jeans and would like the bottom piece to be an inch bigger on each side. The top is great, the length is great. I also shortened the necktie by about 10 inches so the bow would be a bit smaller. I love it!!!

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  40. How many yards do I need of each type of fabric to make this pattern?

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  41. I made this for my friend for her birthday, combineren with household items as towels. It worked beautifully and she loves it.

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    1. I am so glad you loved the pattern and had fun with it!!

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  43. Okay! I must have really missed something. I did not find this tutorial nearly as easy as everyone else apparently did. Eventually I completely disregarded the tutorial itself and I just went off the photo. I also opted for completely omitting the bow all together and simply making a bling flower to match and attach it with a little saftey pin. In doing so, i was able to leave the neck tie a bit longer. I sewed it into a circle, leaving about 1 inch of fabric on either side so that in the future should i require a larger neck i can just rip the stitches and adjust if needed. I then slipped that extra fabric into the gathering. Also, i have some issues with how it finishes up. If i were to make this again, i would more than likely attach the waist bands with a ring of sorts and probably hem the sides and bottom all at once after sewing the top, waistband, and bottom together so that it has a more professional look. I would also opt for a couple pleats in the top. The top poofs out in a rather unattractive(on me) fashion. I know it is an apron, but if i have guests over i would like it to look professionally made. Thank you for the idea though

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  44. I just made one, and absolutely love how it turned out. I did it on my serger and just did a narrow hem on all sides, and followed your directions. I did cut two pieces of the front and back so that it would be lined and be a little heavier. I got this done from cutting to finishing within 1 short nap time (about 1.5 hours), and that means it's a FAST project for me. I figured out after I was more than halfway through that I could have skipped a step or two with the serger, so next time will be lots FASTER! :) I love how the necktie can make a bow, super cute. Thanks for the great tutorial!!!

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  45. I love this apron...am making one for my sister who loves to cook. the only thing i'm having a hard time figuring out is how to do the neck tie. Any help would be appreciated! thanks

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    1. Hi! You may have gotten this figured out by now (I was just going through comments to see if I could get my question answered). I sewed my two pieces together on one of the short ends (4.5 inch edges). The folded in half so it was 43x2.25 inches. Then iron and see along one of the short sides and the whole long open edge. Using the one short end that remained unsewn, flip it right side out (it took a lot of finagling since it's a long rope). Then I ironed my piece flat and tucked the open end inside itself and sewed it shut. Then strung it through the top hem of my apron. Hope that helps!

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  46. This is EXACTLY what I have been looking for. Love it. Christmas gifts this year. Thank you for sharing.

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  47. Hi Amy, I have worked my way through the first step and was wondering if you could give any tips on what is done with the attaching the strings to the waistband, and to the waistband itself...

    Does the waistband get hemmed like the strings and top/bottom piece, or would the edges be left raw and attached to the top/bottom piece with a larger seam allowance/zig zag stitch? It would seem (unless I incorrectly attached the strings to the waistband) that I'd have at least 1/2 inch seam allowance on the top and bottom of the waistband. Any clarification you could give in this area would be greatly appreciated! Thanks so much for this cute pattern!!

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