12 Weeks of Homemade Christmas: The Apron

Written by Andrea

I haven’t made an adult apron in a long time. As a matter of fact, I think that the last adult apron I made was for a family member who meant the world to me who has now passed. I think he wore the apron once – on the day I gave it to him – only two days before he died. It was a special gift… and it surprised him a lot. It still makes me smile to think about that Christmas. It is one of the most unforgettable ones I’ve had.

So, when thinking about special homemade gifts, especially simple gifts, the apron is definitely one of the ones at the top of my list. I happened across a site on Pinterest (of course), in which the blogger indicated that she had made a gift for a child… an apron, a recipe, and some cooking utensils (spoons, measuring cups and the like). I loved this idea. It made me wonder if I couldn’t do one just as cute for adults.

Thus… the apron tutorial.

First, you are going to need to cut out your apron. I used a pattern for this one, because I thought it was super-cute and the local fabric store was having a sell on Simplicity patterns. The one I used here was Simplicity 2298. Of course, because I’m unable to follow instruction with my adult onset ADD, I didn’t actually follow the pattern’s plans.

Here’s what I did.

I cut out the shape of the apron with the fabric that I wanted to use on the front:

Leaving me with this:

Because I really don’t like to fool with bias tape, I decided I’d just make a back for this apron and sew it together. So I cut out this for the back:



Then, I pinned them, right sides together (as shown in the photos below).

As I pinned, I left an area about 6 inches long at the top of the apron (around the neckstrap) open so that I would be able to turn the two pieces right side out.

I stitched all the way around the edge of the entire apron, excluding the six-inch area that I left open to turn the fabric.

Then, turn the fabric right side out. It will look like you are almost there! See middle picture.

Close the opened area that you used to turn the fabric right side out. I just pinned the fabric closed and stitched it close to the seam.

Once you have completed that, you are ready to add ribbon to the two sides. I cut out two pieces of ribbon (or whatever straps you want to use) about 15 inches long. Pin them to the corners of the apron, where the apron would hit your hip (see pictures). Stitch them close to the seam.

We are almost done! Just need some velcro!

  Finally, you are going to cut two small pieces of velcro (one soft and one itchy – sorry I know I have a very diverse vocabulary here).

Remove the sticky back and place them on your apron, one on the inside of the neck strap and one on the outside of the neck strap, so that they match together when you put the apron on.

Secure and/or reinforce the velcro by stitching through it with your sewing machine.

Pair  your apron with a recipe card and a couple of cute kitchen utensils, wrap it up in a pretty package, and you have a simple gift!

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