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how to make an apron
Christmas dinner, my Grandma Gifford in her apron (far right).
As I thought about what to do for Christmas presents this year I had many ideas. Then we started our 12 days of holiday do-it-yourself and I'll say it...I got inspired by our little concept. That's the idea right? I played with different ideas, but when I landed on this one, it had its own special meaning -- aprons.

Why? Well for starters, I love to cook and I think the kitchen is as good a place as any to look fabulous. Sharing this with my friends and family just seemed appropriate. But the bigger reason is it felt so sentimental to my family history. Back in the 40s when my great-grandpa died, my great-grandmother took on her own entrepreneurial spirit to provide for her household and sewed aprons to sell. She went to downtown Chicago and bought as much fabric as she could carry for her custom orders. She would get up at 5am to do her housework, get kids to school, then would sit at her sewing machine and do what she needed to provide for her family. I have always been inspired by this story and the entrepreneurial spirit my great-grandma had. I couldn't help but think that my Grandma Gifford was smiling as I sewed my very own set of aprons.

What you need:
3/4 yard duck cloth (or if you buy 2 yards, you can cut about three aprons)
2 1/2-3 yards thick ribbon for the waist tie
2 yards for the trim
matching thread
sewing machine
Step one: find your fabric. Duck cloth is preferred since it is stain-resistant, which is after all, the point. I had a surprisingly hard time finding duck cloth (though I did in the end, luckily in this super cute pattern), so if you're not able to, look for non-stretchy material that is 100% cotton. You'll need about 3/4 yard of fabric. Also look for coordinating ribbon and embellishments. I used about three yards for the waist tie and two yards for the decorative ribbon on the top and bottom.
Step two: cut your pattern. I actually used another apron I had for my pattern, which is a great option if you have one. If not you can purchase a pattern, or make your own. If you cut yours from an apron you have, be sure to leave 1/4-1/2" extra for your hem. When cutting, I folded it in half before I cut to ensure both sides were symmetrical. 

Step three: hem the edges and sew together. Pin it up and stitch around the entire apron with an even hem. Fold the top and bottom half, then pin together so the top in sewn on in the center. Then do one more quick stitch to attach the top and bottom.
Step four: add embellishments. First add any trim, pin the ribbon along the area you want it. Depending on the ribbon you can put your stitch down the middle (it adds a cute look to the ribbon, especially if your thread is a different color) or you can choose to sew down each side of the ribbon. You could also add ruffles or lace (though slightly less friendly for washing) should you choose. If you are using ribbon for the waist tie, be sure to double over and stitch the ends to prevent fraying. Finally, add the waist tie, lining it up to center and pinning like with the top portion. Add cute bows or other embellishments as you choose.
This makes a super cute gift you can personalize for your friends' tastes. Or, make one for yourself!
7/16/2012 04:40:19 pm

So cute!!! I always like to wear an apron when I cook. Maybe I'll make one of my own. :)


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