This week I got to help a group of teenagers make pioneer inspired aprons…that turned out pretty darn cute…and today I’ll show you how we put them together.
To make them all you need is:
*A flour sack dish towel (mine were 28″ x 29″)
*2 inch wide ribbon
*fray check (optional)
We used a pack of flour sack dish towels (4 of them for $6 which) made these aprons really inexpensive to make!
(You can get a set of 12 for $17 HERE on Amazon if you are making them with a group like I was.)
And to make these aprons just follow these next few steps:
#1. Fold the apron up from the bottom 8 inches and iron. Then stitch along each side.
This will create the pocket along the bottom.
#2. Measure along the bottom about every 6.5 inches and draw a line vertically from the bottom fold to the top of the pocket. Stitch along each of these lines.
This will create the segmented portions of the pocket along the bottom.
#3. Run a gathering stitch along the top of your apron.
Gather until the width of the top is roughly 2 inches wider than the width of the front of the waist of the person who is going to be wearing the apron.
#4. Measure the waist of the person who is going to be wearing the apron. Times that measurement by two and then add half the measurement to that number.
So for example if the waist is 30 inches times it by 2 to get 60 inches then add half of the original measurement which would be 15 to make 75 inches.
When you get your number cut your 2 inch wide ribbon to that length. (Measuring that way will make sure the ribbon is long enough to create the tie with a cute ribbon in the back.)
Once the ribbon is cut fold in half and mark with a pin. Also fold the gathered edge of your apron in half and mark with a pin.
#5. Pin the center of the ribbon and the gathered edge of the ribbon together with the top edge of the ribbon just above the gathered edge of the apron.
Then working from the center out pin the entire gathered edge of the apron to the ribbon. (You will have a lot of ribbon left on each side of your apron.)
#6. Sew along the top edge of your ribbon and apron.
I used a generous quarter inch seam allowance to make sure I caught all the apron gathers in my stitches.
#7. Sew along the bottom of the ribbon.
Sew along each side of the apron as well…from the top to the bottom of the ribbon.
AND YOU ARE DONE!
And all ready for an adventure on the prairie!
*Note: I had the girls add fray check to the ends of the ribbon we used for ties to help keep them from fraying but you could also turn them under and sew them up.
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