Craft Show Preview: Easy Half Apron

Hey everyone! As I mentioned awhile back, I am prepping for a craft show! I wanted to share some of the items I’m working on because I’m excited about them, and they’re pretty simple to make.

I’ve been working on apron sets with an adult and child version hoping that people will buy them as neat little holiday gift sets. This weekend I make a really cute navy and white polka dot apron with a yellow waistband. ITS SO CUTE. You can find some simple instructions below. This apron uses less than 1.25 yards of fabric for the adult size and even less with a child size. Also, with this pattern, the ties are supposed to be super long so that they tie around the waist twice. Just so you don’t think something is wrong lengthwise. 🙂

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Materials

Child Size

  • Waist band: 4.25 x 36 (1)
  • Ties: 8 x 36 (2)
  • Apron skirt: 18 x 36 (1)

Adult Size

  • Waist band: 4.25 x 44 (1)
  • Ties: 8 x 44 (2)
  • Apron skirt: 22 x 44 (1)

Rotary board
Rotary cutter
Matching thread
Chalk (for marking angles on ties)
Pins

These are just materials that I used. Do you have a decent pair of scissors? You can use those instead of a rotary cutter. Do you have a good eye for sewing in a straight line? Maybe you don’t need to go out and buy chalk for marking your fabric. Just make sure you have the right fabric! 🙂

Ready to start? Here we go!

Here’s our starting fabric (folded in half to make it fit! Haha)

fabric strips for child size apron

First, take your waistband piece and cut it in half. Then fold in each of the ends 3/8 inch. You’ll notice I forgot to fold in my ends down near the end. (whoops!)

Set those aside, you’ll use them later. Now, grab your skirt. Pin and stitch a 1/2 seam on the short sides folding up onto the wrong side.

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Next, you’ll  take the bottom of the skirt and pin another 1/2 inch seam and then fold it up again into a 2 inch hem. You can’t see the 1/2 inch seam here, but it’s folded under the 2 inch hem. Top stitch this.

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Once that’s done, we are going to do the gathering part of the apron to make it look cinched at the top. To do this, you need to adjust your sewing machine to the longest length and tightest tension that you can. On my Brother sewing machine, it was 10 length and 9 tension.

Here you’ll sew two lines of gathering stitches 1/4 inch and 3/8 inch from the edge. Before you start, make sure you give your self enough thread on each side of the skirt to pull with when you’re done stitching. Also, don’t back stitch or anything. You want these to be easy to move the fabric over. The extra line is for backup just in case one of your strands of thread breaks when you start to pull the skirt together.

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After you’ve done your two rows of stitches, pull the skirt until it’s the length of your waistband piece.

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This next part is always hard for me just because it’s so fussy.

Take your two waistband pieces and sandwich your skirt between them. I have a solid color fabric, so it doesn’t matter which side is facing which, but if you’re using a fabric with a wrong side and a right side, one piece will be right side waist band facing right side skirt and the other will be right side waistband facing wrong side skirt. Pin these suckers together and then sew with at least a 3/8 inch seam. I say “at least” because I’m not the most accurate sewer. The first skirt I made, I followed those instructions, and I ended up missing the mark and you can see the gathering stitches when you’re finished. There’s even a couple of holes… SO, I actually go further in that 3/8 inch.

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Next, roll up the skirt so that it fits inside the waistband fabric. You’re going to sew the two waistband pieces together and then pull the skirt out. The next two photos should help visualize that.

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Pin and sew with a 3/8 inch seam.

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After you’ve sewn these two pieces, pull the skirt out one end. Because the child size is smaller, I always have a tough time and end of thinking that I accidentally sewed the skirt in with the waistband, but just keep pulling!

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You’re almost done!

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Now it’s time to grab the ties. Fold them in half lengthwise and mark a 45° angle. If you have a wrong side, you will fold these right sides together. If you don’t have something to mark your fabric, to be honest you can probably use a pencil or pen or whatever. This side won’t be visible when you’re done. Just make sure it doesn’t bleed through!

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Sew the edges together with a 1/2 seam, and then cut off the extra fabric from your 45° angle. Then, unfold the piece right side out. Use something to push the corner of the tie out so that it’s not folded in weird. It can be anything that’s small enough to push that out. Wanna know what I use? You know those things you use to twist window blinds open and closed? Yeah. We have one just laying around and I use that since it’s long. Lmao.

Next, you will attach your ties to your waistband (here’s where you can clearly see I didn’t fold my ends in. Ugh). Just pin and stitch these on each side.

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YOU’RE ALL DONE!

Something else I wish I would have done differently this time around was using yellow thread for attaching the ties. Honestly, I didn’t have another bobbin and it was 11:00 PM, and I didn’t feel like running to the store.

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See? That was nice and easy! As a new sewer, I really loved this pattern, which I got from Delia Creates, btw! She has a really nice website with a ton of free tutorials that are easy to follow. She has a little more detail than I do, so head over there for additional help.

Made by Molly and I will be at the Lourdes Academy Craft Show in November, and I’ll have these aprons – in many different colors and designs – and more!

Follow along. You know you want to.

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