Hostess Apron Tutorial- Inspired by Threshold
November 26, 2013
Tis the season for hostess gifts which are one of my favorite gifts to make and give. I love reciprocating when I've been invited for a good time and good food. One of the best gifts to give is an apron. An apron doesn't need to be sized, is easy to make and easy to customize with colors, details and embellishments. I saw this version at Target a few weeks ago and fell in love. My family spends Thanksgiving and Christmas at my parents' house and twice my mom creates an incredible meal in which I usually repay by cleaning the kitchen. This year I thought I would step up my game and make her a beautiful apron as well, in her favorite color: pink.
To create your own you will need:
1 yd of pink polka dot quilting cotton
1 yd of cream organic cotton solid
The finished apron will be 10'' W at the top, 15'' W at the waist and 32'' L from bottom to top
From the polka dot cut:
One skirt piece 30'' W by 20'' L
Two side panels 12'' L by 3'' W at the top and 5.5''
From the cream, cut:
One center panel 12'' W by 12'' L
Two waist strips 15.5'' L by 3'' W
Two waist ties 36'' L by 4'' W
Two top ties 24'' L by 4'' W
One facing piece 12'' L by 11'' W at the top and 16'' wide at the bottom
Instructions (All seams are 1/2'' unless otherwise noted):
Sew two basting lines along the top and bottom of the center panel inside the seam allowance and along the top of the skirt. Set skirt aside. Pull gathers of center panel until it measures 6'' W. Press gathers in place.
With right sides facing sew one side panel on to the center panel. Press seams toward the side panel. Repeat with other side panel. This makes the apron front.
Fold one top tie along the length and sew up one long side and along one short end. Clip corners and turn right side out and press. Repeat for the second tie. Pin each tie to the top of each side panel aligning edge with center panel match raw edge of the tie with the top of the side panel. Baste in place inside seam allowance. With right sides facing pin facing to the apron front with the tie hanging down through the bottom. Stitch up one side, along the top and down the second side. Clip corners and turn right sides out. Press in place. Edge stitch around the same sides.
Pin one waist strip to the bottom of the apron front, right sides facing and one waist strip to the bottom of the apron facing, right sides facing and stitch both in place. You will be creating a sandwich with the apron top between the two waist strips. Press strips down.
Double fold hem the sides and bottom of the skirt. Pull gathers of skirt until it measures 15'' W. Pin skirt to the two waist strips and stitch. Press seam towards the waist strip. Fold in short, raw ends of the waist strip and press.
Fold each waist tie in half along the length and stitch up one long end and one short end. Clip corners and turn. Press. Insert easch raw end of one waist tie into the end of the waist strip and pin in place. Repeat with second tie and stitch each.
Voila! You are done. You make make one for each party you are attending and a few for yourself. These aprons are perfect for all holidays!
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