Thursday, July 12, 2012

Pickled Apron Tutorial

Pickled Apron Tutorial
The inspiration for Pickled Apron came from a Pinterest photo. The Photo was of an apron sewing kit in a mason jar. I thought it was such a great way to give an apron as a gift! I wanted to share how to make a new apron and give it to a  friend or love one you might like to Spoil!
Sewing Skills needed Straight Stitching
Fabric A (Main Print) One fat quarter 
measuring 18” X 22”
Fabric B (white fabric) 1 yard 
Fabric C (Pocket and Ruffle) half yard 
measuring 18” X 44”
Ribbon or trims 1 yard
Working sewing machine and sewing notions 
Step 1: Cutting Layout- 
Fabric A- set aside it is already the correct, 
measurement of 18”H X 22”W (front panel)
Fabric B- Cut 2- 6”X 44” (ties), 
    Cut 1- 6” X 22” (waistband) 
    Cut 1- 6” X 36”  (ruffle), 
      Cut 1- 20”H X 22”W(back panel)
Fabric C- Cut 1- 13.5”H X 6.5”W (pocket) 
    Cut 1- 6” X 36” (ruffle)
Step 2: Take the two ruffle pieces Fabric B (white) and Fabric C, measuring 6” X 36”, fold wrong sides together lengthwise, the ruffles should measure 3” X 36”. Iron and sew a wide gather stitch along the raw edges. Pull the bobbin thread to gather each ruffle so that it is 22” long, measuring 3” X 22”. Distribute the fabric evenly. 
Place Fabric C ruffle and Fabric A (front panel) together. Matching the bottom raw edge of Fabric A, front panel to the raw edge of the ruffle, pin and sew. 
Finish the seam with a serger or zig zag stitch. Press the seam up toward the front panel and topstitch the ruffle. Do the same for Fabric B ruffle (white) and the Fabric B (white) back panel along the bottom raw edge. *Add trim or ribbon at this stage. I placed ribbon on top of the white apron panel.

Step 3: Fold the side edges of the front panel and ruffle .25” twice and iron. Stitch down the edge of the folds to finish the panel. Repeat for white back panel. 
Optional: You can add ribbon, trims or embroidery to your pocket before making it. One option is to gather 10” of ribbon, placed it  1.5” from the center crease line and then sew it to the pocket.
Step 4: Make the pocket by folding the 13.5” X 6.5” piece of fabric in half and pin. It should now measure 6.75”L X 6.5”W. Sew along the 3 raw edges, leaving a 4” hole at the bottom of the pocket, to turn the pocket right side out. Trim corners, turn right side out and iron. 
Pin the pocket on the main panel, 4.5” from the top of the main raw edge (to the top of pocket) and 3” from the right or left side (depending on your preference). Sew along the 3 pocket sides, closing the bottom hole in the pocket.
Step 5: Sew the two apron panels together using a .25” seam allowance. 
Step 6: Sew each 6” X 44” Fabric B tie to both 6” sides of the 6” X 22” Fabric B waistband. Iron the seams open. Iron a .5” fold line along the bottom of the waistband. 
Center the unfolded side of the waistband and the apron panels right sides together and pin. Sew .5” seam allowance across the raw edge of the apron. 
Fold the ties right side together and sew from one end of the tie toward the waistband. Start at the fold line and sew up to the raw edge at 2” from the end of the tie. 
Do not sew the waistband. Trim edges of the ties and turn them right side out. Iron ties and pin the waistband carefully. 

 Topstitch the ties and waistband. 
Enjoy your new Pickled Apron! 

Pickled Apron PDF
For those of us who like to print!
After you make your Pickled Apron fold it carefully and place it into a jar. I found this one at World Market for $5. Write or type your favorite recipe and attach it to your jar. The Ladybug recipe cards I used are herePlease let me know how your Pickled Apron Gifts turned out!


Corrine said...

Oh Leah, what a cute idea! Such a nice tutorial to go with it too. Thanks. I will keep this in mind. Might be a cute idea for shower gifts too.

Beth said...

Very cute! Thanks for sending me over to your blog from Etsy!

Country Mouse said...

Super cute! Thanks for sharing!!!!

Linda Walker said...

Such a clever way to give a gift. Thanks for posting this....Linda