Saturday, June 23, 2012

90 minute apron tutorial

You read that right....90 minutes....start to finish. AND I am not a fast sewista. 
Sooooooo, if you are speedy, this will go even faster!

The person I made it for. My Dot's bestie...she's off to culinary school in August.

Now for the tutorial. It will take me longer to write it than to sew it. LOL  
Okay, maybe not, but it did go super fast.

What do you need:
1 yard of fabric 44" or wider
apron to trace or pattern for main part

First, I found a chef style apron that I had and traced it onto tissue paper.

I added an inch or so to the top and some seam allowance so it ended up the same size. 
Placed it on the fold and cut it out. See my missing chunk?

I used the rotary cutter for all of it....super fast. Especially with a ruler on the straight areas.

I did the curved areas first. 1/4" once, then once again

It should look like this. Top stitch it close to the inside edge

Folded the top over the same way, except I used about an inch

Then I pinned it for sewing later

Next, do the bottom hem the same as the top. Top stitch along the edge of the upper fold

Just like this
do the same for the sides only 1/4" times 2

Out of the leftover fabric cut two each
2.5 inches by 24" (neck ties)
2.5 inches by 36" (waist ties)

I only got one pocket out of the fabric since a big chunk was missing, but you should be able to get two nice sized rectangles.

Fold and press the long sides 1/4"
The bottom 1/4"
The top, Fold over twice, about 1/2-3/4" deep

Top stitch close to the top edge and the lower edge on the pocket top

Place it on your apron just like your sample and top stitch
Be sure to go over the upper corners a couple of times to keep it secure

Take your ties and fold in half, long ways and press to get a center line

Fold one side close to the center and press

Do the other side. For wider ties, fold over less or use a little more than a yard and cut wider pieces

Keeping the pressed parts folded, put right sides together and sew

Trim the corners

Turn right sides out. the pressed fabric should stay all nicely folded on the inside

Press and then top stitch closed. for narrower ties, one side of stitching is enough. 
For wider ties, top stitch both sides.

Attach the 24" straps to the top

Top stitch along the edge and along the inside edge to hold the fold down
This catches the straps nicely

I put the 36" waist ties on with this box stitch.

Taaa daaaaaa You're done!!

This is all I had left of one yard of fabric. Well, a touch less than one yard.

Start to finish, including pictures, washing my hair, getting dressed (no makeup and just a ponytail) and wrapping...1 hour and 45 minutes.  I know, I know....and I didn't even rush!

Happy sewing!!


  1. Looks great Regena! I love Spongebob! Thanks for the tutorial! I'll definitely have to try this one! Have a Happy Weekend! :)

  2. Nicely done! You do great work my friend :)

  3. Popped over from sewhappy geek! Looking good on that apron!

  4. Cute apron! It's amazing how fast we can get things done when we have a deadline!