The fabrics used were 2 companion
prints from the
Strawberry Splendor collection of Maywood
Studio. The strawberry print is available by following the
link-the green is not. I like making aprons in beautiful food prints and my
daughter, who will receive this one, loves vintage style aprons
and the color red.
pattern is multi-sized so I always trace the size I
want on pellon non woven interfacing. Pellon makes a really
durable pattern that you can use and pin over and over again.
Make sure it is not the iron on kind. The green print was used
to make bias binding that encases the entire apron. When making your own bias, look at
your fabric very closely before you buy to make sure the print doesn't have a
bias directional print. Sometimes these are hard to see. As I look at
this picture of these 2 fabrics, the diagonal direction of the print
seems very obvious, but in the store, it didn't.
When tracing your patterns, transfer all markings
from the pattern pieces, so you don't pull it out later on and
say "What in the world is this ?"
The Pattern was traced, cut out, and then the
work of making the bias strips began. I used the 45 degree angle
on my quilter's ruler aligned with the selvage edge to find the
perfect bias and marked a line with tailors chalk. Subsequent
strips were marked from that line to 1 3/4 inch width. Cutting
on the bias gives your fabric strips just enough stretch ability to go around the curves of this
apron easily. Strips cut on the straight grain would not work
because they are too rigid.
cutting (a rotary cuter is best) many 2 inch strips from a 1 yard piece
of the green print, I seam enough pieces together to make about 5
yards. If that isn't enough, it's easy to make and seam more
pieces. When seaming bias strips put 2 pieces right sides
together at a right angle or your strips will not be in a
continuous straight line when sewed together. Then I used my handy dandy bias
making tool to quickly fold and iron the tapes to the desired
1 inch width size.
is the best tool ever! You can find a great selection of these
at www.CreateForLess.com. The 1 inch tape was folded again to make
it into 1/2 inch double fold tape.
One side should be a little
longer than the other. When you put it on the apron to sew it down, put
the shortest side on the side of the fabric you are sewing on. I
hope that makes sense. You can always
contact me with any questions you might have. Next sew
pieces together and put on bias as per instructions in the book
and VOILA!!! --- You have a one-of-a kind, quick and easy apron
for a gift, or for yourself to wear at your dinner parties and
to look fabulous while protecting your nice clothes and preparing
your meal. If you have any leftover fabric, consider
making placemats to match.
apron pattern book and strawberry print fabric are available at
Here is my daughter wearing her new apron
while my grandson looks on.