Meta Apron

Over the weekend I found this amazing, super cute fabric with a 1950’s housewives pattern printed all over it!  I wasn’t sure what I would use it for, but I just couldn’t pass it up.  As I was looking it over today, the perfect idea popped into my head: an apron!  The fabric is covered with women wearing adorable, period aprons so what better thing to make with the fabric than a classic apron?  Today’s post is called Meta Apron because today, we are making an apron out of apron-covered fabric!

Things you will need to complete this project:

-fabric of your choosing

-needle and thread

-sewing machine (or you can hand-sew)

-scissors

-two yards of ribbon

-pins

Here is a photo of the fabric:

fabric

And a close up of the ladies:

The first thing to do was measure the fabric to fit around my waist and fall just above the knee.  I wrapped the fabric around the front of my waist and doubled it, and then I marked where it hit my knee.  Be sure to leave an extra inch all around for hemming!

measuring-skirt

Next, I cut the fabric to size.  Don’t forget to cut off the selvage (the strip on the side of the fabric that is not part of the pattern)!

cutting

Then, with the fabric upside-down, I folded over and ironed the two sides and bottom of the fabric (about an inch).

ironing-edge

Using an iron instead of pins to mark seams is a great time-saver, but it usually only works for simple projects with straight edges like this one.  The next step is to sew down all the edges.  sewinghem

After the hem is completed, you can diagonally snip the square corners in order to reduce bulk:

cuttingcorner

Next, it’s time to prepare the gathers for the waistband.  Thread a needle and sew large basting stitches along the top edge of the fabric, these don’t need to be neat or pretty since we will pull them out later.

bastinggathers

Then, hold one end of the thread and push all the fabric towards the other end, creating a bunching/gathering effect:

pullinggathers

Hold the gathers up to your waist and spread them out evenly so that the fabric covers the front of your waist.

sizinggathersThen, lay the fabric flat on the table and pin the ribbon along the edge of the gathers making sure the ribbon covers your basting stitches.

pinnedribbon

Here is a close-up of the pinning:

ribbonpinCU

Lastly, use the sewing machine to sew the ribbon down t0 the top of the apron, sew along the bottom edge of the ribbon and be sure to remove the pins as you sew.  Once the seam is complete, turn the skirt over and cut/pull out the basting threads as you don’t need them anymore.  Then tie on your apron and start baking!

apronfinal

I’m not much of a baker, but with the encouragement of the ladies on this cute new apron I will definitely give it a shot! :)