I am not a professional seamstress, but I do know that there is no such thing as a perfect sewing project. I know that when I make things, there are always mistakes and I am not above making them. I believe that making things should be fun and stress-free, and I want to make it easier for you to do the same.
This tutorial is designed to be an easy project for beginners. I used leftover fabric that I had from the DIY pillowcase I made for my daughter, but you can use whatever fabric you want to create your own apron with pockets. The idea is to use just enough fabric to cover the back of your neck, and then to sew the sides together, leaving the neck open. If you don’t have any fabric left over from the pillowcase, that’s okay.
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How do I make my own apron?
It’s simple to make an apron using a lightweight fabric like cotton or linen. You’ll need some fusible interfacing to help stabilize the fabric while you sew it together, and you’ll also need to cut out a pocket for your hands. For the pockets, I used a piece of fabric and a piece of fusible interfacing, and then I fused it to the back of the apron.
Materials for making Apron
The easiest way to make your own DIY apron is to use fabric that you already have at home. You can use fabric that is already in your closet. For example, if you have a favorite dress that you don’t wear anymore, you can use that fabric as a DIY apron. The main thing is that the fabric you choose should be of a medium to heavy weight fabric. Also, since this apron is a single layer, you will need fabric that is not too thick.
The more you know about how fabrics work, the better you can make a decision on what’s best for you. For example, a thinner fabric will be easier to paint on and will keep you from having to repaint your fabric over and over again, but if it doesn’t have enough give, it may not hold up well when you’re painting.
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How to Make an Apron in 7 Easy Steps
Step 1: Cut fabric pieces
Cut a length of fabric exactly 27 inches high and 20 inches wide.
Fold the fabric in half, wrong side up.
You’ll also need three long strips of fabric at this time.
Since I bought a shower curtain that already had finished edges, I took those off and used them as strips. They’re ready to use, so it makes sense to use them.
Step 2: Fold and measure
This is one of the most important steps in creating a custom apron. If you don’t have a measuring tape, then use a ruler. Measure 4 inches up from the bottom of the fold and make a mark. Then unfold the apron and measure 8 inches from the mark you just made.
Step 3: Measure and create a curved line
Once you have created your first curved line, add another one 18 inches high on the opposite side. Make sure that the two lines are parallel. The lines you drew should be close together.
Step 4: Cut fabric on that line
Cut on that line that made you in sync 3, through the two layers of texture.
Step 5: Hem with sewing machine
I am very good at hemming apron strings, so I thought it would be a great idea to share my techniques with you. I’ve found that hemming with a sewing machine is a quick and easy way to hem apron strings. When you hem with a sewing machine, you are able to adjust the size of your hem without having to turn your fabric inside out.
Step 6: Add the long straps
Now that you have the straps on, it’s time to make the straps stronger. For this step, you will need to create a box for the straps to fit into. Take your sewing machine and cut out a box shape from the center of the strap, using a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Make sure to cut both sides of the strap at the same time.
It’s a simple step, but it takes some time to get used to. When you first start sewing, it’s easy to skip steps or overlook details. However, as you gain experience, you’ll learn to pay closer attention to details and not just rush through things.
Step 7: Add the shorter strap
If you’ve been following along with me so far, you know that I’m not a fan of sewing. So, instead, I use fabric glue to fasten the straps. It’s quick, easy, and inexpensive.
Make sure you follow these steps exactly, as your finished project may vary slightly from the one pictured.
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1. When making an apron, start by gathering all your supplies and cutting your fabric. Then choose which pattern you like best, and use it as a pattern.
2. Cut out your apron, leaving a 5-inch hole at the bottom for tying. Use double-sided fusible webbing to attach your design to the apron.
3. Attach your apron to your fabric by hand, ironing the fusible webbing to the wrong side of your fabric.
4. Once your fabric is attached, cut out your apron from the fabric. Use a ruler and straight edge to make sure your cuts are straight.
5. Sew the top edges of your apron together with a zigzag stitch, and trim off any excess fabric.
6. Sew buttons along the front, and stitch a decorative trim around the hem of your apron.
7. You’re done!