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Half Apron Tutorial

Half Apron Tutorial by Skirt Fixation

Half apron tutorial by Skirt FixationHi! Allegra here! I have an easy half apron tutorial for you today! The back story is that we have always had this nice old checkered half apron that we wear when we are cooking or playing dress up, or pioneers or suchlike. I have always worn this apron, and lately I decided to make a semi-matching one for Aria. So, using some simple measurements, I created this easy half apron tutorial (WITH PICTURES, YAY) for you.

Half apron tutorial by Skirt Fixation What you will need:

A piece of fabric 36 inches wide by 29 inches long for the apron.

A piece of fabric 67 inches long by 2 inches wide. (If you want a wider waistband, then make the width be 4 inches)

ha13Note: The small square piece of fabric was for a pocket which I decided not to add.

Note: I used pretty quilting cotton from our stash.  I’m sure cotton works best here.

Half apron tutorial by Skirt FixationStep 1: Cut out your fabric.

Half apron tutorial by Skirt FixationStep 2: Around the bottom and two of the sides of the apron piece, iron over ¼ or ½ inch, depending on what size hem you want. Note: Usually, I iron down ¼ inch, and then fold it over the second time as I’m sewing. If you want to iron it over twice, though, by all means go for it!

Half apron tutorial by Skirt FixationStep 3: Sew down what you ironed.  Across the unfinished top, sew a basting or gather stitch, and gather until its 18 inches across.

Half apron tutorial by Skirt FixationStep 4: Take the 67 by 2 piece and iron over ¼ inch or smaller all the way around.

Half apron tutorial by Skirt FixationStep 5: Pin the apron front piece into the waistband piece so that the gathering is encapsulated in the waistband, and then sew it down.

Half apron tutorial by Skirt Fixation

Half apron tutorial by Skirt FixationStep 6: If you would like, sew trimming onto the bottom. I sewed some simple eyelet lace onto the back of the bottom hem.

Step 6: If you would like, sew trimming onto the bottom. I sewed some simple eyelet lace onto the back of the bottom hem.

Aria modeled her new apron, I think she likes it!

Step 6: If you would like, sew trimming onto the bottom. I sewed some simple eyelet lace onto the back of the bottom hem.Well, hope you like this half apron tutorial! Let us know what you make!

Allegra

Step 6: If you would like, sew trimming onto the bottom. I sewed some simple eyelet lace onto the back of the bottom hem.

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Apron Gifts

Apron Gift

Another apron post is forthcoming, folks!  I wanted to give a couple of gifts to two special ladies, and I thought that apron gifts would be just the ticket.  I used my apron pattern that I developed (with mom’s help) when I was about ten or eleven.  It is taken from a dress pattern, and so the shape is very flattering, and the pattern itself easy to change around and spice up.

apron gifts

For the first apron, I picked this lovely yellow cotton with a faint yellow leaf pattern on it.  I decided that I wanted just one pocket, but a big one!  This lovely wine-colored floral looked just beautiful on the yellow, so I used that as a pocket, stitching it down along the middle so that it is in effect, two separated pockets, but it still looks like one big one.

Before

We had a very old denim skirt with a ruffle on the bottom of it, and looking at it, I thought that it would be just the thing as a cooler color separating the warm yellow and red.  It looks quite nice around the pocket, I think.  You might notice a little different thing that I tried this time, which was stitching the apron together down the middle.  I’m not sure as of yet if that was a good thing or a bad thing, but it’s definitely not what I usually do!  I also used a thin cream-colored ribbon for the neck and straps.

Apron Gift

For the second apron I used this pretty floral, a light reddish-purple on a cream background.  I did square pockets in a rich wine and stitched around them in cream to compliment the floral.  The straps are a wide cream lace, which gives the apron a very feminine air.

I love aprons in any shape; they make me feel like a 1950’s housewife or a pioneer girl!  I also hand embroidered the initials of the receiver of each of these apron gifts.  How do you feel about aprons?  Do you like full aprons, or half ones that are more like a skirt?  Let me know!

Allegra.

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Skirt to Apron Refashion…or the Two Cutest Aprons Ever!!

Today we have a post about aprons. Yes, aprons. I know for a while that we were selling some of mine in our Etsy shop, but I never did any posts about them. Now I will let you in on my greatest apron related secrets. oooOOOooo!  I made aprons as gifts for two of our friends. Now my favorite kind of fabric to use with aprons is food fabric. They go together like ham and eggs. Ah, the food-related humor. Anyway, to me it just makes sense to use food fabric to make an apron. In fact, it makes so much sense to me that I had a business when I was Annie’s age making and selling aprons! And they were fun aprons! I used a pattern piece that we developed a long time ago for my business from a dress pattern. This makes the apron form-fitting and flattering.  Our favorite source of food theme fabric is eQuilter.com.

skirt to apron refashion

The first apron is chocolate truffle print. I used this pink mini skirt to make a large pocket with pink lace trim, and used narrow pink grosgrain ribbon.  I sewed around the edges, made pockets of different sizes, added trim and decorative stitching, and then added ribbon ties.

food fabric apron

The other one I used a fun watermelon print, and used wide green grosgrain for the ties. I also used neon green corduroy for the pockets, and added a cute black bow at the top.

Watermelon Apron

I made a rookie mistake, and forgot to sew the top hem on the pink pocket over before I put the pocket on the skirt, so stitched it shut with a wide brown decorative stitch. I really liked the way that it turned out looking, so I did the same on the green pockets, stitching it with decorative black thread.

Mini Skirt Refashioned to an Apron

I’d just like to point out that Annie took the photos of Mom modeling the aprons. Good job Annie! I love how the aprons turned out, and I can’t wait to see how our friends like them! Thanks for reading, and let me know if you have any apron tips or patterns.

Allegra

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Skirt Refashion – Scary to Skapron!

skapron

This is October!  (Just in case you hadn’t noticed!)  And in honor of October being Breast Cancer Awareness month, we are doing a month-long theme where we post something pink each week.  You know the Pink Ribbon Campaign and all.  And above that nod, anything we put in our ETSY shop that is pink this month (like today’s Skapron!) we will contribute 1/2 the proceeds from the sale to Breast Cancer Research!  So shop away!

This skirt remake started out like this:

old lady suit

Hello kitty photobomber!

Yes, I know. This was a very ‘old lady’ outfit gifted to us by the same dear old grandma lady who gave us the skirt for the skirt giveaway. I really didn’t see myself wearing this as is, haha, and I thought that there was more potential here than just popping the skirt onto the bottom of a denim mini. (Although that would have been cute!) This time I decided to take a skirt and turn it into…. Wait for it… (Drumroll)…. an apron!!!  Except this apron will be a little different, more…skirtish…J You might even make a new word for this design, something like Skapron, or Aprot! Here are my steps.

1. Cut the skirt along the seams on both sides.

2. Cut out the lining and hem the edges.

3. Use some of the back material to make ties for the apron, or Skapron, or Aprot, or whatever!

4.  To make the ties, fold a panel from the back in ½ right sides together, and sew.  Turn the tube right side out and sew across the bottom.

5.  Sew the ties to the apron at the top.

6.  Sew vintage ribbon to pockets.

7.  Attach the pockets, (from an old pair of my brother’s jeans!) to the front of the apron.

8.  Sew on buttons (from the jacket) onto the pockets.

skapronHello Skapron!  (Yes, I just made that word up!)

There now, what a cute apron! I was aiming for a very vintage look, which I think I achieved!

Total Time: 1 hour

Total Cost: $0

Talent Level: beginner seamstress

skapron

I felt kind of like a cook on one of those old cooking shows, so you have a picture of me holding a little pumpkin and looking like I’m saying; ‘Now halve the pumpkin…’

skapron pocket

Here I leave you with a close-up of the adorable pocket.

pintrest ready photo

We hope that we have inspired you to make or design your own Skapron. Or Aprot, for that matter! So now here are your jobs: Vote in the poll, visit our ETSY shop (yep, this Skapron is there!) & and leave us some comment love!

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Always be Exciting,

Allegra.