Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Diamond Apron

I've got a another great sewing tutorial for you today!  Back in July I shared this as a guest post, while I was on vacation, but I wanted to make sure to share with you today, in case you missed it before.  
I love this super easy and simple pattern.  This apron was designed by my husband's uncle's mother-in law - whew, what a mouthful!  She designed the pattern for my husband's grandma who made an apron like this for all of her daughters for Christmas.  I thought the pattern was practical and cute - love the diamond shape instead of a traditional apron.  As I like to cook and bake, I thought this would be something especially fun to learn to make so I asked the sewing master for some help :)  This apron can be made from start to finish in a few hours and makes a great gift!  I made this as a birthday gift for my best friend back in March.  I'm a very new sewer, so I took my time with it, but even so, I was done in 4 or 5 hours.  The experienced sewer who was showing me the pattern and helping me managed to finish an apron, in less time than it took me to do mine, while she spent time helping me and making notes and writing down the pattern - so basically, if you are anything but a novice sewer, this should take less than 3 hours or so, start to finish.
As you clearly know from reading my blog, I love to bake, but I can be a messy cook, so aprons are a must.  These also make great hostess gifts or gifts for the baker or cook in your life. 
Good Luck!

Diamond Apron
What you need:
Fabric A - 3/4 yard - for front
Fabric B - 1 yard - back, ties, neckband, border strips
Two large decorative buttons
Thread

What to do:
Step 1 - Cut fabric as follows
  • From Fabric A, cut 22 1/2 x 22 1/2 square - this is for the front
  • From Fabric A, cut a piece 7 x 10 1/2 - this is for the pocket liner
  • From Fabric B, cut 24 1/4 x 24 1/2 square - this is for the back
  • From Fabric B, cut two strips 24 1/2 x 2 1/2 - these are for the border
  • From Fabric B, cut two pieces 36 x 5 - these are your ties
  • From Fabric B, cut 23 x 5 piece - this is your neckband.  
  • From Fabric B, cut a piece 7 x 10 1/2 - this is for the outside of the pocket. 

All seam allowances are 1/4 inch.
Step 2 - Taking the neckband piece, fold and press in 1/4 inch along sides.  Fold pressed sides together - right side facing out, press.  Top-stitch along both long sides and both ends.
Step 3 - Repeat step two with both side tie pieces
Step 4 - Taking the two border strips, attach to two adjoining sides of front piece.
Step 5 - Place the two pocket pieces right sides together, and pin.  At one short end (7 inch side) create a "V" shape (see image below), by cutting in two of the edges.  Once you have made a V shape on one end, stitch pocket pieces together, leaving a two inch opening.  Turn right side out and press.  Stitch opening closed.
Step 6 - Stitch pocket to front of right side.  You can either center it, or off-set slightly to one side so that it falls on a leg and is handy for putting your recipe card in :)  Press top flap down.  Top-stitch around pocket if desired.  
Step 7 - Position and pin (on wrong side of fabric) neckband to upper corner of front.  The upper corner is corner opposite of the two border strips.  Baste in place.
Step 8 - Position ties on wrong side of fabric, 6 inches from the bottom edge.  Angle upwards slightly (so they tie around you better).  Baste
Step 9 - Fold and pin ties and neckband on right side of fabric (this is so you don't accidentally sew them into the seams when you sew the front to the back.  
Step 10 - Make a sandwich of fabric, front piece with borders, ties/neckband, back piece.  Right sides of front and back should be facing.  Sew front to back along all four sides, leaving a 5 inch opening for turning.  (I left my opening between the neckband and side tie on one side).  
Step 11 - Turn right side out
Step 12 - Press entire apron.  Fold top corner (by neckband) in about 3 inches and press down as well)
Step 13 - Stitch side opening closed
Step 14 - Top stitch around entire front if desired.  
Step 15 - Sew on buttons on top flap and stand back and admire - you did it!
  

Thanks for Reading!  Danielle @ Peanut Life Adventures

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12 comments:

  1. I love what you have done. You should come party with us and show of your creativity.
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    Have a great weekend!

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  2. I like this and what a great tutorial!

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  3. That's a very cute apron. Thanks for stopping by at Show Off Friday! Have a great weekend!

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  4. As a baker, I would love one of these myself. And how nice that the pattern is part of your family's history. Thanks for sharing at Inspire Us Thursday on Organized 31.

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  5. What a clever idea. I have so many aprons but I can always use another! Thanks for sharing!

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  6. This is such a cute apron. I've only ever attempted to make one apron before. It took six hours and came out a hot mess haha. Visiting from New Nostalgia Link Up.

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  7. This is so cute! Thanks for posting on Craft Frenzy Friday!

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  8. Very cute apron! Thanks for linking up at Take it on Tuesday!

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  9. I purchased a pattern several years ago and very easy to make. It looks exactly like your tutorial. It is called Four Corners Apron by Vanilla House. Here is the Link: http://www.vanillahousedesigns.com/p132-four-corners-apron/

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  10. Adorable! Would it be possible to see the back side of the apron?

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    1. Hi mistaken Matron - the back side of the apron is just purple - same as the border and the ties. It is just one big piece of fabric.
      If you have other questions, let me know!

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