Friday, May 13, 2011

Thrifty Thursday! (or Friday...whatever Blogger wants)

Thrifty Tip #65:  Before paying the high prices of sewing patterns, check the internet for quality free patterns and tutorials!  Here's a free apron tutorial to get you started!

**Disclaimer:  I am not a highly skilled seamstress and do not claim to be one!  This is the world's easiest project.  You will scoff at my sewing ability and this lacking tutorial...I'm okay with that.**

#1:  Start with 2 square pieces of fabric; this can be 2 coordinating pieces or 2 of the same pattern.  I chose to make my squares 22.5 inches on each side because the fabric was 45 inches wide and I could just cut the piece in half.

#2.  Place fabric right sides inward and pin carefully around the square to hold in place.
#3.  Sew around the edges of the square with about a 1/2 inch seam and also leaving about a six inch opening to be able to turn the square right side out.

This may be a quick process or it may take on the mood that your bobbin case is in.  Mine was in a funk.  But I still won!

#4.  Before turning the square right side out, carefully iron the seams open.  This will help you have clean edges and seems.

#5.  Once square is turned right side out, carefully iron edges again.  Use a small hand stitch to close up the square.  (or have just my mom do it...she's better at it anyway!)

#6.  Fold down one corner of the square approximately 7 inches on both sides.  Iron well so it stays flipped down.  Hand stitch a button in the middle to hold it in place. 

#7:  For the neck strap, cut approximately 15-18 inches of grosgrain ribbon (depending on the size of the child).  Sew on another button--using it to also affix the ribbon to the backside of the apron.  On the other side, sew on a button and use that button to affix a small velcro tab on the back.  Simply affix the other piece of the velcro to the ribbon.
# 8:  Cut 2 more pieces of ribbon approximately 15-18 inches each.  Use a simple top stitch on your sewing machine to attach these halfway down from the top of the apron's fold.  (If you're a really savvy seamstress, you can pin these in place while doing the first stitching around the square so no stitches will be seen.)

VOILA!  A simple apron and fun take-home gift for birthday parties! 

Cloe loves to wear her apron for cooking or painting!
What's your next sewing project?


H-Mama said...

super-cute, my friend!!

FilledToTheBrim - Kate said...

So, so cute!

This Heavenly Life said...

That is adorable, and...actually? It seems like I might be able to accomplish most of it unaided :) Impressive!

peter marie said...

Cute, Cute, Cute!!

Kate said...

This looks like a project I can handle! Looks like you can easily fit it to toddler size too.