Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Easy Ruffle Apron Tutorial

Quick and easy are two project requirements in my book.
This project fits that bill in a big way.
Don't you wish it was your birthday gift?!
It isn't.
It's the birthday gift for a super amazing awesome wonderful aunt.
Auntie P to be exact.

While Auntie P was visiting, back in October, she used the Halloween apron I made a couple of Halloweens ago.
That's her in the black apron.
Here's the original picture of the apron.

Well, Auntie P loved it so much she subtly hinted that she'd like one for Christmas or her birthday.  
By subtly, I mean she said, "you should make me one of these for Christmas or my birthday."  
Well, her birthday is in a week.  Where did time go?
I thought I better get my butt in gear.
I took pictures of the process so you could give one a go yourself. 
Trust me, it's super easy.

For materials you'll need one store bought apron, 4 cuts (1/4 yard each), 1 cut (1/3 yard), and matching thread.
(The store bought apron is the key to what makes this so easy. I got my apron at Garden Ridge for $6, but you can pick them up at Target, Walmart, etc.  You couldn't buy the material for that price let alone the time you save not having to sew an actual apron.)

Prewash and iron all of your fabric. 
I then cut 8" strips of entire width of the fabric of each piece.
You will have extra fabric of the 1/3 yard cut, use that to cut the accent piece for the ruffle top and the chest piece of your apron.  
Iron the top edge down one fold and fold the edge and bottom over twice. 
This will make sure you have no exposed fabric edges.
Simply sew all the way around each of the 5 pieces.
Start from the bottom of the apron and pin pleats all the way across.
To make sure mine were even, I pinned the center of the fabric to the center of the apron and the end pieces to each of the sides of the apron.
After that I worked my way from the middle to the edge so the ruffles would be even.
Sew across the top edge.
Add the next piece of fabric making sure the bottom edge covers the top edge of the last piece.
Once I had all five pieces sewn into ruffles, I sewed the edges flat down both sides of the apron.
I sewed the accent strip to the top of the ruffles and to the top of the apron on the chest.
 When I was done, I realized I had sewed it completely crooked.
Horribly crooked.
Instead of ripping out all of the tiny stitches, I grabbed some matching = grosgrain ribbon to the top and bottom to even things out.
Whew!  Misadventure rescue!
Here is the finished product.
Cute right?

And don't worry, since she specifically asked for this gift, I asked her if I could text her a picture of the apron and post the tutorial before her birthday package arrived in the mail.  
She was gracious enough to agree.  
Her reply to the picture was, "LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!! !!!!"

Happy early birthday, Auntie P!  
I'm glad you love the apron. 
I know you'll get many years worth of use from it. 
You have been such a blessing in my life.  
I cherish all of the fun memories we've made together over the years.  
I LOVE LOVE LOVE YOU!

This tutorial is being shared on some of these fun link-ups.

19 comments:

  1. OM Gosh...that is just so darn cute. I really need to make one! Of course I am a pretty messy cook..but isn't that the mark of a good cook?? Well if not I'm going with it!

    Laura@MiceInTheKitchen

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  2. I love this! I am going to try to make one for my 4-yr-old niece to use in her little kitchen (and my big kitchen too!)

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  3. It turned out sooo cute! I want one! ;)

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  4. Love this! Great gift idea. Thanks for sharing the instructions.

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  5. Oh WOW!!! I'm soooo diggin' this!! I can make that too! YAY!!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer... From Dream To Reality!

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  6. This is such a cute idea!

    Thanks for sharing!

    (I found you through Sugar Bee Crafts!)

    Karla @ Simplistic Chaos

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  7. I've had this up all day! I'm pinning for future reference...

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  8. so super cute! thanks for linking up to Ispyrefashion this month!

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  9. Adorable! Thanks for sharing :) - Hopped over from Vintage Gwen

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  10. Aww, this is so cute! I want to make one now!

    - Jocelyn @ jocelynandjason.blogspot.com

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  11. I wish I could sew! SO cute and colorful!

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  12. That's a really cute idea. I don't sew a lot but I bet I could do this!

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  13. Such a cute idea. I admire your patience.

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  14. Thank you! I'm totally going to bookmark and put this on my project list. New follower here!

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  15. That turned out so cute! I'm your newest GFC follower and would love for you to link up at SHOW-licious Craft Showcase!

    http://sew-licious.blogspot.com/2013/01/saturday-show-licious-craft-showcase-16.html

    Hugs,
    Marti

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  16. This is so pretty! Thank you for sharing! You will be one of the features tomorrow at Make it Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House. Hope to see you prettiness at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHosue

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  17. Terrific idea....and such wonderful colours.

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  18. Congrats!!
    You have been featured at The DIY Dreamer... From Dream To Reality!! Come on over and grab your featured button, you deserve it :)
    http://thediydreamer.com/from-dream-to-reality/from-dream-to-reality-linky-party-51/

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