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'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.
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.
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!
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