It is that time of year when gatherings fill the best of our time, bringing in many baking and cooking moments. If you are like me, your kitchen may be a bit of a disaster while baking, and typically a change of clothes is needed before guests arrive. Although I try to stay clean, somehow one thing or another ends up all over me. An apron is one of my essential kitchen pieces. This apron is a favorite of mine. It is large enough to take care of any mess that may happen – it has a towel holder to keep one close to you and it has large enough pockets to hold any cooking essentials. It is a great piece to have in your kitchen not only for you, but also if you have any guests helping out with cooking as well. It is always a gift to gather with the important people in your life, so don’t worry about rushing to clean yourself up when you will already be prepared for anything with this apron on. Go enjoy your people. –Lindy
Click through for the full how-to after the jump!
-1 1/3 yard fabric (linen shown, but can use lightweight denim or canvas as well)
-one 1 ¼” D-ring
-four 3/8” grommets
-3 1/3 yards twill tape
1. Gather all your materials. Print template of apron (you will need several pieces of paper). Tape together printed template and cut out the four pieces drawn on the template. Set aside. (Note: Piece #1 is for the body of the apron, pieces #2 and #3 are for the front pocket and piece #4 is for the towel holder.)
2. Set up an iron, as well as a sewing machine.
3. Iron the fabric you are using.
4. Fold fabric in half. Pin piece #1, #2 and #3 on edge of fabric, on the folded side. Piece #4 doesn’t need to be on fold, but pin to fabric where there is room.
5. Cut out fabric based on template.
6. Remove pins and template from fabric.
7. With an iron, iron a 1” border around the edge of pieces #1, #2 and #3. Make sure that the inch border is all on the raw side of the fabric. Once the border is ironed for piece #1, bend in the ironed piece and pin, making the trim 1/2” wide. This will prevent the fabric from unraveling. With pieces #2 and #3, pin the pieces together with the raw edges facing together. Set aside.
8. Take piece #4 and divide halfway on the shorter side. Iron. Then, taking the two halves, fold them in towards the center reaching the middle so the raw edges are hidden. Iron them down. This will make the piece 1/4 of the original size with the edges hidden. Set aside.
9. Take the apron and sew the pined edges to make the hem all the way around. (Sewing Tip: Remove the pins before you sew the area it is in, so it doesn’t break the sewing machine needle.) Set aside the body of the apron while you sew the pocket.
10. To make the pocket, you want to start with piece #4 to create the towel holder. Grab the ironed piece #4 and the D-ring. Place the D-ring 1” in from one side of the piece, then fold the inch of fabric over the D-ring, then fold again to hide the raw edges. You can pin it down to make the fabric stay. There will still be one side with a raw edge, keep it that way. To sew, you want to sew the sides of piece #4 parallel to the long side, one stich row on either side. Then sew the top and the bottom of the fold over (parallel to the edge of the D-ring). For more support, create an “x” with stiches over the overlap of fabric that holds the D-ring.
11. The next part of the pocket is taking pieces #2 and #3 that you pinned earlier and the towel holder you just created. Place the towel holder along one of the longer dimension sides, the side that you want to be the opening of the pocket. The towel holder should be about ½” in from the edge, between the two pieces #2 and #3. Pin. You will want to sew the top of the pocket before you pin the pocket to the apron. Sew two lines at the top about ¼” and ½” from on the edge of the top. This will sew the towel holder in place. Only sew one side of the pocket at this step.
12. To sew the pocket to the apron you will need to grab the body of the apron. Pin the pocket to the apron. Placement will depend on how low you want it, but it should be centered. (Make sure that the top of the pocket is in the right position.) Once pinned to the apron, sew the three sides (do not sew the top of the pocket to the apron). You can also divided the pocket by sewing two lines in a place on the pocket parallel to the edges. I divided the pocket into thirds, creating one large pocket and one small pocket.
13. To place the grommets, grab the four grommets and the grommet tool. With a grommet tool, place four grommets on the apron: One on either side of the top for the neck ties, then one on either side of the apron for the ties, just under the curve and along the edge.
14. For the neck strap, grab the twill tape, measuring tape and apron. Cut a piece of twill tape that is 34” long (this may vary depending on how high you want the apron to lay on you). String the tape through the front to the back of the grommet on one side of the top of the apron. Bend the end of the twill tape 1” that you just put through the grommet. Bend it another 1” to fold the end in. Do this one more time and pin the edge of the twill piece that is hanging out the other side of the grommet. This is to prevent the edge from unraveling and to hold together around your neck without breaking. Repeat this process on the other side. (Make sure that the string isn’t twisted.) You will sew the pined areas in an “x” form to hold better with a line above and below the “x.” (Note: this is a small area so be careful with your fingers when sewing.)
15. To do the ties around your waist it will be a similar process, but not the exact same process as above. Cut out two pieces that are 42″ long. Take one of those pieces and string it through the grommet with one and follow Step 13 above to string through the grommet and pin. Then, with the other edge of the twill tape, fold a 1” over three times and pin on the edge. With the sewing machine on both edges create the “x” pattern with the line above and below the “x.” Repeat on the other side with the other tie piece.
16.Clean up all strings from your sewing, then try it on! You just created an apron!
There are so many ways you can interpret this pattern. Just think of all the things you could do with it!