I am addicted to making aprons. I have WAY too many aprons. Seriously. But this is the first time I have made an apron like this. I’m calling it my ruffle apron (for obvious reasons).
You know what I think would be adorable is a matching set of these. One for mom, one for daughter! (I don’t have any daughters-so you go ahead and do that with your cute daughter for me.)
Ruffle Apron Tutorial:
About 1 yard of your main fabric (mine is the flowered one)
1 yard of a coordinating fabric for the back
1/2 yard each of 3 coordinating fabrics
1 yard of jumbo ric rac or ribbon to match
Start out by cutting out your apron piece. Fold your fabric in half and cut a shape like this: (the folded part of the fabric is on the left so that when you unfold it it is apron shaped)
It should be about 28″ long. Across the very top make it 11″ (so since you are cutting it with your fabric folded in half make that top part 5.5 inches. Across the bottom it is about 26″ (so 13″ with it folded). From the top to where the curved under the arms part ends and the wide part begins is about 12 inches. The nice thing about aprons is that they are very forgiving. So the measurements don’t have to be exact.
Now cut out a matching piece with your fabric for the back. Set these aside.
Let’s cut out the straps. For the neck strap cut a piece that is 26″ long and 5″ wide. For the straps do 36″ long by 5″ wide.
On the apron straps on one end stitch it like this:
And then snip it off:
Now turn them right side out and press them nice and flat. Set them aside as well.
Next, take each of your 3 coordinating fabrics and cut a piece that is 9.5″ by 44 inches. Hem both of the long sides of each of these pieces: (so that the top and the bottom are both hemmed)
Once you have both the top and the bottom hemmed, hem both of the short ends so that now all 4 sides are hemmed:
Do this to all three pieces.
Now we are going to gather them. To do this, run a baste stitch all the way across the top of each piece leaving the thread hanging on each side and don’t knot it.
To gather you will gently pull one of the threads (I usually pull the bottom one) and slide the fabric along it slowly. Don’t pull too hard-you don’t want to break that thread. Do this until your fabric is about the same width as your apron piece-but about 1-2 inches shorter. It should look like this:
Do that to all three pieces. Don’t cut the threads anywhere yet.
Now, starting with your bottom layer, pin your piece onto the front of your apron leaving 1/2 inch or an inch on each side.See how I didn’t pin it all the way to the edge? Leave a little space there.
Sew it in place.
Now layer your second layer on making sure to cover the top of the bottom layer:
And do the same with layer 3. Then add your Jumbo Ric Rac or your ribbon to cover the top of your top layer:
Sew the Ric Rac on. The front of your apron is done. Now all we have to do is put it all together.
Start at the top of your apron. Get your neck strap and lay it like this:
Then pull the back fabric over it and pin it in place leaving about an inch hanging out on either side. You can trim that off after you sew:
Do the same thing with the side straps:
Make sure to fold all the ruffles and things in and out of your way. When you sew this you DO NOT want to sew the ruffles at all.
Pin it all the way around:
Begin at the bottom in the center. Sew it all the way around making sure not to sew any of the ruffles while you are sewing. (Your Ric Rac though should go all the way to the edge and you SHOULD sew through that.) Leave an opening at the bottom that’s about 4-6 inches long. Snip off the ends of the straps that are hanging out.
Through that opening turn the apron right side out. Push out all the corners. Then fold that opening in so that it matches your seam and sew it closed.
Press the whole apron and you are done!
Want to make it for a child? Here’s a guess on some measurements: 21″ long, 17″ across the widest part, 7″ across the top and 9″ from the top to where you put the straps in. BUT even better, if you can measure the child to figure out how long to make it and things you will be better off since kid sizes obviously vary a lot.
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