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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

From Scraps to an Apron

I got a new position at work that required that I carry around 2 phones a set of keys a badge and key card.  Needless to say I had a lot of stuff to keep track of.  I made this apron to keep me more organized and cute at work  :)
The entire apron was designed around this great piece of fabric.  It had peaches and shades of grey, and of course May Arts had the perfect ribbons to go with it.  The first thing you need to do is gather your supplies.

  • Canvas
  • Fabric and fabric scraps
  • Metal D rings
  • Therm O Web Heat N Bond Lite 5/8” (this will help keep your ribbons down)
  • Therm O Web Heat N Bond fusible interfacing (this will keep your fabrics down)

I cut out the main canvas 12 ¾ x 23 3/4, the main pocket also cut of canvas is 6 ½ x 23 3/4.  I laid out random bits of fabric, ribbons and lace on the canvas and ironed them down with the Therm O Web Heat N Bond and then quilted my main pocket.  I just did straight lines down with my sewing machine foot as my guide, nothing fancy.  I marked where I would sew this down on my main canvas piece, this is where my large pockets will be (about every 5” or so).

I cut a small pocket with my main fabric and sewed the peach lace with the suede grey cord woven thru it along the top.  I then sewed it down on top of the main pocket.  At this time I sewed the Main pocket to the Main canvas, sewing down the pocket where I marked the lines, use a heavy stitch here to make sure you have sturdy pockets.
I made a 2” ruffle along the bottom of the apron and sewed it to the bottom, then put my ¾” velvet on top of that to hide the rough edges.

I cut out a 3” x 44” strip of my main fabric and interfaced it with Therm O Web Heat N Bond Medium weight interfacing to give it some strength.  I folded it in half wrong sides together then sewed the ¾” ribbon over top to tie it all together.  I sewed the ties to the ends of the top of the apron and then attached my D rings and I am ready to go.  The ties wrap around the back across the front then loop into the rings.  I love it and it works really well for keeping all my stuff together.

Thanks so much for reading my tutorial today I hope it helps you keep yourself organized.  If you have questions or make one please post a link I would love to see what you create.

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