If you are a newbie to sewing, this is a great project to try! If you’re like me, you’ve probably purchased a pattern for an apron or thought about it, got the pattern in the mail and screamed when you opened it. It’s like buying furniture from Ikea, complete with their own language, except there is no “how-to” anywhere in the pattern. Luckily, I have a roommate that will help me sort out those patterns later. Until then, a friend of mine showed me this easy-to-make pillow case apron just in time to get some finished for Christmas presents.
Step one: Get to a thrift store, purchase some cute pillow cases (and sheets for extra material). You might want to buy different colored sheets and pillowcases for some contrast.
Step two: Sew up the open side of the pillow case.
Step three: pleats. Just make a few folds starting toward the center, folding them away from the center. Pin them. Try to make them symmetrical. Then sew them down with one long stitch across the top.
Step four: Make the waist band. Cut out a piece of fabric a little longer than the apron. It should be wide enough to fold over. Fold over the ends and iron. Pin it to the top of the apron. Sew the waist band to the apron, but don’t sew the ends shut.
|Fold the sides in a little and iron.|
Step five: Cut two strips long enough to be the ties. Make them a little less wide than the waist band. Do the same thing, fold them over and then fold over the sides and iron. Sew these ones completely. Sew the ends and the sides shut. Then stick them in the ends of the waist band and sew the waist band ends shut.
|On this one, I didn’t make the ties thinner than the waist band, so I had to pleat it a little to fit it in the waist band.|
|This is an example of sewing the ties around the edges.|
Step six: Now for the pocket. Cut two pieces of fabric a little bit bigger than you want for the pocket. Put the nice side of the fabric against the nice side of the other piece. Sew around the edges of the two pieces in a perfect square. Leave at least 3 inches un-sewn. Turn it inside out. Sew this to the apron wherever you want. Make sure those 3 inches of un-sewn pocket are either on the sides or on the bottom so you can sew them up when sewing it to the apron.
|This is the pocket after it’s turned inside out. I’m showing you the 3 inches that are not sewn.|
|The part that was not sewn is on the bottom right hand corner, but you can see it because I sewed it shut when I sewed the pocket to the apron.|