it’s tutorial time again. so that means stop reading now if this will totally bore you.
now for the rest of you, this is a tutorial for a child-size reversible apron made out of 2 cloth napkins. i got mine at cost plus (world market) for 2.99 a piece.
so… first cut out the “armpit” pieces. i just eye-balled one side with a disappearing ink pen, then cut it out, took that cut out piece and traced it on the other side. does that make sense?
lay the first piece with the pits cut out on top of the other, right sides together, trace both pit holes (lovely terminology, i know!) with the pen, then cut out.
then you’re left with 4 little quarter circle/oval thingys. these will become the pockets.
get 2 matching pieces and lay them together. since mine had a pattern, i tried to line up the pattern.
then i took my finger and creased down that line so i didn’t have to get out the iron…yet. you’ll need it in a minute.fold the pieces right sides back together, being careful not to wiggle the lined up pattern, and pin.
then stitch down that line you creased with your finger.
this is what it’ll look like.
so it doesn’t line up perfectly, its a little wonky, but close enough. remember the blog name? imperfect.
then pink the edge, or do a zigzag stitch to curb unraveling. in case you don’t know, or are new to sewing, that zigzagged cut edge is done with pinking shears, special zigzagged scissors that help fabric to stop unraveling when washed.now get out the iron and press these new seams, and fold up the funky bottom.
cut off the bottom edge with pinking shears, or regular scissors, then zigzag stitch that edge. that edge will be the bottom of the pocket. do this to both pockets.now lay out the pocket on each apron, eyeballing the center.
now stitch twice around the pocket. the first (inside) stitch i did was on the original seam of the napkin (click on it and you should be able to see the original hem), then around the edge. do both pockets.
next i took grosgrain ribbon (you could also use twill tape or make your own fabric ties) to make the ties. i pinned them in place, leaving about 1/4 inch hanging out, and also pinned their tails on the inside so they didn’t get in the way while sewing.
then sandwich the backing on, and pin it all together. now look closely at this picture. i’m stitching just to the left side of the napkin’s original hem.
at the bottom of the apron i left a hole, unstitched, so that i can turn it all right side out.
when you’re done, snip the armpit hole. look closely at the picture.
snip all the corners.
turn it right side out. use the handy dandy chopstick to poke into the corners. then press all the edges. stitch all the way around 1/4 inch in to finish it off. this will close up that hole you used to turn it right side out.
and you’re done! find a cute little one to model it for you before you give it away!-lindsey