Emma's Apron Tute
We absolutely LOVE the simple beauty of this project gifted to us by Emma of Emma May Stitching. Emma is one of our tutors here at HQ and, teaches our Start-Up, Cushions, Curtains and Roman Blinds workshops as well as one to one tutoring. You can find out all about the lovely Emma, and what she does here.
Emma has used Essex Yarn Dyed Linen Metallic for this fab apron project. Lovely earthy tones of yarn dyed linen with gorgeous metallic thread woven through gives this a beautiful festive feel but not too over the top - something you could wear all year round and would make a brilliant Christmas present for a keen cook or your Christmas host.
Over to Emma....
This is such a simple make, and ideal for bringing some cheer to festive baking sessions or creating a handmade gift for a loved one. Adapt, embellish, enjoy!
You will need
1m of fabric for main apron body (I’ve used Essex Yarn Dyed Linen Metallic Copper)
1 fat quarter (55cm x 55cm) of contrast fabric for pocket. (I’ve used Merrily – Just a Dash Berry Snow)
2.75m length of cotton tape/ribbon & 1 large button.
0.5m of suitable paper to make pattern template.
Cotton, pins, ruler, scissors, fabric marker & sewing machine.
Make your template
It isn’t necessary to make a template, you can just mark the measurements below straight onto the back of you fabric, but if you’re going to make more than one a template is really useful. This particular template fits perfectly on a length of sample / leftover wallpaper……
Ok, so grab your paper and spread it out on a flat surface. Draw a line 90cm long (This will represent the middle of your apron). At the bottom of this first line, draw another at right angles to it extending 35cm. Repeat at the top, drawing another line extending 18cm. Return to the original longline that represents the middle of your apron and make a mark on it 27.5cm down from the top. At this mark, draw a line at right angles again, extending 35cm again. Join up the two lines that both extend 35cm. Now join up the ends of the other two lines with a curve. There’s no right and wrong here – any curve will do! Cut out your paper template.
Cut out main fabric
Fold your main fabric in half so that the selvedges meet. Place your paper template on top of your fabric with the longest edge of the template aligned with the fold in your fabric. Pin in place and cut out the fabric. Note – your template includes all seam/hem allowances.
Remove the template and open up the fabric, laying it right side down on a flat surface. Starting on the bottom edge, turn a 1cm fold and score or press. Turn again, this time by 1.5cm, score or press and pin. Repeat on all the other straight edges. When you come to the curved edges at the top of the apron, snip into the first 1cm of fabric at regular intervals around the curve before folding. Then fold twice as before.
Position side ties & sew
Grab your cotton tape/ribbon and cut 2 x 1m lengths. Tuck the raw end of one piece of tape under the side hem, at the top of one of the side edges. Repeat with the other piece of tape on the other side of the apron. Turn over other raw end of each tie twice by 1cm and sew in place to prevent fraying.
Sew all the way around the outside of the apron to secure the hems and side ties, positioning your stitching as close as possible to the inside folded edge of the hem i.e. 1.25cm from the outside edge. Reinforce where the side ties attach by sewing an additional 3cm line of stitching in the hem where the tie is positioned, this time 0.25cm in from the folded edge.
Position & sew neck loop
Grab your remaining cotton tape. Turn under the raw edge on one end by 1cm. Position this end of the tape on top of your apron front. Align the outer edge of the tape 1.5cm in from the side of the apron, and align the bottom folded edge of the tape 3cm down from the top of the apron. Pin in place, and sew.
Leave a loop of about 50cm of tape and then pin the other end of the tape to the apron front, positioning the outer tape edge 1.5cm in from the side of the apron. Sew in place with a single line of stitching that will be hidden by your button. Leave 7 cm of tape below your stitching ad cut off any excess beyond this point. Turn a 1cm fold over twice on the end of the tape and sew in place to prevent fraying. Sew your button on top of your stitching by hand.
Grab your contrast pocket fabric. Fold it in half, right sides facing, with selvedge meeting other side edge. With a fabric marker, draw a 20cm x 20cm square, BUT with the bottom edge missing. Locate the middle of the top edge and measure down 25cm and mark a point here. Now join this point to the two side edges so you end up with a triangular bottom to your pocket. Again – look at the picture, it’s much easier to understand than the words! DON’T CUT IT OUT!
Make up pocket
Pin through both layers on the inside of your pocket shape. Sew around the shape on top of your line, leaving a 5-7cm opening on one side edge through which you can turn the pocket right side out. Trim back the seams to 0.5cm and turn through the opening. Press the pocket, tucking the raw edges of the opening inside. Sew a line of stitching through both layers of the pocket along the top, 1.5cm in from the edge.
Position the pocket on top of the front of the apron. Align the outer pocket edge 7cm in from the apron side edge and align the bottom pocket point 20cm up from the apron bottom edge. As with many things, these measurements are simply suggestions. Pin the pocket on wherever you fancy, try the apron on and shift it if you don’t like it! Sew in place 0.25cm from the pocket edge, remembering to leave the top edge open!
Pop it on & Bake!
That’s it, you’re done! Now it’s time to pop your apron on and start to bake.