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DIY: Aprons!

I love to cook. I especially love to cook in an apron. There is something about cooking in an apron that always brings a smile to my face… I think it’s a nod to being a kid and playing dress-up. When I cook in an apron I immediately feel like I’m a much better chef than I really am!


So with the wedding season upon us all, I decided to whip up a fun apron for several brides-to-be as part of their bridal shower gifts. I figure with all the new, fun kitchen gadgets newlyweds receive that a cute apron is needed too. And, like I said, cooking is just more fun in an apron!


I used a KWIK-SEW pattern and followed the instructions to make a waist apron. I’ve used the KWIK-SEW patterns before and find them to be good, especially for the beginner sewer that I am. The guide is helpful, pictures are included and – like the pattern name – it’s a quick project. From start to finish (choosing fabric, ironing, pattern cutting, sewing and finishing) it took me about 2.5 hours.


Sorry readers – I was almost halfway through my apron when I realized that I didn’t take in instructional photos… so instead, here’s some steps with a few photos weaved throughout the process. Next time I’ll try to be more diligent about snapping photos!


1. Select fabric, for this apron you need a 1/2 yard or material.


2. Iron fabric to remove wrinkles. Fold in half so that the back side of the material is facing up.


3. Pin pattern pieces to fabric.

4. Cut out pattern pieces from fabric. You’ll see I cut the pocket out of a different fabric for some fun/mix-match.


5. Begin following pattern instructions. If you need help on following the steps, there are some useful YouTube videos to follow. Now the YouTube video links are for a different pattern maker, but the process is exactly the same. Super helpful for the visual learner. There are two parts:
Part One: Cutting pieces, sewing seam allowances, and sewing on the pocket.
Part Two: Adding waistband, waist ties and finishing apron.


6. Make sure to take a picture of the final product and add your “made by XXX”.




6. Model the apron begin to cook away!

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4 thoughts on “DIY: Aprons!

  1. Anne – Love your blog. Pretty material – and model. Like your Handmade by Anne Luce label. The last apron I made didn't turn out well – it was at Providence Academy – 9h grade. Hand turned, manual foot operated sewing machine. Memories.

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