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Monday, November 12, 2012

12 Weeks of Christmas-Week 7!


Welcome to Week 7 on our Tutorial tour! Read below to learn how to make this very cute apron that Tacha from Fat Quarterly has brought us! And don't forget to stop over at her blog for a giveaway!

What you need
2 pieces 15 ½“ x 17 ½“ for front and back of apron
2 strips 1 ½” x 15 ½” of white solid
6 ½” x 30” of fabric for ruffle
2 strips 3” x WOF for neck and ties
Cut this into 2 strips 3” x 18” and 2 strips 3” x 17”
 
Step 1 - Preparation
Print out template.
Align the template with the top-left and top-right of the front and back pieces as shown. Draw around the template and cut out.

 
 Step 2 – Make the Ruffle
Fold the 6 ½” x 30” ruffle strip in half lengthways with right sides facing. Sew the short ends together.

 
Trim the seams in the corners to remove excess fabric, turn right side out and press.

Change your machine’s stitch length to the longest setting possible. Start by leaving a long thread and sew just under ¼” from the top, across the open long edge of the strip. Leave a long thread at the end.

 
Take either the bobbin or the front thread at one end of the seam. Gently pull on the thread to gather the fabric. Continue to gather the fabric evenly across the strip. Pull gently or the thread may break. If the thread does break you will have to re-do this step.

Continue to gather until your strip measures 15 ½”. Use the white 1 ½” x 15 ½” strip as a guide. Change your stitch length back to your normal setting and stitch to secure the gathers in place, about 1/8” from the top.
Pin one of the white 1 ½” x 15 ½” strips across the top of one side of the gathered strip and stitch in place with a scant ¼” seam allowance.

Pin the other white 1 ½” x 15 ½” strip to the other side of the gathered strip and stitch in place using a ¼” seam allowance.

 
Step 3 – Make the Ties and Neck Band

Fold in the raw edges of one short end of each of the tie strips by about ½”. Press. Fold the strip in half lengthways and press. Open up and fold each long edge into the centre and press. Topstitch all the way around the edges of the ties.

Fold the neck band strip in half lengthways and press. Open up and fold the long edges in towards the centre and press again. Topstitch all the way around.

Step 4 – Sew The Apron Together
Sew the front piece to one of the white strips attached to the gathered ruffle.
Sew the back piece to the other white strip attached to the gathered ruffle.

Turn the apron so the front and back pieces are right sides facing. You will need to tuck the ruffle inwards so it isn’t caught in the seam.
Position the neck band at the top of the apron, between the front and back pieces and pin in place.
Position the ties on each side of the apron, just below where the shaping starts.

 

Sew all the way around the 3 open sides of the apron leaving a gap in one of the sides to turn the apron right sides out.

 

Turn the apron right sides out and press. Top stitch all the way around making sure to secure the opening you left to turn the apron.

 

Have fun baking!
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6 comments:

Diane's Magnolia Threads said...

Thank you for the extremely cute apron!!

VickiT said...

I love this apron. Super cute with the ruffles

Carrie P. said...

adorable!

tracy_a said...

Thank you! I love this!

Jennifer @ Ellison Lane Quilts said...

adorable!

Cindy @ Quiltedangelhideaway said...

Just the pattern I need! Thank you for the instructions!