So, here is an easy ruffled Apron tutorial! It only took an hour and a half, which can be squeezed into a night or two. It would have taken a lot quicker except I was figuring it out as I went along. I actually have admired my mother in-laws cherry apron that looks very similar to this one, thats why I decided to make one for myself. Though I only cook once a week if that, I still appreciate a good apron. Maybe it can be a sewing apron? hmmm…Maybe. I love how it looks complicated but it quite simple! I’m posting the tutorial tomorrow. Please let me know if you have any questions about my instructions. This is the first one I’ve done!
Scissors, sewing machine, straight pins, small ruler, ¾ of a yard of two fabrics, thread, bobbin, seam ripper. (You never know you might need one.)
Rotary cutter, ruler, and mat, iron and ironing board
2 apron body pieces (look at picture for specs)–> cut in a curve, in a way you like it!
2 pocket pieces (5 ½” x12” with corners cut off)
2 ruffle pieces 7” wide x width of fabric (from salvage to salvage).
2 waist tie pieces 4” x width of fabric.
1 neck tie 3” x width of fabric
-Sew with right sides together leaving an opening for turning.
-Trim corners, turn and press.
-Sew to apron body front.
*Optional: If you want the apron to be reversible, make a second pocket and sew it to the other body piece.
-Fold in half widthwise and sew, make sure to tuck and sew in one end of each tie.
-Trim points, turn right side out and press.
*Optional: add “D” rings at this point. I just sewed on a bow to the end, I love bows!
-Trim Salvages off.
-Sew two ruffle pieces end to end on 7” side to make a very long piece.
-Fold in half widthwise and press.
-Fold in each end ¼ and top stitch.
-Pleat ruffle by measuring 3” and then folding back 1”, measuring 3” and folding back 1” until you have pleated the entire length, ironing the pleats as you go.
-Baste the ruffle and then lay it on the right side of the apron body with the salvage edges of body and ruffle aligned.
-Pin and sew. You need to decide if you want your ties in front or in back of you ruffle before you sew your ruffle on. (Hint: you need to ease in extra ruffle in the curves so that the ruffle will lay flat after the apron is turned. Also ruffle should start and end about ½ from the edge. You don’t want the ruffle in the seam that will go under your arm.)
-Pin neckties, and waist ties in proper spots and place other apron body piece back on, right sides together.
-Sew around the rest of the apron leaving an opening for turning.
-Trim corners, curve, turn right side out and press. You can add one or two rows of topstitching if you desire.