In 30 minutes or less
Today is my day for the Charm Madness Blog Hop. I hope you enjoyed the amazing tutorials written by Jess at Sew Crafty Jess yesterday and by Jennie at Clover & Violet on Tuesday. Two very talented ladies. I am still amazed I (me? really?) am among such talent! It seems so unfair to those around me but I am enjoying it!
Let me start by saying I really wanted to keep this apron as simple as possible. Additionally, I wanted to use as little additional fabric as possible. I believe I did just that – created a simple, low cost apron using one charm pack and very little else! So, let get started on this 30-minute apron!
Let’s get right to it!
- One (1) Charm Pack **NOTE: In order for this tutorial to work, you need to use a charm pack that come with pinked edges!
- 1/2 yard coordinating fabric (actually only need 10″ if you are attempting to use something you have in your stash)
- Matching or contrasting thread for top stitching
- Misc. sewing supplies (sewing machine, iron, seam ripper, etc)
Making the Apron Piece:
Start by laying out your charm pack in a pleasing manner 5 squares across by 4 squares down with a 5th row of 7 squares.
NOTE: The picture doesn’t show the correct number of squares on the bottom row but please lay out 7.
Stitch the rows together. When pressing, be sure to alternate direction so you can nestle seams when stitching rows together.
Stitch the top 4 rows together.
Gather the 5th row. The technique I use for gathering is to do a wide, long zig-zag stitch over a thick piece of thread (button thread) the length of the row – See the picture below. Pull the gather until it is the same width as the 5×4 piece.
Stitch the gathered row to the previous joined rows.
Press the seam toward the top of the top (or unruffled rows). Top stitch on the unruffled side so as to Set this aside for a moment. ALMOST DONE!!
Making the Tie Piece:
Cut two strips from a coordinating piece approximately 5” by WOF*.
Stitch these two pieces together on one short end – making one long piece. Press seam open.
Press this in half on the length. Open up and press the sides into the fold and press folds together – enclosing the cut edges.
Combine the Apron Piece and the Tie Piece:
Find the length-wise center of the tie piece and the center over of the apron piece. With the two centers together, place the apron piece inside the tie piece, enclosing the apron piece. Pin along the apron piece.
Fold the ends of the tie piece to create diagonals. Pin from diagonals to the apron pieces – both ends.
Top stitch from one end to the other on the tie pieces, enclosing the apron piece.
YOU ARE DONE!
NOTES: Now, as you can tell, we didn’t hem the sides or the bottom. This is why I stated you need a charm pack that had pinked edges. The pinked edges keep it from fraying, the lack of hemming keeps it simple & quick.
Well, there you have it, a completed 30-minute *or less* apron. Super simple…but sometimes we need a gift that is just that…simple to throw together but still a delight to give! And considering the price of charm packs, you could make this for under $15.00. GREAT GIFT!!
Because I have been on a bit of an “apron-kick” lately, I have decided to give this one away. Like the making of this apron I have decided to keep the giveaway simple. All you have to do enter is leave a comment on this blog. You have until midnight Saturday – so as not to interfere with Chrissy’s giveaway which starts Sunday. Any comment will do – from how cute my converse are to which tutorial you plan on trying – anything at all!
Thanks for stopping by!