Whenever I think of my mum, I see her in the kitchen toiling over some crazy steamy and tasty concoction. The smells of Vietnamese spices would engulf the kitchen and the noises of kitchen pans and utensils clanging together made my stomach growl. Her Banh Xeo(Vietnamese stuffed crepes) makes me salivate just thinking about it. Gosh. Ok, back on topic. Mother’s Day is coming up and I started wondering what would be a great gift to give mum. Flowers eventually die, chocolates end up on the hips and shiny things lay forgotten in the jewelry box. However, Mom is always seeming in the kitchen, so something that she could use while making a tasty treat would be a delight. I was in Anthropogie the other day and fell in love with their ecclectic aprons, but wanted something with a little more personality. I have been loving colorful mono block prints on upholstery fabrics and thought that they would be perfect to make an apron with. It was just a matter of deciding to stop procrastinating and start to DIY aprons when my friend Elise of MyCupcakeAddiction came by on a stop from Australia. Both of us wanted to collaborate on Mother’s Day gift ideas and decided to get to work! Are you ready to make some super cute aprons using either a no-sew or sew technique? Well, read on!……
For this DIY, you are going to need a few things.
1) 1-2 yards of colorful upholstery fabric. You want a hardy cloth with some structure and strength to be the base of the apron
2) 2 yards of a 2″-3″ ribbon to use as the main sash and half a yard of 1″ ribbon to use for the neck tie. You can also make both the sash and neck tie out of cloth if you are so inclined.
3) A large piece of craft paper to make the pattern with.
1) Sewing Needles. These are important and handy to keep the items pinned down when sewing or glueing. I prefer using long needles with a circular head like this one.
2) Iron for pressing seams. I adore this cute little iron
3) Permanent Fabric Glue. This glue is the bomb dot com. It’s really makes DIY sewing crafts much more accessible to those that don’t have access to a sewing machine. Totally washable and very strong.
4) Sewing Machine(if you are a sewer). I you are new to sewing machines and want to make an investment in your DIY hobby, I recommend this one. If you are looking for something that will last forever, this Singer machine is a beast.
5) Sharpies, Scissors, Strawberries(just because they are tasty)
Ok, so let’s get into it. The first thing is you are going to want to make pattern for your apron. There are tons of free patterns online here, but I decided to freehand my own. It’s pretty easy to do once you know what you want to make. I am making a two piece pattern as I wanted an eclectic mix of fabric and a textured flare, but the easiest is definitely a one piece. For a two piece pattern, I did the following. I took a halter top and folded it in half and laid it on my craft paper for the initial pattern. Only trace the arm hole shape and not the neck area. If you don’t have a sleeveless halter top, you can also use a tank top if you add 2-3 inches to the curvy arm area. I traced the general shape and added an inch around it for the seam allowance. The height from top of the pattern to the bottom for me was about 16.5″. I roughly cut the pattern out and tried it out to see if I liked it and made adjustments from there.
For the bottom part of the apron, I cut a rectangle that was roughly 20″ Tall x 28″ Wide. If you want to do some gathering and ruching, I recommend adding about 8″ to the width dimension. This accounts for a 1″ seam allowance on all sides.
Cut out the pattern, pin it to your fabric and then cut it out!
Time to assemble the apron. First start by pressing the seams with an iron. Fold in 1″ of each raw edge and then iron. Do the top and side seams of the top half of the apron and all all four sides of the bottom half.
You can then either sew or glue the seams shut!
If you want to add some texture and want to do some ruching, this is the time to do it. To add this texture, you will need to baste stitch the top hemline. A baste stitch is basically a very loose stitch that you will pull on one end to gather up the fabric. Here is a great tutorial on how it’s done.
Ok, now it’s time to connect the top to the bottom! You can either glue or sew this seam together. Attach the right side of the fabric on the top half to the folded upper seam of the lower half. Your apron is taking shape!
It’s time to figure out how to hang the apron now! I used a 2″ wide ribbon as the main sash. To measure how much I needed, I loosely wrapped it around my waist and then added about 12″ to each side so I can use those ends to tie into a bow. You can either glue or sew the sash onto your apron. I used the sash to cover the main seam. Next, you can either make a loop with your 1″ ribbon for the neck loop or use 2 pieces on each order of the top of the apron like I did. Finally, sew or glue on the neck line ties.
Finally, if you want, you can cut out U shaped pieces of cloth for the pockets and glue or sew them on!
Try out your fancy new Apron or give one to mum and head to the kitchen!
Happy Mothers Day,