Simple Retro Christmas Apron

    Posted by  ·  November 13, 2012

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    Hello Skip To My Lou readers! I am so excited to be here today! My name is Bev and I blog at Flamingo Toes.

    Over at Flamingo Toes I love to do sewing and jewelry projects – as well as crafts and home decor. One of my favorite things to sew are kitchen items – I think they make the kitchen so much more personal! It’s definitely more fun to bake if you’re got a cute apron on. Or maybe that’s just me. 🙂

    That is what I have for you today – a cute little Retro Christmas half apron that would be fun to wear during all your Christmas Cookie baking – or to give as a hostess gift at a party.

    It has cute circle pockets edged in rick rack (which if you know me is no surprise – I’m kind of addicted) and it’s finished with a little bias ruffle and embroidery thread.

    Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:

    • Main Fabric
    • Cut 1 piece 13″ x 32″
    • Cut 2 pieces 3″ x 20″
    • Cut 4 pieces 4″ x 28″
    • Accent Fabric
    • Cut on bias – 2 1/2″ 80″ (or piece together enough for length)
    • Cut out 7″ circles for pockets
    • Contrasting Rick Rack – 1 yard
    • Embroidery Thread
    • 4 Coordinating buttons

    Begin by cutting out all your fabric pieces. For the main portion of the apron, cut the two bottom corners into curves. You can use a little bowl as a guide for the shape.

    To cut out your pockets, use a circle shape (or a handle bowl) that is about a 7″ circle. Trace the bowl, then move it up about 5″ and trace the bottom curve again to make the top, curved section of the pocket. Cut out 4 of these.

    Baste rick rack on to two of the pocket pieces, about 1/4″ from the edge of the pocket. Overlap the rick rack at the bottom.

    Lay the pocket piece that doesn’t have rick rack over this, right sides together, matching up the curves and points. Sew the pocket pieces together with a 3/8″ seam so the basting stitch doesn’t show.
    Leave a 1 1/2″ opening for turning. Clip the corners and curves and turn right side out. Press.

    Do any piecing you need to do of your little bias ruffle now, then sew a gathering stitch along the top.

    Pin, then sew the ruffle to the sides and bottom of the main apron piece, right sides together.
    Press the ruffle down, then top stitch 1/4″ from the seam on the apron body.

    Take the 3″ x 20″ piece and sew a 3″ x 28″ tie piece on each end. Repeat for the other waistband and tie pieces.
    Sew a gathering stitch along the top of the apron body.
    Pin, then sew the apron body to the bottom of a waistand piece, right sides together. Tuck the ruffle tops in towards the back and make sure you don’t sew onto the tie pieces.
    Press the seam up towards the waistband.

    Pin the pockets in place – 6″ in from each side (from the seam, not the ruffle) and 3″ down from the waistband seam. Sew the pockets on just inside the edge of the sides and bottom.
    Leave the top open. (It’s so much easier to put things in them that way. 🙂

    Place the waistband and tie lining pieces right sides together with the waistband and tie pieces that are already sewn to the apron. Match up the seams and ends.
    Starting at one bottom side next to the apron body, sew along the bottom of one tie, across the end (angling the end if you want), along the top of the ties and waistand, and across the bottom of the other tie. Leave open the bottom of the waistband.

    Turn the ties right side out and press. Press the bottom of the waistband lining piece under 1/2″.

    Top stitch around the waistband and ties, 1/4″ from the edges. Sew along the bottom of the waistband as well, this will sew down the lining and cover your seam.

    You’re almost finished! We’re going to put on the final touches.
    Thread a needle with three strands of embroidery floss and sew a running stitch (just in and out) along the top stitching just above the ruffle.

    Sew the buttons onto the bottom of your apron ties, so that there is a button in each side of the tie. If you line up the holes you can sew them on at the same time.

    And that’s it! You now have a cute little Christmas apron for all your holiday baking and parties!

    Thank you so much for having me Cindy!!

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    1. Friday, December 7th, 2012
      Loving this retro apron, and of course the button details!
    2. Jaan L of Tx
      Wednesday, November 14th, 2012
      Love this apron. Its so darn cute that I am going to make several of them for gifts (for the mom's) at my son's Birthday party. Hey, mom's need gifts, too.
    3. Wednesday, November 14th, 2012
      Adorable apron!!! Might have to make 1 or 2 for gifts!!!
    4. Wednesday, November 14th, 2012
      I really like this apron, I'm going to pin it!
    5. Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
      Love the apron, so cute!
    6. Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
      What a sweet apron! This would make such a great hostess gift for a cookie exchange!
    7. Suzie H
      Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
      Oh my goodness! I love this! Thanks for sharing, Cindy & Bev! (The first apron I ever made was one of Bev's designs!)
    8. Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
      Absolutely adorable! I love the rick rack on the pockets. And the extra red stitching above the ruffles is the perfect extra touch!