I thought with all my home renovations projects (found here and here), you might be ready for something different!
I mean, my blog is supposed to be a little of everything :)
So, a sewing post is in order.
A friend on mine has a very talented mom who made this super cute apron; I knew I wanted to copy it, and put my own spin on it!
Before I give you the how to, how about if I show you the final product?!
I call this one "The Double Ruffle"
This one is a Single Ruffle, with extra wide Ric Rac trim
Hand Towel (17x28 in)
1.5 Yards of coordinating fabric for the ruffle
1 yard of coordinating fabric for tie
Steps to a fun apron!
For the ruffle: Lay your 1.5 yardes of fabric on the floor and cut in half lengthwise (long ways)
Fold one piece of the cut fabric in half (right sides together)
Pin along the 3 raw edges.
Sew the fabric together on the three sides you have raw edges meet (you don't need to sew the edge that is folded)
On one of the "short sides", only sew it 3/4 closed, so you will have a space to turn the fabric right side out.
Turn the fabric right side out, using the small hole you left on one short side.
Press your fabric (don't skip this step!! It looks so crisp and professional when you press it!)
Sew a basting stitch (longest stitch setting on your machine) the length of your fabric (long ways).
Gather your fabric in a ruffle by pulling the bobbin thread (the bobbin is the thread that is under your needle; not the thread that comes down from the top of your machine)
Pin your gathered ruffle to your hand towel.
Sew your ruffle to the towel.
Take your fabric for the apron tie, and cut the length of the fabric in half (long ways)
Should look like this:
Now, take that piece and cut it half AGAIN (to create 2 pieces for your tie)
You want 2 pieces for your tie:
Press your fabric 1/2 inch on two long edges of your fabric (this will save you from having to sew this edge down to create a finished edge. SHORTCUT!)
Do this for both pieces. Should look like this:
Pin your two tie pieces (right sides together) along the short edge
Sew two tie pieces together along the short edge to create a really long tie
Use your fabric as a "binding" for your hand towel. Slip your hand towel into the tie fabric (like below) and pin in place
Starting at one end of your tie, sew the tie together, and continue the length of the hand towel all the way to the other end of the tie.
It should look like this:
Hmmm. Looking a little plain. I know, Ric Rac!
Pin on your ric rac, and sew it to your hand towel.
Just for Fun, I made one for Miss J
(who is obsessed with Turtles!)