The Christmas cookie recipe print from Riley Blake is a huge shop favourite and we thought it would be absolutely perfect for a vintage-style apron. Tie on this adorable apron as you make magic in the kitchen and you’ll look every inch the domestic goddess you are! (Seriously, put on a full-skirted half-apron with a big bow and I dare you not to pop your hip and grab your phone for a selfie because you’ll feel like the cutest thing ever, regardless of whatever else you’re wearing.) Read on for Kym‘s tutorial to make your own or whip one up as a gift for a friend who loves to cook!
What you will need:
- 1m 50cm of fabric (I’m using the Cozy Christmas – Recipe in Red)
- Pattern paper or tracing paper
- The pattern sheet
- Iron on interfacing (we like Vilene’s woven interfacing for this project)
- Point Turner
- General sewing supplies: sewing machine, fabric scissors, pins, iron, hand sewing needle, coordinating thread
Make a paper pattern for the apron tie piece on the pattern sheet using the paper of your choice.
Cut out your pieces. Be sure to cut two pairs of the apron tie piece and not four the same direction! When you’re done cutting, your pieces should look like this:
Apply the interfacing to the wrong side of one of the waistband front pieces. This piece will become the front piece and the second will become the waistband facing.
Place the front waistband and waistband facing pieces right sides together. Pin and sew along one long edge using a 1cm seam allowance.
With an iron, press the seam towards the waistband front piece. Press up 1cm along the bottom of the facing piece.
Fold the waistband the right way and press along the crease.
Pin your apron tie pairs right sides together and stitch around the edges using a 1cm seam allowance, stopping and starting at the X marks on the pattern sheet to leave a gap for turning. Don’t forget to back/lock stitch at the beginning and end. Pivot at points A and B.
Clip the curve and chop of the points.
Turn to the right side and use a point turner or a large knitting needle to push out the points. Press.
Top stitch around the edges if you wish.
Stitch two rows of gathering stitches along the top of your apron front piece, one 1cm from the edge and the other 2cm from the edge. Remember to leave the thread tails long.
Gather to the same length as the waistband front and pin right sides together distributing the gathers evenly. Use plenty of pins.
Sew the seam using a 1.5cm seam allowance.
Remove the visible basting stitches, trim the seam allowance and press up towards the waistband.
The top of the wrong side of your apron should now look like this…
Hem the two edges of the apron using a 1.5cm double fold hem.
Insert the apron ties into the sides of the waistband as shown below.
Pin in place. Stitch along the edge of the waistband to secure the ties in place.
This is how your apron should now look…
Top stitch across the top of the waistband if you wish.
Pin down the waistband facing and stitch in the ditch (where the waistband meets the apron front) from the right side of the apron to secure it down.
Try on your apron and decide how long you would like it to be. Hem the skirt with a double fold hem to your preferred length.
Give your apron a good press and it is ready to wear for serving up Christmas dinner!