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How to Make an Apron
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You can use any kind of fabric you want, depending on the kind of apron you’re making. If you want a thin, delicate apron, you’d want a lightweight, perhaps even somewhat sheer material, like the one in the photo. If you want an apron that will stand up to housework, go with a heavy, sturdy fabric such as canvas or even denim.
Cut the fabric to the size and shape you want, being sure to make it one inch larger in each direction than what you want the finished size to be. This gives you room for hemming the edges, so your apron won’t ravel.
Place your fabric on the ironing board with the back side up (wrong side up). Turn the edge of the fabric over about half an inch, making a hem, and iron the crease into the material. Repeat on all four sides. Leave your iron hot, because you’ll need it for making the belt.
Sew along the edges to secure the hems. One row of stitches should be enough, but if you want your apron to outlive you, put in two rows of stitches, and make them small.
After you have the apron front the way you want it, all you have to do is add the waistband and ties, and any design you like.
For an apron, you will topstitch the strip of fabric that will run along the top of the apron and extend out past the edges to make ties that will secure in the back.
To do this, you need a hot iron and a strip of fabric long enough to go around your waist and tie in the back, leaving some excess room. Cut a strip of fabric that is four times as wide as you want your apron ties to be.
Turn the ends of the strip up about half an inch, and iron them. Turn the long edges of the strip in until they meet in the middle, then press them to form creases. Now fold the strip in half and iron it. The cut edges of the fabric should be inside, out of sight, now.
Position the strap over the top edge of the apron, so that one half of the strap is on the outside front edge of the apron, and the other half is on the inside. Sandwich the apron front in the fold in the waistband. Pin it in several places to hold it in place. As you’re pinning it, you may want to make tiny folds in the top edge of the apron front, so that it will have little wrinkles or gathers.
Put one row of stitches down the edge of the strip, sewing the two halves to each
other. These stitches will show, so try to keep them straight and evenly spaced.
You can use a matching thread if you want to minimize the stitching, or you could
use a contrasting thread to make the stitches stand out -
Now’s the time to put a Byala design on your apron. You can iron on a design, stencil one on with fabric paints, or use ink transfer medium. To use ink transfer medium, just print a design from here, use the ink transfer fluid according to package directions, and transfer it directly onto your apron from the paper.
Aprons are making a comeback because men and women everywhere are finding that aprons come in handy for keeping their clothes clean, and the design possibilities are endless.
An apron is a very easy way to show off your style, and it can be switched or removed in seconds. Aprons don’t take up much space when stored, and they’re easy to make, so you can have a whole drawer full of them. Protect your clothing, express yourself, and have fun with aprons.
Fabric for apron front
Matching or contrasting fabric for belt/ties
Straight pins or safety pins
Sewing machine or needle and thread
Go to our Designs to download page to find a design that you like.
May we suggest trying a design made from your name for a truly unique apron?
Making an apron with lightweight fabric
Sew an apron by machine for faster results.
Good material choices for aprons