Can I just tell you how amazing it felt to get behind my machine again and just sew. Sew for FUN. My creative spirit was in the zone and loving every second of it! While I was at the craft store I was in line next to another Mom. She had a red fabric and some mis-matched string in her hand. We started chatting and she told me her boys had asked her if they could make a bag for their rocks. She told me she was excited to help them learn to sew a few straight lines and make a little drawstring bag for their rocks. They picked out a tomato red fabric and the mis-matched string in her hand. The boys had big smiles on their faces. I wanted to give that Mom a big high five but instead I just told her how awesome I thought it was that she was taking the time to teach the boys to sew a bag. Especially when she could easily buy something similar for a dollar or 2. She inspired me to get my 3 boys behind the machine soon.
It reminded me of when I first learned to sew around age 12. I remember hating my HOME EC. class and thinking ” why would I ever sew something when I can just buy it!”
Who knew 13 years later I would open up an Online Pillow Store and sell thousands of pillows. And who knew I’d blog and share sewing tutorials. What a great reminder to me to learn new skills even if they seem “pointless”. I’ll be teaching my kids a bunch of “pointless” skills now! Maybe they’ll use one of them in a big way like I have!
Okay enough Random Ramblings…Let’s get to the Sewing Apron tutorial!
I have been wanting an apron that has little slots for my scissors, pin holder, and pens. I’m always forgetting where I set all my supplies. I’m excited I can keep it all in my apron.
1 yard of fabric in your color of choice. I chose bubblegum pink.
1/8 of a yard of fabric of 5 different colors for the stripes. (You could also just pick 1 or 2 colors and make pockets instead.)
1 yard of strap material (you could use ribbon or whatever you can find.) I used a belt type material.
The first thing you will do is fold your yard of fabric in half (hot dog style) and then fold over the edges about 1/2 inch and 1/2 inch again.
Next you want to fold in the two corners to create that apron shape. I didn’t use any specific measurements I just eyeballed how wide I wanted it. You can pin it and hold it up in the mirror to make sure it has the appearance you like.
Now sew down those edges too. You now have your basic apron shape. Next you need to attach the neck strap and waist ties. Just pin them on the backside and sew over them with the sewing machine. Sew it several times to make it nice and strong.
Now comes the fun part! Pin on the colorful stripes and sew the bottom 2 stripes completely down. For the third stripe (aqua blue) just sew the bottom edge and sides. For the other colors you get to customize where you want the sewn in lines to to hold your supplies. If you use a lot of pens and pencils make a few pencil slots by sewing vertical lines with your sewing machine on the stripes.
I made 1 pencil compartment, one scissor compartment, and one big enough to hold my magnetic pin holder. I think pockets would be great too. I didn’t personally want them but they would be so easy to add. To make a pocket: Just add a square of fabric and sew the sides and bottom.
I took a picture wearing it so you could see the the length and fit. My 7 year old took the photo so don’t judge the angles and quality! : ) I love this bright apron! It adds some fun and whimsy to my sewing room and it makes my mood immediately happier! These would be adorable on little girls or cute in the kitchen too. I hope you enjoyed this sewing apron tutorial!