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Tutorial: Ruffled Apron

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So! Here’s the step-by-step tutorial for the Ruffled Apron I demoed today, as promised. These aprons (if you’re so not into the DIY sewing project thing) will be available in the shop on Monday morning along with a bunch of other goodies I’ve been working on. (Holla!)

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Whew! That was a lot of info. :) Well … I’m off to a lunch appointment and then a photo shoot. Busy busy day! (But not too busy to bust a quick move to the new dance mix CD Jessica “Miss Thang” Cope sent me from Cedar City before I go…Hello! Can anyone say C+C Music Factory?! Thanks girl! Love it.)

xo, Krista

Tutorial: Ruffled Apron

Supplies: 4 different fabrics (look for contrasting but coordinating patterns/colors) . scissors . tape measure . sewing machine . thread . rotary cutter and mat (optional) . lace & other trimmings (optional)

Steps:
1. Choose a fabric for your apron base (I used an old table cloth). Cut two 18″ x 24″ rectangles from this fabric. These will be referred to as Apron Front and Apron Back.
2. Cut two 4″ x 36″ strips from each of the three remaining fabrics. This will yield six strips of fabric which will become your ruffles.
3. Cut one 7″ x 100″ strip (or two 7″ x 50″ strips and sew them together) from one of the fabrics you used to create your ruffles. Set aside. This will become the Waist Tie.
4. Fold, iron, and sew a 1/4″ seam around the edge of each ruffled strip.

5. Using the longest stitch length on your sewing machine, sew across one edge of the ruffle strip, length-wise. This will gather the edge of the strip and create a ruffle. Repeat for each of the remaining ruffles.

6. Place your Apron Front right side up on your work station in front of you.
7. Place one ruffle along the bottom of the Apron Front so that the top of the ruffle is about 2 1/2″ from the bottom edge of the Apron Front and 1/2″ from the side. Pin in place and sew 1/4″ from top edge of the ruffle.

8. Repeat Step 7 with each of the remaining ruffles creating the pattern of your choice with your fabrics, except that the bottom edge of each new ruffle will only overlap the top edge of the sewn ruffle by 1″.

9. Once all six ruffles are sewn to the Apron Front, push the ruffles toward the center, and place the Apron Back right side down on top of your ruffled Apron Front. Pin edges, being careful not to catch the ruffles in the pins.

10. Sew 5/8″ seam around two sides and bottom only (leave top open). Turn right-side out.

11. Iron a 1″ seam around all four sides of Waist Tie. Now fold in half length-wise and iron. (Basically you have just created a seam binding.)

12. Open folded Waist Tie and center apron inside the fold. Close the fold and pin in place.

13. Starting at one end of the tie, sew 1/4″ seam to close the open edge and attach the apron to the waist tie.

14. Wear and enjoy!

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  1. Hi Krista, I just wanted to thank you for the tutorial. I know you wrote this a while back, but I found it searching for instructions on making one of these aprons. Yours is the clearest tutorial I’ve found, and the pictures really help! Thanks so much. I can’t wait to go pick out some cute fabric!

  2. This is EXACTLY what I have been looking for! I want to make two children’s -sized aprons for two little girls who cook with me occasionally. This will be perfect! Thank you!

  3. Thanks for sharing this! I just finished mine, and can’t wait to make others for gifts! Also an excellent way to use my fabric stash (so I can use an excuse to buy more fabric). Thank you again! Tiffany

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