I’m trying to reduce my stash of fabric this year and put it to use for good causes and good people.
My friend and her mom recently moved in a new house and I wanted to make them a house-warming gift. I decided to make them a couple of aprons from my vintage sheet stash. The first apron, for my friend Amanda, was made from a vintage pillowcase I thrifted last summer. I’d already made a pillowcase apron for the boyfriend out of another vintage pillowcase I found on that trip so I just copied that first apron.
I made his apron with a non-adjustable neck as he requested, but I wanted to give Amanda the option of an adjustable neckline. I thought I still had some small D-rings, but as I was making the apron I discovered I was out. I was on a roll and didn’t want to go to the store so I improvised and made a loop out of fabric. I like how it turned out and was glad I chose not to add some shiny metal hardware to distract from the soft feel of this apron.
Here’s the final product!
One down, one to go.
I made this second apron for Amanda’s mom from a vintage sheet. I used a simple pattern based on an apron I own that I’ve used before to make an apron for my aunt. This pattern is best if your fabric is a vintage sheet or a long length of fabric since the single tie is 80″ long.
I did use two layers of sheet since the fabric was a bit thin and sheer. It looks the same on both sides. Here’s a close-up of where the tie slides through on the front.
When I tried it on, I briefly considered keeping it for myself and making a different one for Amanda’s mom. Luckily I have enough of this fabric leftover to make one for myself. 🙂
Amanda said she’s started cooking more since the move, so hopefully this apron will come in handy!
I also made another apron that started out as a gift, but is now hanging in my kitchen instead.
When I started this project, I thought it would be a good fit for the intended recipient. After I finished the apron and put it on, I realized I was making it for me. (I’ve already got ideas for a different apron project for her.)
I’d bought this fabric after admiring it every time I went into Hobby Lobby for a few months. It went on clearance and, fearing it would be sold out, I bought a couple yards though I still didn’t know what its purpose would be. (I’m pretty sure I saw still being sold just a month or two ago, so I guess I didn’t need to buy it when I did…) I got my fabric together with this pattern I’d made before and after sewing on a few yards of bias tape, I had a new apron!
You can see the contrast bias tape better in this picture. I’ve made view A, C, and now D. I also really like this pattern, but would have to make sure it wasn’t too cafeteria worker. Could that pattern be cute and retro or is it the muumuu of aprons? I definitely prefer the bias trim to the contrast pockets in the photo.