Quick & Easy Apron
Here's another apron tutorial for those of you looking for something SUPER simple. There's nothing fancy here, just strait cuts and straight lines. I didn't add a pocket because I wanted to keep this as basic as possible. (plus, I like it better without a pocket.)
If you like this fabric, I got it at Reprodepot. The red floral is "Lotus" by Amy Butler and I have no idea what the vintage kitchen fabric is called and I can't find it on the site. (and I'm mad because I need some more!)
These are all of the pieces you'll need:
A top and bottom piece
24" wide by 23" long (or create your own size depending on what you like)
One waistband - 9" x 24" (or 4 1/2" folded)
One bottom band - 3" x 24" (or 1 1/2 " folded)
Two belt ties - 9" x 37"
To make this easier: If you were to take one yard of fabric, the one you'll use for the trim, and lay it out flat, fold the two longest pieces together, and then together again. Then cut your waistband, ties, trim, etc. with your rotary cutter and ruler. You can adjust your waistband length however you want it - but the ties will be just right.
Pin right sides together of the apron pieces and belt ties.
Leave a top opening in the apron, as well as one edge of the belt ties so you can turn them right-side-out.
Iron about 1/4" all the way around on the waistband and bottom band.
Sew seams and clip edges. Press open EVERYTHING.
Belt ties are hard to press open, so fold back one edge, press and work from there.
Turn them right-side-out, press.
Center your apron on your waistband, pin in place
I love the look of pleated ties. Simply overlap in the center and iron it flat. I usually pin it in place so it keeps it's shape while I sew.
If you do pleat, make sure you pleat opposite on either side. Pleat left on one side and right on the other side. I like my pleats to face DOWN - but do what you like. (see photo below)
Now you just stitch, starting at the top of your right corner where the belt ties are pinned, all the way around to the left corner. You can stitch the top of the waistband if you'd like, but it's not necessary.
Finally, center your bottom strip across, pin in place, and stitch.