I’m Sarah.

After graduating college, I worked as a TV news reporter at an NBC affiliate outside of Chicago. I then retired from that life to be a stay at home mom to my three little ones. While at home I was able to rekindle my love for decorating and crafts. A blog seemed like the perfect place to share those ideas. There is inspiration everywhere, I hope you find some here.

ruffle apron tutorial

ruffle apron tutorial

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I decided I wanted to make an apron because I was in need of a new one. I wasn't in love with it when I finished, but my sister came to visit and said she liked it, so I sent it home with her. 
 {my sister with some banana bread she just made}

 So here's how I made it: (some of the pictures are of a different apron I made)
1. Cut the ruffles: cut your first panel, that will be the bottom ruffle 23" tall x 45" wide. Second panel, 15" x 45" and the top ruffle will be 8" x 45"

 2. Make the ruffles: finish all of the edges of the panels except for the top edge, you can leave that un finished. By "finished" I mean fold over the edge twice and then just do a top stitch over it. (*A tip that will help for this project, for finishing the edges, fold over the fabric and then iron it so that the fold stays. That makes it so much easier to sew). For the actual ruffle, sew a straight line across the top of the panel, make sure to leave extra thread on both sides. Pull one of the strands of thread to create the ruffle. Be careful not break the thread as you are pulling it.

 Just tie off or sew the ends to keep the ruffle in place.
And there you have a ruffle.
3. Sew all three panels together at the top and your apron skirt is done. I just did a simple topstitch across the panels after laying them on top of each other. Don't worry about what the stitch looks like, it will be covered up.
4. Cut the top part of the apron. I cut mine in this shape and it measures 11" across the top, 9 1/2" on the sides and 17" across the bottom. The sizing could be different depending on your preference.
5. Finish the edges of it by folding over the fabric and doing a topstitch. EXCEPT for the top of it. Leave that un sewn until step 10.
6. Cut the waistband and neck strap. For the waistband, cut a piece of fabric 72" wide x 3" tall. Cut the neck strap 20 1/2" wide x 2" tall. (This would also depend on your preference, you want to make sure you can fit the apron over your head). 
7. Fold the fabric on to itself, right side in, and sew along the long side, so that you have a waistband  that is 72" wide x 1 1/2" tall and a neck strap that is 20 1/2" wide x 1" tall.  Leave the ends alone, because you then have to turn it inside out. Which you do by pulling it through. This takes a little patience especially for the neck strap.
8. Then do a topstitch on the long sides of the neck strap. WAIT to do a topstitch on the waistband until step 12.
9. For the waistband, I cut the end on a diagonal and folded over the edge twice so there were no raw edges, then did a topstitch-(first picture). For the neck strap I only folded it over once and did a top stitch because you cover the inside of the strap when you attach it to the bodice so it doesn't matter if there is a raw edge there-(second picture).
10. Attach the neck strap to the bodice. Lay the neck strap on the top part of the bodice and pin the "raw edge" (as seen in the picture above) side in so that you can't see it. Then do a top stitch across the entire length of the top part of the bodice.
It should look like this (this is the inside of the apron).

 11. Attach the bodice of the apron to the skirt. I don't have any pictures for this step... I think I must have forgotten or something. Sew the bottom of the bodice to the top part of the skirt, with the WRONG side of the fabric to the WRONG side. This will leave the unfinished side of the stitch on the front of the apron, but you will cover that up with the waistband. Iron that stitch flat so that it's not bunchy under the waistband.

12. Attach the waistband. Make sure to measure where the middle of the waistband is so that it matches up with the middle of the apron. Lay it over the seam where the apron and the bodice are sewn together. Then do a topstitch right on the waistband attaching it to the apron.

Photography: Brad + Betsy

Photography: Brad + Betsy

the first flakes

the first flakes

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