Vintage Green Day: In the Kitchen - A Cafe Apron Tutorial
Us vintage gals have a thing for vintage tablecloths, fabrics, hankies and especially vintage pillowcases. Fess up, how many vintage pillowcases do you have? In honor of our own "Vintage Green Day" ( In honor of Earth Day) We've invited the lovely Lee-Ann from WhoopsieDaisies to share her simple tutorial for making a cafe style vintage pillowcase apron.
This one is made from two vintage pillowcases. They are so much fun
to use because of the unique embroidery work you find on each one.
- 1 Vintage Pillowcase
- 2 6"x19" pieces of fabric for pockets
- 2 2 1/2"x about 40" pieces of fabric for ties (can use upper portion of pillowcase)Vintage Trim - Rick Rack or Ribbon
- White Thread
- Sewing Machine and/or Serger
- Straight Pins
- Rotary Cutter and Mat
- Transparent Ruler
1. Press your pillowcase using your iron and spray starch.
2. Determine the length for your apron. (Mine is 21") Add 2 1/2" for the waistband. Using a rotary cutter and transparent ruler, cut across your pillowcase.
3. Determine the width of your apron. (Mine is about 33" wide) Flip your pillowcase over, and cut a slit down the middle. Lay it out flat on your cutting mat and cut to the desired width being careful to center the motif.
4. Hem the sides by serging; zig zagging; or turning under 1/4", press, turning under another 1/4", press, then stitch in place close to the folded edge.
5. At the top of your apron, turn down 2 1/2" towards the back for the waistband and press.
7. Using rotary cutter and ruler, cut 2 strips of fabric for the apron ties 2"x about 40" (twice the width of your pillowcase works great!).
8. Press under 1/4" on the 2 long sides and 1 short side of each apron tie. Press under another 1/4" on the 2 long sides.
10. Insert ties into the sides of waistband. Pin in place. Stitch all the way around close to the folded edge.
11. Cut 2 pieces of fabric 6"x19" for pockets. Fold with right sides together and press. Stitch around with 1/4" seam allowance - Be sure to leave about 2" opening (to turn right side out).
12. Trim the corners and turn right side out. Press well. Stitch opening closed.
Looking for an easy, affordable and recycled gift? We think these DIY aprons would be perfect!
Thanks so much Lee-Ann with us. Please take a minute to visit her lovely shop Whoopsiedaisies on Etsy.
Love it! I'm linking!
Posted by: michelle johnnie | April 27, 2009 at 07:54 PM