Handmade Christmas Gifts – Apron

This year I have really gotten into sewing things for the family. So, it only felt right to make some of the Christmas gifts myself.

I have quite a few things to make…with not a huge amount of time left before the big day!

Today I have been making aprons.

This is the finished set of 3 and I am so happy with them 🙂

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This is how I made the girls ones. Eli’s is slightly different as I edged his with bias binding.

First gather the things you will need, which are:

Fabric for the front and backing

Bias Binding

Scissors

Paper (roll or large sheet)

Long ruler (I used my spirit level)

Pencil

Tape Measure

Iron and ironing board

Pins

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Now to draw the pattern! Basically I measured my kids (secretly of course!) using the guide below for measurements.

measurment guid for apron

Once you have these measurements take your paper, pencil, ruler and tape measure, now draw a line the length of your apron. At the bottom of this line draw a line half the width of your apron measurement and the same at the top for the top measurement. From your length measurement take off the top to waist length and then draw the line opposite your full length line. The final part of drawing the pattern is to free hand draw a curve in the gap.

It should end up looking something like this. Cut it out.

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Take your 2 fabrics to your ironing board and give them an iron. Fold the fabric so that the pattern will fit on,then place the pattern on the fabric with the longest edge on the fold of the fabric. Pin in place and cut out. Do this for both pieces of fabric.

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Now depending on the width of your bias binding will depend on how you do this next bit. You either need to cut 8 pieces and sew 2 pieces back to back to get 4 straps. Or you cut 4 pieces and fold in half to get the 4 straps. This does just depend on how thick you want the straps to be. The length again depends on your child.

I had thin ish binding (18mm) so I cut 8 pieces, 4 for the neck tie are 20 inches and 4 for the waist tie and 24 inches.

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So now you should have a front, a back and 4 straps.

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To put together take one of the pieces of fabric and the straps. Place the fabric right side facing you and pin the straps for the neck ties at the top of the apron, making sure the straps face down the apron. Place the waist straps at the side where the curve meets the body, again with the fabric facing into the midle of the apron. Ensure there is about an inch hanging over. It should look something like this.

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Place the other piece of fabric ontop of the first and pin around the edges.

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Sew around the edge with your sewing machine making sure you leave a hole at the bottom so you can turn it the right way round. Also where the straps are make sure you do a complete edge across them and not put a corner on them as they will not hang right if this happens (I had to unpick one).

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Turn the whole thing the right way round then top stitch in a coordinating cotton, making sure to close up the gap you left.

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Now, I would advise you do this step before you put it all together (but I didn’t!) So, sew your bias binding together, which ever way you are doing it.

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So just to add a bit of detail I added on the girls ones their initial using the bias binding.

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I hope you have enjoyed my tutorial 🙂

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