My mother used to make our clothes when we were little. I would help her thread the sewing machine needle. That was the beginning of my love for sewing. One of my very first sewing projects in eighth grade Home Ec was a pink denim jumper (do they even have Home Ec in schools, anymore?). I was so proud of myself. In retrospect, it was horrid and I can’t remember ever wearing it. It was the fact that I actually completed the project that I was proud of.
I didn’t really have an occasion to sew until I was older, when I started making my own Halloween costumes. My first ones were Raggedy Ann and Andy for my husband and I. It was October 1977 and I was 25. That was when I made my first apron, for Raggedy Ann. The photos are blurry but you get the idea.
If you spend a lot of time in the kitchen you are bound to make a mess, especially if you love to make bread. I can’t bake anything without getting flour all over the place, and all over me as well. You might like to try one of the following links for instructions on how to make your own apron. These would make fine gifts for any holiday or season. Your mother, grandmother, best friend, or favorite aunt would love it. You could even go so far as to make a matching set of kitchen towels, napkins, placemats, or potholders. How about a nice Quilted Casserole or Pie Carrier? The list goes on.
But, for now, we’ll concentrate on the apron. These are not only for BBQ and kitchen work, but they are also great for artists and toddlers who play with paints and crayons.
This is probably the classic style for an apron. For a pattern similar to mine – Click Here
I also found some really great websites with free instructions. Maybe you’ll find one you like.
These aprons would be good for beginners:
Sew a BBQ Apron
This is a simple apron that would be great for a BBQ or in the kitchen.
Taly’s Very Easy Apron
This is another simple apron that is very easy to make.
Make an Apron from Two Cloth Napkins
This is genius! Make an apron out of two large colorful cloth napkins and matching bias tape or ribbon.
Smock Apron Pattern
This simple smock apron covers the top and the length goes to just above the knees.
Full Apron Pattern
This is a simple long apron with a big pocket.
I love making things out of jeans. This apron would be great to make out of jeans pant legs. I use the jean shorts part to make my bootie bags, so the leftover legs would be great for this apron. You can also sew or iron on your favorite appliques. You could also use the other pant leg to make pockets. My next major project (a bit too intimidating, so I procrastinate), is to make a jeans quilt.
Perfect Hostess or Holiday Apron
This one is similar to the one that I made for my Raggedy Ann costume, except that I didn’t add the ruffles to the shoulder straps. I loved the big bow in the back. I won first prize for that costume, or was it the adult size Cabbage Patch Doll? I wore the apron on that costume, too. I love making Halloween costumes, but I have to say, now that my kids are grown, I haven’t made one in a long time.
Dressing for Kitchen Success
This is a cool retro kitchen apron. Housewives of the 50s sure knew how to dress for the kitchen. I remember my mother and my aunts would all wear pretty aprons over their dresses. They brought glamour to the kitchen. I especially love the large side pocket on this apron.
Child-Size Chef Apron
This child-size apron is great for the toddler when a bib just won’t do.
Edwardian Pattern Instructions
This 1910-12 full-size apron was called a “dress protector.” It was made to completely cover the front of a dress, as well as the hips and legs. I like that because I have a habit of wiping my hands on my hips and backside. It has two nice size side pockets, too. This might require intermediate to advanced sewing skills.
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