Feliz Navidad! Day 12 of our 12 Days of Christmas DIY and Giveaway is upon us! It has been a very busy 12 days for me and I’m hoping you’ve enjoyed all the projects and have gleaned some inspiration. It’s been a huge blessing receiving all the support and compliments on the little old blog-o-mine and I can’t thank you all enough.
So without further ado, your Day 12 DIY the Ruffle Apron. Before getting started, make sure you enter today’s giveaway and this ruffle apron could be yours.
Step 1: Gather your supplies:
- Fabric – at least 2 varieties
- rotary cutter & mat
- quilting ruler
- Sewing machine
Step 2: Cut your fabric. You will need less than 1 yard of one fabric and 1/3 of a yard of the other
- A 17″ x 25″ section that will be the back of your apron.
- 6 (six) 44″ x 3″ strips- 3 of each of of your fabric selections.
- 2 (two) 44″ x 2″ strips the same fabric as the back of the apron
Step 3: Hem 3 both sides and bottom of apron’s back and all of 6 3″ strips. If you do not have a sewing machine or you are not a fan of sewing, there is a wonderful product out there called Heat n Bond Hem Tape that will do the trick and only require you to flex your ironing skills.
In an attempt to give my hems a more finished look, I broke out my double needle. This baby give your perfectly spaced stitches much like the hem on the shirt you’re probably wearing right now.
Since I don’t have 2 of the same color spindles of thread, I rigged up a 2nd source from my thread by filling a spare bobbin with thread. Don’t let the double needle scare you off. Thread your machine just like you normally would running both strands of thread at the same time and then just thread one through each needle.
If you are using your double needle, make your stitches with the finished side of the hem facing up.
One of the fabrics I selected was a stretchy knit. If you don’t have a walking foot for your sewing machine, you can cheat the system and place a strip of tear away paper, aka tissue paper along the bottom of your strip of fabric. This will let the feed dogs (the moving part under the fabric that moves your fabric along) grip onto the paper and not warp your knit fabric. So I lined my strips with tissue paper and continued creating hems along the bottom portion of my strips. This is what the underside looks like with the double stitch…Pull the tissue away. There will be some that gets into the stitch, you can pick that out easy enough but it’ll make a bit of a mess. Obviously, my patience wasn’t in full force today so you may see some paper in a few of the shots. After you wash your apron, all the tissue paper should come out if you want to skip the process of picking it out of your hem’s stitch.
The fabric will start to cinch up. Work this build up over along the length of your strip so that the entire length has a nice ruffle to it. Don’t overdo it, just enough to shorten your 44″ strip of fabric to a length of 24″ or whatever the exact wide of your apron’s back turned out to be after you created your hems.
Step 5: With your apron’s back laying unfinished side up, line one end of your ruffled strip to the bottom of the apron’s back allowing the first ruffle to hang off the bottom by an inch or so. Sew your strip to the apron’s back with the stitch running just below the one you created when you made your ruffle. Repeat this process with the next ruffled strip allowing the 2nd ruffled strip to overlap the first by ½” or so.
Stitch one side of your ruffled strip in place then fold your apron in half to make sure your ends are evenly spaced from the strip below it, pin that end in place then open up your apron again. Pin your ruffled strip to the apron’s back so that it will not shift as you sew your ruffled strip down.
Step 6: With you 44″ x 2″ sections of fabric folded in half, sew sides closed and turn inside out creating a sort of fabric tube. Do this to both strips and iron flat. These strips will create the apron’s belt.Step 7: Iron a ¼” hem along the top of your apron’s back.
Secure the belt by running a stitch down the side of your apron. Repeat the process on the other side with the other half of the belt.Finish the apron by running a stitch along the front, covering up the top ruffle layer. (ignore the green tissue paper)
I would have modeled this apron for you but the whole 9 months pregnant thing prevented that. I did convince my husband to put it on. He even let me snap a couple of pictures, but it just didn’t seem right to force a man to model a ruffled apron for all the world to see.
Be sure to enter today’s giveaway and this ruffled girly apron could be yours.