Jun 10, 2011

Ruffly Apron Tutorial

I know graduation had come and gone but I figured I'd post this how-to anyways. I decided for my SIL & sister (sorry Katelyn yours will be ready for you when you come back!) I'd make aprons for their graduation gifts this year. I figured college was when I had to learn how to cook so they might as well do it in style while their learning, yes? Although graduation is over, I feel like aprons are a good present for every occasion. Who wouldn't want a fun apron? You can't ever have too many... I completely made this up, so it's for sure not perfect. AND I'm sure there is a much better way to make this. But here is my thought process through making this in the off chance someone else wants to make one too :). I hope it makes sense!

Step 1


-Cut a square of fabric (I folded mine over so it would be thicker) So, fold your fabric and cut a 14 x 14 square with the fold at the top.

Step 2
-Cut a second piece that is at least 22 in. Fold in half and measure where 14 in hits and then cut a diagonal line straight up. (Like I said I made this up as I went so my lines & measurements are a little ridiculous. But, as I make my other one I'm not sure if I'd change anything.)

Step 3
-Next, I worked on the ruffles. I decided I wanted 3 ruffles for this apron, so I laid out my fabrics and decided about how much of the bottom half I wanted used up and in what order I wanted them to go. My pre-ruffle strips were about 4.5in x 36 in.
-Take your strips and make a basic ruffle. (run a basting stitch on the highest length your machine will go, mine is a 6. Then pull on the strings and ruffle as much as you want to fit on the apron appropriately)

Step 4
-Find a purple crayon and some scrap paper and free hand a pocket ha! just kidding but that's seriously what I did...(I'm sure if you'd like a more exact pocket you could probably google a template)

Step 5
-Lay out your apron body, ruffles, and pocket and play around until you get something you like.
-Decide what order you want the ruffles, and the layout for your pocket. (After this pic I decided I wanted the pocket on the bottom half.)

Step 6
-For the waistband (for lack of a better term) Cut 2 pieces that are 14 in x 2.5 in (obviously you can change any of these measurements as long as you keep the basic square consistant)
-Sew the ends of the two pieces, right sides together making a tube.
-Now you're ready to assemble the body. Sew the top piece to the waistband, right sides together and then connect the bottom piece. You should now have one big apron body.

Step 7
-This is where I stopped taking my measurements...so sorry. But I know the ties and straps were 2.5 in x something? Ha. I just used up the longest portion of my fabric, but you can make them as long as your heart desires!
-Sew the ties & straps right sides together and end it with a diagonal strip to make it pointed. Turn it inside out and iron! (this was a good point to take everything I had been working on and give it a good ironing, which I usually skip because I'm lazy.)
-Sew the straps and Ties on the the top and sides of your apron.

Step 8
-Cut out your pocket, following your pattern and some trim if you'd like (I used white ric-racbut the possibilities are endless)
-Sew the ruffles and pocket where you want them (I actually pinned on this project and it helped a ton. Normally I don't pin because, once again, I'm lazy but I would recommend it here.)

*AND DONE!* I know this seems like a lot of steps but it was verrry easy. I sewed the straps in the middle of the top and I would definitely sew them at the ends next time but I love how it turned out!


*Pair this with a super cute cookbook and you have the perfect gift!
(I didn't get this cookbook but I wish I did, it's adorable and has a fabulous name :) )

I hope this tutorial made sense, but if you have any questions please feel free to ask me! And if anyone attempts to make one let me know, I'd love to see!

Jun 9, 2011

Summer Lovin'

Hey everyone! Sorry for my month long hiatus...May brought on a lot of unexpected things...but now that we're all feeling better around here I figured I'd spend a little time on my very much neglected blog :) I've been trying all morning to upload some pictures of the projects I've been working on around here, but our lovely Mac does not like our outlets here and shuts down constantly! Anyone else have the same issue?? Anyways I'm so ready for summer and can't wait for Lake Powell next week so here are some things to get us excited for the heat!


I want this swimsuit from Anthro...so cute.

I want this swimsuit for my girls...adorable.

These look delicious and I'm pretty sure the girls would devour them (Apparently you just freeze capri suns and sliced fruit yummm)

This print is lovely...and now I want a fun striped umbrella for going to tthe beach

I am officially ready for summer to start! I'm hoping to get some tutorials up this week. Keep your fingers crossed for me & my lame computer :)