How to Sew an Apron
February, 2015 · By Coryanne Ettiene
In the last 10 years I’ve had a sewing machine stored deep in the back of a closet collecting dust because I simply could not figure out the bobbin. Call it stubbornness, but I opted to hand sew everything rather than read the instructions. Even the thickest of fabrics or the largest of projects had me head down with numb fingers hand sewing…no project was too large for my needle and thread, so I ditched the sewing machine for good last year and thought I’d never look back. Oh I’m a foolish, silly girl and all it took was a pretty apron I saw on Pinterest to put me in my place. It was one of those fabulous canvas aprons that all the rock star chefs wear — industrial, sturdy, classic and all natural. I was not willing to spend $200 on it, so I thought, “I could make that, sure, why not?” So I pulled out an old painters drop cloth in my craft room, washed it a million times, and sat down with my needle and thread.
It took me all of 5 minutes to realize that my fingers were going to fall off before I finished it. But I’m stubborn, and I was not going to buy an apron that I could easily make. So I sewed a few more stitches, huffed, puffed and then went and bought a new sewing machine. The way I see it, I did not spend $200 on apron…..I spent $200 making an apron. So I’m a winner. Right? Now all I have to do is make a dozen more to justify my new toy. And I can easily do that because the apron took less than 20 minutes to make…. it was that simple.
All you need to do is wash and dry the painters drop cloth (or any canvas material that you fancy) a few times to soften it up and ensure that all the shrinkage is done. Then cut a rectangle that measures from your waist to your knees, and around your waist; leaving a 1/2 inch for the hem. Then take an smaller rectangle to create the pocket (I wanted a larger pocket so I measured it from the front of my hips across and 11 inches tall), fold in the hem around 1/2 inch again, and sew it to the apron. Take your canvas ties, sew them on to the top corners of the apron and tie it on. Now….there are many serious seamstresses that are puling their hair out at these pitiful instructions. In the ideal world, there are measurements, and your rectangle should really be a trapezoid… but I like the ‘rustic’ look; just look at me, hair frazzled, no make up on, rustic works for me, don’t you think?