Apron Tutorial – Part 2

Welcome back!  If you missed the first part of the tutorial, which shows how to make the apron itself, check it out HERE!  (It also includes the info on what size pieces to cut from your fabric for the pocket.)

Now, here’s how to add a large, cuffed pocket to your apron!

First, place the two main pocket pieces right sides together, and then place the two pocket cuff pieces right sides together:

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Next, sew around 3 sides of the main pocket pieces together (i.e. the two short edges and one of the long edges) using a 1/4” seam (leaving the top edge open):

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Then, clip the 2 sewn corners of the bottom of the pocket to make them easer to turn right side out.  Be sure not to cut over the seam, but just cut pretty close to it:

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Next, sew the two short edges of the pocket cuff pieces together (leaving the top and bottom edges open) using a 1/4” seam:

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Then, turn the main pocket piece and the pocket cuff piece right side out and iron them flat. Make sure the corners of the main piece are pushed out so that they’re as close to fully turned right side out as possible:

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Next, place the cuff piece over the main piece (i.e. the main piece is inside the cuff piece) so that their top edges line up:

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Make sure that the seams on either side line up with each other, and then pin the main piece and cuff together to secure them:

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Sew them together with a 1/4” seam:

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Next, flip the cuff piece up so that you turn it inside out and flatten it out.  Then, iron it flat:

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Fold the top of the cuff down 1 1/4”, and iron it flat:

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Then, fold the top of the cuff down again another 1 3/4”, and iron it flat:

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Now, your pocket is finished and it’s time to add it to the apron!

Start by finding the center of the pocket and the center of the apron.  Place the pocket on the apron so that the centers of each are lined up.

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I placed the pocket 1 1/2” from the top of the ruffle, but you can place it wherever you like!

Once you’re happy with the placement of the pocket, pin it to the main apron piece around the edges and the bottom to secure it.

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Then, topstitch the pocket down around the 2 short edges and the bottom with a 3/8” hem:

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If you want one large pocket, you can be finished at this point.  However, if you’d like to separate it into sections, do the following:

First, decide how big you’d like each section.  I decided to make one section about 7” wide and the other about 4” wide.

To do that, I placed my sewing tape measure across the pocket and placed a pin at 7” from the left side:51_Pocket_Find7InchMark

Place a few more pins in line with the first:

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Topstitch down the line you made with the pins to sew the sections.

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And now, you’re finally done!!

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I think the aprons came out super cute, and we’re so excited to use them for the first time!

If you’d like to come see us (and our aprons!) this fall, come check us out at the following boutiques!

 

Ladera Ranch Fall Fun FestSaturday, October 19th, 12 pm to 4 pm

Founder’s Park

28275 Avendale Boulevard

Ladera Ranch, CA 92694

 

Believe BoutiqueFriday, November 8th, 4 pm to 9:30 pm and Saturday, November 9th, 10 am to 3 pm

Cornerstone Christian Church

1595 S. Alma School Road

Chandler, AZ  85286

 

Crossline Holiday Boutique
, Monday, November 18th, 5 pm to 8 pm and Tuesday, November 19th, 9 am to 12 pm

Crossline Community Church

23331 Moulton Parkway

Laguna Hills, CA 92653

 

We hope to see you there!

Love,tami

Apron Tutorial – Part 1

Now that October is here, it’s boutique season again!  This year, we thought it would be fun to upgrade our boutique “uniforms” a bit with a little half apron!  We figured it would be dual purpose – it would look cute and also provide an extra place for us to keep our phones, pens, etc, within easy reach!

Since I was making the aprons this month, I thought it would be fun to do a tutorial for them in case anyone else would like to make something similar.  So, here’s a (hopefully!) simple tutorial for how to make a ruffled half apron. 🙂

In keeping with our “Throne of Grace style”, we decided the body of the apron would be black and then the rest of the pieces would be black with pink polka dots, but of course, you can choose any fabric you like!

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I made 4 aprons, so we got 2 ½ yards of each to make sure we’d have plenty, but if you want to make only one apron, you’ll just need 1/2 yard of each fabric (assuming you’re using 2).

The first step is to wash and iron the fabric.

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Next, cut out all your pieces.  I highly recommend using the following tools – a large ruler-lined cutting mat, a cork-backed, metal ruler, and a rotary cutter:

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These tools make cutting straight lines super easy and quick!

Cut out the following pieces (the sizes take into account ¼ inch seam allowances):

Main piece (the body of the apron): 28” x 14”

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Ruffle: 42” x 3”

Waist Band/Tie: 76” x 3”

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(For the Waist Bands, I was able to cut out 76” long pieces since we had bought enough fabric for 4+ aprons. However, if you’re only making one apron, just cut out strips that are as long as possible and sew them together with a ¼ inch seam until you have a finished strip that’s 76” long by 3” long.)

If you’d like to add a pocket, also cut the following pieces:

Main Pocket pieces (cut 2): 11 1/2” x 6 1/2”

Pocket cuff pieces (cut 2): 11 1/2” x 4 1/2”

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(By cutting 2 of each piece, you’ll make a pocket with a front and back section for extra storage!)

To keep the edges of your main piece from fraying, sew a narrow (just under ¼ inch wide) overcast stitch around both of the short ends (if your machine doesn’t have an overcast stitch, you could also sew a small zigzag stitch close to the edge of the fabric).

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Then, iron the short edges down to make a ¼ inch hem before top stitching them down:

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Next, make the ruffle.  Just like with the main body piece, to keep the ends from fraying, sew a narrow (just under ¼ inch wide) overcast stitch around both short ends and one of the long ends:

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Then, iron the short edges of the ruffle down to make a 1/4 inch hem before topstitching them down:

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After that, iron down one of the long edges of the ruffle to make a 1/4 inch hem and topstitch it down:

Next, to gather up the ruffle, set your sewing machine to the longest stitch length it has (aka a basting stitch).

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As you can see, “6” is the longest stitch length my machine has, but yours may be a bit longer or shorter.

Then, with this long stitch, sew a seam a little less than ¼ of an inch from the edge of the long, unfinished edge of the ruffle piece.  Also, make sure to knot the start of the seam, but don’t knot the other end of it!

(After basting, immediately set your machine back to a regular stitch length so you won’t forget to do that later!)

To begin gathering, start by holding the bobbin thread in one hand, and the fabric piece in the other:

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Then, gently pull on the bobbin thread, and the fabric will begin to gather.

Keep a hold of the bobbin thread and gently work the fabric gathers toward the other end of the fabric:

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Continue pulling on the bobbin thread and gently evening out the gathers along the length of the fabric till the ruffle is 27” wide (or the same size as the finished main body piece).

To secure the ruffle, trim the bobbin thread so it’s only a couple inches long, and then tie it to the top thread to make a knot:

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Here’s what the finished ruffle will look like:

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The next step is to sew the ruffle to the body piece.

First, pin the ruffle to the bottom of the main body piece so that the right sides of the fabric are together and so that the unfinished edge of the ruffle lines up with the unfinished, bottom edge of the main body piece.  Then, I pin them together to secure them, making sure that the edges line up correctly:

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Then, I sew them together with a ¼ inch seam, making sure that the seam always falls to the left of the basting stitch on the ruffle:

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It’s a little hard to see in the picture, but if you look carefully, you can see that the needle is staying to the left of the basting stitch on the ruffle.

Here’s what the finished seam should look like:

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Once they’re sewn together, you want to make sure that the unfinished edges of the ruffle and main body piece won’t fray, so sew an overcast stitch over their edges just as you did with the other pieces:

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Then, iron the seam and the ruffle flat:

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Next, it’s time to make the waistband!

The first step is to iron down both short edges to make a ¼ inch hem:

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Then, do the same thing to both of the long edges:

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Then, fold the waistband in half widthwise and iron it down:

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Then, I open up the edges and iron the corners down so they meet in the middle, so that when the waist band is folded up again, the corners will have a nice, diagonal, finished edge:

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(After ironing the corners, fold the waistband back up again along the existing crease.)

Then, find the center of the waistband piece, and iron it to make a crease.  If it’s hard to see the crease, you can also put a pin through it:

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Next, find the center of the top of the main body piece and iron it to make a crease:

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Then, open up the waistband and lay the body piece onto it so that the center markings line up with each other…

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…and so that the top of the body lines up with the center crease of the waistband all the way across:

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Then, fold the waistband down over the top piece (to form sort of a sandwich over it) and pin them together:

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Start by sewing the waistband to the body by topstitching an 1/8” seam along the edge of the waistband:

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Then, continue topstitching the 1/8” hem along the waistband to secure the entire waistband piece together:

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When you get close to the corner, check to make sure it’s lining up correctly.  If it’s not, stop and knot the seam about 2 inches from the end:

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Then, re-iron it so the edges line up, and continue the 1/8” topstitching around the edge:

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Next repeat the process on the other side of the waistband, till the entire piece is finished.

If you don’t need a pocket, you’re now finished!

However, if you’d like to add a pocket to yours like we did, come back next week to learn how!

Love,tami

It’s a Girl Thing

Last month my sister had a sweet baby girl named Caylah.  As I write this I am on board a flight to Ohio to go meet my niece for the very first time!  Yay!  I cannot wait to hold her!  Isn’t she adorable?

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My sister also has a 2 year old son named Jayden.  Cole cannot wait to see and play with his cousin this week!  I love living in California, but it is difficult being so far away from family.  Thankfully we have been able to make it back to Ohio at least two times a year.

Here is a pic of the two them last year during our visit:

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In preparing to go on our trip, I wanted to make a special gift for my new niece.  It is so fun to have a little girl in the family!  I called my sister and asked her what she needed.  She mentioned having lots of elastic headbands for Caylah and needing a way to store them.  I decided to make something functional as well as decorative (shocking, right?  I will decorate anything….seriously).

I started with a basic 8×10 canvas.  You can buy these for a couple bucks at your local craft store.

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I then took some light blue and green acrylic paint and swiped them across the canvas with a sponge brush (get those brushes when Michaels has them 25/$1.00).

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I added a little bit of water to help blend the colors.  I just kept playing with it until I came up with the look I wanted.

Next came picking out some paper.  When my sister had Jayden, she decorated the nursery in an “under the sea” theme and now Caylah is in that room.  I had purchased some paper for a banner I made for Jayden’s shower 2 years ago and had some leftover which was perfect to use now (and girly actually!).

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I used two strips of the paper and used Modge Podge to adhere them (don’t you love how the dolphin and octopus have bows?  Too cute!)

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I then took some coordinating pink paper and used my Cricut to cut out the letters of Caylah’s name.  I used my Under the Sea Cricut cartridge which has an awesome nautical font…the perfect touch!  I love how the pink “pops” off of the blue and green background!

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After adhering everything down with Modge Podge, I did 3 more coats on top of everything.  The bottle said to add coats every 15- 20 minutes.  I then let it dry for a couple hours.  The Modge Podge sealed everything down and gave it a nice finish.

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When everything was dry I went through my ribbon stash and found some cute ribbons that matched well.  I hot glued one pattern around the outside of the canvas.  This framed the piece and also hid some of my drip marks :).

In order to accommodate all of Caylah’s headbands, I used three small screw hooks on the bottom.  I figured she will also collect barrettes and bows when she gets more hair, so I added some long strands of ribbon in 2 different patterns for them and hot glued them to the back.

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I love the finished product!  I will recommend to Danielle that she use Command Adhesive Velcro to adhere it to the wall…that stuff is amazing.  The nice thing too, is that the canvas is super light, so if (when) Caylah decides to tug on those ribbons, it won’t hurt her if it falls down (it’ll just make a mess of hair things for my sister to clean up!).

I really hope that my sister likes my gift!  I am so proud of my sister and I love her so much.  She went through a lot to have children and I am so thankful to see how God has blessed her and her husband with 2 beautiful children!

Have you had to come up with a baby gift recently?  Do you do homemade or is a gift card more your style?  I would love to hear your thoughts!

deb

Update:

Here’s a pic of me giving Danielle her gift!  Love my sis!

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